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Holiday Craft Fairs

Big craft fairs start taking applications early for their big holiday shows. I went to a workshop and one of the things I learned was that you have to know who your customer is. I’ve sold at a lot of different art fairs and it took me awhile to figure out why I sold well at some and not others. These are some great craft fairs in my region that fit my type of customer. I’ve applied to some of these and I encourage you to check out these great shows and consider applying yourselves!

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Bloomington Handmade Market – This craft fair takes place in Bloomington, Indiana on November 8. Applications are currently being accepted through September 6.

 

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Crafty Supermarket – This craft fair takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 29. Applications are being accepted through September 1.

 

 

 

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Craftin’ Outlaws – This craft fair takes place in Columbus, Ohio on November 15. Applications are being accepted through September 3.

 

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City Flea – this is a juried flea market in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their holiday market will be on December 13 and they will start taking applications in October.

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Renegade Craft Fair – these craft fairs take place all over the US in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. They also have a fair in London, England! Applications for the Chicago December 6-7 show are open from September 15-26.

 

 

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Flea Off Market – this is a juried flea market in Louisville, KY. Sign ups are usually sent out the month before the next market. They post applications on their Facebook page and can email it to you.

Block Party Handmade Boutique

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I’m really excited to announce that I will be selling at Block Party Handmade Boutique!  It’s my first time showcasing my new line of items for children including skirts, dresses, headbands, toys and more!  Everything is re-purposed and vintage so you can feel great shopping from me because you’ll be ‘going green!’

Here is a preview of some of the items I’ll be selling.

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Anna blue flower headband 2

Block Party Handmade Boutique opens tomorrow but the big official Grand Opening event will be April 15. Hope you can all stop by!

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Floyd Street Stock Exchange

In January, I found a link on my Facebook newsfeed about an auction in Louisville and it caught my eye. Mostly because there was a mannequin for sale and I’ve been trying to get my hands on one for years. My husband and I decided to attend just to see what it was all about and it turned out to be one the funnest date nights we’ve ever had!

The Floyd Street Stock Exchange is a monthly auction held on the first Thursday of every month. Started in the winter of 2012, the auction continues to grow in popularity and is a great resource for anything vintage or design. You can find anything from architectural salvage to curiosities and home accessories. The auction is hosted by Blue Ocean Traders, a trade only wholesale source company specializing in antiques and reproductions.

purple trunkThe auction reminded me of the TV show American Pickers.  Large antique metal signs lined one wall while mid-century furniture lay around the room. I spied a set of antique medicinal bottles as well as vintage artwork. There was even a gold leafed Victorian couch with velvet seats. The auction had hundreds of items for sale. A loud boisterous man called out the items so fast it was hard to understand what he was saying at first. Once the auction got started things began moving quickly and it took us awhile to figure out what was going on. Everyone was so friendly though and helped us learn the rules and etiquette.

My husband and I went for the mannequin which we purchased but also came home with three trunks (pictured here), an ottoman, pillows, and a door knocker. We got a great deal on all of our items! I saw the exact same trunk that I purchased for $25 in a store priced at $300.

The auctions begin with a preview and registration at 5PM and last for hours. Everything in the room is up for grabs and there’s even free beer, wine and snacks. The auction lasts for hours and some of the best deals are had at the very end.

The next auction is this Thursday April 4. You never know what you’ll find so make sure to follow the Floyd Street Stock Exchange on Facebook and visit their website.

http://www.floydstreetstockexchange.com

Unique Thrift Store

I love Louisville’s Unique Thrift Stores. Located on Preston Highway and the Portland Neighborhood (22nd Street) these stores offer 25% off every Monday and if you sign up for a free VIP card you get 25% off every Thursday! I always find something amazing when I shop there. Always. Last week, my mom and I went and found a five-piece vintage glass set for only $6!

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Tickled Pink

I decided to visit Tickled Pink last week because I have heard so many good things about it. After I arrived and looked around, I thought to myself, “How have I never been here before? This place is amazing!” It was truly amazing. Tickled Pink is a vintage mecca!

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Poppytalk Handmade

Poppytalk Handmade is an online curated marketplace offering some of the best designs worldwide.  Exhibitions change each month consistently offering fresh new designs. Any artist may submit their work to be included and it’s worth the try because Poppytalk receives traffic of approximately 1 million pageloads a month!

Poppytalk Handmade promotes each chosen artist on the front page and also offers them a separate page where they may include a biography and photographs of their work. Poppytalk sends consumers directly to the artist’s online shop so that the sellers may buy directly from the artist.

The new exhibition launches on June 4 so hurry up and check out these current items before they disappear! Here are a few of my favorites.

 

Owl Print by Gingiber, Terrariums Print by Small Talk Studio, Safari Rubber Stamps by Wee Gallery, Pops I Photography by September Wren

View the new exhibition schedule that launches June 4!

Laura Fauna

Laura Fauna is a Louisville-based clothes designer and manufacturer. She is well known for her beautiful dresses but also makes skirts, scarves etc.  You can find Laura Fauna’s work on Etsy, in stores around Louisville (like Cherry Bomb) and at art fairs.

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Featured Cincinnati Etsy Seller

Paper Acorn offers a wide variety of paper products including luminaries, garlands, decorations, favors, and cards . They’ve been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine and offer great products at affordable prices.

Fair Trade Gift Registries

Spring is huge for weddings and babies!  When you’re planning where to register, you should think of Just Creations. A Fair Trade and non-profit store, Just Creations offers a variety of items for everything including weddings, babies, anniversaries, birthdays, and of course Mother’s Day! Just Creations is kicking off their gift registries with an event this Saturday (May 12) from 10AM-6PM. There will be refreshments and a variety of gift baskets available to help give you ideas for your own registry or to help you find that special gift for someone special.

By shopping or helping other shop at Just Creations, you’re giving back in three big ways.

  • you’re buying local and supporting a Louisville business
  • you’re shopping ‘green’ because most of the products are made with recycled or re-purposed materials
  • you’re supporting artisans all across the globe and helping them earn a fair wage for their work

Check out some of these great wedding items including gifts for your bridesmaids, cute hair accessories for your flower girl and  gorgeous blown glass goblets for toasting!

Here are some great Mother’s Day gift ideas!

Make sure you stop by Just Creations this weekend to see how you can incorporate Fair Trade into your big event.

Just Creations is located in the heart of Crescent Hill at 2722 Frankfort Avenue.

 

Pass the Baton

Pass the Baton has been deemed “the most random recycling shop in Tokyo.”

PASS THE BATON is a personal culture marketplace. By means of a bricks-and-mortar flagship in the center of Tokyo and an online web shop, we offer buyers and sellers a forum for exchange. Items for sale are presented not only through images, but also by a brief profile of the seller and a short anecdote about the item. As a member of PASS THE BATON, people of all backgrounds, from all over the world, can sell as simply as one would at a flea market?but with the added dimension of optioning proceeds to charity. (taken from pass-the-baton.com)

I went through the shop and found a few fabulous (even vintage!) items to share with you.