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« on: July 20, 2006 06:38:30 PM »

I've searched the board and not found one mention (other than the Caffine show) about craft shows in Cincy.  Am I missing something or are there no good craft shows here? Huh

Are there any consignment stores that do crafts?

Thank you!!

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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2006 05:52:19 AM »

Hi there -- some yrs ago hub lived in Cincinnati & I got to visit him quite a lot (I was working in aanother state). We never happened to hear of or to chance upon any crafts fairs in Cincinnati itself. Really knowing the area only a bit, certainly not as anything ike a native, I can't say for-sure why there might be something of a dearth of crafts fairs in the city. But... might possibly be because there were so many of em elsewhere in Ohio. We'd also lived on&off for awhile in Indianapolis & oddly enough it was kinda the same situation there -- also, come to think about it, near Louisville. Someone once suggested that maybe crafts fairs were considerably more common on the east coast because it was generally more 'citified' (lol!) overall -- i.e., a great many people didn't have time or inclination or knowledge to craft things any more themselves so they were happy to buy unusual or fun items from others who did. Did you also try a general websearch for Cincinnati or Ohio craft show or craft fair? As for consignment shops, you might want to check the phone book, or maybe call a Chamber of Commerce?
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2006 04:50:16 PM »

I've found a few small shows, like school christmas fairs, but from what I've seen they are a lot of grandma crafts and people don't spend a lot of money there.  I wasn't sure if there were some Cincy craftsters on here that might have thoughts about specific shows.

Thanks though, it's nice to know it's not just Cincy!

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2006 07:32:00 PM »

hmm...I have family in cincy. Lots of family. I'm out atleast a few times a year. My sister-in-laws aunt just did a show out there. I'm guess it was a good show, she went there form pittsburgh. She didn't sell much coz it rained the whole weekend. I can get the name if you'd like. I'm surprised by this actually. I thought cincy would be pretty good for craft shows, I know they have a good local music scene.

« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2006 01:45:09 PM »

Nah, Cincinnati isn't that great for crafts.   Angry  (I've lived in the Cincinnati area most of my life...I should know).

Let's see, there's Summerfair in June...but that's more of an art show.

As for consignment shops...I can't think of any off hand. 

For years, I've been thinking about setting a booth up for the World's Longest Yard Sale to sell some of my crafts (starts in Covington), but I'm not sure that would be a good idea.  However, I am setting a booth up at the Yard Sale this year...to get rid of some of the household junk (too lazy for my own yard sale).

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2006 07:48:51 AM »

No, there aren't any good craft shows in Cincinnati.

Rachel Bosh-Guerra from Fetopia and I have been trying to set up a craft show in Cincinnati for a long time. The problem  is that neither one of us have a ton of time. Rachel runs Fetopia, Cincinnati Craft Mafia, and several other websites and is a mom, plus she's a rollergirl.  I have a full time job, and we both run Plum of the Month.

Finding a good location has been impossible, and even if there was a good place to host a show, I worry about people coming and actually spending money. Cincinnati seems to be very label oriented. People here don't care if something is one of a kind or handmade. In fact, people in Cincinnati just want to have what everyone else has. Even stores like A Show of Hands have gone out of business.

You could join the Cincinnati Craft Mafia www.cincinnaticraftmafia.com

We get a lot of traffic on the website. At some point we are going to start buying advertising as a group, so the cost for the individual will be very affordable.  There are shows nearby too, like Craftin' Outlaws in Columbus. I went last year, which was the first year, and it was pretty good.

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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2006 03:23:56 PM »

I sent an email to the site about joining and never heard back, I'd love to talk to someone about it though.  Maybe I sent it to the wrong email, or it might not have gone through, I've been having email problems lately.

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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2006 08:37:35 PM »

I found out that the Cincinnati Craft Mafia administrators have just been super busy the past few weeks. You should be hearing back from them soon.

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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2006 12:29:20 PM »

Great!  Thanks for letting me know!

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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2006 12:34:56 PM »

I live in Cincinnati if you guys need any questions?

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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2006 11:57:08 PM »

on the Enquirer's website I've found 2 things - 1) an old list of craft shows http://www.cincinnati.com/freetime/stories/100702_craftfairs2002.html 2) and a list in the classified section of craft shows looking for crafters http://frontier.cincinnati.com/classifieds/other.asp?type=9&class=612&items=10&kw=

any thoughts/recommendations?  I was going to call some of the people in the classified section but I wasn't sure what to ask them.

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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2007 05:22:45 PM »

Well, I know of a great craft fair that I'm not exactly sure if it still is running,but it is in Logan Ohio. Is was called the Lilly fest,filled with flowers, pottery and arts and crafts. I just wish we'd have that in Cincinnati.  Undecided
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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2008 07:29:39 AM »

I think the key to a good indie craft fair in Cincinnati would be to find a spot to host it in Northside, and do a call for artists in OTR, downtown, Clifton, Northside, and then strategic adverts in other hot spots in the city.  When I lived in Cinci, I really wanted to put something like this together, but didn't really have time to work on it either.

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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2008 10:09:21 AM »

Hello!!!!!!!!! This is a call to any and everyone in Cincinnati who is interested in a craft show! I am organizing and putting one on ! Any interest be it as a consumer, contributor, vendor, advertising, planning ANYTHING please contact me at Myfamilyeatswiththeirhands [at] gmail [dot] com or msg me through here!

Its time we get Cincinnati in the DIY and Craft world!

Any info questions comments anything please contact me!

I've searched the board and not found one mention (other than the Caffine show) about craft shows in Cincy.  Am I missing something or are there no good craft shows here? Huh

Are there any consignment stores that do crafts?

Thank you!!
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2008 05:44:57 PM »

Artworks is running a holiday craft/art bazaar this december. I think it runs from the 6th to the 20th. I think it is pretty small though.

Did you want to participate? Or just visit?
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2008 05:06:40 AM »

this weekend (Friday 6-10pm and Saturday 11-8pm) at The Leapin Lizard
Gallery in Covington (turn right onto Mainstrasse and it is three
blocks down on the left; a beautiful old church converted into an art
gallery on the corner).   The craft market will be on the 2nd floor
with live music, holiday baked goodies, a huge selection of awesome
artisans displaying their jewelry, ceramics, bags, gifts, cards,
woodworking, accessories and even some adult beverages.
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2009 08:12:05 PM »

Okay, I just got here (yeah, late as usual... Huh ) and I think we need to put out another call for crafters, and see if we can get something off the ground.

I know there are churches that might let us have shows there for a donation, recreation centers are a possibility (Anderson has a nice one), and if you insist on being on the northside, I'm sure we can work something out.

I'm really irritated at the dearth of crafty stuff for adults (who work, and have other things to do during the daytime hours).

I'm not the best at my crafts, but I tat (needle and shuttle), crochet and am working on custom dolls - or at least heading that way.  I teach better than I work - was once a Lee Ward's craft consultant (yes, my age is showing...)

So - a new year, shall we at least get together and chat?

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« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2009 11:23:39 AM »

I could say there are a few things wrong with Cinci, one of them being a lack of any major craft community. There is a definite emphasis on fitting in, which I think dampens the crafts community. I know that it definitely dampens the fashion world here. I can't say I've seen one small clothing boutique. But if you would be interested in putting something together I would join in. I craft myself, and also would even just help organize if needed.  email me! briliantlyfreakish@hotmail.com
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2009 12:20:40 PM »

Cincinnati is extremely conservative, but we do have some amazing boutiques that are holding out. Ludlow Ave in the Clifton gaslight district has some great ones, and in some cases they have local artists work. Also Newport and Covington (KY) proper, have the random gallery/shop that are worth wild.

But regardless, a craft community is pretty much non-existent.

I'd love to start/be a part of a craft night/group.

Cafes and restaurants are typically ok with groups using space as long as people buy drinks, etc. That way there are no fees for space etc.

KNIT ON in Newport Ky has knitting classes and I think they do a knit night now and again.
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2010 07:12:59 PM »

I'm totally late to this party, but I just wanted to make sure everyone knows about Crafty Supermarket! Me and my friend Alisha started this show last fall because there was a dearth of craft activity in Cincinnati, and it totally brought all the crafters out of the woodwork!

We had about 70 applications for 15 spots at the first show, which was at the Northside Tavern. We had 1,000 shoppers show up in one day--it was mind-blowing! And the people of Cincy were spending money, too. Our next show is in one week, this time at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center with 50 crafters! (Exact date: Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) http://craftysupermarket.com

And we've got a great craft resource now in Fabricate, a cute craft boutique in Northside. http://fabnorthside.com
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