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.
3. Brit+CO's Re:Make | Sept 12 | Fort Mason
Re:Make was day 2 of Brit+CO's annual maker's conference, which I also attended on Friday. The whole two day event was to inspire creativity in anyone and everyone. The event so well planned, executed, and inspiring. The craft fair, or "festival," as Brit+CO called it, was on Saturday, day 2 of the event.
4. Urban Epicurean Festival | Nov 7-8 | Fort Mason
5. SF Etsy's Indie Holiday Emporium | Nov 28-29 | Pier 35
Next blog posts ideas regarding craft fairs (which is TBD if I'll actually write about them, ha):
Happy Friday! Have lovely weekends.