Tis the season for craft shows! I like everything about crafts shows. . shopping local, shopping independent artists, designers, and crafters, supporting my community, meeting other mompreneurs, finding something special, unique, and handmade for my home. I love it all. So much, that I often set up my own little shop every season at one of the local holiday shows.
Below is a list of some of my favorite Raleigh holiday shows. Mark your calendar, call your best girlfriend, and plan on soaking in a fun day of handmade goodness.
And for those of you new to shopping craft shows, I have 2 bits of advice:
1. Bring cash and checks as a lot of craft shows do not take debit or credit cards. It is becoming more popular for individual artists to now have "the square" that allows them to take payment by debit or credit card, but there are still a lot who only take cash or check. Plus the artists have to pay "the square" about 3% of the purchase price every time they use it. . which is a lot for a small local independent business. . .so you can doubly bless the artist by paying with cash.
Advice Bit #2. Bring a tote bag so you have all your purchases in one place when you get home. Plus a tote bag will make sure your hands are free to touch all the handmade goodness. You can also save a few plastic bags by bringing your own tote bag.
Here's my list of my favorite craft shows in the area. . all sprinkled with pictures of some of my handmade goodness I will have at my booths this year. Note: you are always welcome to stop by my house if you see something you like.
Visions of Sugarplums
This is one of the oldest holiday shows in the area. I have been going to this show since I was a teenager. For those of you who do not know, I am a Raleigh native. This year is actually Visions of Sugarplums' 40th year. This show always signals to me the start of the craft show season. It is the very fist show I attend every year.
Dates and Times: Thurs, Nov 6: 9am-8pm; Fri, Nov 7: 9am-8pm; and Sat, Nov 8: 9am-3pm
Place: Quail Hollow Swim Club at 800 Orleans Place; Raleigh, NC 27609
Notes: Free admission. For Visions of Sugarplums' website, click here. Also note, only cash or checks accepted at this show.
Wakefield Mistletoe Market
Date and Time: Saturday, Nov 15: 9am-4:30pm
Place: 2200 Wakefield Pines Drive; Raleigh, NC 27614
Notes: This is a large show with 196 vendors this year. Admission is $5, but if you bring in a canned good, you get $1 off. Children under 12 are free. For Wakefield Mistletoe Market's website, click here. For their Facebook page, click here.
Hayes Barton United Methodist Church's Humble Heart Bazaar
I will be participating in this show; come see me! This is my first year setting up a booth at this show, but other artists have told me this is one of their favorite shows of the whole season. Plus I love that 100% of the show's proceeds support missions including Safe Child, Wee Care, Methodist Home for Children, Encouraging Place and many more.
Dates and Times: Tues, Nov 18: 6-8pm and Wed, Nov 19: 10:30am-2pm
Place: Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608
Notes: Free admission but you may want to bring an extra $8 for the lunch plate that the HBUMC women cook up. I hear it is delicious.
Sanderson's Holly Days
This show is always the first weekend in Decemeber and for me marks the end of the holiday craft show season. I have been a part of this show off and on for several years now. Below is my booth at Holly Days last year. My friend Alli and I shared a booth and will be doing so again this year, except this year the booth is going to be twice this size and filled to the brim with new one-of-a-kind special handmade pieces. Everything in my and Alli's booth is made by our hands.
Dates and Times: Sat, Dec 6: 9am-5pm and Sun, Dec 7: 11am-4pm
Place: Sanderson High School: 5500 Dixon Drive, Raleigh, NC
Notes: This is a large show with over 150 vendors. Admission is $2 and this $2 goes to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. For Holly Days' website, click here.
So tell me. . do you have any craft shows that you make sure you don't miss? What are your favorite Raleigh (or close to Raleigh) craft shows? I'd love to add some to my list.