Monday, November 24, 2008

Craft Fairs

Hi All,

No pictures of tatting today although I've been tatting hard and heavy to get everything done. My time was taken up this past week getting ready for this past weekend's craft fair. I was mainly working on my painted gourds. I also like to demonstrate tatting when I'm doing a craft fair. All in all it went pretty good. I sell tatting and gourds to make a little extra spending money to spend on. . . .

Give up? To spend on more tatting supplies of course! Wooo Hooo!

I have an observation about craft fairs and a little complaint, now don't run away just a little complaint. I have increasingly noticed that when I show my tatting at craft fairs there are a lot of other stuff there. For example, at this last craft show I did this past weekend, Hot teas and house plants are not a craft. Tupperware, Pampered chef and Premiere Jewelry are also not crafts. Worst of all there was a chiropractic clinic there advertising for their clinic. DEFINTELY NOT A CRAFT! Wouldn't you think? Sorry it just irritates me a little when I do a show and there's stuff like this being sold at a "craft" fair. I've been to one show where a vendor beside me was selling costume jewelry and not the kind made by her but store bought stuff. Ugh! Nice people but still not what I would consider a craft. On the up side though I have shown what tatting is and a lot more people are starting to recognize it. I got a lot of questions about tatting so that was fun talking to people and demonstrating.

Oh still have no news on the curve ball I mentioned earlier but stay tuned it's coming. I have to go get the son up for school.


Rebecca Ramsey said...

I know exactly what you mean! I did a craft fair a few years ago and my booth was one of few actual crafts there.
I'd love to see pictures of the gourds and tatted treasures you took to the fair. Your work is amazing!

yarnplayer said...

Wow, that is great that you are demonstrating tatting at craft fairs! Way to go!

I totally agree with your observation that craft fairs should be about handmade! Maybe this one didn't get enough entries from craft artists, so they added "filler". said...

I find that kind of craft show very dissapointing. The worse thing is when a vendor claims to hand make something that clearly is mass manufactured. Its made me very leary of purchasing anything at a "craft show".

Gina said...

I have to agree to a certain extent. I no longer go to many of the local "craft" fairs because they are not crafts. The "craft" part dwindled more and more so that it was not worth it, to me. I actually enjoy teas and they hand in hand with crafts with me, but I really don't like to see the more commercial mass-produced items mixed in at craft fairs.

Tara said...

You all are right about the craft getting more scarce at craft fairs but still I keep doing them as this is the only way I can earn a little extra for my tatting. I'm on the fence about the teas as they were hand blended so I'm really not sure if that would qualifies a craft. I myself love tea. I'll try to post a pic of one of my gourd but probably next week. This week is going to be a little crazy.