When we first arrived in France 3 years ago I had a go at selling some of my handmade items at a Christmas market. I spent hours making felt mice for candy canes, mini stocking bunting, snowflake bracelets, and my first crochet bags. It was a disappointing day as I probably made no more than 10€. The market wasn't busy and the people that did attend seemed to be more after the more traditional Christmas items than what I had to offer. This year however I decided to take part in another Christmas market and I am more than pleased to report that my stuff sold and I actually made some money!
Bouton Rouge' Christmas market was held in Caylus the first weekend in December. The village Salle des Fêtes was decorated and packed out with stalls selling handmade items. The atmosphere was inviting and it was well attended by people eager to find unique gifts and decorations. Music was provided in the morning by Hommes Sans Frontieres, a local mens choir, and in the afternoon by me! I strummed away up on stage with my ukulele and sang Christmas songs with my neighbour and one of my music students.
I was so happy that people liked what I had to sell. Most popular were the mini elephant and teddy toys that I had made from an old jumper that a friend no longer wanted, and my crocheted gloves. I also sold mini purses, tote bags, bunting, a Christmas wreath, and a crocheted basket. It was so encouraging as I really want to set up a handmade business next year and I now feel confident to go ahead, knowing that people like and buy what I make.
I thoroughly miss the Christmas markets in London at this time of year. I'm not too inspired Christmas shopping on the internet. I miss browsing around little independent stores for unique gifts and it's a shame we have to travel so far here to reach the best markets. Though that does mean I don't get too carried away buying all those little presents for me instead of for other people!
What Christmas markets do you enjoy at this time of year?