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May 2013

By now, you know you can find all kinds of shows on our site, but how do you know which one is for you? This month, Jenna Herbut of Make it University will show you how to identify which shows are worth your time.

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How to Find Craft Shows That Rock
by Jenna Herbut at Make it University


When I first started Booty Beltz (check out one of my very first articles!) my goal was to wholesale to as many stores as I possibly could. I hadn't been to many craft shows, and back 7 years ago they were not nearly as plentiful as they are today. But, my very first craft show was life changing! After dealing with endless store buyers, line sheets and NAFTA, I was thrilled to finally sell my belts directly to the end customer. It was so much fun and I loved being able to bring a bunch of stock, sell my heart out and then leave with a wad of cash!


At first, I just signed up for any craft show and festival I could find. This lead me to become a travelling gypsy and I did at least 20 shows a year all over Canada. Some were fantastic and some felt like torture! I soon learned that you needed to do a little research before you mailed off an application.


Here are some tips to help you find the most successful shows:


  1. Ask around. Crafters are friendly folks and love to give advice about what shows rock and which do not. Don't be shy to email your peers or just approach them at festivals and shows

Read more tips here...

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