Keep Smiling! - How to Stand out at a Craft Fair Part 4






Share your Creativity! Find your Community!


Craft Shows are an excellent way to share your work with the world - to grow your brand, customer base, get feedback on products, connect with wholesale buyers, media, and in general, to expand your creative community. Being a member of a community like Vancouver Island Market also helps keep you current and connected throughout the year. 


Keep Smiling! 


Along with branding and design, remember to stay present and personal to make connections. Expanding your community and client base is about making connections, one person at a time. While a marketplace provides the space, it is you who shows up. Keep your energy high and bring your best self to the market by taking good care of yourself with water and healthy food, to make the most of this opportunity. If you feel shy or nervous, ground yourself in your work - your story. Remember why you’re here and the passion you bring to your craft, and feel your charisma rising. Naturally, you’ll give clients the right cues and establish connection. 


Everyone has a different approach to growth and sales - some of us go out and work the room, some of us make ourselves accessible for clients to approach us. Try changing it up now and then, and see what happens. We’re curious, let us know what approach or sales techniques have worked best for you!

Follow the above guidelines to make the best of your time at your next Craft Show!! To your creativity, your success, your expansion, your connections.


Can’t wait to see you at Vancouver Island Market August 6-7!!! Join us at our Summer Block Party for two whole days of fun in the sun.



The 5 Ws


What: Summer Block Party

When: August 6th & 7th | 10am-4pm

WhereOld Sears Parking Lot @ Nanaimo North Town Centre 4750 Rutherford Rd - Food Truck Area 

Who: Vancouver Island's established and emergent creative community

Why: Connecting buyers and sellers is our jam

How: Sustainability through Creativity through Kindness


Cost: Free Admission for All


Coming up next: Being a Vendor at Vancouver Island Marketplace


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