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« on: January 29, 2006 09:02:18 AM »

Hi ya'll! I live in SA and I want to participate in craft shows. Where do I start? Where do I go? I am also willing to travel. I just get so pissy when people tell me I should sell my stuff at the flea market. What an insult!
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2006 04:23:52 AM »

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

HTH and good luck!

Amy  Smiley

Oh, and one more thing to try is to go to local boutiques.  They also usually know about craft type shows in the area.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2006 07:53:05 PM »

Thank you! That was very helpful!  Grin I sell my stuff in 2 stores now, but I don't sell very much there. I'll look into all of these!
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2006 12:18:18 PM »

I'd keep your ears and eyes open at local craft stores and boutiques.  Depends what you're trying to sell.  Go to places that sell similar stuff and browse around, ask innocent questions like "Do you ever go to shows?" and see what they'll tell you.  Most vendors love to chat up the customer. 

Also, don't be too insulted about the flea market line.  It could be a real start.  It doesn't mean your goods are inferior... most of the "weekend only" flea markets or bazaars or community garage sales are craft shows in disguise.   Could be a good way to make a bit of quick cash.

Also, in San Antonio, there's always the Mexican Market.  Again, depends what you're selling.  But that place is hopping every day of the week, and vendors crowd the streets just to be close to the action. 

I tried doing "craft markets" and "fair on the square" type booths before, but many times I have to forego it because a lot of the big commercial ones require business liscenses or at least tax ID numbers.  I agree, ask the CoC about local shows. 
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