Cebu bazaar

weekend at the eskina

*eskina means corner in our dialect, FYI

The weekend bazaar offered me many things, but mainly, it gave me a taste of what it’s like selling during a non-Christmas season. It also gave me a tan. I am not complaining; cloudless skies is a good thing, especially for a bazaar happening outdoors. I am simply stating that my face is now a new shade of brown. It’s a blessing in disguise, really, because now I have even skin tone.

Here was my display during the first day:

I shared the booth with three other crafty ladies.

Mix & Match Handmade Accents by my college buddy Ann:

Papersandtschai journals and stationery by Tschai:

And oh-so-pretty washi tapes by She Crafts:

Meream, beer crates, and a beautiful tree trunk.

While the afternoons were unforgiving, the nights at the bazaar venue were lovely. Despite the loud music, that is.

This is where I say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who dropped by our booth of handmade goodies. Thank you to the organizers for the invitation. Thank you to the nice people who said that my items were cute or that they recognize me from TV or that they follow my blog/Facebook page/Instagram. You are all sorts of wonderful but I bet you already know that.

See you at the next bazaar! You may also check out my online shop, THIMBLECAP or grab some of my items at The Chillage here in Cebu.

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DIY upcycled bazaar jewelry display

There are not that many bazaars in my city that cater to makers and crafters. Which would explain why I am joining only one this month. I am hoping that an increase in handmade appreciation will be more apparent next year (because dagnnabit, we have wonderful makers in Cebu).

For this one and only bazaar, I decided to take the display seriously. I am selling a good number of bracelets so I had to make a proper accessories display. Here is what I have:

This is an upcycled display. Its parts used to be cardboard rolls and decorative wooden shelf brackets. The cardboard rolls came from my adhesive fabrics. I glued them to the notches of the brackets using wood glue and painted the whole thing white (5 layers, if I remember correctly).

It looks “legit,” if I do say so myself.

View from the back:


Here are details about the bazaar:

See you there!


the CIS marco polo bazaar. in list form

I spent the first two days of the last month of the year peddling my wares. For the first time in my crafting life, I sold items in a traditional manner. And by traditional, I mean actually meeting my customers during the sales process.  Something new for someone who have always relied on online transactions.

A few things:

1. Quantity – I was not able to sew a lot of merchandise for the bazaar, sadly. And the ones that sold out first were the ones that I thought to make a day before the event. Of course, I was under the impression that I made more than enough. But during the vendors’ briefing, I had a painful realization. “Golly, these are big-time bazaar vendors! They probably have warehouses full of merchandise!” I thought. I wasn’t wrong.

2. Display – The boyfriend and I stressed out about our display. It slipped my mind that the bazaar wasn’t a craft fair and that other vendors didn’t really care about being creative with their booths. In fact, only about a quarter of the vendors gave their display much thought. Not that I regret spending time thinking about the display since I reckon a decent presentation helped attract potential buyers.