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at the stalls to see if there were any makers’ work which would suit the shop and ask people if they were interested. As people became more aware of the shop, we would get people coming in and enquiring if we might sell their work. Now, I have people getting in touch all the time; via the website and Facebook page, other makers’ websites (makers who stock the shop will advertise the fact that their work is available at Cakewalk), blogs, Facebook pages, word of mouth and from people


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coming in to the shop. Most of the makers are local, but there are a few more now from other parts of the country who have found Cakewalk online.


People will generally approach me by sending an email or visiting the shop to enquire whether I’m interested. I’ll look at their website or ask them to email images so I can get an idea of whether it would suit the shop. If I think it will, we arrange a meeting in the shop to bring work


in so I can see it. Sometimes the work is left to display immediately, sometimes makers come back later with a collection. I try to keep the shop seasonal so some work may only be suitable at certain times of the year.


What I look for – anything that is new, interesting, stylish, quirky and well made. I find that work that is functional or wearable tends to sell better than the purely decorative, although that doesn’t stop me trying


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