We Were There: Scattered Seeds Craft Market

Every October, the Scattered Seeds Craft Market brings together all of the top makers from Manitoba (and beyond) for a spectacular home-grown shopping experience. Add in some live music and a little wine, and it’s no wonder the event has become one of Winnipeg’s favourite fall-time traditions.

Held at Red River Exhibition Place from Oct. 13-15, this year’s event featured more than 250 vendors. From knitwear and pottery to home decor and artwork to hand-crafted game boards and locally-produced honey, there was a little something for everyone. The huge collection of makers and wide selection of products made wandering the aisles half the fun.

That’s not to say we didn’t do a little bit of shopping. With the plethora of beautiful Christmas decor and holiday-themed items on display, how could we not?

Speaking of Christmas, the market also gave us the perfect opportunity to check some people off this year’s gift list. We may have also splurged on a few necessities for ourselves.

While there was handmade goodness around every corner, one of the market’s highlights was the Etsy Sellers of Manitoba boutique. It showcased home decor, clothing, jewelry and more from some of our best local makers, reminding us once again of the incredible talent in our province.

Anyone who’s been to Scattered Seeds knows that it’s so much more than just another craft market. In addition to live music and a fashion show, there’s food, coffee, wine and local beer from Little Brown Jug.

And despite the sheer size of the market, the overall vibe gives it a real sense of community. Fellow shoppers are super friendly and vendors are more than happy to chat with customers, answer questions and share their expertise.

Plus a portion of ticket sales and profits from Station 8 Cafe and The African Market go to empowering women-run micro businesses around the world. Because the only thing better than shopping is shopping for a good cause.

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