The Craft Show List: Find the best craft shows for selling jewelry.
When you are ready to expand beyond selling jewelry at local craft fairs, consider investing in one of these craft show listings:
Regional Show Listings:
Every region has at least one craft fair guidebook that ranks (by way of participant surveys) various craft shows within a region. Once you start participating in craft shows, you should make sure that you fill out the surveys and help these guidebooks with ranking shows. The more surveys these publications get, the better they will be able to refine rankings for various shows, festivals, and markets. You could also try doing a google search for “craft+show+guide+your state” to see what guides pop up.
- On the East Coast, there is a show listing called “Art & Craft Show Yellow Pages” which covers AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV.
- For the West Coast, there's the craft show listings called "CraftMaster News" which covers the states of: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
National Craft Shows
For Those of you with ambitions of taking on the craft show world on a national level, here are two of the top craft show listings providers:
- On a National level, there is the long running “Sunshine Artist Magazine,” whose focus is on the business of Art and Craft Shows. They also have a publication called the “Audit Book” that features craft shows by state and their relative ranking in terms of sales and attendance, as well as promoter contact information.
- For the best listings on the national level, you may want to consider “Art Fair Sourcebook.” They run a publication dedicated to the top 300 craft shows in the US, and as you may have guessed, this information will cost you plenty. But if you are interested in traveling and selling at the top shows across the country, as some of my friends are, this is a worthwhile investment.
For those on a limited budget, Sunshine Artist Magazine also offers a free version, although they are missing the all too useful ratings and reviews.
Remember, get some local craft fair or artisan market experience before you start booking a bunch of craft shows. It's better to learn how to sell jewelry at the local level before venturing out and booking yourself for shows across the country.
Once you have your selling season set, here are some Craft Show Tips for you.