Craft Shows, Art Markets, Fairs and Festivals
by James Dillehay, author of nine books, is a nationally
recognized expert on how to sell crafts. Courtesy of craftmarketer.com
It doesn't matter if your crafts business is woodworking,
jewelry, quilting, sewing, painting, pottery, or weaving.
Craft shows provide the opportunities to show your craftwork
to buyers seeking one-of-a-kind items. Craft shows can keep
you very busy, but it is vital that you exhibit at shows that
are right for your type of craft business.
For instance, country craft shows draw audiences expecting
to pay between $5 and $50 for pieces. Juried arts and crafts
shows attract customers who will pay hundreds of dollars for
To know if a show is right for your craft business, ultimately
you need to see it. If a local festival and events fair, definitely
check it out before applying for a booth. Check out the busy
booths and decide if your crafts look like they would sell.
Are others selling similar items to yours? If so, that's a
good indication the audience is right.
Some craft shows review show performance by reports from
crafting artists actually exhibiting there. This is great
because you get firsthand feedback. You can learn how crafts
in your genre sells and how the craft shows compare to other
fairs around the country.
Basic Guide to Selling Crafts, written by James Dillehay,
has everything you'll need to know to start your own business;
sell at craft fairs and trade shows; sell crafts to stores,
interior designers, and corporations; pricing crafts, extra
income craft business ideas and more! James Dillehay is the
author of nine books and advisory board member to the National
Craft Association and ArtisanStreet.com.