Clearly I am failing at blogging on a regular basis, but I am very happy to finally be writing about my craft fair experience in 2015! I embarrassingly did not know about the existence of craft fairs before this past year (there are so many in SF but my secret about being 1 hour south of THE City is that I am incredibly lazy about driving and parking, so most weekends I'd rather watch The Office in my bed than drive up), but I did 5 in 2015 and learned so much!
Each craft fair gave me a very different experience, so I've decided to write about each of them, in hopes it will be helpful for future vendors to decide which to sell at. Here's my format:
• SITE: About venue, booth assignments, and event layout.
• SELLERS: There's definitely a maker "type" for each of these events. (But PS, hope it's clear I am definitely generalizing.)
• STUFF: What kind of products are sold at each craft fair.
• SHOPPERS: The general type of people that visit the event- again, generalizing.
• SOLD: I'm going to be very transparent and open and share how much I made at each of these craft fairs, by using a reference base amount of "X". I'm sure revenue at craft fairs is different for every seller, depending on what items they brought, how seasonal their products are, etc.
• SUMMARY: A summary of my thoughts.
Here we gooooo!
1. SF Etsy's Summer Indie Emporium | May 30-31 | Pier 35
I forgot how I heard about my first craft fair, but I was so happy to have SF etsy host my first one! I loved it a lot, and the experience was so fun and I learned so much.
2. Renegade San Francisco | Jul 15-17 | Fort Mason
I was SO thrilled to be a part of Renegade- it is arguably the most well known craft fair in the area, and I had been rejected the first time I applied 6 months prior. I loved being a part of it, and seeing all the amazing artists there that traveled from so far to sell their goods in SF.