Make It is delighted to be returning to Calgary, November 2nd – 5th at the Big Four! After a 6-year hiatus, the show relaunched in April 2017 to an overwhelmingly warm welcome from handmade loving Calgarians. It was touching to see how enthusiastic shoppers were in supporting not only local small businesses, but some very talented artists and makers from all over the country. This time, the focus will be on the holiday season, and anyone who comes to Make It is guaranteed to find the best gifts!
What separates Make It from other craft fairs is the upbeat, positive vibe at the show. Not only will there be over 175 exhibitors (aka Makies!), but also food trucks and a beer garden. The quality and uniqueness of what’s available at Make It is also what sets the show apart. No matter who you have to buy for, there’s guaranteed to be something special for them here!
Make It was founded in 2008 in a small Edmonton community centre in 2008 by siblings Jenna and Chandler Herbut. As makers themselves, the inspiration was to create an opportunity for their peers to sell what they make to the public. The first show featured only 30 Makies, but from the very beginning Jenna and Chandler saw the importance of creating a platform where conscious consumers could connect with makers and hear their story.
Since 2008, Make It has grown to be one of the largest craft fairs in Canada with bi-annual events in Edmonton, Vancouver, and now Calgary. Each year, over 900 Makies participate in the shows and in 2016 close to 100,000 shoppers came out to support them. It’s been absolutely incredible to see the handmade community continue to thrive and grow year after year.
Today, Chandler is no longer part of the business side of Make It, but his clothing line, Ole Originals still participates in every show, and his Alberta themed t-shirts and hoodies are a crowd favourite! In addition to running Make It, Jenna regularly writes about her entrepreneurial journey on her blog www.jennaherbut.com, and she recently opened an event space in Vancouver called Conscious Lab. Her goal is to unite the creative business community so they can learn, inspire, and grow. Jenna also wrote her first book, Make It Happen, which will be available in April 2018. It’s all about how creative entrepreneurs can take an idea and make it real.
The decision to return to Calgary has been a very exciting one for Make It. Not only has the city been super supportive, but it’s been a great way to invite more local artists and makers into the Make family. Now more than ever, people are waking up and understanding the importance of supporting local businesses. When you come to Make It and buy from a Makie, you’re not only getting an awesome product, but you’re also supporting someone’s dream. This just feels good and creates a positive ripple effect. Plus when you give a handmade gift, you get to share an artist’s story with a loved one. What’s better than that!?
Some of the Makies we are very excited about are: Limited Addition, Kiriki Press, A Little Forked Up, and Dew Drops Green. It’s pretty hard to only choose only a few, so you’ll just have to come down to the show and see for yourself! We can promise you’ll find gorgeous treasures for babies/kids, ladies, gentlemen, and even your furry friends!
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Make It Calgary is a celebration of creativity and community. Instead of going to a crowded mall or generic box store, treat yourself to a highly-curated handmade experience. It’s a perfect way to spend a day and who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired and join the Make family!