There are FOUR Urban Craft shows to look forward to this year
August 5 – 7 | Booth Fees: $200 + 10% of sales to the Parks Department
This will be the first year that UCU will be curating the makers section at the Magnolia Summerfest. This event has actually been going on for 50 years and is sponsored by the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce, and we are so honored to be asked to join forces with them. With so many new people moving into Seattle, there are many young families moving into Magnolia, and they’re looking for new vendors to spice up this show. We hope that by being there we offer a great selection of makers that will further the dialogue about handmade while providing another opportunity for our vendors to expand their businesses. In addition to our craft section there will be food trucks, stages hosting bands and other entertainment along with wine walks and more. It sounds like fun for the whole family and obviously an attraction to people ALL over the Seattle area. (If you are interested in having your food truck at this event, you will actually need to go through the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce instead of UCU but we are happy to point you in the right direction.)
Seattle Street Food Festival
August 19 – 21 | Booth Fees: $249
We are so excited for this year’s show! This will be our third time with them and last year’s show was AWESOME! Many vendors commented how this was one of their best selling street festivals that they’d participated in. This year we will be moved down a few blocks, so we will really be sandwiched in between all the food trucks. This is a great event that is really well attended all weekend long. The hours will be shortened a bit which is nice because there will be no real issues with lighting, etc. like the past few years. We feel that like us, they improve the show every year looking back on what worked and what didn’t the year before. And there is obviously tons of amazing street food to devour while you’re there!
Seattle Gift Show
August 18 – 22 | Booth Fees: $500
This January we participated in the Seattle Gift Show for the first time. Despite the long hours and days, our vendors had a blast! When they weren’t discussing their work with potential buyers or filling orders, they had plenty of time to talk shop with their fellow vendors. Many buyers came along to tell us how happy they were to see us at the show and we thought it was a great way for vendors to take their businesses to the next level without the exorbitant costs normally required at trade shows. If any vendor has been with the Seattle Gift Show in the past two years, they are sadly not able to participate in the UCU Pavilion as per the gift show rules. However, we have advocated for the idea of having vendors with whom we already have a relationship to be closer to our area in the future and it sounds like they will be able to accommodate that. We are super excited for this new relationship and hope it not only helps build our vendors’ businesses, but also that it continues to bring the importance of handmade products to the forefront of buyers’ minds.