Kim Kraemer - New Year, Even Bigger Goals!

Things may seem a little quiet on the social media forefront, but behind the scenes we are busy prepping for 2018 craft market events, new marketing ideas, and perks for joining our free vendor network (which is over 1,000 vendors already!

Our first event of 2018 is just two weeks away, Valentine’s Day weekend, and will be open to military personnel and veterans.  This pop-up craft market at The Exchange on Joint Base McGuire- Dix-Lakehurst features 14 local craft vendors and their handmade merch, much of which is patriotic in theme.  How sweet is that?  If you live on base or have a military ID, come check us out: February 10, 2018 from 11am - 3pm inside The Exchange.

We’ve also rolled out a tiered sponsorship option for small businesses starting with our Makers in the Vines craft and wine festival at Balic Winery in Mays Landing on June 16, 2018.  Sponsorship options start at just $150 and range from digital promotion to logo canvas bags or sponsorship of our entertainment stage complete with a large logo banner.  We are still accepting craft, artist, and vintage vendor applications for this event. Hudson Heights will set the musical backdrop for our 80-vendor market and the aroma of mouth-watering filet mignon, crisp pizza, and decadent cannolis will fill the vineyard air.  Wine tastings and event entry are free, so don’t miss it!

Next week I am meeting with Union County officials for one of my dreams come true.  If you’re local to the Cranford/Westfield area, be sure to like and follow our Facebook and Instagram pages.  I’ll be sharing details as we move forward in the process, but some of my Downtown Cranford business owner friends and I are starting up what we hope to make an annual tradition right here in our hometown beginning May 2018.

Lastly, our holiday market planning is in the works.  A number of our Marketspace at Westfield vendors asked for me to host holiday craft markets in specific New Jersey towns.  Rest assured that I am working on those areas!  Don’t forget to sign up for our free email list to hear about these events before we open registration to non-network crafters.  I can hardly contain my excitement for 2018 and hope you’ll join me on this next chapter of our family-owned adventure.

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Bill Farinella - Personally Yours Accessories

My name is Bill, I am a proud parent of 2 who mean the world to me (but then again what parent doesn't say that) and I want to leave them a legacy if they choose to pursue it. I want to teach them to go for what they believe in and work hard to get it done. I was presented with an opportunity to purchase equipment and supplies from a co-worker at my main job. He was selling his business as he didn't have the time to continue running it. It took me 6-7 months to become familiar with the business and how it all works. Day in and day out I was teaching myself new software and processes I knew nothing about. Once I was somewhat proficient in the technology and processes, I came up with a few designs and opened my Etsy shop for business.

We can customize many different items from phone cases to wall art large and small. The process is simple, select a picture or image you LOVE, select an item, we take care of the rest. We ALL take pictures, we all LOVE to look at our memories time and time again to bring back those feelings and happy times. Personally Yours Accessories takes pride in making sure that these precious memories become something you can cherish and enjoy every day. Our process is unique and allows you to create just about anything your imagination can drum up.

Starting about a year ago our goal was to build a base of customers that love out products. We have done just that. We were able to partner with a local University and become commercially licensed to produce items for sale in their stores as well as online. (BONUS) Next is to expand our product offering to include many more items that our customers can enjoy. Guess what, Marketspace Vendor Events is allowing us to do just that. We are bringing several new product lines to these events to YOU, our customers... quality items while you wait. Over the next year we plan to offer (online only - the printer is too big to bring with me :( ) new technologies that will allow me to print on items directly. Yes, you can mail items directly to me or purchase new ones. More details will follow over the next year or so. For now we are excited to start this process with Marketspace Vendor Events, Thank you for asking me to be part of this journey with you!