The first ever Brantford Feminist Snowflake Market was held in Coach House at the historical Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, on November 30.
This event is to, “showcase the talents and creations of women, trans, two-spirit, femme and non binary folks in our communities, in the spirit of building relationships, feminism and love,” they shared on their Facebook page.
Admission to the market was a pay-what-you-can fee, which will go towards trans community members’ healthcare costs.
Dr. Rebecca Godderis, a professor of Community Health at Laurier, was a vendor at the market with her business, Killjoy Creations. She was selling handmade scrunchies and throw pillows.
“I’ve sewn for many years, but in terms of creating pillows and other things like scrunchies, it’s probably been about six months. This is the first time I’ve come out and sold at a market,” she said.
“I love the idea that it’s a feminist market supporting women and femme identifying folks,” said Dr. Godderis, “I love the fact that it’s trans-inclusive and that it’s local … it’s great to have an opportunity to see how talented folks are in the area, and get a chance to buy and think about purchasing things for gifts that aren’t from big box stores.”
First time seller Chelsea Noiles was at the market selling handmade Christmas cards, ornaments and tree garlands made from dried oranges and pine tree clippings.
“I’ve been working really hard on going waste free at home, so I wanted to promote a plastic free Christmas,” said Noiles, “one of the biggest things that’s produced in plastic is Christmas decorations, I wanted to show that you can cut back on the amount of waste you produce.”
Bethany Broadbridge, also known as Big Bow Mom, was selling her handmade hair bows. She said when she saw the market advertised on Facebook she knew, “this is somewhere I would be comfortable selling for the first time.”
Each vendor at the market donated some of their products or services to raffle off for attendees. Some of the raffle items included; handmade and eco friendly gift wrapping alternatives, a free photoshoot session from Honey & Lux, hand-beaded jewelry and one of Dr. Godderis’ pillows.
Attendees were encouraged to bring their own mugs and make a small donation to enjoy hot chocolate and baked goods.