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« Reply #90 on: September 27, 2006 05:30:13 PM »

Hi all!!  How does one find out about what fairs are going to happen in a particular area?  I'm specifically thinking about the holiday season coming up and wonder if all the big fairs are booked already.  Thanks for any suggestions......
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« Reply #91 on: September 28, 2006 10:58:57 AM »

Check out your local papers for a call for vendors.  Although by this time of year, many of the craft fairs will have already reached their capacity.

You can also check craftlister.com and simply ask around if you see someone crafty!

Craft and fabric stores in your area are a good place to check.  Ask the people who work there.

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« Reply #92 on: October 01, 2006 12:23:46 PM »

Thank you so much!
« Reply #93 on: January 30, 2007 01:29:33 PM »

for all the local craft fairs?  I am getting ready to move back to the states and I have never run my business back in the states.  So I have no idea where to look for all the craft fairs in the area that I will be living in (not sure where we are going yet). 

Also, all the shows I have done here have been inside and the tables have always been provided.  From what I am reading I need to be prepared for inside and outside shows and I need to have my own tables.  Is this correct?   

There is so much information for me to go thru here, thanks for all the post full of a wealth of info. 

« Reply #94 on: January 30, 2007 05:37:23 PM »

I would start with the local newspaper of whatever town/city you move to.  There is usually and "arts and craft" section where the fairs are listed.  Also, once you get into one fair, while you're there ask the other crafters what other fairs they know about and be sure to ask which ones are supposed to be the best.  That's how my partner and I found out which ones to participate in.

Though some fairs are outside, most are inside.  Most will provide tables either free or for a fee, but often they are quite big.  We have found it's better to have a bunch of small tables that we can set up as the space permits than one large table that simply runs the length of the space (which seems to be what is usually available, at least in the fairs we've been in).  The best price I've found for tables is Wal-Mart and Sam's Club.

I haven't done any outside fairs yet, mostly because I don't have a tent and there are plenty of other fairs to participate in.  There is one coming up in May that is outside but it will be held rain or shine so I definitely need a tent.  We'll see how the other ones go before I decide if I want to invest the money or not.  Honestly, I don't see myself doing this long-term, hence trying to keep my investment low.  Smiley



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« Reply #95 on: February 02, 2007 08:02:03 PM »

I get my show info on a site called craftlister.com.You can type in the state and zip code and give a mile radius and it will give you the shows in that criteria

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« Reply #96 on: February 12, 2007 02:19:12 PM »

You can look here on Craftster as well.  Any event posted to the calendar will show up in the appropriate state/area/region folder in the City GuidesSmiley

« Reply #97 on: October 21, 2008 08:01:39 PM »

try www.fairsandfestivals.net

i find they usually list only the better shows for me.
they also have a great free events search that gives details of all their craft show events.
« Reply #98 on: May 10, 2013 04:52:05 PM »

Hi everyone,

I am having a really hard time finding any craft show, fairs or sales in my area. I am in Burlington, ON and am looking for events in the GTHA (Toronto - Hamilton)

Anyone have any advice on tracking down these events?

I make my own semiprecious stone and Swarovski crystal jewellery as well as handmade bath products (bath salts, soaps etc.)

Please help!
Chris in VT
« Reply #99 on: May 11, 2013 03:46:39 AM »

There's a site called http://festivalnet.com/
It lists over 25,000 events, not just craft fairs. It does have events listed in Ontario. 

It's $20 to join and you can get all the contact info as well as reviews on every show listed. It's money well spent.

There's NOTHING at a craft show, or on Etsy, anybody NEEDS. NOTHING.
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