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« Reply #80 on: February 05, 2006 06:22:06 AM »

Hmm, well I have similar problems to you with my craft - dreadlock hair extensions

Not certain where would be appropriate, I took the plunge last year, and applied to vend at one of the huge 2 day music festvals here in Australia. Nobody needed to know I wasn't a huge business  Wink

The lineup covered a range of tastes  (Queens of the stone age, Interpol, The Living End, Ryan Adams, Shihad, Pnau, Moby, Bloc party, Doves, etc)
The great thing about vending at the festival were all the extra perks we got. 3 Free entries to the festival, VIP camping + passes, we could enter the festival site whenever we wanted and skip the lines + bag checks etc etc.

Sounds like your product would do well at a similar event

More details of my experiences if you're interested
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=54319.0

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« Reply #81 on: February 06, 2006 10:38:44 AM »

There is a site called www.indiecraftshows .com - doesn't have a lot listed but it might get you started!
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« Reply #82 on: March 01, 2006 10:25:49 AM »

I would try joining your local Chamber of Congress.  They usually have a list or a group of small, independent business owners.  These people are usually in the "know" about craft type shows in the area.

Another place that I have heard people talking about is vendor central usa.  I guess its a group that helps with networking.

The last places I've looked at or heard about are craftlister.com and showsmart.com

Oh, and one more thing to try is to go to local boutiques.  They also usually know about craft type shows in the area.

HTH and good luck!

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« Reply #83 on: April 21, 2006 03:34:45 PM »

Oh wow, I'm so glad I stumbled upon this topic, most of the craft fairs in my area are for the  tourist or gift market, and mostly old-fashioned, fuddy-duddy kind of stuff. Now I'm completely inspired to start my own alternative craft fair/zine sale/tattoo convention or something... hmm I'm definitly going ot look into this more in the future. Thanks for posting all those great sites eveyone, very helpful indeed!~ and good luck with your craft fairs!!
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« Reply #84 on: April 22, 2006 09:56:02 PM »

I am finding the same problem in Denver CO.  I had seen some posts of some people who were going to start one but it never seemed to pan out.  I moved here about 4 years ago from Rochester NY where there are lots of cool arts shows.  Maybe you could start one!  I don't know where to begin with that, but I'd be interested in a discussion about how to start a cool show!
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« Reply #85 on: April 24, 2006 02:33:09 PM »

I agree on a HOW TO thread. I've posted some of my knowledge on my GETCRAFTY blog and also CROQ zine published a short article, but I am only one teeny planner person with one measly show under my belt. I'd like to hear from those seasoned veterans on tips and tricks to starting them, and then how to keep improving once you've started.
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« Reply #86 on: April 24, 2006 03:28:19 PM »

pumpkingirl - keep an eye on the articles section of indiecraftshows.com, http://www.indiecraftshows.com/articles.php
right now it's mostly articles for vendors, but since we just got done organizing a huge show here in Richmond (Spring Bada-Bing with more than 50 vendors) we're planning on writing some how-to articles.
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« Reply #87 on: April 24, 2006 08:37:21 PM »

I have been on indie craftshows but I just don't think there is anything cool in the Denver area.  I am new to this site.  How could we start another thread about "how to start a craft show" or "How to organize a craft show" or "How to be a craft show director."  Maybe organize is the best...  that would be a fun challenge to see if previously cool craft show barren cities could start a new craft movement... Hummmmm.....
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« Reply #88 on: April 25, 2006 04:42:17 PM »

Most cities also have online portals with info about businesses, festivals, tourism, employment, etc.  It might be a good idea to search your city's name to see if it has a website with any relevant info.
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« Reply #89 on: May 02, 2006 04:30:40 AM »

For funky craft market in Scotland -

www.misofunky.com

or email hello@misofunky.com

Next market on 27th May! 
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