Apply to be a vendor at our Urban Craft Uprising shows! We produce 20+ events each year, ranging from smaller shows such as First Thursdays, to our large biannual UCU shows at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.
What vendors are saying about the Urban Craft Uprising…
UCU does an exceptional job making sure that we have all of the information we need. We really appreciate it. We have done many shows and UCU shows are by far the most organized and professional that we have seen. Well done!
It was so magical. I’m still feeling the high from it! I should be exhausted and taking a break but am so full of energy. oh and having volunteers is awesome. I’m often alone at shows and even if some shows have volunteers, they don’t really check in with you as often as UCU volunteers do. they’re GOLD.
Now that I have experiences doing other large shows I really appreciate the personal touches and attention UCU crew gives to the vendors. With the emails sharing lots of helpful information organizing the happy hour, having a vendor lounge, free wifi, volunteers for loading and standing in at booths, etc. Makes the whole experience feel so much like a community effort rather than just individually loading, doing the show, and loading out. Great job! UCU is always really fun for me (some shows can be so serious). Please keep it up!! 🙂
The families in attendance were my favorite part of the show, as with all family-friendly craft shows! I love engaging with and entertaining infants and small children while their parents browse. It’s super fun to ask kids about their favorite ways to make art and encourage them to keep making. It’s also inspiring to see parents who are genuinely engaged with their kids, having conversations about what they see and guiding them in behaving respectfully towards art objects and other people.
I really enjoyed preview night…It was steadily busy for me but not too crazy, so I could enjoy talking to customers more. It was my first holiday show with UCU and although I’ve heard how busy it is I wasn’t fully prepared for how crazy busy the rest of the weekend would be. Saturday especially was kind of a whirlwind. But I have to say that your show is so well run and the volunteers were great. I had some help from friends here and there and my daughter but not a ton. But no matter how crowded it was your volunteers were great at checking in once a while to see if I needed bathroom breaks or anything.
[My favorite memory was] All of it! The best run event I’ve been a part of. Customers were happy, vendors were in great spirits, and the volunteers were always around when you needed them. Honored to be a part of the Winter UCU event!
[There is] an overall feeling of support and love. I have vended at a lot of shows, and the UCU really cultivates a feeling of camaraderie. This group is so supportive of one another…we want to see us all succeed. It warms my heart to be a part of the UCU <3
The entire weekend was my favorite, yes? I did have a great moment with a shopper I met at Issaquah Salmon Days. She showed up to UCU with her girlfriends, wine in hand & several shopping bags:) She came on Friday because I promised her it would be amazing & she was SO happy she did! I feel like I earned her trust at that moment & gained a longtime customer. Also, I had amazing booth neighbors! So many many great moments helping each other out & celebrating during pack up on Sunday. Every year I get to do this show I leave feeling like I’ve made new friends & expanded my community.
I’m sure you guys hear this a ton, but what an amazing show you put together year after year, it’s organized and the people that attend are amazing and so supportive of handmade, kind of like a holiday gift to vendors. I was so impressed by the variety this year and quality of everyone’s work. Sometimes at other shows, I feel like there’s a huge focus on making sure price points stay within a certain area – sometimes to the detriment of what is getting shown – and I really noticed this year that there was a huge variety in what people were making, price points, presentation, etc. but consistently it was interesting and beautiful work. I imagine that’s a hard thing to accomplish, but wow.
[My favorite moment was] realizing that I have a product that people want. I had customers tell me they came to the show for me. That’s insane! I also heard many customers say they were only buying local handmade this year. The talent of artists at this show is above and beyond. It warms my heart to be around so many creative amazing people.
These are the applications that are currently open:
(Click the show name for information about the show; click ‘Apply Here’ for the application)
- Gobble Up (November 17th)–APPLY HERE
- ***SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER APPLICATIONS STILL OPEN*** First Thursdays in Occidental Park — APPLY HERE
What vendors are saying about the Seattle Gift Show…
Just wanted to give a quick thanks for UCU hosting us makers at the Gift Show. I was able to land some great wholesale accounts. The lower pricepoint for booths let me take the leap into tradeshows that I probably wouldn’t have had the balls to do otherwise. Not sure how long you guys have been doing it (since I’m new the the PNW) but I wanna pass on a two thumbs up to you all for this facet of UCU! So thanks a ton!
This was my first wholesale show. I learned so much and strengthened my confidence in representing my jewelry and speaking to buyers more than I imagined. So thank you for putting this show together and letting us be a part of it! I know it was slow at times, but that is normal these days – I booked some solid orders and got contacts for over 30 buyers who are interested in the brand to follow up with in the next couple weeks, so I am very thankful! I specifically had a few buyers mention how great our section was being all handmade and that they thought all the talent at the show was in [the Urban Craft Market] 🙂 Looking forward to filling out the feedback form, thanks again for all you ladies do to promote us Makers!
The Urban Craft Uprising has 2 major shows per year. Our Summer Show takes place the last weekend in June, and our Winter Show takes place the first weekend in December. Both shows are held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.
In addition to our two major shows, we also co-host a variety of smaller shows throughout the year. Find out about all of our Spring/Summer 2018 shows right here.
First time applying? Here are some helpful tips from the organizers:
Tip #1: Know The Show
We’re glad you want to vend with us… do you know what we do?
Tip #2: Photos For The Win
- Sharp, clear, bright photos
- A few photos of single items and a few shots of several items together
- Your fine craftsmanship
- Your unique point of view and work that expresses it
Tip #3: Get Yourself the 411
If the application asks for something you don’t understand, seek the information and make it work!
“I know the application says that you need ________, but I don’t know what that is so I’m not gonna do it. That’s cool, right?”
Tip #4: Take A Deep Breath…
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