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« on: January 07, 2009 12:16:21 PM »

I am interested in taking the plunge and doing a craft show and i have looked around online and the cheapest one i can find is like $250 for a booth! i keep reading about all these fairs with $20 booths and other cheap entry fees. where can i find them? i live just outside toronto, canada and am starting to think this is an american thing and that if i want to do a show here, i am going to have to shell out the big bucks!

« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2009 06:28:07 AM »

Try calling local schools, churches, community centers. If they have craft fairs, you will probably find that those will be your lower priced booth fees. Once you do one you can ask other vendors what shows they do. I have always found them to be very helpful.

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2009 10:54:09 AM »

I agree that schools, community centers and churches are usually the cheapest. Sometimes these shows even get more traffic than the expensive ones too. Make sure this still includes your target audience though. My first show was at a church and the average age of the customer was definitely 70+. I only made one real sale, plus a few small items. However I did very well at a high school the next weekend.

I recently discovered that every January a woman in my area publishes an annual craft show booklet, listing all the shows and fairs for the upcoming year. I bought it this year and there are over 450 shows listed! I only came across a handful of them during online searches, and that was when they were just a few weeks away. See if someone in your area does the same thing, or maybe an arts and crafts group maintains a list. Now is a good time to look since it's the beginning of the year.

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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2009 11:40:41 AM »

They have various websites dedicated to lists of craft fairs and festivals, at least for the US.  I believe such lists include Sunshine Artist, and Festivalnet . . . I don't know if they have Canadian listings, but you might do a google search.  I would also suggest contacting your local chamber of commerce (or Canadian equivalent) to see if they have monthly or yearly lists of events.  Good luck!

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2009 07:44:20 AM »

Sassy Little Craft Show

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Good Catch Craft Fairs

All Nifty and not too pricey. I have only participated in Sassy and it was great but I have shopped at the others and they seemed pretty sweet too.

I found out all of these by signing up for the Toronto Craft Alert bulletin. If you haven't discovered it yet, it is a Godsend to Toronto crafters.


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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2009 11:10:52 AM »

There is the Big On Bloor festival in June in Toronto.  It's going to be my first "show".  It's actually a street festival, so I'm not sure it's what you're looking for, exactly, but it's $25 per 8 foot table for small businesses.

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