Dane Bank artisan market set to launch this weekend

INTEREST in a new artisan market, which launches in Dane Bank on Sunday (July 26) has taken organiser Jen Carter by surprise.

When Jen, who made a Facebook post looking for would-be stallholders, she was only expecting a lukewarm response.

“I had more than 100 replies and excellent feedback, bearing in mind we only have space for 14 stalls,” she explained.

The artisan market will take place at Denton West End Library between 10am and 2pm.

And depending on the response it is hoped to run an artisan market on the last Sunday of each month.

Jen, who launched her own handmade soaps and luxury goods business during lockdown, said the small are a mixture of crafts and food while the library will be putting on tea and coffee.

“We have a mix of people, experienced sellers and some who are simply pursuing a hobby,” explained Jen who works in retail for Cash Generator in Ardwick.

Jen admitted it has been challenging to organise and run the artisan market safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The grounds of the library are not large which is why we are restricted to 14 stalls to enable social distancing to be met. We also have an entrance and exit and one-way system,” she explained.

The inaugural event will be opened by Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, while the Dane Bank Characters will be in attendance and running a tombola.

Profits from the day will be given to the community-run library which needs funds.

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