- More and more Crafters are arriving at Craft Fairs to find they are competing with "bought in" goods.
- More and more visitors are attending them to find that on lots of the stands they aren't being offered handmade goods direct from the crafter.
- More and more visitors are buying items which they think are "Craft" but after getting home finding labels on them which show they obviously aren't craft.
We believe strongly that UK craft fairs should be restricted to UK Crafters selling THEIR OWN goods. That the person behind the stand should be able to talk to you about how they made the item and even accept a commission if necessary.
The same applies to some extent to Craft Material Shows. Why when I've paid to go into a Craft Material Show, which can be quite expensive at some of the larger venues, should I be presented with stands selling ironing board covers or hair grips! .... I'm NOT interested in them.... the organisers would have you believe that these stands are "spare" because no crafters wanted them... when the actual truth is more and more the smaller craft companies can't afford them because the organisers can get more money giving the space to a shoe polish company!
p.s. there are a lot of good Craft Fair / Show organisers out there and this post obviously isn't aimed at them. Unfortunately they suffer as well when the UK public loose trust in the craft market! So, on the other side of the coin, if you attend a good craft fair, do make a point of finding the organiser and thank them.
p.p.s. All the photo in this article are real crafters!