Craft market moves to Sunderland pub

Stallholders Dean Teasdale (left) and Daniel Dunlavey promoting the Makers Market to be held at The Alexandra Pub in Grangetown, Sunderland.
Stallholders Dean Teasdale (left) and Daniel Dunlavey promoting the Makers Market to be held at The Alexandra Pub in Grangetown, Sunderland.
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A MARKET for crafty creators is on the move.

The popular Makers’ Market has left its former base at the Seaburn Centre and relocated to the Alexandra pub in Grangetown, Sunderland.

After a short break, business is back to normal on Sunday, when the stalls will be open from 10am to 4pm.

Organiser Fiona Teasdale launched the market two years ago and has seen it go from strength to strength, but it was decided a new location was needed for the rest of 2012.

Fiona said: “The Makers’ Market will carry on.”

She said those involved in the market “are really are amazing people, have incredible talent and personalities and all have a story to tell”.

She added: “It’s those things that keep us motivated and working hard for them and, of course, the lovely people of Sunderland.

“It’s informal and friendly and we focus on putting our own personality into it.”

The market is already home to about 50 colourful stalls and there is a waiting list for certain types of goods, including cakes and jewellery.

Daniel Dunlavey, 38, from Blackfell in Washington, makes and sells “steampunk” jewellery – a genre which combines Victoriana with sci-fi.

He said: “I set up my company, Impossible Gears, about a year ago after being unemployed and it’s the only specialist steampunk manufacturer in the North East.

“It’s just a very friendly market, plus they keep prices down for everyone involved.

“People generally are really positive about the creativity of my stuff and I get a lot of people buying it who are not necessarily into the genre.”

The Makers’ Market takes place twice a month from May, and admission is free.

Stallholders must sell homemade goods, not second-hand or bought-in items.

For more information, see www.makersmarket.co.uk.

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