Festival of Thrift offers boost for thrifty and sustainable traders

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Support to help ethical independent traders recoup some of their lockdown losses of the past year is being offered by Festival of Thrift.

The team behind the award-winning annual celebration of sustainable living in Kirkleatham near Redcar has issued a call-out for stallholders, traders and businesses to register their interest in being involved with the event in 2021 (available at https://www.festivalofthrift.co.uk/expression-of-interest/).

Those that are selected for the festival will also benefit from a programme of initiatives being drawn-up to provide training and trading opportunities throughout the year, beyond the festival weekend itself, including an increased digital marketplace, pop-up events and business-focused support.

Festival of Thrift Traders and Workshops Manager Kate James explains that the festival is looking for a range of businesses and traders that match the festival’s aims, who are ambassadors and practitioners of the event’s sustainable ethos.

“The stalls are an important part of the ambience of our weekend event and we want to ensure that visitors can enjoy browsing and buying from a good range of traders. We’re aiming for a mix of festival favourites and newcomers offering products people cannot find elsewhere.”

As well as moving into the Palace Hub in Redcar the festival team is currently working hard behind the scenes within the rapidly evolving Covid guidelines planning the 2021 event scheduled to take place at Kirkleatham on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September.

Kate added: “From the outset we recognised that we don’t want traders to have to pin everything on our September weekend event which is why we’re creating additional opportunities to support them in the run up to our event and beyond.”

Recently appointed to oversee Festival of Thrift’s traders and workshops, Kate, pictured left, brings a wealth of previous experience of working on a wide range of events including eight years with Bishop Auckland Food Festival (BAFF).

She has also been involved as a Zone Manager at every Festival of Thrift event since 2014.

“I am really pleased to be more involved with this year’s Festival of Thrift as it’s one of my favourite festivals to work at,” she said. “It’s a fabulous challenge where I can put my knowledge of working on the ground at the event and my experience of working with traders at BAFF to really good use too.”

Festival of Thrift’s Executive Director Emma Whitenstall said: “It’s great to welcome Kate back to the team this year in her new role. Her experience at BAFF and other events is a great asset for the festival as well as the traders she’ll be working with and supporting.

“This is a unique opportunity to help boost thrifty and sustainable independent businesses and traders and they should grab it with both hands!”

To register an expression of interest in being a trader or hosting a workshop at Festival of Thrift visit https://www.festivalofthrift.co.uk/expression-of-interest/ by midnight on Friday 7th May 2021.

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