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« on: July 04, 2011 11:06:35 AM »

New to area, from Indiana.  Want to start doing craft shows.  Scroll saw work.  Is this place still active?
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2011 08:26:00 PM »

Hi there! I've been with Craftster for a few years, in a couple of different places: GA, Miami, etc. and the city guides never seem to be too busy.
Mostly, it's people mentioning fairs they're organizing, asking for vendors.
What I've done so far (for myself) is look for events, like seasonal festivals, through the newspapers: Orlando Sentinal, and through the tourist pages: visittampabay.com.
So far, I've not seen a lot of crafting activity, but I'd love to see that change!
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011 06:18:24 AM »

I live in Lakeland and have been doing craft shows for about 4 years now.  It's really hard to find craft shows where the vendor fee is so outlandish there is no way to make any money.  Many of the craft shows are now signing up with festival.net or some other type service which charges over $100 per show.  I simply cannot afford that kind of booth or vendor fee as what I sell is a low cost product basically herbal soap at $4.00 per bar.  I supplement the soap with some jewelry (but everybody sells jewelry these days) and some knitting.

I would just like to be able to find craft fairs where the vendor fee is more reasonable.

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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2011 12:06:15 PM »

I would just like to be able to find craft fairs where the vendor fee is more reasonable.

Tell me about it! I'm trying to start a business, and when I saw Buckler's vendor fee, I had to double check! I think it just seems risky to pay so much, as a new vendor, when you can't gauge the attendance or sales.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2011 12:26:34 PM »

The only fairs I know of are all down in Sarasota, but that's not exactly around the corner. Are there any meet up groups in central FL?

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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012 03:38:22 AM »

Is anyone having a booth at the Apopka Fair March 8-11, 2012?  My daughter is having a booth in the young entrepreneurial zone selling jewelry and I didn't know if anyone else was going.
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regular booths are $125 and premium booths are $300

« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2012 05:08:49 PM »

Hey, Tinner, I'm originally from Indiana too. One thing I've noticed is that a lot of small craft shows advertise for vendors at the last minute, so it's important to have inventory in stock to respond to these opportunities. Watch for highway signs, classified ads, and local event blurbs in the paper--a lot of times the promoters advertise more for shoppers than vendors. Also, a lot of events are annual--like neighborhood or church-sponsored shows, and you can simply ask to bge put on their mailing list for the next show. Finally, Floridafestivalsandevents.com lists a lot of events that include crafts.

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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2012 01:02:16 PM »

i would also love to have a list of craft shows in the Tampa Bay/Clearwater, Florida area.

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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2012 11:57:07 AM »

I would love a master list as well. I am helping with one in November in Clearwater so I can tell you about at least one near you. The entry fee is $50 instead of the too common $100+. I posted a blurb about it on the site. It is Mason Dixon's Best of the Best Car Show and Craft Festival. Last year's atte4ndance was about 5,000.
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