How To Find Local Craft Shows

needleMany Spring craft shows are already taking place around the country, and it won’t be long before the Summer season kicks into high gear. That will lead us into the Fall shows, and then the busy Winter season. I think you get my point. There really is no “break” for craft shows.

Selling crafts online is great, and for some of you, that may be your only option. But, if you can get out to some local shows, do it!  It’s a lot of fun to interact with your customers, face-to-face. Plus, there are TONS of benefits to meeting other crafty biz owners in your local area.

So, how do you find these local shows? First, start by finding your local crafters. Chances are, there is something crafty happening in a town near you. There may be something as structured as a “craft collaborative” – a group of people working together to put on shows. I live in Michigan, and there are two of these groups near me, Flint Handmade and Handmade Detroit.

Start by doing a quick Google search. If you can’t find something in your town, look to a nearby state. They may know someone who is involved in your local craft scene. For example, I know that my Columbus, Ohio pals are involved in Craftin’ Outlaws and some of my Detroit friends participate in shows put on by Handmade Toledo. Even though I don’t live in Ohio, I can certainly lead people in the right direction over there.

Once you have found a group that is somewhat local to you, ask the members if they know of any upcoming shows. Many shows have an application process. It’s not often where you can call someone the week before an event and get table space. Definitely plan ahead!

If you miss a deadline or don’t get chosen to sell at a show, don’t worry. There will be other shows! Go to the show, meet some people, find out about more shows, and keep applying.

You know the old saying about the lottery? You can’t win if you don’t play? Well, you won’t get to sell at a craft show if you don’t apply!

So keep trying!

 

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