Olivia contacted me a couple of weeks ago because her new publication, The Handmade In Manitoba Directory, is obviously very similar to the name of my blog. We are not affiliated at all but she is starting a business promoting local crafters so I of course would like to give her any support I can. I will let Olivia explain her new publication in her own words:
"Are you looking for ways to advertise your home based business? Looking to reach other crafters in your area? Searching for a way to advertise to your target market? Finally, here is the perfect way you can do all that and more.
The Handmade in Manitoba Directory will be a one stop place for everyone in the craft industry in Manitoba including Artisans, Gift Shops and Craft Fairs.
Everything you need and everyone you need to reach will be right here in a directory where you can find it, and most importantly where others can find you.
My name is Olivia and I am the producer of the new Handmade in Manitoba Directory.
After starting out in the craft business making crochet items among other things I was having such a hard time finding where to even begin selling my items, where to attend craft events and how to make contact with those looking to purchase handmade items.
Not being able to find any sort of conclusive list I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and create The Handmade in Manitoba Directory.
This complimentary directory will be easily accessible in a variety of locations all over Manitoba including craft fairs and tourist destinations to help direct people to local sources for their purchases. It will be quite extensive, advertising Artisans and Businesses that sell Handmade in Manitoba items and will include Gift Shops, Craft fairs and Farmers Markets.
Not just your regular yellow pages, The Handmade Directory will be vibrant with a cozy, crafty feel, and inviting with excellent design and graphics. This will easily direct customers to the purchase they are looking for.
I want to offer you the opportunity to advertise in a targeted way that will bring customers to you. When customers are looking to buy handmade products there’s no better way to advertise than through a directory. Your customers will have access to your business information 24/7 at an affordable rate for you. You won’t be interrupting them, they will be looking for you.
To advertise with us you are required to either make your own items in Manitoba, or sell items that are handmade in Manitoba.
The Handmade Directory will run from September 2011 to August 2012, the perfect time to gear up for fall festivals! As this is our first year running we have made the fees very affordable, with 15% off we guarantee you won’t be able to find a better advertising route for your business. Ads for a full year starting at just $127.50. Be sure to book your ad by July 1st. Please contact me for rates and to see a sample copy!
Also, please let me know if you would like to distribute the Handmade in Manitoba Directory at your Business or Event.
-------------------------List your event for only $25!---------------------
We are also looking for crochet patterns, embroidery patterns etc created by Manitobans to feature in The Handmade in Manitoba Directory and pictures that were taken in Manitoba, if you have anything you have made yourself or know of anyone who would be interested in that. I would love pictures of craft booths for the front page especially.
Thanks so much for your time, I look forward to hearing from you!"
The Handmade in Manitoba Directory