Blog | Vancouver Island Market

Christmas in July! With VIM at Isla Collective

Yesterday, I posted a FAQ zoom video with Mariko about getting on a collective site featuring all handmade and local vendors of Vancouver Island. The key take-away you’ll want to remember as a vendor is that: You don’t pay any vendor fees unless something sells on the site Isla Collective takes care of your customers…

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Virtual Shop with VIM and Isla Collective

During the winter of 2019, Isla Collective has come on board as a partner to begin what I’d like to call a VIM online space. Since then, many VIM vendors have pivot their business online or taken a pause in their business. For the vendors that still might be on the fence, Mariko of Isla…

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Celebrating Community VIM Style at Mother’s Day Market

Were you at our Mother’s Day Market last year? If so, did you remember our Flash Mob dancers from Casa Loca Fitness Studio of Nanaimo? We know it’s a weird time and not being able to connect on Mother’s Day like this can be hard. But we also know how important it is to keep…

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A New NEW Beginning…

How are you? If you are reading this, I hope you are well and safe. I hope like many others here in beautiful Vancouver Island, BC you are outside, enjoying the sun when it’s around. Perhaps a small vegetable garden is in the works or you might be at home learning a new skill and…

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Shout Out to CHLY!

Farmer Brown and I share our passion for supporting creative entrepreneurs! Last Thursday, Farmer Brown invited me onto his radio talk show, Tuning Fork on CHLY, to talk about the upcoming Vancouver Island Market. Scroll down to give it a listen! Tuning Fork dives into important topics surrounding the support of the creative economy on…

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Spring 2020 Event: Cribbage Tournament with City Crib

Love to play cribbage? Want a chance to challenge yourself and win a City Crib board? On Friday, April 10th only: come by the Vancouver Island Market and register with City Crib to play in a cribbage tournament! The Top 2 finalists will win their own beautiful, locally made City Crib boards. Plus, every participant…

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Connection at the Mother’s Day Market: Dyan Made

A Story by Diane Aitken. As a maker, when I attend markets, I enjoy the interactions I have with the many individuals who stop by to admire my creations and just chat! On the last day of VIM’s Mother’s Day Market last year, I met two sisters. They approached me just prior to the end…

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We’re Back! In the mall…

This spring means new (and familiar) beginnings for Vancouver Island Market, and we will be hosting our Spring 2020 market in the main walkways of the Nanaimo North Town Centre. Those of you who have followed us from our humble starts will know that this is where the first market was held – and we…

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