Dive into Craft Shows for the Holiday Season!

Today I’m featuring a guest post by Bethany Ramos.  She talks about giving handmade for the holidays. (Something you can do at my upcoming craft show.)

I firmly believe that I got my love of crafts from my mother, who actually set up her own booth at a craft fair selling Texas shaped potholders made of denim – true story! Since that point, even though I absolutely love shopping online, there is something to be said about going to a craft show in person, where you can meet and greet with the actual artists and pick up something truly original. In fact, if you are new to the craft show world, you should be warned that once you start, you may not be able to stop in your craft shopping addiction! Here are some helpful shopping tips to get you started…

Get to Know the Artist

If you visit a craft show and are admiring the local wares of a jewelry maker or painter, as an example, they will be more than happy to chat it up with you! When you get to know the artist, you may be able to create a connection so that you can get your hands on an original or specialized piece that you may not have been able to find otherwise. As an example, my husband and I saw these amazing Edward Scissorhands mod paintings at a craft show that quickly sold out. We talked to the artist one-on-one, and he gave us his card and offered to re-create one of the paintings for us upon our request. Score!

Move Beyond the Front Display

photo by steevithak

If you are at a crowded craft show where an artist or vendor has all of their goods set up on a front display, take the time to mingle about and look back into their booth even farther. There you may find some of their more unique and interesting pieces that aren’t mass-produced for a display table, which are fantastic items to purchase throughout the year and save as gifts for the holidays!

Buy in Bulk

Speaking of holidays, yet another tip that I learned from my mother was to buy several gifts throughout the year to stock up for Christmas, and if you see a truly interesting or hot item, buy more than one to give away as gifts to several people! As an example, if you see a unique jeweled and decorated pocket compact made by a local artist, you could probably buy at least five to give as stocking stuffers to all the ladies in your family for Christmas. Cool and unique, what more can you ask for?

The truth is that it pays to keep an eye out on the local craft shows in your area because you never know what you may find!

For a great selection of Bunn coffee filters, check out Bethany Ramos’ website, The Coffee Bump.