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« on: December 20, 2005 01:08:32 PM »

Hello, crafty friends! 

My wife and I are trying to put together a craft show similiar to the No Coast Craft-o-Rama, to be held this summer in St. Paul.  Nothing is settled yet and we're still trying to book a site.  We have never hosted a craft fair before, and we didn't hear about the Craft-o-Rama until too late.  But it sounds like it was a great event and I know lots of people here were involved with it. 

So what I'm looking for are COR participants, organizers, and even attendees, to talk about that event and help us plan for ours.  We want your ideas!  Feedback here would be okay, but what I really want are a few people that I could talk with over email for an in-depth interview.  If you're up for it, you can respond to me via this site or email me directly at suigeneris1@gmail.com.  I am friendly, I promise.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you!  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2006 08:37:16 PM »

Hi! Oh, I can't wait until another craft show. No Coast was lots of fun. I got to attend NCCOR but I really wanted to be a vendor (I too found out too late, but at least I got to go).
I think it was a general consensus that the site for NCCOR was a little small, and tons of people came even though it was an icky day. So I would suggest a big venue because if a lot of people came to that, even more will come to a summer craft show when the driving is easy and the weather is nice. Maybe a half-indoor, half-outdoor venue would be nice so attendees and vendors could enjoy the weather.
Another great thing about No Coast was that they set up a website to keep everyone posted and start a buzz on the vendors. Also any changes can be updated quickly and easily.
Please let me know when you figure out vendor requirements, I would love to be a part of it! motleykitten@yahoo.com
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2006 06:55:56 PM »

I went as well and agree with motleykitten- wayyy too crowded. It was so crowded that it prevented me from spending more $$ (good for me, bad for the vendors!). People looked like they were having fun, tho. If you have particular questions, I'll check my messages here on craftster-

Please keep us posted as to what's brewing... E

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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2006 02:21:06 PM »

Are you looking to hold this event outdoors?

I would imagine since you are planning a summer event, that you would be planning to hold it outside (park, city streets, etc)  My personal opinion is that indoor shows in the summer just don't have the shoppers that an outdoor summer event has.  Here in MN we spend enough time indoors and when we can be outside, we want to be outside. 
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2006 02:25:56 PM »

I didn't go to No Coast, but I've recently moved to St. Paul and would love to hear any updates about this! Good Luck!
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2006 04:07:47 AM »

check out www.craftstravaganza.com
applications are due early March
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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2006 04:14:05 AM »

Ooh, exciting...
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2006 09:03:05 AM »

Hi everybody!  I hope you all apply if you haven't done so already.  To clarify, applications must be postmarked by March 6, this Monday. 

Sadly, ITZA, we couldn't do it outdoors this year.  Every outdoor venue we tried to book was stupid expensive and we wanted to keep costs down for our vendors.  I think it'll be good since we're at the State Fairgrounds.  Everyone knows where it is, for one thing, and the building is one of those barn-type structures with big garage doors so it'll be nice and open.

Check out the website, and email me at info@craftstravaganza.com if you have any other questions!  Thanks!

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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2006 08:35:25 PM »

This sounds great! I'm too late to vend, but I'd love to attend. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2006 04:50:07 PM »

Holy smokes, Stifflersmom, I didn't know you were in Minnesota!  Shocked
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