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Valerie Jo
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Date: 6/20/12 4:58 PM

What kind of stuff interests you at Craft Shows? Or what has in the past?

I like one of a kind things which are very hard to find. I also like kitchen things. I look for unique gifts. I also look it over pretty well to see if it is really handmade. I always visit the vendor that makes doggie biscuits.

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Date: 6/21/12 11:00 AM

Doggy bisquits, hmmm! I would visit that vendor. I like to go to a craft fair (actually called Craft Market) in Santa Monica in June and November. I have been attending this fair for years. Had to miss this last June, but I am plannning on getting there in November - What do I like about it?

Its vendors are truly craftsman (and women) it isn't 'homemade' items (although I suspect that they all have a home studio) but truly high end one of a kind jewelry, clothing and home furnishings. I have bought some unique gifts for family but usually just go (and buy) for myself. Also it is in Santa Monica, which is a beautiful city to visit, too.

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Date: 6/21/12 12:45 PM

Val!!

I like the hankies, the vintage notions that seem to pop up on them, tablecloths and kids' clothes, long before I had little kids.

Now...I don't buy this stuff. But I will say that the walker bags have a need that needs to be filled.

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Date: 6/21/12 3:15 PM

USEFUL stuff more than decorative stuff. Clothing accessories, of course: hats, wallets, bags, gloves. But also stuff I'd use in the kitchen or elsewhere in the house. For example --

I sewed up some of these Doorganizers for Christmas gifts one year:



Also, these "Hanger Bags" would be great for a craft fair:



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Date: 6/21/12 5:30 PM

I especially like the Doorganizers! I don't have an embroidery machine so wouldn't be able to put "DO NOT FORGET" on them - but the idea is great! Hmmm....must remember....

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Date: 6/21/12 6:38 PM

Love the doorganizer! But the rare time I go to a craft fair, I usually just go and see a lot of stuff that I could make myself. I take that back - I went to one with a friend last summer and picked up some nice hand made pewter ornaments. Metal work just a tad outside my ambit. But we walked past a lot of very nice paper crafts that I just felt would be so easy to replicate on my own that I couldn't justify the cost. Of course I have not made a single one, but I probably wouldn't have used any of the ones I bought, either.

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Date: 6/21/12 9:05 PM

The only tings I buy at craft fairs are:

Handmade Christmas ornaments for the kids each and every year.

Special jams, pickles, preserves etc, that I only need one or two jars of and do not have time to make myself. Things like hot pepper jelly or boozie fruit.

I did go to two quilt shows this year and at one I bought a purse for all of $10.00, I could not buy the material and beads for that, plus a hen pin cushion and another small item. All for myself and all way underpriced for the cost of materials, let alone the labour.

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Date: 6/22/12 3:32 AM

Handmade soaps with spicy scents (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom) and candles that smell great as well as interesting one off jewellry - e.g. steam punk items from watch innards and lovely jam such as quince or redcurrant.

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Date: 6/22/12 4:37 PM

I want to make displays for a local fabric shop here so that I can get my materials free. I sure hope that happens. The items will probably be used as gifts though (not to sell).

I always wondered how profitable it would be to sell at fairs. Has anyone tried that before? What were the sellers? Thanks.

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