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Exciting and unusual Christmas present ideas from over 60 different local creators!

Know-it-all passport® is hosting its second pop-up shop in a central Geneva location from 26 November through 24 December 2018.

Located in the popular Planète Charmilles shopping center, Know-it-all Marketplace will showcase the work of local creative people who have a passion for creating things and love to share this passion.

With unusual products ranging from hard-to-find "man gifts" and luxury accessories for the ladies, handmade soaps, jewelry that you won't find anywhere else, chic clothing for kids, silk scarves, works of art, ceramics, posters, books from local authors, and delicious food for the entire family, you won’t need to go anywhere else for your Christmas gifts this year! Chances are you will want to treat yourself to a few items too!

Over 60 local creators

Each of the 64 creators has had to go through a rigorous selection process to avoid imported products with no local creative input. Some amazing new talent has risen to the surface with Jana #33 who paints with wine and beer, Sarune #52 who soaks leaves in a solution that allows their natural colors to print onto silk scarves, Mamy Bail #29 who embroiders the most intricate of cross-stitch and patchwork, to name a few! Of course, there are some of your favorite vendors from last year too including Joan #48 with her chilli jams, Claire #37 with her "lost wax" silver jewelry, and 3 soap makers #2, #13, #32. Impossible to name them all so please check them out online or just make your rounds.

Asked why she decided to set up a pop-up show in Geneva, Lisa Cirieco-Ohlman, publisher of Know-it-all passport®, told us, "I have dabbled in Christmas markets for years selling various creations, and I know how hard it is when you have to pay for a table AND sell your wares all day. Providing a location for all the creative people in this area to share is a great way to showcase a variety of styles ranging from sleek designed goods to handmade items.”

She continued, “The shopping center boasts a well-trafficked area that has the potential to reach many more clients than your typical one-day craft fair. For most of the vendors it is the first time they will have exhibited their goods in a commercial center, and they are really keen to test the market. Together we can make it work… the whole is greater than the sum of its parts!"

The center also has a large Migros and a Denner so you can kill two birds with one stone and get your groceries at the same time. The heated parking includes 90 minutes free as well as a special Saturdays all day free till the end of the year.

Demos and workshops

This year, there are a few new things going on. Workshops such as how to make a macrame feathery keychain, make jewelry out of plates, charcoal and pencil drawing techniques, and more. There will be 5 storytimes for children throughout the month, as well as demos on how to make fimo jewelry or the different ways to wear a scarf! Like the FaceBook page (link below) to find out when these workshops and demos are taking place.

Sharing creative ideas

According to Lisa, the pop-up shop is all about sharing ideas and getting feedback for the vendors on their unique creations. She asked them to each provide a photograph of them creating... which proved harder than expected. It is true that no-one had a picture ready to go; only photos taken after their product was completed! A lot of submissions were refused, but now the end result is stunning; a real showcase of local people being creative!

Indeed many of the participants have contacted Lisa, spurring her on to make this a fantastic event: “Looking forward to this adventure!”, “I do all my handmade items but have no idea where to to sell them; when I saw your announcement I was so excited”, “Merci Lisa et comme vous je me réjouis du succès de cette expo”, “Many thanks for bringing this opportunity to Geneva and for providing a space for creative people to come together”, “Thank you Lisa! You certainly are the lady with the hot tips - all those years of experience have made you very valuable”, “You've certainly managed to find a great location!”

To get an idea of the range of goods for sale, visit the Know-it-all Marketplace website and browse through the images on the Local Creators page to see the vendors in action; clicking on the image takes you to their personal link. Located throughout the Lake Geneva region and beyond towards Valais and over the border, all of the creators can be seen busy working on their projects to get everything ready for the opening on 26 November 2018!

Know-it-all Marketplace 2018

Planète Charmilles
Bottom floor between Dosenbach and Denner
11, promenade de l’Europe (near place des Charmilles)
1203 Genève
email: shop@knowitall.ch
Website: www.knowitall.ch/marketplace 
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/knowitallmarketplace

Cash only in the shop. There are 2 cash machines in the center.
90-minutes free parking (Saturdays free all day till end of year)
TPG buses 6, 7, 10, 11, 19
There are many other shops, restaurants, and service centers in the mall.