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…
Preview Night was very good for sales. It never felt crowded or slow. Shoppers that came at 5 were very deliberate in purchasing while the late comers had on a good buzz, enjoyed a beer or wine and chatted up a bit more. We love Preview Night and the idea that they get “first dibs” at the show is very important.
[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.
It was one of the best shows we have ever participated in and hands-down this is the MOST well-organized show. I love how you provide information for both the novice and expert vendor; you covered all bases and provided thorough and helpful information. It was outstanding at every moment. Having volunteers from the point of load-in and to help cover the booths during the show was so helpful. Thank you for a great show!
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.
You guys are the best! It is the best curated craft show around, and everyone in Seattle knows it. We had great sales and a lot of fun with the customers and other vendors. Thanks again for all your hard work and we can’t wait until the winter show!!!
I just wanted to take a moment to again personally thank you for all of your hard work in putting this show together! I had such a wonderful time and was amazed at how organized and seamless everything ran. From the loading/unloading to the volunteers, the customers who attended seemed like loyal show goer’s and the caliber of talented and unique vendors I was honored to be a part of. My social media #’s jumped noticeably as compared to other shows I’ve done and I had repeat customers coming back both days to purchase more goodies. Traveling 12 hours to attend this event, I truly could not have hoped for a better experience. I definitely felt the appreciation you have for your vendors and because of that this show has jumped to my #1 event to try and be a part of in the future. Thank you for allowing me to a part of an event that helped inspire me to keep striving and working hard.
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.
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!! 🙂
[My favorite memory was the] new milestones! I can’t pick one favorite moment: beating my previous sales record, getting my first wholesale order, being featured on the Design Milk IG page (presumably due to UCU’s promotion), and of course, talking with customers who were purchasing my kits as a means of self-care or self-discovery. It was rewarding to be able to connect my months of creative work with the customers who would ultimately reap the biggest benefits.
This is one of the best shows and your organizational skills are exemplary. You all do such a great job helping new and returning vendors to stay on top of things and be ready for what is always a really great show. We love UCU and are proud and honored to be a part of it!
These are the applications that are currently open:
(Click the show name for information about the show; click ‘Apply Here’ for the application)
What vendors are saying about the Seattle Gift Show…
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!
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!
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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