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One a Kind Christmas Show 2015, Nov 26 - Dec 6th

Find PageQuilts at Booth W45 at the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale this week! There are more than 700 artists packed into the Exhibition Place halls, located right by the Princes' Gates, with a wonderfully diverse range of arts on display.

Follow PageQuilts on Twitter and Facebook where we'll be posting throughout the show.

Tea Cosy Updates - You can now browse through the updated tea cosy catalog online, right here.










Final Days of One a Kind Christmas Show 2014, Nov 27 - Dec 5th

Looking for a truly One Of A Kind gift? See this hand stitched, quilted wall hanging based on the Fibonacci number system, made by Valerie Page Quilts at booth Y-35. The show ends this Sunday!

Quilts and Things for Sale at One a Kind Christmas Show 2014, Nov 27 - Dec 5th

If you haven't yet made it to One of a Kind, you've got a few days left to take in the splendor... there are more than 700 artists packed into the Direct Energy Center this year, with a wonderfully diverse range of good on display.

Here's a few highlights from Valerie Page Quilts' booth (Y-35).

Wall quilts like this green beauty which measures 59"x59" can be hung just like a painting to brighten up a room.
Honour the White Squirrels of Trinity Bellwoods Park with a white squirrel Quilted tea cosy made Valerie! Each cosy is constructed with three layers of insulation and the basting is hand stitched - they keep the heat in extremely well and make excellent gifts.
Looking for nice Christmas stockings that will fit over a doorknob, bed post or hang from the mantle? Get one before they're gone, at One of a Kind this week - Booth Y35.

Here's a sampling of a few of the new baby quilts!
Measures 32"x39", $160


Measures 37"x37", $160


Measures 37"x37", $150


Measures 34"x41", $140


Measures 38"x38", $160

Visit PageQuilts at One a Kind Christmas Show 2014, Nov 27 - Dec 5th

Day 1 of One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale 2014 is off to a bounding start! If you're attending, be sure to swing by booth Y-35 and say hello... as a bonus, the booth next door has absolutely beautiful paintings by an aboriginal artist by the name of Jay Bell Redbird.


Visit Valerie Page Quilts at Booth Y-35, Nov 27 - Dec 5th 2014


Baby Quilts


Christmas Stockings


Tea Cosies


Bed Quilts



One a Kind Christmas Show 2014

With the flurry of snow this week, I was quietly reminded that Christmas is indeed just around the corner. With One of a Kind Christmas Show starting this week things are hectic and hurried, but I've sewn up some really lovely baby quilts and on top of that, wrapping paper worthy Christmas stockings. There will be hand-knit Coffee cuffs for sale (otherwise available at Mercury Espresso) for $10 and plenty of different colours to choose from in quilted Tea Cosies.

One of a Kind runs Nov 27 - Dec 7th and my booth number this year is Y-35. I look forward to seeing you there!

Follow along on the PageQuilts Facebook for the quickest updates.








2012 One Of A Kind Christmas Show
Thurs, November 22 to December 2nd, 2012

Dates + Times

Show Location:
 

Weekdays 10am - 9pm
Saturdays 10am - 9pm
Sundays 10am - 6pm
OPEN LATE - ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Thurs Nov. 29 10am-11pm

Booth #W-35

More Info:

PageQuilts is happy to be part of the 2012 kicking off this Thursday Dec. 22nd and running until Sunday Dec. 2nd.

Taking place at the Direct Energy Center in Exhibition Place, Toronto, the One of a Kind Spring show features over 700 very talented artisans and designers from across Canada under one roof. You can find at Booth #W-35 for the full ten days of this creative winter wonderland.

This holiday season you'll find new Xmas stockings like Grandma used to sew, a fresh crop of hipster baby quilts,certified organic cotton baby quilts, a bundle of tea cosies to keep the heat in + wonderfully rare quilts of all sizes - the perfect gift to keep warm under. Be sure to stop by, feel the fabrics and marvel perhaps... for a moment or two at hand made goods from Canada.



2012 One Of A Kind Spring Show
Wed, March 28 to April 1st, 2012
Dates + Times

Weekdays 10am - 9pm
Saturdays 10am - 9pm
Sundays 10am - 6pm
OPEN LATE...
Thurs Mar 29 10am-11pm

Booth #O-04

More Info:

PageQuilts is happy to be part of the 2012 One of A Kind Spring Show & Sale, kicking off this Wednesday March 28th and running until Sunday April 1st.

Taking place at the Direct Energy Center in Exhibition Place, Toronto, the One of a Kind Spring show features over 450 very talented artisans and designers from across Canada under one roof. You can find PageQuilts at Booth #O-04 for the full five days of this creative wonderland.

This spring, you'll find new Organic cotton baby quilts, fresh tea cosies + wonderfully rare quilts of all sizes - the perfect gift to keep warm under. Be sure to stop by and say 'hello' to Valerie.



2011 One Of A Kind Christmas Show
Visit PageQuilts at booth Y51

Dates + Times

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Weekdays 10am - 9pm
Saturdays 10am - 9pm
Sundays 10am - 6pm
OPEN LATE
Thurs Dec 1 10am-11pm

Booth #Y51

More Info:

PageQuilts is happy to announce its participation in the 2011 kicking off this Wednesday November 24th and running until Sunday December 4th. Don't let the recent fall weather fool you, the holiday season is right around the corner!

Taking place at the Direct Energy Center in Exhibition Place, Toronto, the One of a Kind Christmas show features over 800 very talented artisans and designers from across Canada under one roof. You can find  at Booth #Y51 for the full ten days of this creative wonderland.

You will find new tea cosies + wonderfully rare quilts of all sizes - the perfect gift for baby showers. Be sure to stop by, see the hand made works quilted art in person and say hello as you explore all the excellent artisans.



2011 One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale
March 30 - April 3, 2011

Dates + Times

Weekdays 10am - 9pm
Saturdays 10am - 9pm
Sundays 10am - 6pm

Booth #N16

More Info:

PageQuilts is happy to announce its participation in the 2011 One of A Kind Spring Show, kicking off this Wednesday March 30th and running until Sunday April 3rd. Don't let the recent snow fool you, spring is just around the corner!

Taking place at the Direct Energy Center in Exhibition Place, Toronto, the One of a Kind show features several hundred talented artisans and designers from across Canada under one roof. You can find PageQuilts at Booth #N16 for the full five days of this creative wonderland.

You will find spring quilts, freshly sewn Tea Cosies and a few other wonderfully rare, hand made works of colourful fabric! Be sure to stop by and say hello as you explore all the excellent artisans.



 Wonderful Visitors, Wonderful One of a Kind Christmas show

One of a Kind Christmas Show 2010


- 100 Princes' Blvd.

Weekdays 10am - 9pm
Saturdays 10am - 9pm
Sundays 10am - 6pm

Booth #Y-47

More Info:

Stop by the 2010 One of A Kind Christmas Show and Sale at Toronto's Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place to see the works of many talented artisans, craftspersons and designers from across Canada.

Valerie Page will exhibiting her Quilts and Quilted Tea Cosies from Nov 25 to Dec 5th.

The colourful PageQuilts fit large and small tea pot sizes, and are crafted with dual insulating layers to keep your favourite blend of tea hot for 3 hours.

A selection of Hand Made Quilts for the home, cottage and loved one in your life will be for sale, along with stunning wall hangings like the

Everything that Valerie Page will showcase at her booth ( ) is made by her, by hand, from individual strips, squares or triangles of fabric. In her studio space Valerie selects different fabrics from her travels to New York or Paris, from a Japanese Kimono and even vintage prints she collected in the 1970's. With a keen eye for harmony, she composes the blend of colours, fabric patterns and light to create one of a kind quilted pieces. All of which are made in Valerie's studio in the Leslieville District of Toronto.

Says Valerie, "quilts for me are the perfect method of supplying endless exercises in form, colour and texture." Whether we live with quilts on a living room wall, drape them across a baby's crib or enjoy the colours over a pot of tea with your closest friends, modern quilts are more than the sum of their fabrics.

When I join all these different fabrics together I like to think I have created something that celebrates the warmth and vibrancy of life.

This year's Christmas Show and Sale makes for a lively personal shopping experience that is not to be missed.

With a proud focus on home grown talent, One of a Kind brings together a vast selection of creative talent and on-site perks. Quality, and creativity have made it the destination shopping event since 1979.

 

 



2010 One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale
March 31 - April 4, 2010

 When you buy tickets online you save $3 off the regular on-site adult admission by entering this discount code: ADejdy6 - just enter the promotion code from the digital coupon pictured at right into the One of a Kind Spring Show ticket page. This coupon code is only valid for tickets bought online.


Visit PageQuilts at Booth #O16

We're pleased to announce its participation in the 2010 One of A Kind Spring Show, kicking off this March 31st and running until April 4th.

One of A Kind: Spring Show and Sale is held in Toronto at the Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place. Several hundred talented artisans and designers from across Canada will be gathered under one roof, along with PageQuilts, located in Booth #O16 for the full five days of this creative wonderland.




2009 One of a Kind Christmas Show 2009

With snow flurries on the doorstep, thoughts quickly turn to lights in the trees and the colourful decorations of the Holiday season. Most of all, the holidays remind us to take some time out to spend with family and friends. While 2009 has been an especially challenging year for everyone, it's good to know that popcorn can still be threaded to trim a tree, gingerbread cookies can still be baked, and empty cardboard boxes are always way more fun to a child's imagination than anything inside.



For 10 days starting November 26th 2009, PageQuilts set up shop at the One of a Kind Christmas show held at the Direct Energy Center (Google Map location here). Valerie showcased new Quilts and and a wonderful assortment of new Tea Cosies.

PageQuilts Exhibition Booth:#Y51
Where: Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place (CNE Grounds), Toronto Canada
Directions to the show via
When: November 26 - December 6 2009
More Info: One of a Kind Christmas Show ()



Colour, Patterns and Quilts - Artist Valerie Page Teaches at Sir Stanford Fleming College - May 2009
From May 4 - 8 2009, Valerie will be teaching a week long course on the application of colour theory in quilting at the Stanford Fleming CollegeHaliburton School of the Arts. The 5-day course is open to everyone, the school will commence registration on March 1 2009. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from an artist with 30+ years experience, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Quilts - Colour, Pattern & Perception atHaliburton School of the Arts
Date: May 4 - 8, 2009, Location - (map)
Time: 9 - 4:30 each day
Cost: Course Fees TBA

Explore the interplay of colours, and the arrangement of shapes and patterns within the art of quilting. Gain fundamental instruction on the use colour and form, aesthetically juxtapose old and new fabrics, and alter the surface of cloth to add shadow and shape. Quilting is; "Not so much the destination as the journey." This course will sharpen and challenge your perceptions, encourage your sense of play, and liberate you from the urge to create symmetry in all you see! Basic machine and hand sewing skills are necessary for participation in this course. Course material requirements will be available at time of registration.



2009 One of a Kind Spring Show
PageQuilts is pleased to announce its participation in the 2009 One of A Kind Spring Show, kicking off this April 1st and running until April 5th. The One of A Kind: Spring Show and Sale is held in Toronto at the Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place. Several hundred talented artisans and designers from across Canada will be gathered under one roof, along with PageQuilts, located in Booth #N31 for the full five days of this benchmark arts & crafts show.

Artist Valerie Page, of PageQuilts.com, will be showcasing an expanded collection of her popular Tea Cosies. The colourful PageQuilts accommodate a variety of tea pot sizes, and will keep your favourite blend hot and steaming for 3 hours. Quilts for the home, cottage or new child in your life, along with stunning wall hangings and fantastic pillows will be on display.

Says Valerie, "quilts for me are the perfect method of supplying endless exercises in form, colour and texture." Whether we live with quilts on a condo wall, or drape them across a baby's crib, modern quilts are more than the sum of their fabrics. PageQuilts creations celebrate the warmth and vibrancy of life, like no other quilted art work. Artist Valerie Page challenges the traditional expectations of her art form, and brings with her an alluring vibrancy that is easy to appreciate in a world too often dulled by beige and uniformity.

Brimming with locally made arts and goods in an economically depressed time, the Spring Show and Sale makes for a lively personal shopping experience that is not to be missed. With a proud focus on home grown talent, One of a Kind's Spring Show brings together a vast selection of creative talent and on-site perks. Quality, and creativity have made it the destination shopping event since 1979.

About One of A Kind
The One of a Kind Show Spring Sale one of Canada's largest arts and crafts shows, held every year in the Direct Energy Center (formerly National Trade Centre) at Exhibition Place Toronto. An estimated 50,000 visitors will attend over five days, April 1 - April 5 2009. You are invited to attend this one of a kind event and dive head first into a creative pool of exceptionally talented artisans. Admission to children is free. Adults $12.

PageQuilts Exhibition Booth:#N31
Where: Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place (CNE Grounds), Toronto Canada
Directions to the show via
When: April 1 - April 5 2009
More Info: One of a Kind Spring Show ()



2008 One of a Kind Christmas Show

Right now over 500 exceptionally talented artists are gathered at the Direct Energy Center for the 2008 One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale. Beginning November 27th, you'll have 10 days to browse through the best Canada has to offer, all hand made and locally produced! The show runs till Dec 7th. PageQuilts is at Booth T21, download a $2 OFF coupon here.

The One of A Kind Christmas Show and Sale is held in Toronto at the Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place. Talented artisans and designers from across Canada will be gathered along with PageQuilts for the full ten days of this benchmark arts & crafts show, now in its 34th year.

New this year from PageQuilts artist Valerie Page is a fresh take on the venerable Tea Cosy. The colourful PageQuilts Tea Cosies accommodate a variety of tea pot sizes, and will keep your favourite blend hot and steaming for 3 hours.

A selection of hand made quilts for the home, cottage or child in your life will be for sale, along with stunning wall hangings like the Fibonacci Quilt, and equally fantastic pillows.

PageQuilts will showcase quilts of all sizes and colours, each a one of a kind piece made in Valerie's studio in the Leslieville District of Toronto.

Artist Valerie Page challenges the traditional expectations of her art form, and brings with her an alluring vibrancy that is easy to appreciate in a world too often dulled by beige and mass-produced uniformity. Says Valerie, "quilts for me are the perfect method of supplying endless exercises in form, colour and texture." Whether we live with quilts on a living room wall, drape them across a baby's crib or enjoy the colours over a pot of tea with close friends, modern quilts are more than the sum of their fabrics. PageQuilts creations celebrate the warmth and vibrancy of life, like no other quilted art work.

One of a Kind Christmas Show 2008


Weekdays 11am - 10pm
Saturdays 10am - 9pm
Sundays 10am - 6pm

Booth #T21

More Info:

Brimming with new Green sections (environmentally sustainable materials), this year's Christmas Show and Sale makes for a lively personal shopping experience that is not to be missed. With a proud focus on home grown talent, One of a Kind brings together a vast selection of creative talent and on-site perks. Quality, and creativity have made it the destination shopping event since 1979.

About One of A Kind

The One of a Kind is one of Canada's largest and longest running arts and crafts shows - this its 34th year! An estimated 140,000 visitors will attend over ten days, November 27th to December 7th 2008. You are invited to attend this one of a kind event and dive head first into a creative pool of exceptionally talented artisans. Admission to children is free. Adults $12 at the door.

Save $2 off Admission at One of A Kind Christmas 2008

Right now over +500 exceptionally talented artists are gathered at the Direct Energy Center for the 2008 One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale. You have 10 days to browse through the best Canada has to offer, all hand made, all made locally. The show runs till Dec 7th.

PageQuilts is at Booth T21 for the 2008 One of a Kind Christmas show.

Download a $2 OFF coupon for the show right here and save a Toonie off admission courtesy of PageQuilts.

Where is the Direct Energy Center? It's located at Exhibition Place, on what is commonly known as the CNE Grounds, right by the Princess Gates (North-West corner of Strachan ave. and Lake Shore Blvd. West).

October 2008 - Oakville Quilters Guild
Many thanks to the +75 members of Oakville's quilters guild for hosting Valerie's trunk show. Members kept Valerie on her toes as she reminisce about accidentally vacuuming up her scrap pile, and spoke of the challenge of making colours co-operate together.

July 2008 - Muskoka Cottage Country Craft Show
The Cottage Country Craft Show in Bala Ontario this past 12/13th of July 2008 was a great two-day event. Thanks to all who stopped by Valerie's booth to look at her colourful quilts.

April 2008 - Rainbow Country Quilters Guild
The Rainbow Country Quilters is a quilters� guild comprised of members from the Niagara area who share their quilting experience and knowledge, and in general just have a good time sharing their love of quilting. Valerie spoke at the guild about her influences and quilting style. Many thanks to Linda and Tia for their helping hands.



Spring Blooms at the One of a Kind Show 2008

PageQuilts is pleased to announce its participation in the 2008 One of A Kind Spring Show, kicking off this March 20th and running until March 24th. The One of A Kind: Spring Show and Sale is held in Toronto at the Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place. Over 400 talented artisans and designers from across Canada will be gathered along with PageQuilts, located in Booth #N22 for the full five days of this benchmark arts & crafts show.

Artist Valerie Page, of PageQuilts.com, will be showing a new collection of spring quilts for the home, cottage or kid in your life, along with stunning wall hangings and fantastic pillows. PageQuilts will have quilts of all sizes and colours on display; from peaceful and strong, meditative and nurturing, to vivid and compelling.

Says Valerie, "quilts for me are the perfect method of supplying endless exercises in form, colour and texture." Whether we live with quilts on a condo wall, or drape them across a baby's crib, modern quilts are more than the sum of their fabrics. PageQuilts creations celebrate the warmth and vibrancy of life, like no other quilted art work. Artist Valerie Page challenges the traditional expectations of her art form, and brings with her an alluring vibrancy that is easy to appreciate in a world too often dulled by beige and uniformity.

Brimming with new fashion districts, and inspiring fine art, the Spring Show and Sale makes for a lively personal shopping experience that is not to be missed. With a proud focus on home grown talent, One of a Kind's Spring Show brings together a vast selection of creative talent and on-site perks. Quality, and creativity have made it the destination shopping event since 1979.

About One of A Kind
The One of a Kind Show Spring Sale one of Canada's largest arts and crafts shows, held every year in the Direct Energy Center (formerly National Trade Centre) at Exhibition Place Toronto. An estimated 70,000 visitors will attend over five days, March 20 - March 24th 2008. You are invited to attend this one of a kind event and dive head first into a creative pool of exceptionally talented artisans. Admission to children is free. Adults $12.

PageQuilts Exhibition Booth:#N22
Where: Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place (CNE Grounds), Toronto Canada
Directions to the show via
When: March 20 - March 24, 2008
More Info: One of a Kind Spring Show ()

Mercury Espresso Bar - East Queen East

is up at Mercury Espresso Bar and running until January 31st 2008. Come see where all the cool kids get their caffeine, bath in good tunes from the stereo and gaze at Valerie's art between sips.

Bonus points for decoding the secret message in the QR code.
Mercury is open 9AM-9PM M-S and located at 915 Queen St. E., in the Leslieville district of Toronto.

Tip: The ginger cookies are epic. Mercury's latte's are way better than Starbucks or Second Cup. Matt the owner, is an award winning Barista and actually cares about flavour and taste. Legend has it that he samples up to a dozen shots of Espresso a day to ensure quality.


2007
One of A Kind Christmas Show
Thursday Nov. 22 to Sunday Dec. 2, 2007
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto

Weekdays 11am - 10pm
Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

Booth X22

www.oneofakindshow.com

One Of A Kind Christmas Show and Sale 2007
Visit PageQuilts & Slip Under the Covers

PageQuilts is pleased to announce its participation in the One of A Kind Christmas Show, kicking off this November 22nd and running til December 2nd, 2007.

The is held in Toronto at the Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place where over 600 talented artisans and designers from across Canada will gather. PageQuilts is located at Booth #X22 for all ten days of this high calibre arts exhibition. Artist Valerie Page, of PageQuilts.com, will be showing a new collection of her bespoke bed quilts, stunning wall hangings, fibonacci inspired designs, baby quilts for tykes, and designer pillows for a couch near you!

This is your last chance to feel the fabrics, scrutinize the stitching, fluff the pillow, test wrap a , or see a handmade right-in-the-Leslieville-area-of-Toronto quilt in person. In addition to her colourful bespoke quilts, Valerie will be introducing a new line of wall hangings to bring a little warmth into your life on those gloomy grey winter days.

Says Valerie, "quilt season begins when the first crimson leaf hits the ground, and a chill in the air keeps you under the covers a little longer each morning. Whether you hang a quilt on the wall to appreciate it's colour and texture, or snug baby in for the night with a quilt, it's a very intimate relationship. Every quilt I make is different, a vignette of a spring garden, a memory of old bricks and windows from King St., or an ode to the warmth and vibrancy of life."

Quilt Season Begins Under the Covers

Valerie's hand made quilts are conceived and created in her Leslieville area studio in the East end of Toronto. Leslieville is a vibrant neighbourhood anchored in a flourishing arts scene, and killer coffee spot called Mercury. Once you see a Valerie Page quilt in person, you fully understand the alluring vibrancy they possess. Such bespoke quilts offer respite from the dull mass produced garments sold by big box retailers from overseas factories.

Brimming with new artists, the One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale is a yearly event with that's not to be missed. With a proud focus on home grown talent, One of a Kind brings together a diverse selection of creative talent and on-site child-friendly perks. Quality, and creativity have made it the destination shopping event since 1979. PageQuilts looks forward to seeing you there!

About One of A Kind

The One of a Kind Show Christmas Show is one of Canada's largest and longest running arts and crafts shows, held every year in the Direct Energy Center (formerly National Trade Centre) at Exhibition Place Toronto. An estimated 50,000 visitors will attend over ten days, November 22 - December 2 2007. You are invited to attend this one of a kind event and dive head first into a creative pool of exceptionally talented artisans. Admission to children is free. Adults $12.

PageQuilts Exhibition Booth:#X22
Where: Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place (CNE Grounds), Toronto Canada
Directions to the show via
When: Thursday November. 22 - Sunday December 2, 2007
More Info: One of a Kind Christmas Show ()




Colour, Patterns and Quilts - Artist Valerie Page Teaches at Sir Stanford Fleming College in Summer 2007
From July 16-20 2007, Valerie will be teaching a week long course on the application of colour theory in quilting at the Stanford Fleming CollegeHaliburton School of the Arts. The 5-day course is open to everyone, the school will commence registration on March 1 2007. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from an artist with 30+ years experience, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Course: Quilts - Colour, Pattern & Perception
Date: July 16 - 20, 2007
Time: 9 - 4:30 each day
Location: Haliburton School of the Arts(map)
Cost: Course Fees TBA

Explore the interplay of colours, and the arrangement of shapes and patterns within the art of quilting. Gain fundamental instruction on the use colour and form, aesthetically juxtapose old and new fabrics, and alter the surface of cloth to add shadow and shape. Quilting is; "Not so much the destination as the journey." This course will sharpen and challenge your perceptions, encourage your sense of play, and liberate you from the urge to create symmetry in all you see! Basic machine and hand sewing skills are necessary for participation in this course. Course material requirements will be available at time of registration.

One of A Kind Spring Show
March 28 - April 1, 2007
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto

Wed. to Friday 11am - 10pm
Saturday 10am - 9pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm

www.oneofakindshow.com

One Of A Kind Spring Show and Sale 2007
We'll see you there!

PageQuilts is pleased to announce its participation in the 2007 One of A Kind Spring Show, kicking off this March 28th and running until April 1st.

The is held in Toronto at the Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place. Over 450 talented artisans and designers from across Canada will be gathered along with PageQuilts, located in Booth #L34 for the full five days of this benchmark arts & crafts show. Artist Valerie Page, of PageQuilts.com, will be showing a collection of cottage and kid friendly quilts, along with stunning wall hangings and fantastic quilted fibonacci pillows.

In addition to her colourful modern country chic handmade quilts, Valerie will be introducing a new line of cottage quilts in her trademark palate of colours. PageQuilts will have quilts of all sizes and colours on display; from peaceful and strong, meditative and nurturing, to vivid and compelling.

Says Valerie, "quilts for me are the perfect method of supplying endless exercises in form, colour and texture." Whether we live with quilts on a condo wall, or drape them across a baby's crib, modern quilts are more than the sum of their fabrics. PageQuilts creations celebrate the warmth and vibrancy of life, like no other quilted art work.

Live With Quilts!
Meet The New Country Chic Head On!

Artist Valerie Page challenges the traditional expectations of her art form, and brings with her an alluring vibrancy that is easy to appreciate in a world too often dulled by beige and uniformity. It's not surprising then, that The Toronto Star featured Valerie's quilts in a recent article on Condo Living.

Brimming with new fashion districts, and inspiring fine art, the One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale makes for a lively personal shopping experience that is not to be missed. With a proud focus on home grown talent, One of a Kind's Spring Show brings together a vast selection of creative talent and on-site perks. Quality, and creativity have made it the destination shopping event since 1979.

About One of A Kind

The One of a Kind Show Spring Sale one of Canada's largest arts and crafts shows, held every year in the Direct Energy Center (formerly National Trade Centre) at Exhibition Place Toronto. An estimated 50,000 visitors will attend over five days, March 28 - April 1 2007. You are invited to attend this one of a kind event and dive head first into a creative pool of exceptionally talented artisans. Admission to children is free. Adults $12.

PageQuilts Exhibition Booth:#L34
Where: Direct Energy Center, Exhibition Place (CNE Grounds), Toronto Canada
Directions to the show via
When: March 28 - April 1, 2007
More Info: One of a Kind Spring Show ()



2006


Canadian Home and Country Show 2006
October 26 - 29, 2006
Automotive Building, Exhibition Place Toronto

Thursday 6:30PM - 10PM (Gala Only)
Friday 10AM - 9PM
Saturday 10AM - 6PM
Sunday 10AM - 5PM
www.canadianhomeandcountryshow.com

At the Canadian Home & Country Show 2006 you'll find a collection of Chic country Quilts that breath fresh life into any living space!

PageQuilts is pleased to announce its participation in the 5th annual Canadian Home & Country Show, this October 26-29th.

This is Valerie's first year exhibiting at the Canadian Home & Country Show, which takes place at the Automotive Building, Exhibition Place Toronto. PageQuilts will exhibit in booth No. 320 on "Canadiana Road", which is highlighted on this map of the exhibition floor.

In addition to her colourfully modern country chic handmade quilts, Valerie will be introducing a new line of Baby Quilts, in bright colours and delicate patterns, and a very limited series of pillows in her trademark palate of colours. PageQuilts will have quilts of all sizes and colours on display; from peaceful and strong, meditative and nurturing, to vivid and compelling.

Says Valerie, "quilts for me are the perfect method of supplying endless exercises in form, colour and texture." Whether displaying one of Valerie's quilts on a condo wall, or putting it to use on the bed or in baby's crib, her quilted artwork celebrates the vibrancy of life. Colour and form; the tools of re-invention, are well used to re-interpret how fabrics come together and coexist in relation to their surroundings. Valerie's quilts do this like no other.

Valerie's quilts challenge the traditional expectations of her art form, and bring with them an alluring vibrancy that is easy to appreciate in a world dulled by uniformity and many shades of beige. It' is not surprising then, that the editor's of Canadian Home & Country magazine have asked Valerie to showcase her quilted artwork in this years' model home - always the hallmark in trend setting interior design and decorating ideas.

Benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society in support of breast cancer research, Valerie will be donating a one of kind handmade quilt specifically for this worthy cause, which will go up on the auction block during the opening night Gala festivities. T

he Canadian Home & Country Show Gala takes place Thursday October 26th, from 6:30-10PM, and tickets are available here, while they last. Don't miss it!

The Canadian Home & Country Show is one of Canada's largest design and decorating shows, held every year in the historical Automotive Building at Exhibition Place Toronto. An estimated 35,000 visitors will attend the exhibition over four days, October 26-29 2006. You are invited to visit this once-a-year event and explore a wonderfully varied selection of decorating ideas, antique, handcrafted objects, fine foods and fine furniture.

Most of all, you will see first hand how Valerie's quilted artworks prove that colour is a beautiful thing.

Exhibition Booth - #320
Canadian Home & Country Show: www.canadianhomeandcountryshow.com
Google Maps directions to the Automotive Building, Exhibition Place (CNE Grounds)






Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2006
July 7, 8, 9, 2006
Nathan Phillips Square

Friday 10AM - 8PM
Saturday 10AM - 7PM
Sunday 10AM - 6PM
www.torontooutdoorart.org


Come and explore Quilts that burst into life with colour, texture and patterns like you've never seen!

Valerie's quilts challenge the traditional expectations of her art form, and bring with them an alluring vibrancy that is easy to appreciate in a world dulled by uniformity and many shades of beige.

Beginning her artistic career in the 1970s, Valerie is pleased to announce that her quilted artworks have been accepted for inclusion in the 45th annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Canada's largest outdoor art show, and is held every year in the iconic Nathan Phillips Square of Toronto City Hall. An estimated 100,000 visitors will attend the exhibition over three days, July 7-9 2006. On display will be art work by established artists, undiscovered talents and innovative students.

This is Valerie's first year participating in the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, which is a juried show. She will exhibit in booth No. 235 of the Purple section (south west corner of Nathan Phillips sq.).

Says Valerie, "quilts for me are the perfect method of supplying endless exercises in form, colour and texture." Whether displaying one of Valerie's quilts on a condo wall, or putting it to use on the bed or in a crib, her quilted artwork celebrates the vibrancy of life. Colour and form; the tools of re-invention, are well used to re-interpret how fabrics come together and coexist in relation to their surroundings. Valerie's quilts do this like no other.

Valerie will be displaying her quilted artwork July 7-9, 2006, at Nathan Phillips Square as part of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. You are invited to visit this once-a-year outdoor event and explore a wonderful collection of talented artists, and see first hand how Valerie's quilted artworks prove that colour is a beautiful thing.


Exhibition Booth - [Purple #235]
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Have you ever worked really hard at something, only to have it be a big fat failure?

Yup, that was me this past weekend with my big fat craft fair FAIL.

I had all of these dreams and visions of a semi-successful craft fair, with at the very least only half of my inventory selling. Wanna know how much I sold??? Zip. Nada. Not a ting. Well, unless you count the 2 barrettes that my craft fair partner bought when I wasn’t looking, I think to make me feel better. HA! Now that is a good friend!

Needless to say, I was sooooooooo bummed.

I even had all of these plans to tell you what I learned, a whole week of a possible mini-Series. Yeah, ummmm…that is not going to happen.

That is not to say that I didn’t learn anything though.

I worked really hard for the two months leading up to it, making all sorts of clothing in my free time. Learning how to ‘assembly line sew’ as I called it. Trying to figure out what clothing would be the fastest to make, in the least amount of time. Going through my fabric stash and seeing what I wanted to stash bust with. Even coming up with some new designs to premier.

I learned how to take credit cards, made up business cards, even figured out the cheapest route for clothing labels.

I had things for little boys, little girls, even a few things for Mom.

And our set up looked beautiful. (Sure, maybe it wasn’t white tent and carpet beautiful like I first envisioned, but hey – it was our first time out of the gate, and I wasn’t going to invest that kind of money for my very first one!)

I even made myself a new skirt (which I love!)…

So what happened?

Well first of all, location location location.

I don’t know if it was because we were a first time vendor or if it was just the luck of the draw. But we were in the WORST location possible. Wanna know how many people stopped by our tent? Maybe 10 at the most. And of those 10 only 2 had kids. Not much of a recipe for success. There was one general location where ALL of the vendors were, and we were not there. The people who organized the Fair wanted to try to make tents all over their property, filtering people through the whole event – but that didn’t happen. People visited the one main location, and didn’t even see us on the other side.

I started to think of things like Celebrity Apprentice and how I could run around to the other part of the craft fair where all of the vendors were located and pass out flyers…if I only had flyers. Or maybe wearing my bustle backpacks over there and starting conversations loudly with people about how I saw this amazing vendor selling them on the other side of the area. Needless to say, I didn’t do any of this. I would have felt like a total tool. But definitely could have been more hard core like that.

But all in all, it was a total blow to the big ole ego. What happened? Wasn’t my stuff good enough? I thought it was all gorgeous. I mean, we did have 10 people stop by – and not one of those 10 people bought anything. They looked, and one person even took a picture of it (I wanted to shoo her away telling her not to steal my ideas – HA!). But no one bought anything. Some looked at the price tag and walked away. But that was it. Was I a total craft fair loser?

I took a look around the rest of the craft fair and realized something else. This wasn’t my target audience. The vendors that were there in the main area were all selling what I like to call ‘chotshke’ items. All items for $2 – $10, with not a lot of quality product.

Is this what people want at a craft fair??? Maybe I was just way off.

These are all thoughts that went through my head, and are still going through my head to tell you the truth.

But there was one extremely GOOD part of the day. And this is the part I am clinging to. When my family showed up…

My girls got to see their Momma doing something with her talent…working hard outside of being a stay at home Mom.

My daughter Chloe was perhaps my BIGGEST cheerleader. When the girls came to visit, I got the biggest running jump hugs – and they were so happy to see and finally understand what Momma was doing with all of her ‘craft fair items’. Chloe didn’t understand why no one had bought her Momma’s stuff, and kept asking if anyone had bought anything yet. She even tried to sell a barrette to my partner – HA! It just warmed my heart.

And I was also able to turn it into a good lesson for her. I was able to put on a smiley face and explain to her that sometimes it is okay to ‘lose’ – just like in her soccer games, sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. But what is important is how hard we worked or tried.  And she got to see Momma ‘lose’ and be okay with it.

Furthermore, I got to witness just how much my kids love me. To see my daughter being my biggest cheerleader, my goodness I fell in love all over again. My husband supported me, and still supports me 100%. My girls love me unconditionally, and were there cheering me on all the way. And my baby boy was happy to see me home at the end of the day.

And the best part? We got mini dance shows from both of our kids…

I also learned something about myself.  I learned that my sewing has matured.  I used to be what I called a ‘selfish sewer’, dragging my feet if I had to reproduce something.  This experience has taught me that I have been sewing long enough and made enough clothes, that I am now mature enough to be able to go the next step.  I can make items on demand, I can take custom orders, and I can make the same item over and over again if need be.  I used to hate doing that because I felt it kept me from being creative.  I found I even enjoyed doing it!

So maybe it wasn’t a success in the way the world views it.  But it was a success for my heart, for my family, and for my Spirit.



And now I just need to take the next step.  Do I try another Craft Fair at perhaps a different location, do I visit local children’s boutiques, or do I go for the Etsy route.  



We shall see.  Lord knows I have the inventory – HA!



Thanks so much for stopping by, and for your support.



And until next time…Happy Sewing.

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Yup, that was me this past weekend with my big fat craft fair FAIL. I had all of these .. I am so jealous of your displays and items! Don't give up.

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I have been creating original jewelry designs for many many years and selling at local farmer's and craft markets. A great tip for all you crafters out there that sell at local small markets. Display your creations with originality! They will attract attention and draw the customers. Use inexpensive props like pictured here. I display jewelry over large shells. And I display earrings inside local mussel shells, a visitor to your area will have a nice local keepsake to take home with them. Put your thinking caps on and come up with your own creative solutions to displaying your crafts.

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Tip: Craft Display Tips for Craft Shows

Need ideas on displaying your items at craft shows or in your booth?

The number one thing in displaying your crafts is make sure all of your items are priced and the tag can be easily seen. 9 times out of 10 those few items that are not priced will be walked away from because most shoppers are just simply too "shy" to ask.

Even if your not pricing your items but are using the "Here's your Sign" tactic by displaying a large sign stating something like 1 for 2.99 buy 2 for $5.00, I suggest to still price everything! Shoppers are so excited and distracted from looking through all the products and discussing the oohh's and aahh's with their shopping friends that the signs are sometimes missed especially in large craft shows where they get crowded.

Make your display booths unique and interesting to draw in attention. Using a folding table with a country plaid tablecloth are great, but why not really spice it up and use something out of the ordinary to grab the shopper's eye from across the room. These are depending on your space size of course, or could be scaled to fit.

  • a hay wagon and barrels
  • construct a mock country porch with swing
  • some heavy posts with a red tin roof to create an open barn feel with weather vane on top
  • Use real trees to create a canopy fairy land, with vines hanging from the branches and lights and fun items hanging around to walk through.
  • Create an antique gas station store front with slat boards, gas pump, license plates, etc.
  • Create a kitchen with an old dry sink, table, hutch, antique stove, fireplace and rocker.

Some other ways to display items are using baskets, ladders, stacking suitcases, crates, crocks, coat racks, stacking various sized tables, cutting barrels in half and adding shelving inside, Christmas trees, old galvanized wash tubs, dress mannequins, wood ironing boards, quilt racks, shutters, or fencing.

And one last craft display tip. Don't forget the kids! Most shoppers will be bringing along young children. Have items to catch a child's eye down low or invest in a bubble gum machine and fill it with sweets. A few turns on the irresistible machine will make you some profits as well.

    By Mandie from New Phila, OH

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Question: Selling Crafts at Craft Fairs

In my community, craft fair season is fast approaching and I would like to try selling my own handmade items. Since I have never done this before, any suggestions would be helpful. What sells well? How do I determine how much to charge for each item? (For example, I like to rag quilt, so do baby quilts sell better than twin or full size? I'd rather make 3 baby quilts that sell than 2 twin size that don't.)

Do I need to claim my earnings on my taxes and do I obtain a tax-exempt number to buy my materials? If so, how? I have been told that I can't sell fabric items with licensed characters on the fabric, why? Thanks for the help?

By Marie Van Orden from Idaho Falls, ID

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Be sure to have some inexpensive items they are far more likely to sell. Most people don't carry a hole lot of cash with them. And its a good idea to bring some business cards with you just in case.

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A voice of experience, stick to one or two items, vary the style if you want but don't offer too many different products or people tend to get lost looking and not buying.
As for pricing most of the time I round my materials for an item up to the nearest dollar, then double that. Sometimes I add another 10%. Then take a good look at it, put yourself on the otherside of the table is it too high, then I don't make anymore of that item. You have to be able to make money or it isn't worth it. You will find you have more expenses going to craft fairs than you realize.
Baby quilts have been a good seller for me at times you never know, there are a lot of people making them. It is very hard to come up with something unique anymore.


Good luck.

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January 6, 20130 found this helpful

I'm looking for craft fairs that will give you a booth for low cost or free. I'm a first timer and don't want to spend a bunch of money for a booth right now. Are there any craft fairs in Minnesota that have really cheap or free available booths for selling?

By Danica

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You're so right in thinking of doing the lower dollar craft shows. These shows are so. Participating in such shows can be so iffy. You just never know how well things will go. Keeping the expense of participating down betters your opportunities of doing well. Googling "Craft Shows" is a great way to get links to various sights that list shows around the country. I know there is a Church there in MN that does a Summer event each yr. I've donated a gift basket to them for their event before. Best of luck!

Marla

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What crafts are selling best at craft shows?

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I do craft show for a living (I sell hand painted pottery) and the one thing that always sells and makes money is garden crafts. It may be actual plants, or seeds or live floral wreaths or flowers planted in unusual things like in boots or old chairs or tires. Wooden window boxes always sell too, or even garden art or yard furniture or bird baths and stepping stones, but let me tell you, anything for the yard or garden sells like crazy!

You gotta have 2 price scales; the pricey stuff and also something to sell that's under 20 or 30 dollars. The lower priced stuff is what people will buy without thinking to hard about it.

Craft fairs aren't bringing in the money they used to (Believe me!), with the economy these days being so bad you have to have something either people need and is useful or is super cheap that they can buy for a gift. I'm making less than half what I made before 2000. Really! Even though I have a great reputation and people know me better and better each year). When the economy sucks, so do sales at craft fairs (unless you're selling food items). I sometimes drive 180 miles (round trip) to sell my stuff "where the money is". Try to sell your stuff at a fair where the people with money live. Get my drift!?

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Question: Determining Prices for a Craft Fair

Please help. I would like to sell my handmade patchwork tote bags (made out of old jeans and new fabric) at a local farmer's market this summer, but I don't know how much to charge. I know how much the jeans and fabric cost, but I don't know how much to charge for labor, thread, use of my machine, etc. I would also need to invest in a canopy and tables for my booth. The bags are an easy technique, but it takes 2-3 days to make a bag, if I don't have any other wife/mom things to do. Plus, I live in a community with a lot of crafters who could make the items they see at a craft fair and people who like to negotiate for a good price. Thus, I need to find a fair price that will not scare away potential buyers, but will give me room to negotiate and still make a decent profit. How do I make my craft fair dreams happen?

By Marie Lindholm Van O. from Idaho Falls, ID

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Question: Selling Crafts at Craft Shows and Festivals

Does anyone know of a website or place that lists all upcoming craft shows, fairs, and markets for a certain area? I am in Chicago and I'm interested in selling handmade purses and pillowcases. I am having trouble finding places other than online. I have never sold anything, but now I'm ready with enough product. Do I really have to wait until summer? Don't these things happen indoors throughout the winter?

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Does anyone know how I would find out who to contact about selling my crafts at craft shows or festivals in my local area?

Sandy from Bluff City, TN

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You could call your local schools and find out if they are having any craft show fund raisers, great way to meet up with other crafters. Ask at your local craft stores, or your church. Most towns have a crafter's mall, check your yellow pages for one. Good luck to you! (04/25/2007)

By lisa

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When you attend a craft show, ask one of the exhibitors who to contact if you would like to sell your crafts at their show. They can give you lots of information!
Send for a tourist package that is usually available from the tourist bureau in the capital city of your state. I am from Arkansas, and the package for Arkansas includes an Arkansas road map, and a calendar of events which lists many of the craft shows and festivals statewide. You could also check on local events with your Chamber of Commerce or the County Extension Office. Check on the internet, just Google it. Good key words would be "Tennessee craft shows", arts and craft shows", crafts vendor information, Tennessee festivals, etc. Hope this is helpful.
(04/25/2007)

By Harlean

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Try the local churches, ours has a craft fair every October. (04/26/2007)

By Julie

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Just a quick warning. Make sure when you talk to the people heading up these shows, that you ask if these are home-made style crafts or if they are "vendor" shows. I, like you, just got into showing my crafts and the first one I went to was all "vendors" such as Home Interiors, Avon, Tupperware, several wine, food, and kitchenware type vendors. We were the only ones with home-made style crafts. Even the customers were heard commenting "I thought this was a craft show". Just a heads up to ask the right questions. Good luck! (04/26/2007)

Selling Crafts and Craft Shows and Festivals

Check with school, churches, and if you have them flea markets. Usually a few times a year there are festivals that people can put crafts in. Also you can post them on a web site! If you give your crafts as gifts, attach a business card and give some for friends to hand out. I have sold things by word of mouth!
Good luck! (04/28/2007)

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September 21, 20100 found this helpful

Is it necessary to disclose the origin of fabric at a craft fair? I sew dog dresses to sell at craft fairs and although I do buy new fabric from the store, I also get fabric from my local Goodwill. It's usually remnants from other peoples' sewing projects, but they are clean and free of odors and stains. Also, I sometimes use fabric from shirts, skirts, etc. and turn them into dresses.

I would never lie to a customer if they asked me directly where I get my fabric, but in general is it wrong to not just tell people up front? I also thought about having a separate "green section" so that my customers will know that the fabric is recycled.

Would you be disappointed or upset to know that something you bought wasn't from all new materials? Any advice/opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

By Kristina Gonzales from South TX

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It would never occur to me to wonder where the fabric came from. I really don't think you have anything to worry about. In fact, I think mentioning the fabric is "green"/recycled could be a good selling point. (07/25/2010)

By Joanne

Selling Crafts at Craft Fairs

If asked the question you could say to the customer that you have several sources where you buy your fabric. You are not lying, but you don't have to give them a direct answer either. (07/25/2010)

By Marjorie

Selling Crafts at Craft Fairs

It is common to "recycle" when making crafts, even for sale, that is all that they need to know. It actually is recycled, otherwise, it may have ended up in the garbage. Best of luck to you!
(07/26/2010)

By Frances Adams

Selling Crafts at Craft Fairs

I can't imagine where all the wonderful old quilts would have come from had women not known all about recycling fabrics. I'm sure many of the quilts being made today are of all new fabrics, but if I were making a quilt for someone in my family, I'd most definitely be using recycled fabrics from our own family's old clothing just for the memories if nothing else.

I'm assuming you wash the clothing you buy from the thrift stores prior to sewing them for your own protection. That being said, if they are clean enough for you, I'm sure the dogs won't care one way or the other. I'm not even sure they're going to be thrilled at having to wear a dress no matter where the fabric came from. Ha-ha.

Good luck in your business. Sounds like fun.

(07/28/2010)

By Marsha

Selling Crafts at Craft Fairs

You do not need to tell anyone where you get your fabric unless you want to give away this information.
I tell people that I do not give out my sources, or that it is from my "collection" from way back. Sometimes I say I collect it in my travels, which is not untrue. Of course if they ask and it does come from a used garment, then by all means play up the recycled aspect. If it comes from scraps, it is still technically new or "vintage" fabric. (07/28/2010)

By Jennifer

Selling Crafts at Craft Fairs

All the smart people here are correct. If someone wanted to be such a snob that they wouldn't buy it from anything but new, they wouldn't be shopping for things at a craft fair! I buy my fabric and yarn any cheap place I can get it. If a skein is 2.99 new and .59 at a second hand store, but still clean and unrolled, who would know the difference. You just sell what you can and don't worry about the rest. (07/28/2010)

By Sandi/Poor But Proud

Selling Crafts at Craft Fairs

You might want it to be a plus and list green crafts, to stand out. None the less, most of the stuff we craft from is recycled from something. If someone asks (nosy) just say some new, some attic treasures from friends. I have some books that are trash to treasures and they go anywhere to get their stuff. (07/29/2010)

By Grandma J

Selling Crafts at Craft Fairs

I often see an idea/outfit in a large dress/skirt, etc. when doing Goodwill, garage sales, etc. I like going down to my old jean basket where salvaged parts of jeans are and make an apron for the fair judging. You can bet they will love it. (07/29/2010)

By Grandma J

Selling Crafts at Craft Fairs

I definitely agree with the rest on this subject. I think you are very innovative and there are some beautiful fabrics that are skirts, shirts, coats, etc. To me this is what crafting is all about. What ticks me off at craft shows is when people buy from a dollar store and maybe add a flower or one little embellishment then sell it off as a handmade craft. I've seen ornaments from Lakeside that are at craft shows, also. The seller buys them from Lakeside then sells them for 2 or 3 dollars more, to me that is misrepresentation. (09/09/2010)

By Mary

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My Big Fat Craft Fair FAIL…

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Christina Dennis from The DIY Mommy and Golly Gee Baby is also the founder of WeeStock. WeeStock is an indie trade show in Alberta, Candada, featuring handmade and organic baby items; over the years Christina has learned a lot about how to sell successfully in craft fairs/markets/etc. Learn more about Christina in her intro, and be sure to check out The DIY Mommy, Golly Gee Baby and WeeStock. Have you had packaging and display successes? Please add your tips in the comments below. We’d especially love links to photo examples!

Selling your handmade products at craft shows is such a fun and effective way to market your business, see your customers face-to-face, and get valuable feedback on your creations. Besides having unique and high-quality items to sell, one of the next most important things to remember at a craft fair is to make sure your products are uniquely packaged and your overall display is appealing to potential customers. You can have the most adorable, hand-sewn little goodies to sell but if they’re plopped on a bare table (with no price tags in sight!) people might not see their value.

Here are some easy and inexpensive ideas you can use to make your table at a craft fair stand out from the others and give your products a professional yet unique look that says “buy me!”:

Establish a Brand for Your Business

It’s important that you already have a consistent look for your handmade company established before you sell at a craft fair. A distinguishable logo, a colour scheme that you use, and a business card are at the very least the three things that are wise to start with. Bring your business cards and a large sign with your logo on it to the craft fair and put them in obvious places near your table so that people can see who you are. If they don’t buy from you today, they’ll most likely remember where they can buy from you later if you have a unique and creative logo (and especially if they’ve taken your business card).

Ensure Prices Are Visible

Nothing is more frustrating for a craft fair shopper than to fall in love with an item and then not be able to immediately find the price. It’s wise to put a price tag on every single item (use a sticker or get creative with tags and string) or if the items are small you can get away with a large sign in an obvious location close to the items. If you’re running a special sale for the craft fair (which is usually an effective way to make sales at a show), make sure your promotion is really visible too; at least three signs is always a good idea!

Protect Your Products

If you’re laying your handcrafted works of art on a bare (and potentially dirty!) table, it can give off the impression that you don’t care about your products. Packaging and protecting your products with extra care tells your potential customers that you’ve got something very valuable here, and it’s worth the extra cost and time to protect it! It’s up to you on how much money you want to spend on packaging and protecting your products, but at the very least a fun tablecloth (fabric is nice) that matches your branding with its colours and style is a simple and cost-effective way to keep your products clean. You may also choose to individually wrap your products in plastic or fabric pouches, but always keep in mind your end buyer: would they appreciate a more “green” approach to packaging? Try using recycled materials for wrapping and packaging when you can.

Use Different Levels for Interest

It’s amazing how adding a few boxes, shelves or racks on top of, beside, or behind a craft fair table can add so much interest to a booth. Instead of laying all of your items on the table in boring little rows, try thinking about ways you can display your products at multiple levels to make your booth unique. Wire grid walls behind or beside a table are a bit of an investment, but they’re easy to set up and take down (and also to embellish if you want). Think outside of the box too – use vintage crates, driftwood, antique furniture, old bookcases, rope tied between two hat stands, a drying rack, hanging cork boards or really anything that you can attach your product to that matches the look and feel of your little brand. Have some products in front of your table at a lower level, some at table level, some a little higher on boxes or shelves, and then some even higher on string or hanging from a background. Not only does this look impressive, you can display so many things this way!

The Most Important Part of Your Display? You!

Don’t forget that behind all of the pretty packages, then unique display and the beautiful handmade items made with attention to detail and so much love is… You! The best way to market your creations at a craft fair is to show your visitors how much you care about your craft by engaging with them in conversation. Smile at everyone, dress in something that makes you feel beautiful, answer everyone’s questions the best that you can and take any constructive criticism you may get with professionalism. If you’re truly passionate about your products and share that with people, your passion will be inspiring and may possibly motivate that person to purchase one (or a whole bunch!) of your lovely things.

If you take the time to prepare your products for a craft fair by packaging them uniquely, display them with care and artistry at the show, and market yourself and your goodies with passion and a smile, you’re bound to find so much success. Don’t forget that every business card you hand out and every person you talk to, regardless of how much (or if) they purchase, could be a potential customer down the road (or they might have a friend that could be!). Craft fairs can be a lot of fun, and they’re such a wonderful place to learn more about how you can make your items — and your next craft fair display — even better than before.

We’re back tomorrow with another post in our craft fair series focused on interacting with your customers!…

WATCH THE VIDEO ON THEME: How to Price your Items for Craft Fairs or Online Sites like Etsy

Quilt and Craft Fair Here are some shots of the quilt display which brought some stunning comments. (They were pretty good quilts really!).

Craft Fair Series: Packaging + Display

Welcome back for part 3 of our series on craft show selling success! Today we’re going to talk about how to set up your booth in order to showcase your products and attract plenty of buyers. Let’s get started!

Tips for Selling at Craft Shows, Part 3: Booth Setup

When it comes to setting up a craft show booth, there are a lot of areas to cover! So let’s break them down, one by one.

Step 1: Booth Size & Filling the Space

The first step is to know how big the booth is that you will be given. If possible, use painter’s tape to mark out a space in your home – your basement, garage, driveway, or even your living room! – in these dimensions. That way you can practice filling the space, and set up a “trial run” of your booth before the day of the show.

Once you know how much space you’ve got, it’s time to think about the larger pieces of furniture you want to use. These pieces might include:

  • tables
  • shelving units
  • temporary walls
  • hanging displays such as a clothesline
  • other large props such as a ladder, quilt rack, or clothing rack

Begin by adding in a few tables, and move on from there to determine the best arrangement of furniture. Try to make your booth welcoming – create a clear path for the customer to travel so that she can easily walk through your booth and see all of your wares without feeling trapped in a confined space. Remember that your booth can become crowded if you’re having a good show, so try to leave open space in the center and a few different access points to your displays.

Tip: Don’t have a lot of spare furniture? Don’t worry! You don’t have to buy everything new – try finding things you can repurpose! Dust off or paint a wooden ladder out of your garage and hang your products on the rungs. Dig a card table out of your basement and add a pretty tablecloth. You can even stack up 2-4 large plastic storage tubs on top of one another, cover them with fabric, and you’ve got an instant display stand or check-out station!

 

Step 2: Building up from the Bottom

Once you have your large pieces of furniture in place, it’s time to add smaller display areas. Your needs for display systems will vary depending on what you sell – large pieces of framed art, for instance, need a lot more space than jewelry does. But here are some basic tips for ways you can display your products on tabletops, and add extra space to a small booth by building up toward eye level:

  • Use a tablecloth in a solid color on top of your tables so you can create a neutral backdrop for your products.
  • Use milk crates or baskets turned on their sides to hold mid-sized merchandise like skeins of yarn or candles.
  • Those collapsible wire storage cubes are ideal for holding all kinds of products, and you can even use clothespins or safety pins to hang your merchandise on the back and sides of these cubes. Stack them in pairs on a tabletop to get more height out of your display.
  • If you have several small items to display, spray paint the lid of a cardboard paper box and use it as a tray. You can even fold a small piece of fabric or burlap inside of it before adding your merchandise.
  • For jewelry pieces like earrings, take an empty photo frame and stretch horizontal lengths of jewelry wire across the middle (tape the wire down to the back side where nobody will see it). Hang the earrings onto the wire to display them, and then prop up the frame on a tabletop.
  • Peg board propped up on a tabletop is a great way to display smaller items like bags, where you want to be able to hang them up.
  • For more fun ideas check out Dream Displays on Pinterest.

 

Step 3: The Finishing Touches

When you have the logistics of your booth plan in place, it’s time to make it all work together with a cohesive branding statement. If you already have a website or shop where you sell your items, pull the colors from that shop and use them in your booth. Don’t have one yet? That’s okay! Pick a palette you like and go with that – maybe something seasonal, or something that catches your eye on Design Seeds.

The goal is not to overwhelm your customers with color, so keep it simple. The parts of your booth that will be filled with colorful products should just be neutral – think black tablecloths, white shelving, etc. Then you can add in pops of color in other areas to give your booth a cohesive look (like on the signs you use, and the smaller displays).

Here are some tips to help you put the finishing touches on your booth to make it polished and professional:

  • Have a sign with your company or brand name or logo on it. You can have one printed for you if you’ve already got a logo, or make it yourself! Use a large chalkboard or dry erase board and turn that into your sign. If you don’t have a brand name yet, make up something simple, like “Crochet by Catherine” or “Sally’s Sweet Treats.”

  • Include prices on every product – if people have to ask you how much it is, they’re more likely to just put it down and walk away without buying. If it’s too time-consuming to tag every product, try grouping products together and then including a sign near them that tells the customer the price for everything in that group (Scarves – $20 or Earrings: $5). An easy way to do this is to use tag board or mini chalk boards to make your signs.
  • Give people a way to remember you and come back later to shop again! Put your website address on your sign (don’t have a website? Include your e-mail address instead!). Make an additional sign that tells people you also sell online, or that you’re happy to accept custom orders, and include your online contact information there. Put out a basket with business cards, or even better, something they can wear (like buttons or stickers) with a cute picture and your shop name and website. Then the people who stop by your booth and pick one up become walking advertisements for your brand!

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Do you have any suggestions for setting up a craft show booth? Share them with us in the comments! Then come back for the next post in our series, where we’ll talk about what to do on the day of the craft show. See you there!

 

 

 

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