HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL CRAFT SHOW BOOTH (FROM THE EXPERTS!)

HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL CRAFT SHOW BOOTH (FROM THE EXPERTS!)

Want to know who is really good at telling you what booths work and which ones don't? Craft show producers! A couple of our favorite show producers are the ladies behind Indie Craft Parade (they are accepting apps until 6/20 so get on that!) and they are sharing standout craft show booths from the stellar artists who sell at their shows. If your booth needs sprucing up or you are about to create your first one, then read on for some inspiration and tips!

Selling at Indie Craft Parade

Selling at Indie Craft Parade

We love hearing about the shows that makers love selling at! Today we have Ryan from Reacoustic and shares experience as a vendor for Makers Collective's Indie Craft Parade. Learn more about the show and how to apply at the end of the post!

Members at Spring Shows: Part 2

Members at Spring Shows: Part 2

Spring shows are happening! Catch these fine folks at awesome markets around the country. Our members will be at the shows below-- if you are vending or attending, feel free to say hello to them and connect. I would also love to know which shows you will be at this spring-- let us know in the comments. :)

Shows noted with * are members that also host shows/pop-ups

Members at March Craft Shows 2017

Members at March Craft Shows 2017

Spring shows are happening! Our members will be at the shows below-- if you are vending or attending, feel free to say hello to them and connect. I would also love to know which shows you will be at this spring-- let us know in the comments. :)

Roll Call! Members at Holiday Shows 2016

The holidays are here and with it a lot of shows for holiday shopping! Our members will be at the shows below-- if you are vending or attending, feel free to say hello to them and connect. I would also love to know which shows you will be at this spring-- let us know in the comments. 

Shows noted with * are members

Winter Gift Market (Denver, CO) November 10th-12th

Jess Moore: Simple and Sylvan

The Assembly Show at The Art Gallery of Burlington (Burlington Ontario, Canada) November 12th

Adrienne Baker-Sieffert: Refluff

Lebanon Band Booster Craft Fair (Lebanon, IL) November 12th

Susan Kelley: Novel Idea Crafts

Art Crawl Experience (Anaheim, CA) November 12th

Caroline Chen: Morning Blossom Studio

Houston Mini Maker Faire (Houston, TX) November 12th-13th

Amy Davis: Monster Dance Designs

Pottery Barn at University Village (Pop-Up) (Seattle, WA) November 12th-13th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District Holiday Bazaar (Parachute, CO) November 12th-13th

Lisa Kraft-Parsons: Halfpint Naturals

Jackalope Art Fair (Pasadena, CA) November 12th-13th

Ninna Flebbe: Ninotchka Goods

Siren Nation Art & Craft Sale (Portland, OR) November 13th

Ann Cosgrove: acbc Design

Show of Hands (Chicago, IL) November 19th-20th

Ashley Gries: Casa & Co.

Llewellyn Holiday Market (Portland, OR) November 19th

Ann Cosgrove: acbc Design

Parachute Battlement Mesa Holiday Bazaar (Parachute,CO) November 19th

Lisa Kraft-Parsons: Halfpint Naturals

Makeology at The Museum of Steam and Technology (Hamilton Ontario,CA) November 19th

Adrienne Baker-Sieffert: Refluff

Shop Small Market at the Airbnb Open LA Event (Los Angeles, CA) November 19th

Stacy Wong: Stacy Wong Handmade

Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash (Dallas, TX) November 19th

Amy Davis: Monster Dance Designs

Snohomish Holiday Market (Snohomish, WA) November 19th-20th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Sugar Plum Bazaar (Denver, CO) November 19th-20th

Jess Moore: Simple and Sylvan

American Legion Craft Fair (New Baden, IL) November 20th

Susan Kelley: Novel Idea Crafts

Holiday Bazaar @ Lost & Found Beer Garden (Oakland, CA) November 20th

Jamie Jackson: Hey Jamie J

Holiday Popup @ Zinc Details (San Francisco, CA) November 20th

Shielaugh Divelbiss: Laughing Devil Designs LLC

One Of A Kind Show at the Enercare Centre (Toronto, Canada) November 24th to December 4th

Adrienne Baker-Sieffert: Refluff

Popup @ West Elm (San Diego, CA) November 25th 

Gregory Jueneman: Baltic & Pine

Two Rivers Convention Center Craft Fair (Grand Junction, CO) November 25th-26th

Lisa Kraft-Parsons: Halfpint Naturals

Seaside Holiday Gift Fair (Seaside, OR) November 25th-27th

Holly Marsh: Marshmueller

Blue Genie Art Bazaar (Austin, TX) November 25th to December 24th

Amy Davis: Monster Dance Designs

SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium (San Francisco, CA) November 26th-27th

Adwoa Grier: Adwoa Design
Shielaugh Divelbiss: Laughing Devil Designs LLC

The Seattle Collective (Seattle, WA) November 27th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Patchwork (Santa Ana, CA) November 27th

Leah Shapi: Leartista
Ninna Flebbe: Ninotchka Goods

OHSU Center for Developmental Health Holiday Bazaar (Portland, OR) November 29th

Ann Cosgrove: acbc Design

One of a Kind Show (Chicago, IL) December 1st-4th

Ashley Gries: Casa & Co.

Lavender Association of Western Colorado Artisan Craft Fair (Grand Junction, CO) December 3rd

Lisa Kraft-Parsons: Halfpint Naturals

Montera Craft Fair (Oakland, CA) December 3rd

Shielaugh Divelbiss: Laughing Devil Designs LLC

Urban Air Market (Portland, OR) December 3rd-4th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Unique LA (Downtown LA, CA) December 3rd-4th

Gregory Jueneman: Baltic & Pine
Christina Livesey: Fair Skies Design
Caroline Chen: Morning Blossom Studio

Stacy Wong: Stacy Wong Handmade
Robin Soltis: Scotch and Cream

Riverdale Grade School Holiday Market (Portland, OR) December 3rd

Ann Cosgrove: acbc Design

Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar (Portland, OR) December 4th

Ann Cosgrove: acbc Design

SF Bazaar Holiday Nightlife (San Francisco, CA) December 8th

Jamie Jackson: Hey Jamie J

Mermade Market (Dana Point, CA) December 8th

Gregory Jueneman: Baltic & Pine

Christkindl Winter Market (Denver, CO) December 10th

Lisa Kraft-Parsons: Halfpint Naturals

Holiday Night Market (Anaheim, CA) December 10th

Arielle Rassel: Lemesto

Bitchcraft Winter Faire ( Los Angeles, CA) December 10th

Emily Burton: Dutch Hollow General

Renegade Craft (Los Angeles, CA) December 10th-11th

Gregory Jueneman: Baltic & Pine
Caroline Chen: Morning Blossom Studio
Stacy Wong: Stacy Wong Handmade

Georgetown Art Attack (Seattle, WA) December 10th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Crafty Wonderland (Portland, OR) December 10th-11th

Holly Marsh: Marshmueller

Makeology Pop Up The Art Gallery of Burlington (Burlington, Canada) December 10th

Adrienne Baker-Sieffert: Refluff

Sunset Mercantile (San Francisco, CA) December 11th

Shielaugh Divelbiss: Laughing Devil Designs LLC

Amazon Holiday Market (Seattle, WA) December 15th

Jill Rachel Evans: Hapertas and Co.

Elm Street Holiday Market (East Aurora, NY) December 17th

Amber John: Ink & Matter

PETA'S Holiday Kind Market (Los Angeles, CA) December 17th

Stacy Wong: Stacy Wong Handmade

Artists and Fleas (Venice, CA) December 24th

Emily Burton: Dutch Hollow General

Roll Call! Members at Fall Shows 2016

Roll Call! Members at Fall Shows 2016

It's not holiday season for shows yet, but there are still A LOT of shows happening right now and through the fall! Our members will be at the shows below-- if you are vending or attending, feel free to say hello to them and connect. I would also love to know which shows you will be at this spring-- let us know in the comments. 

9 Regional Craft Shows You Might Not Know About

9 Regional Craft Shows You Might Not Know About

Sometimes an artist is not appreciated in his or her own backyard. Which might be one reason why you didn't do so well at that last craft show-- it's not you, it might not even be craft shows. It's the people. They might not be your people. And sometimes you will discover that if you travel for shows, a whole new audience opens up. It's amazing! Which is why today we wanted to share with you nine regional craft shows you might not know about.

Walking the National Stationery Show (NSS) with Leanna Lin's Wonderland

Walking the National Stationery Show (NSS) with Leanna Lin's Wonderland

If you have been in our Wholesale Tuneup Series, you will remember today's blog guest OR if you're in the LA chapter you might have been in her shop for one of our roundtables. #ahasmember and shop owner Leanna Lin recently went to the National Stationery Show (NSS) as a vendor and gives her perspective on what she saw at this prestigious paper-focused trade show!

Indie Craft Parade Review: Once Again Sam

Indie Craft Parade Review: Once Again Sam

Listen up Southern makers! We've got the lowdown on Greenville, SC craft show Indie Craft Parade from vendor and #ahasmember Sarah of Once Again Sam. If you are wondering if this show is for you, read on.

Get Your Craft Show Act Together with Unanimous Craft

Get Your Craft Show Act Together with Unanimous Craft

Keeping track of craft shows can take on a life of its own-- finding them, figuring out when applications open, plotting out which ones you got into, etc. Making all of this easier is #ahasmember Unanimous Craft. Founder Rosalie Gale shares how you can use it to restore some sanity to your craft show endeavors, as well as find other great places to sell your handmade items. On top of all of that? She's doing a giveaway for Premium Membership on the site!

Insider Craft Show Application Tips from Indie Craft Parade

Insider Craft Show Application Tips from Indie Craft Parade

There is nothing more frustrating than getting rejected from something with little idea as to why. But just like when you sent out a bunch of applications for college and didn't get custom feedback on improvement, craft shows with their hundreds and thousands of applications also don't have time. Today on the blog we get the next best thing! #ahasmembers Makers Collective, which puts on the market Indie Craft Parade, who is giving you insight into how their brains work when processing applications. And truthfully, how a lot of craft show juries work. So soak up this knowledge and start making your upcoming applications amazing.

Behind the Scenes of the Etsy Seller Advisory Board

Behind the Scenes of the Etsy Seller Advisory Board

If you are wondering what went on with Etsy's new and somewhat mysterious (only because it's new! haha) Seller Advisory Board, I've got the insider scoop for you!

This past year, Etsy has made an effort to better understand and address seller concerns. One way it seeks to do that is through its new Seller Advisory Board (SAB). The board that meets with Etsy directly and those people are in charge of subcommittees on various topics. We are lucky enough to have an #ahasmember, Carolyn of The Wishing Elephant, who is on the SAB. I asked her to share what her experience was like after their first meeting a few months ago.  

Roll Call! Members at Spring Shows

Roll Call! Members at Spring Shows

It's official-- the weather is getting warmer and that means more craft shows happening each weekend. Our members will be at the shows below-- if you are vending or attending, feel free to say hello to them and connect. I would also love to know which shows you will be at this spring-- let us know in the comments. 

Finding Your Niche: Pigsey Art Finds Her Ideal Customer in an Unexpected Place

Finding Your Niche: Pigsey Art Finds Her Ideal Customer in an Unexpected Place

Brandy Davis of Pigsey Art, a  lasercut wood journals and home goods shop, shares with us today her experience with finding her niche audience via an invitation to a niche craft show she had never considered before. She explains how participating in a craft show gave her brand new perspective on who her audience was and how she could appeal to and pursue her ideal customers. Thank you, Brandy!

Wholesale for the First Time!

Wholesale for the First Time!

Wholesale is a big leap in business for many makers. It can signify the feeling of going "big." So, we thought we'd ask artist and #ahasmember Susan Elliot of Neptune Creations about her experience of stepping into the world of wholesale for the first time.

One of a Kind Experience Exhibiting at OOAK

One of a Kind Experience Exhibiting at OOAK

I have been to many a craft show and I remain intrigued about the highly attended Canadian show One Of A Kind. It's set up like no show that I know of and one of (if not the?) the biggest one in Canada on many levels. So I was excited when I found out that someone I knew, Emma Gerard, was doing the show this past year and had been doing it for many years. If you've been thinking of doing the show for a bit OR you are interested, read on!