Craft Show Season!
Today I am going to share a tiny portion of it: How to Find Craft Shows.
My Main 2 Ways:
1. There are two (2) major ways I have found each craft show and market I have done up to this point. The first one was that I got on the email list for the Creative House of Lancaster (www.thechl.org). You may have a similar “art club” in your town. I am not really a member of this group, but I am on their mailing list. Whenever they have an event they send out a mass email informing everyone. Other people having events email this group and they in turn send out other events as well. I was busy for several weeks based only upon these emails. (Once you are on a mailing list, you will receive more notifications for events than you could ever do.)
2. Each year I buy Art and Craft Show Directory. The one I buy is put out by the Market House Craft Center P.O. Box 204, East Petersburg, PA 17520, and is for Lancaster (where I live) and the surrounding area. I buy it at A.C. Moore at the beginning of the year. Check out local craft supply stores for something similar.
The book lists each show, the person in charge of the event along with their contact information and usually the date the application is due and the fee. Additionally, it lists attendance of each show and how much people pay to get in, as well as other information. Contact the people far enough in advance to meet the deadline. Usually I go through the book at the beginning of the year and make preliminary calls and emails to get more information on each potential show.
1. There are online services that list art and craft shows. You have to pay for some, but you can still figure out enough information without paying for the service. I don’t think I would pay, but it may be worth it for you, especially if you don’t know of any groups to get involved with or there isn’t a book for you to purchase. Some areas do not have as many shows as others, so you will want to make sure you don’t miss the big one! Just do a search and you will find many websites that offer this service.
Here are a few:
2. It is really easy to find more shows when you begin vending at shows. Just ask your neighbors at the show and they will give you suggestions. Be careful to keep your own target audience in mind when deciding on shows, even when getting tips from others. For example, I was telling a craft show acquaintance about a great experience I had at a show and basically trying to convince her that it would be a great place for her to try. However she knew her audience and nicely explained to me why it might not be quite as great a place for herself.