Selling at Fairs and Festivals
We'll help you succeed when selling at craft shows, whether it's your first time exhibiting or you have hundreds of craft fairs under your belt. The DIY display ideas will turn your booth into the snazziest spot at the show. We share tips on everything — from rocking your next show application to choosing the right event — to make selling at fairs both lucrative and fun.
December 2011 marked the 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in San Francisco. Third times a charm indeed! This year's Market was a huge success and boasted crowds over 15,000 for the weekend.
Friday December 3 & 4 marked the 5th annual Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Craft Show. Crafters from all over the Bay Area and beyond set up shop at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center to display their rocking wares for the weekend. Bazaar Bizarre was more than just your ordinary craft fair!
Saturday November 19, 2011 was the second annual Holiday Design Bazaar at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood. A truly special event, this annual fundraiser, in collaboration with local craft superstars, helps to raise money to support the public elementary school's fine arts programming. Crafters pledged to donate 25% of their sales from the day to help the cause. This year's event was brimming with wonderful local vendors and family and friends of the Harvey Milk school. I took some tim
Chicago's holiday shopping season kicked off with a bang on Saturday, Nov. 19 with the DIY Trunk Show (http://www.diytrunkshow.com), the city's largest Midwest-focused craft fair. Shoppers packed the Broadway Armory, the show's new Edgewater location, to stock up on everything from handmade holiday cards to stuffed monsters to one-of-a-kind pens.
Local crafters Amy Carleton and Cinnamon Cooper launched the show in 2003, and it's since been taken over by the Chicago Craft Mafia, an organization of local craft business owners.
On a recent 80-degree Saturday afternoon, Chicago's Empty Bottle bar was transformed into the Handmade Market, one of the city's most popular craft fairs. Shoppers mingled with sellers over beers and mimosas, and even a dog or two was spotted wandering past the crafters' tables or snoozing by the bar.
No Chicago craft show is quite like the Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago's largest handmade event. Now in its ninth year, this huge and always-packed show filled several blocks of Division Street on Sept. 10 and 11 with handmade goods from Chicago and beyond.
We sent Craft Correspondents, Malary Harris, Chris Nicoletti and Camera Holder Guy, to the Renegade Craft Fair in the rain to talk to some indie crafters about why and how they got started.
We had a chance to catch up with a handful of vendors (I am guessing because it was raining).