Faceoff Kicks kicks off at Maker’s Market

Faceoff Kicks went to its first bazaar last September 26 during the Maker’s Market weekend at Estancia, Capitol Commons. Aside from the original Mr. & Mrs. Sis cast, my nephew Danyael joined us and hence was formed The Faceoff Kicks Team. Haha. My younger brother Vicoy should’ve joined us but he’s such a social butterfly that he couldn’t squeeze us into his schedule. Haha.

As usual, I slept over at Kuya’s house on the eve of the bazaar. They gave me tasks to do such as prepare the paper bags and business cards.

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Great things come in brown packages 👍

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On the day of the bazaar, we left the house at around 7:30 in the morning. You gotta love SLEX in the weekend because it’s easy breezy. Hehe. Having no time to cook breakfast, we went to a McDonald’s drive thru then proceeded to Estancia. Special thanks to Google Maps for showing us the way.

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Here comes the sun
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Trying to put our game faces on to hide our nervousness 🙈🙈

And we have arrived! Danyael said it was cool to be allowed entry inside the mall while it was still closed. Hehe. I have to agree with him on that.

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Maker’s Market gathers local artists and creative entrepeneurs and gives them a venue to showcase their products to a bigger market. I think there were around 50 or so brands that participated that weekend. From arts and crafts supplies, wire sculpture, customized fans, leather bags, postcards, stickers, hair accesories, notebooks, perfumes, practically everything was there but I’m proud to say only Faceoff Kicks carried handpainted sneakers. Hihi.

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We made it to Maker’s Market’s instagram page! Hehe.

You could really tell it was our first time to join a mall bazaar because of how “underdressed” our booth was. It didn’t occur to any of us that we should have a nice cloth to cover our table. Haha. Our Escolta experience didn’t prepare us for Estancia, booth decor-wise. But we didn’t let it kill our vibes and we just laughed it off and tucked it under lessons learned.

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Danyael, are you sleepy?

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Danyael is awake!

We took turns sitting down because there were only two chairs per booth. Danyael had to sit on the crate we brought but he was such a good boy he had no qualms about it.

Here are some of the Faceoff Kicks we had

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For all you anime lovers
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Of course we couldn't not have our flagship design: Star Wars
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Meanwhile in Riverdale...
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We had a special promo for the Star Wars shoes. My friend Lilly dropped by our booth and bought the R2-D2 pair, answered 4 out of 5 questions correct in our Star Wars trivia book and got a discount. The force is strong with her!

Thankfully we received a lot of positive feedback from the people who went. I guess the concept of commercialized handpainted sneakers is still pretty new and it actually draws people in. I made sure to mention to everyone I talked to that the amazing artists behind the awesome shoes are made by John and Juno and I’m really just helping curate their stuff.

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We had shifts for lunch and I had lunch alone. Surprise surprise because my favorite ramen store, Ikkoryu Fukuoaka, apparently has a branch at Estancia so that’s where I ate. Yummy.

Night time came and business was good. Several people placed their orders and gave their preferred designs. The John & Juno team should be pretty busy in the coming weeks.

Before packing up, we took some more pictures to celebrate and remember this day, which will hopefully be the first of many.

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It was a fun and promising day and I really wish Faceoff Kicks all the best. Our lucky stars must have aligned together because we got invited to another bazaar by the Weekend Blender team and it will be held on October 24 at the Open Space in Jupiter St., Makati. We’re so excited!

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The morning after, we were all a bit exhausted but it was a good kind of tired. Nothing that a few laughter and reminiscing won’t cure. Hehe.

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Danyael and his morning rituals of reading Archie comics and... inflating his nose? Hahaha!
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I love this Faceoff Kicks task board! Legit. Hehe.
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After a while, it was time for me to go home and say goodbye to Faceoff Kicks HQ. It was definitely a great weekend!

Hit us up if you want to order your next sure-fire favorite pair of sneakers! 😄

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