Everything you know about craft fairs is probably wrong. Find out what’s new and exciting at Got Craft? Dec. 8 & 9 – read on as ethicalDeal content manager Emily Wight convinces you that craft fairs are the new cool thing.
My mom and I go to craft fairs every year, usually a handful of them over the course of a weekend in December. And mostly, they are pleasant things – there is usually hot apple cider, a few pieces of peanut brittle (or if I’m very lucky, homemade almond roca), and the occasional treasure hidden among the crochet tissue box holders and rolled beeswax candles. My mom handles each of the hand-knit baby sweaters and sighs – “there’s so much work in these” – and I usually come away with a jar of jam or pickles, and maybe some homemade soap. It’s a pleasant time, but they are mostly all the same – 10 or 15 tables, and many of the same items, year after year.
Over the past few years, though, Vancouver has seen a renaissance of crafting, making and DIY and Andrea and Robert, the event-planning and wedding-coordination duo behind Lotus Events, have been leading the charge. If you too had begun to think of craft fairs as tired and always the same, then think again. Andrea and Robert, over the past five years, have been growing a community of artisans and designers, culminating in Got Craft?, Vancouver’s premier Indie, DIY and Handmade Craft Fair, which takes place next weekend (Dec. 8 and 9, 2012) at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive.
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