Have you been thinking about selling your art and handmade crafts at local craft shows?
If you are trying to earn more money from things you create, selling your work at local craft shows and fairs might be something you want to consider.
How To Find Local Craft Shows For Crafters
I have been selling my artwork online before Facebook was born.
Throughout the years, I always try to increase my earnings, and I share with you everything that has worked for me and things that didn’t do as well, so it will be easier for you to build an art business.
Over the past couple of years, I have been contemplating selling my fine-art and handmade crafts at local craft shows.
This year I finally gave it a go.
The problem I was facing was I did not know how to find local craft fairs, so I did some research and developed a plan.
In this post, I am going to share with you how to find local craft shows for crafters so you can start earning more money this year.
Before we get started, I want to let you know that I wish I started selling at crafts shows soon. It has been a big success.
There will be many variables on how well you do at craft shows, but if you start and use them as a learning experience, you will soon become a pro at selling your artwork and handmade crafts at craft shows and craft fairs.
In future posts, I will share with you some of the tips I have learned along the way. Until then I want to show you how to find local craft shows in your area.
Community Facebook Pages
The first place I started was with Facebook.
I joined the community Facebook pages in my area and started checking them regularly.
Many large and small organizations post on these pages when they are looking for vendors and crafters for upcoming events.
If you do not see an existing post, ask the community for help. Many people will guide you in the right direction.
I also have a few friends that keep an eye out for me and tag me in any posts that relate to what I sell.
I do have to disclose that the amount of craft fairs and craft shows that you will learn about will be overwhelming. So pick and chose what you think will be best for what you create.
Another tip is if you are starting, I would recommend starting at a small event so you can learn what you need to do.
You can look at how other crafters are displaying their products and how they are keeping everything organized.
The first two shows I did, I used as a learning experience.
Now I feel comfortable with displaying my products and all of the supplies I need to make it a successful day.
Find Local Craft Shows At Churches and Schools
Many local churches and schools try to earn money for their organizations by holding craft fairs, bake sales, and even carnivals.
These events are usually smaller, and the booth fees are often lower, which makes it a great event to get your feet wet.
Some events might ask you to donate a product for a raffle to help them raise more money.
Ask your friends if they know of any local churches or schools that hold craft fairs.
You can also check out their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Many cities and towns have a calendar of events on their website.
Many smaller events post on this calendar because they do not have enough work hours to promote them on other listings.
Check to see if there is an art organization for your town or city.
Joining an art organization in your area will help you to meet other crafters.
Once you have become familiar with shows in your area, look into state-wide craft shows and craft fairs.
Art And Craft Magazines And Local Newspapers
Some craft show organizers will post a classified ad in local newspapers to help find crafters and vendors.
Another place to look is the back of craft magazines.
Online Craft Fair Resources
The last thing I would like to share with you are these online craft directories.
- Craftster Calendar
- Festival Network Online
- Art & Craft Show Yellow Pages
Take a few minutes to become familiar with all of them.
Bookmark them for future reference.
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