Fall Craft Shows
The heady days of summer have passed us by for another year and while summer doesn’t officially end for another few weeks I always consider Labour Day weekend the marker for the end of summer and the start of the fall season. School is back in, fall programs and activities start up again and we generally shift into a different gear.
The fall also brings with it an increasing number of craft shows, especially as we get closer to December and the end of the year holidays. I’m not quite ready to be talking about that gift giving season yet, even though we are into back-to-school mode around here. Still too much nice weather left to start thinking about the white stuff and cold.
I have been preparing for the fall craft show season for a month or so now. I am signed up to exhibit at three shows in Ottawa this fall and am considering a fourth.
(September 22-24, Bell Sensplex in Kanata)
My first show this fall will be the Etsy Made-In-Canada show which takes place September 23 and 24 in Kanata. This is a very large show and as a vendor I need to have a lot of product in stock to ensure I am prepared for the crowds who come out to support local business. There are 150 vendors all selling handmade products. This year they are also offering an evening show on the 22nd, although not all of us vendors will be participating. I am in enough trouble as it is given that I will be sitting at a booth all day for my partner’s birthday. I will be interested to hear how the evening option turns out.
(November 12, 2017, Canterbury Community Centre
This is my first year selling at this show. It is apparently a very popular show. It takes up all of the activity rooms and gyms at the community centre. I am excited to exhibit at this show. It runs from 10am – 3pm
(December 2, Immaculata High School on Main Street)
This is my second year participating in this show. I’m not sure how many vendors there are at this show. I believe it is more than 100 spread across two gyms at the school. Like the Etsy show, all the vendors are selected based on applications and there is a good variety of products to select from. I believe they are all handmade products as well.
Art in the Neighbourhood
(December 9, Emmanuel United Church, Smyth Road)
This is a small neighbourhood show. Most of my fellow vendors are visual artists with awesome work. If you are in the area it is definitely worth coming to check out the artists. It is not nearly as chaotic as other shows can be. The art is set up gallery style and it is a great environment to come and browse some beautiful art.