We're working around the current restrictions on cultural events.Due to the COVID-19 virus all cultural events in Norway have been cancelled until the 15th of June. This date could be extended if necessary so we have had to hit the pause button on this year's collaborative events at SALT, Sandvika ByFest and in Grünerløkka.
But we're not going to let that stop us! Handmade in Norway is determined to support the artisans and makers of Norway by arranging high-quality Art & Design markets. We can't do them outside, and we can't gather together large groups of people for safety reasons. We're thinking outside of the box, and going where the people are. We're going to use the Internet, we're going to use Facebook and we're going to meet our customers where they are safest... Inside their own home.
How will this work?
We are fortunate to have built up a large following on Facebook, and our followers are all interested in handmade products. We will use our Facebook page and various Facebook groups to put your products in front of our followers.
Firstly we use our Facebook page to create an event. This event will be used to promote and manage the virtual market.
Secondly, we will create a post to the Facebook page containing all of this weeks products. The post will be clearly marked with the date, rules, vendor details, product prices and how to buy.
What will the virtual market look like?
The virtual market is essentially a series of posts that are created directly to the Handmade in Norway Facebook page. Each post contains images of the products that are being sold that week.
The posts will be created each Thursday before the virtual market, and will be available for people to view the images and hopefully decide which items they would like to buy.
On the day of each market we will publish a post on our Facebook page that will contain a password. This post will be published at 12 noon, and will declare the market as open.
Customers can then go to the Virtual Market post and comment, using the password, under the image of the item they wish to buy. The first to comment wins the right to buy the product. The vendor will then contact that person and arrange payment and delivery directly. Once this is completed the vendor then comments SOLD on that product image. It is possible to have multiples of the same item. In which case the vendor can allow an equivalent number of customers to comment with the password before declaring the item as SOLD.
To participate as a vendor it is essential to have the following:
- A private Facebook profile
- Either a Facebook page or Instagram profile for your creative business
- We also recommend using vipps to conduct payments. However, if you prefer to accept payments through your own website then we also support that decision. We do not recommend sending invoices as this creates a very lengthy sales process.
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