Craft show report!

Hey, y’all, I’m back and really excited to tell you about my five-day weekend. I drove out to Pittsburgh to hawk my wares at the Handmade Arcade, an indie craft fair.

Not familiar with the “indie” qualifier? Let’s just say these people don’t sell doilies and tissue box holders. Thousands of people showed up at Construction Junction in Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze neighborhood to buy things like wallets, screenprinted posters, buttons and magnets, and letterpressed goodies.

(Indie craft is seriously huge right now. A documentary about the DIY movement is being made, Etsy‘s bringing crafts to the common man, and indie craft shows are popping up in pretty much every big city.)

I spent about two months binding books and printing cards to sell this weekend, and I ended up having my best weekend of sales ever. And although it was great to nearly sell out of everything, it was even more rewarding to be able to talk to the people who were buying my stuff. You don’t get that kind of interaction when you buy a notebook from Target, you know?

You can prowl around Flickr to see other people’s photos from this weekend’s show. Below is a video I shot from my table—I realize now I should have been panning much slower, but I think you can still get a feel for how huge this place was and how many people showed up. I can’t wait until next year!

Photo at the top shows the table of my friends at Miss Chief Productions; photo on the right shows my own table, before I sold out of everything.

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2 thoughts on “Craft show report!

  1. Megan Paulk

    Craft shows are my weakness. I have journals, magnets, glasses, chairs, paper, pens, you name it, that I will never get around to using because I have bought so much that I will never need it!! But I can’t help it.