Make It festival returns to BC for 10th year

December 9, 2018 by  

An annual Vancouver festival dedicated to homemade goods and crafts is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Make It is a retail show, the stated purpose of which is:

“…creating positive opportunities for Canadian artists and designers, and to providing enlightened shoppers the opportunity to buy unique, ethically made items from hundreds of top artisans.”

What that boils down to is handmade and personally crafted items of all sizes and descriptions. Items for sale include art, clothing and home decor. Over 215 ‘Makies’ will have items for show, including food trucks and drink vendors. The festival is an example of ‘maker culture’, which celebrates the local and the personal over mass-produced merchandaise. Events with this philosophy often use flyer printing, social media, and banner printing to advertise themselves.

The tenth edition of Make It will begin on December 12, and continue for the next four days at the PNE Forum. While the event is generally child-friendly, the opening night will be adults-only to allow attendees to drink while they shop.

Make It hopes to attract shoppers from Vancouver as well as surrounding cities like Surrey and Langley, who may be looking for a unique holiday gift. Make It was started in 2008 by siblings Jenna and Chandler Herburt, who were looking for a home for Vancouver’s community of artisans. Since then, similar events have been launched in Calgary and Vancouver.