Hi, I’m Rachel.
In January 2018, I bought over the event from Ana of Gatlace Jewellery.
We were sad to see Ana leave the event, but family comes first for most of us small business owners and the distance to travel meant less time at home.
I've only ever attended events before, but I didn't want this event to disappear. I was a regular
stallholder with my business The Wee Cub Company, so had some understanding of what Ana did.
However, it was still a daunting task to take this on, on my own.
In April, 2 weeks prior to the first event, I was struck down with viral meningitis. This left me quite
exhausted and unable to focus on the market as a priority. I'll be honest, I feel like I let people down.
Onwards, I tried my best to get more advertising done and be more on top of things, but I had a
backlog of orders for my own business and struggled through May and June's events in vain.
After June, I received a message from Sophie, another regular at last year's events, with Rotten Core,
offering to help out with some promo for July. This was a turning point. Sophie is a very talented
designer and artist, which she used to put together some great social media posts which generated
loads of interest and the best turnout for the Makers Market, of the year.
Because of this, I asked her if she would like to be involved on a long-term basis. Thankfully, she
agreed and the tide started to turn.
I have a renewed passion for creating an amazing event and knowing that I have someone with
similar values and expectations from a craft event makes a huge difference.
Together we can make our vision for Montrose Makers’ Market, a reality.
So, this brings us to now, we have a new team and some new aims. We want to bring small business
and local people together, inspire and create new interest in arts and crafts.
I hope you will join us on this exciting journey...