1st & 2nd August 2020 11am - 5pm on Facebook 

A monthly event until we can get back to being together in the real world so the next LSVM will be Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th July running from 11-5 each day.
Here's how it's going to work.
Join the group here: (if you’re reading this then you’re already in it!)
Any questions to do with items posted, please contact the seller direct as shown in their post. Comments tend to get buried and lost in the feed of notifications and commenting will be disabled outside of the hours of trading (11-5).
Don't forget we need participants for the coffee joust!
Get in touch with Paul Wheelhouse - you need to supply at least three clips of you doing a dunk of a "nice" biscuit into a mug or cup of hot black coffee. My husband Si Burgoyne-Neal has made medals for all five LSVMs and we didn't have enough people to run one in June.
Each event will have a nominated charity that we are supporting with a link. It would be appreciated if each of you can make a donation no matter how small. Minimum donation is £4 (this is a preset thing I can’t change) and with the amount of members (currently over 700) and traffic on here last time, this would be a huge boost! Please look for the post in the “announcements” section of the feed. Think of it as an “admission” like at a real LSM.
You are welcome to post a photo of YOU in your finery (not a product on its own!) or of memories from past events, to the main feed of the group with the captions #WishWeWereHere #LeedsSteampunkVirtualMarket - that way it will be like just bumping into people you know as you wander around.
I'll be making brand new graphics for the categories etc and putting them on here during the week before the event. This is where the traders will be posting their items.
There will be one on there early saying "sorry we can't be with you" for traders that just can't be there for the weekend for whatever reason.
The number of categories were reduced from 34 at the May market to the following:
Jewellery (medals, brooches, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, kilt pins etc)
Clothing (anything that can be worn or to accompany an outfit including headwear, goggles, shoes, gloves, spats, accessories, purses and bags NOT JEWELLERY)
Art & sculptures – anything visual that has no other purpose than to be admired!
Gizmos & gadgets (inventions of all sorts and guns)
Literature (books, comics, graphic novels and authors)
Home & personal (toiletries, electrical, lamps, wall coverings, soft furnishings, spiritual, holistic NOT ART OR ORNAMENTS)
Bespoke (custom, commission and one offs)
DIY (loose components and parts to make your own stuff)
Tasty! (anything edible and drinkable - food, drink, sweets, links to hot food traders, gin bars etc allowed)
Hobbies & games (wargaming miniatures, model railway, doll’s house)
£5 and under (obvious!)
£10 and under (must be over £5)
£20 and under (must be over £10)
Over £20
I’m adding back in from July the themes of:
Vintage, Victorian & historical
Geeky, sci-fi & comic
Holistic, spiritual & paranormal

Although this is an LSM selling group, new traders are welcome that have not traded at LSM before due to geographical reasons as with being online - you can sell from anywhere to anywhere!
Anything posted must come within the realms of what traders at LSM actually sell so themes of steampunk, Victorian, military, gothic, dark and spooky, paranormal, holistic, spiritual, faery, pagan, LARP, roleplaying, historical, heritage crafts, Sci-Fi, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, geeky, nerdy, comics, gaming, modelling (railway and doll’s house), a bit of Boardwalk Empire/Game of Thrones thrown in, vintage, alternative, weird and just plain unusual. Nothing in the realms of just regular / normal crafting please unless you’ve traded at an LSM before and had them along with other items. No burlesque, fetish or underwear allowed.
Rules for posting:
1) Each trader is limited to 5 posts per relevant graphic per day.
2) Compilation / collage images of multiple items are allowed but each must be posted as one image = one post.
3) Duplicate posts ARE NOW allowed in multiple graphics although to make best use of your posts, I would prefer your posts to showcase different items.
4) *amended* No posting in fast succession - you must leave at least half an hour before posting again in the same category. This will ensure a steady mix from all different traders throughout the day. This doesn’t stop you from going straight to a different graphic and posting in there though (price, category or theme).
5) All traders must supply a link to where the customer can go to make their purchase – eBay, Etsy, website, Folksy, Artfire, Facebook page etc. If you do not have any of these, you must state for customers to message you directly and supply contact info accordingly (email or via PM on Fb). Some people had their posts removed by Facebook as "spam" so please ensure the link you supply takes customers directly to the item listed rather than just your shop so that exactly the same link doesn't flag up as repeated too often.
6) No selling posts outside of the trading hours 11-5 (BST UK). This is why commenting on the categories will be switched off outside of the trading hours of 11-5.
7) You may introduce yourself in the main feed of the group at any time with a link to an online presence at any time – no additional photos are to be included in the post.
8) Product specific selling posts are not permitted in the main group feed - they must be under the appropriate category.
Any posts or comments not following these simple rules will be deleted!
Quite a few people had trouble posting at the last event - too much in the feed of the group perhaps? Because of this I’m in the process of deleting the old categories from the May and June events - this should make things load more quickly. It will also means everyone starts on the same level. So do please go through the old categories to find your posts and get in touch with anyone that commented - I'm going to delete the July graphics in the week before the July market so this gives you time not to miss out on any potential sales. These still will be set as "commenting disabled" though.
These changes are again as a result of feedback received.
I originally reduced the number of categories as there were two customers had said there were too many to navigate. I’m going back with the majority input now.
The suggestion of issuing timeslots per trader is too difficult to administer as there are too many traders. Everyone would fight over the “best” timeslots (whatever they would be) as people have other commitments to take care of during the day as well. As everyone seemed to have internet problems at some point last time (including me!) it could result in traders completely missing their slot.
I can’t do anything about the notifications everyone gets – this is something Facebook does automatically as all your posts are effectively “comments” on the same photos.
I won't be online to approve new members or anything out of the ordinary after 5pm on the weekend itself but it should pretty much run itself tbh! I will be popping into the group on a regular basis before hand to approve new members and the appropriate posts as advised.
If you've applied to join and not been accepted, please pm me, either to the Leeds Steampunk Market page or to my profile (Jo Dee Burgoyne-Neal). Chances are you’ve not answered the questions!
I'm trusting everyone to play nicely. No posting stuff you shouldn't, no harassment, nothing offensive, no starting fights.
Basically, don't be a git!
As the LSM for October has been cancelled, then this is going to be a monthly occurrence on the first weekend of each month so will be:
1st & 2nd August
5th & 6th September
3rd & 4th October
7th & 8th November
Fingers crossed the Leeds Steampunk Market will be able to go ahead on 5th and 6th December...
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1st & 2nd August 2020 11am - 5pm on Facebook 

5th & 6th September 2020 11am - 5pm on Facebook 

3rd & 4th October 2020 11am - 5pm on Facebook

7th & 8th November 2020 11am - 5pm on Facebook

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