Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Creative Expressions: Art Fair and Sale

so I am terribly sorry about this awful quality image below...but I was at the mall yesterday and saw this sign for an art show.
The Sign Reads:

"Creative Expressions: Art Fair and Sale. The Second Act Program is looking for artists age 50 and above who are interested in selling theis wors ar our first Creative Expressions Art Fair and Sale on July 25 (2009) at th eCarbondale Civic Center. To Learn more call 1877-480-4040. Put on in part by SIH (Southern Illinois Healthcare) and the Second Act"

I was happy to see this advertised in a nice place like this. I am not sure of they have a website or not, but I may call today to see. If any of you inquire, please let me know what they say...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The American Craft Show in San Francisco





Wow, this show looks extremely awesome. It is definitely in a league of extrordinary artists too. The show looks like so much fun. It will take place in August. So please read below for more info, or visit their site HERE.

NOW ACCEPTING 2010 APPLICANTS HERE.

New artists, alternative work, and a Green Craft component will be on display at The American Craft Council Show in San Francisco at Fort Mason Center, August 14-16, 2009. Celebrating its 34th year in the Bay Area, this much-anticipated event delivers the nation's leading 250 artists and their latest designer jewelry, furniture, clothing, home decor and more to the public. Guests can indulge in wine tastings from top vineyards and be part of entertaining and informative demonstrations throughout the weekend.


Green Craft - Artists using found, recycled, eco-friendly materials and techniques will be highlighted. Shop for style and the environment!

AltCraft - This section features rising indie craft artists whose work illustrates the innovative techniques and materials of the burgeoning new handmade movement. The work of 16 artists, selected through a special jury process, will be presented in a unique loft space in the Fort Mason pier.

SAVE by purchasing tickets in advance: $2 off advance ticket purchase online. Click here to save!

LOCATION
Fort Mason Center
Herbst and Festival Pavilions

Located between Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on San Francisco Bay; entrance is at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. Paid valet parking is available or visitors may park offsite in the adjacent Marina Green and take the complimentary shuttle service to Fort Mason. Click here for directions and parking information.

DATES AND SHOW HOURS
Friday, August 14 (10am - 8pm) ** New, extended hours!**
Saturday, August 15 (10am - 6 pm)
Sunday, August 16 (10 am - 5 pm)

ADMISSION
$12 per person
$18 two-day pass
SPECIAL FRIDAY EVENING ADMISSION: $5 after 5pm (not to be combined with other offers)
Children 12 and under free
American Craft Council members FREE.
Introductory membership $25 at the show. JOIN NOW.
Buy Tickets Online and save! $10 per person; $16 two-day pass


Information:
Call: 800-836-3470

Friday, June 19, 2009

The 2009 Inaugural ZAPP™ Conference

The 2009 Inaugural ZAPP™ Conference
for Artists and Art Fair Professionals
Presented by WESTAF and the Partners of ZAPPlication™
August 19 - August 21, 2009 | Denver, Colorado

Registration information available at http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab2.aspx?EventID=730833.

Join other artists, art fair directors and staff, promoters, and the ZAPP™ Team at the first ZAPP™ Conference designed especially for and by art fair professionals. Explore sessions and attend lectures on the current economic climate and coping strategies, the ZAPP™ jury process, understanding image technology, tools for managing art businesses, marketing and advertising for artists and art fairs, organizing the art fair community, ZAPP™ system training and technical assistance, and much more!

Be part of this thrilling opportunity to meet other artists and art fair professionals, learn more about best show practices and resources, receive hands-on training in everything from image formatting to ZAPP™ system procedures, strengthen our art show community, and have fun in the Mile High City and nearby Rocky Mountains!

Visit http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab2.aspx?EventID=730833 for conference registration.

NEW: Many of you have told us that you'd like to turn your visit to Denver for the ZAPP™ conference into a vacation. In addition to various galleries, museums, amusement parks, spectacular restaurants, theaters, live music events, river rafting, hiking, camping and other mountain activities, we've gathered together a list (below) of a few of the events happening in Colorado around the conference dates to assist in your travel plans and to highlight some of the wonderful things to do in Colorado in the summer! For more information about Colorado and all the wonderful things you can do while you're here, please visit http://www.colorado.com. Also, feel free to drop us a line as you plan your trip if you'd like suggestions from locals.

August 13
Dianne Reeves, Arvada Center, Arvada
Susan Tedeschi, Headwall Ski Hill, Steamboat Springs
Staind, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver
Clint Black, Oriental theater, Denver
Dave Alvin and the Guilty, Swallow Hill, Denver

August 14
ZAPP™ Event: Telluride Festival of the Arts 2009, Telluride Colorado. http://www.telluridefest.com
Rocky Mountain Folks Fest - Rufus Wainwright, Madeline Peyroux, Vance Gilbert, Will
Hoge, Planet Bluegrass, Lyons
JJ Grey and Mofro, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver
Vail Jam - Blues Traveler, Joan Osborne, Hazel Miller Band, Ford Theater, Vail
Xavier Rudd, Jermey Fisher, Belly Up, Aspen
Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty, Three20South, Breckenridge

August 15
Golden Fine Arts Festival, Golden
New West Fest - Melissa Etheridge, Great American Taxi, Old Town Square, Fort Collins
Rocky Mountain Folks Fest - Susan Tedeschi, Will Hoge, Planet Bluegrass, Lyons
Rufus Wainwright, Belly Up, Aspen
New West Fest - Great American Taxi., Melissa Etheridge, Downtown Fort Collins
Green Day, Pepsi Center, Denver
Vail Jam - Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Jupiter Coyote, Ford Theater, Vail
Subdudes, Foma, Kate Leroux Band, Paramount, Denver - www.tickethorse.com or call
the YMCA at 720-524-2714. A portion of the proceeds benefit the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver's Strong Kids Campaign and Autism Program
Peter Yorn, Ogen Theater, Denver

August 16
Golden Fine Arts Festival, Golden
New West Fest - Ozomatli, Old Town Square, Fort Collins
Rocky Mountain Folks Fest - Dougie MacLean, Will Hoge, Planet Bluegrass, Lyons
Chris Isaak, Chatfield Nature Preserve, Denver

August 17
New West Fest. Old Town Square, Fort Collins

August 18
FILM ON THE ROCKS presents: Top Gun (with a performance by Paper Bird before the film), Red Rocks, Morrison
Strings Music Festival - Gaelic Storm, Strings Music Pavilion, Steamboat Springs
Gallery Reception: Andrea Wallace & Anderson Ranch Summer Staff Exhibition, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village

August 19
Silent Film Series: "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923), Chautauqua Park Auditorium,
900 Baseline Rd, Boulder
International Women & Motorcycling Conference, Keystone

August 20
Dickey Betts and the Great Southern, Belly Up, Aspen
Lil' Wayne, Fiddler's Green, Denver
Asleep at the Wheel, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge
Michael Bolton, Vilar Performance Center, Beaver Creek
International Women & Motorcycling Conference, Keystone
River Flicks presents "The Italian Job", Confluence Park, 15th St. & Little Raven St., Denver
Pete Wernick & Flexigrass, Chautauqua Park Community House, 900 Baseline Rd, Boulder
Artists Talk: Greg Gorman & R. Mac Holbert, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village
Dressage Association Show, Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Estes Park

August 21
Downtown Boulder's Endless Summer Celebration, 1300 block of Pearl Street, Boulder
Dickey Betts & the Great Southern, Cervantes Masterpiece Theater, Denver
Chris Cagle, Grizzly Rose, Denver
International Women & Motorcycling Conference, Keystone
Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Fiddler's Green, Englewood
Young Dubliners, Soiled Dove Underground, Denver
Strings Music Festival Presents - George Winston, Strings Music Pavilion, Steamboat
Gunnison Car Show, Gunnison
Mesa Verde Country Food, Wine & Art Festival, Cortez

August 22
Lafayette Peach Festival, Old Town Lafayette on Public Road, Lafayette
Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, Swallow Hill, Denver
The Informants, Lake Dillon Amphitheater, Dillon
Dickey Betts, Tab Benoit, & Great Southern, Music on Main Street, Frisco
Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder
International Women & Motorcycling Conference, Keystone
Pretenders, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver
Chris Cagle, Grizzly Rose, Denver
Young Dubliners, Hyatt Main Street Station. Breckenridge
Blacksmith Demo Days, Golden History Museums, Golden
Heritage Festival, Bond Park, Estes Park
Gunnison Car Show, Gunnison
Mesa Verde Country Food, Wine & Art Festival, Cortez
High Octane Arts and Crafts Show, Gunnison

August 23
Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone, Hudson Gardens, Littleton
International Women & Motorcycling Conference, Keystone
Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver
Deke Dickerson, Tambien, Denve
Music in the Mountains, Rocky Ridge Music Center, Estes Park
Heritage Festival, Bond Park, Estes Park
Gunnison Car Show, Gunnison

August 24
Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Poison, Fiddler's Green
Poncho Sanchez, Lila Downs, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver

August 25
Nickelback, Fiddler's Green, Englewood
Dream Theater, Temple Hoyne Buell, Theater, Denver
Blondie, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs

August 26
Jackson Browne, Red Rocks, Morrison
Blondie, Belly Up, Aspen
Buckethead, Three20South, Breckenridge

August 27
Depeche Mode, Red Rocks, Morrison
The Bellamy Brothers, Cowboy's, Colorado Springs
Yonder Mountain String Band, Fox Theater, Boulder

August 28
Rodney Atkins, Colorado State Fair, Pueblo
Herman's Hermits, Hudson Gardens, Littleton
Yonder Mountain String Band, Xavier Rudd, Red Rocks, Morrison
Ned Fest - TBA - Nederland
Who's Bad - Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, Three20South, Breckenridge

August 29
Ricky Skaggs, Pikes Peak Center, Colorado Springs
Trinidaddio Blues Festival - The Tommy Castro Band, Central Park, Trinidad
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Fishbone, English Beat, Red Rocks, Morrison
Sawyer Brown, Colorado State Fair, Colorado Springs
Ned Fest - Drew Emmitt Band, Great American Taxi, Nederland
Rick Springfield, Vilar Performance Center, Beaver Creek

August 30
Survivor, Hudson Gardens, Littleton
Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Red Rcks, Morrison
Ned Fest - David Grisman Quintet, Nederland
Bob Weir and Ratdog, Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder
Daryl Hall and John Oats, Paramount Theater, Denver
Buckethead, Belly Up, Aspen

Knox Farm Fiber Festival 2009






Their Etsy site is HERE. Please visit them for some really nice items.
" SAVE THE DATE: Knox Farm Fiber Festival : 5th Year!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2009

10 am to 5 pm

Admission $4 over age 8

---------------

KNOX FARM STATE PARK

437 Buffalo Road East Aurora 14052

Park Telephone--655-7203






FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES: SPEND THE DAY WITH US


There will be demonstrations of:

Silk worms at work-making silken threads

Ornamental ironwork by a blacksmith

Antique sock knitting machines

Rug hooking-and a display of rugs


Tour the Park on the hay wagon.


Watch members of the Weavers Guild
of Buffalo, card, spin and weave a scarf from the fleece of the Park sheep Rita.

Buy a raffle ticket and if you win, the scarf is yours.
Tickets are $1 and are available at the festival.


Make & Take Children's crafts.


Meet the animals of Knox Farm: sheep, llama and goats; alpacas, angora goats and a miniature horse.


Angora goat shearing; Benny, Ma and Auntie Em


Watch demonstrations of spinning, use of the drop spindle, the great wheel and the flyer wheel.


The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo presents:

Basic knit and purl instruction for beginners.
Knitting Rx: bring your problem project and get
help from the experts.

Purchase pumpkins and gourds from the Park's garden;
Proceeds to benefit the animals.


Have lunch with us: Lunch vendors TBA "
Here is a bio from their website:

KnoxFarmFiber is the producer of hand-spun yarn made from the fleece of animals who live at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora, New York. The yarn and other items, such as hats and scaves knitted from the yarn, plus Beginners Knitting Kits plus plain and dyed roving are for sale at the Gift Shop.
YOU CAN PURCHASE OUR YARN ONLINE AT www.knoxfarmfiber.etsy.com.
Sheep, llamas and goats are the fiber animals who live at Knox Farm State Park. Their fleece can be used to make a variety of yarns. The sheep are sheared once a year in the Spring. The llamas and goats are sheared more often. The fleece is washed, carded, handspun and then left its natural creamy color or dyed in an environmentaly sensitive process. All of the work is done by volunteers and by hand, much of it at the Park. Look for drying fleece set out in the sun on screens in the late Spring In the Fall you may find pots of dye-stuff simmering in a solar box.
We hope you like our yarn. If you have never worked with handspun before, you are in for a surprise. Handspun yarn differs from sheep-to-sheep and from spinner-to-spinner. Some of the fiber is left as its natural creamy color, and some is dyed. Some yarns are uneven. Some will be soft, others more coarse. You may even find bits of straw still in the yarn.
We wind our yarns into one or two ounce skeins or 28-30 yards per ounce. Most of the yarn is two-ply bulky weight and can be knit at a gauge of 3 stitches to 3.5 stitches to the inch.
You will find that no two skeins are the same
Please handwash our yarns gently in cool water. If you insist on soap, use a mild shampoo. Dry flat. Wind the skeins into loose balls before knitting and keep a large gauge so that the yarn will not be choked.
NOTE: Do not use our wool or yarn for felting projects. Our wool will not felt by hand, but SOME may felt with repeated agitation and hot water in a washing machine. Jill Sessa of Looped Back has great success with a front-loading machine.
We want you to be happy with our yarns! Please tell us what you think. E-mail Judith Bunn at jbunn_2000@yahoo.com or call me at 716 480 0086.
I found this lovely artisan through the Buffalo Indie Show Site.

Buffalo Indie Market {Next Weekend!!}


I found this info HERE...

It looks like this is a regular event. Oh, how I wish I were closer to go visit.
Saturday, June 27, 2009 Buffalo Indie Market Celebrates Buffalo Homecoming

9am-3pm, at Bidwell Parkway / Elmwood Avenue Across from The Bidwell Farmers Market.


CLICK HERE for a list of participating artists & musical guests


Saturday July 11 - 12, 2009 Buffalo Indie Market at Erie Canal Harbor

12-5pm, at Erie Canal Harbor /At Canal Side

Minutes from The Taste of Buffalo
Details Coming Soon

Saturday July 25 - 26, 2009 Lafayette Avenue Prespyterian Church presents BIM

10am-4pm, at Lafayette Prespyterian Church / Elmwood Avenue/ In Celebration of the

Buffalo Garden Walk
Details Coming Soon

Saturday August 15 - 16, 2009 Buffalo Indie Market at Erie Canal Harbor

12-5pm, at Erie Canal Harbor /At Canal Side
Details Coming Soon

Saturday Septembert 12 - 13, 2009 Buffalo Indie Market at Erie Canal Harbor

12-5pm, at Erie Canal Harbor /At Canal Side
Details Coming Soon

Strange Folk Festival 2009 : Applications Available and DUE JULY 6th!!!


I received this email from the coordinator of the wonderful Strange Folk Festival a couple of days ago...
"Hi Former Strange Folk Vendors!

I know many of you have already applied to be in our 2009 event. However, it came to my attention that some of you didn't hear about it (you mean you still aren't Twittering???!?! You're actually too busy making things you say?!?!)

So, just dropping a line that...
1. Apps will be available on our website thru July 6th!
http://strangefolkfestival.com/gnomehome/participate
2. Our e-mail has changed. Yahoo stinks. Please send all inquiries to strangefolkfestival@gmail.com


Thank you kindly!
Autumn Wiggins
Strange Girl in Charge"

Summer Solstice Celebration in Santa Barbara, CA tonight and tomorrow at noon

Since my family is vacationing in Santa Barbara, they are going to visit the Solstice Celebration. It looks like a ton or fun too. Check out their site HERE.

VIEW THE LARGER MAP HERE.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Inspiring Women Silent Auction

As the collective art students' and my advisor at Southern Illinois University I was wondering if you could e-mail any art students who would be interested in donating a piece of art to the Inspiring Women Silent Auction. Inspiring Women is a program that was est. in 2003 by SIUC division of Student Affairs created to honor women who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields, to their cities and towns, or to business, civic, governmental, service, or educational organizations and to honor entering freshman and transfer students admitted to SIUC for excellence in both curricular and extracurricular programs and activities. Thus, this program not only raises money for student scholarships but also honors local southern Illinois women. In order to raise money and honor these individuals, a silent auction is held in which the Inspiring Women program is seeking donations such as art pieces,etc. This is not only an opportunity to raise money but it is an opportunity for artists to get their name out there because almost six hundred people of the community and surrounding areas attend the gala- when the silent auction is held. If interested, artists could place a business card or something next to the art. However, if interested the items are need by September 1st or preferably sooner. The artists can contact me at rmcindoo@siu.edu to let me know of the donations and then drop off the item as Dr. Paratore's office on campus- her e-mail is paratore@siu.edu -she is the coordinator. Let me know what you think or if that is ok! Thanks!!

Sincerely,

Rachael McIndoo

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

An Art Show at Realty Central in Murdale Shopping Center



As you can see from the image above, this is an art show/ reception featuring a woman's oil paintings. A very hard skill to master. We bought our house from this realty company too...how funny!

Monday, June 8, 2009

American Craft Council Show: Apply Now!!!


Apply Now to the 2010 American Craft Council Shows.
Because different is good.

One Deadline For All Shows: July 31, 2009


Exhibit your work among the best! For over 35 years American Craft Council shows have become the model for quality and leadership in the craft field. If you produce original and handmade work in ceramics, glass, metal, jewelry, clothing and accessories, furniture and lighting and more, apply now. It’s an opportunity to exhibit and sell your work across the country to thousands of craft buyers, collectors, and enthusiasts who attend the shows. Artists juried in will gain access to the Council’s nationwide network of marketing and public relations firms, be featured on the Council’s website year round and published in the show directories. Pick and choose among one wholesale and four retail shows produced throughout the year.

2010 Show Schedule
Baltimore wholesale: February 23-24 **NEW** 2-day show
Baltimore retail: February 25-28 **NEW** 4-day show
Atlanta retail: March 12-14 (Preview Party March 11)
St. Paul retail: April 16-18
San Francisco retail: August 6-8


All applications will be reviewed under a rigorous jury process; results will be announced in September. Deadline: July 31, 2009. Apply on-line at www.zapplication.org.

A complete prospectus is available at www.craftcouncil.org/apply. And the Council staff is available to help with your application. Email shows@craftcouncil.org, or call us at 800.836.3470 x276.

Note: If you are new to the digital world, you may seek additional help. We recommend the professional services of Larry Berman who is available at a very reasonable rate. www.bermangraphics.com. 800-350-9289.

- The American Craft Council

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Carbondale IL: Sunset Concerts' 29th season opens June 14, 2009

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The great sounds of summer return to Carbondale as the 29th season of the Sunset Concerts Series kicks off June 14 on the steps of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Shryock Auditorium. The weekly concerts continue through the end of July, alternating between the steps of Shryock and Turley Park on Carbondale's west side.

Concerts begin at 7 p.m. each Thursday and the schedule includes:

• June 14: Rico, Latin rock, Shryock, www.ricojams.com

* June 21: Special Consensus, bluegrass, Turley Park, www.specialc.com.

* June 28: Skinny, pop/funk, Shryock, www.myspace.com/2skinnydorks.

• July 5: The Kimi Hayes Band, rock, Turley Park, www.kimihayes.com/default1.htm.

* July 12: The Ark Band, reggae, Shryock, www.thearkband.com/.

* July 19: Retrorockets, rock and roll, Turley Park, www.retrorockets.net/.

* July 26: Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones, blues, Shyrock, www.myspace.com/andrewjrboyjones.

The Student Center, Student Programming Council, the city of Carbondale and Carbondale Park District sponsoring the popular concerts, which are free and open to the public. Sponsors remind everyone the rules permit no underage drinking, pets, glass bottles, kegs or solicitation during the music-filled evenings.

For more information, call the Student Programming Council at 618/536-3393 or visit www.spc4fun.com.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

NSW Fairs this month







Thanks to the madeit website, (which is like etsy but solely for Australian sellers/crafters), I found out about the following events...

Sunday 7th June
Eveleigh Artisan markets
(1st Sunday of each month)

Sunday 14th June
Kirribilli Art and Design market
(2nd Sunday of each month)

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
Silvermonk


Saturday 6th June

"The Olive Tree" Markets
The Junction Primary School, The Junction, Newcastle
(1st Saturday of each month)

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
tjanavaras



Saturday 20th June

Gerringong Rotary Market,
Gerringong Town Hall
(3rd Saturday of each month)

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
twinklekids

Saturday 6th June
Cobbitty craft market, Cobbitty

Sunday 7th June
Heritage Craft Fair, St Ives showground

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
PrettyChicPrincess

VIC Markets

Saturday 6th June
Warrandyte Craft Market - Stiggants Reserve
(1st Saturday of each month)

Sunday 21st June
Williamstown Market - Nelson Place
(3rd Sunday of each month)

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
tully{kat} alley

Saturday 13th June
Sisters' Market, Sydney Rd, Brunswick

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
Susannah Tucker Photography

Saturday 6th June

Magenta Maker's Market
Sunraysia farmers' market

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
vintage chenille

Saturday 13th June
Craft HATCH, City of Melbourne's City Library
(2nd Saturday of each month)

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
JessesMess



Sunday 21 June

Mathilda's Market
Malvern Town Hall,
Cnr High St & Glenferrie Rd, Malvern

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
sweetwilliam







QLD Markets

Sunday 7th June
Southbank Young Designer's Market
(1st Sunday of the month)

Eagle Street Pier art & Craft Markets
(Every Sunday - except 1st Sunday)

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
CurlyJoDesign





WA Markets

Sunday 7th June

Perth Upmarket Markets, Perth Town Hall

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
Osier


TAS Markets

Sunday 7th June

Penguin Markets, Penguin
(Every Sunday)

You'll find the below madeit seller at these markets
HandmadeHaven

Friday, June 5, 2009

EVENTS THIS WEEKEND!!

Silkworm Yard Sale (This is a Screen Printing Place)
IL-13, just East of Murphysboro
Friday, June 5th, 8am-5pm
Saturday, June 6th, 8am-Noon

T-shirts
Hoodys
Jackets
Polos
Caps
Misprints
Blank Items

Also, the Carbondale DAWF is tonight starting around 4-4:30. Downtown area in Carbondale, IL!!! See you there...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

2nd Annual Etsy YART Sale!!!



Sellers, it has been almost a year since the first unofficial “Yart Sale” on Etsy. Yart sale? What exactly is a “Yart Sale,” you may ask? The term Yart is an artistic spin on the traditional yard sale:

Art + Yard Sale = Yart!

There are many art museums, artists, and groups that have yart sales annually to raise cash. Although not an official Etsy event, the Etsy Yart sale is a great way to bond with your fellow Etsy sellers. What began last year as a casual conversation on the Etsy Supply Street Team (ESST) thread about destashing and raising funds, blossomed into a discussion on our private boards about creating an Etsy-wide yart sale. This year's sale will be the “2nd Annual Yart Sale on Etsy sponsored by Team ESST.” It will take place June 10 through June 14, 2009. Everyone with a shop on Etsy is invited to participate!

This article will address frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Yart Sale. During the Yart Sale, feel free to refer people to this Storque article, link it on your blog, or tweet it on Twitter. As the date draws near, please refer to the Team ESST blog for updates, and as well as the Promotional section of the Etsy Forums for the Official Yart Sale sponsored by Team ESST thread that will be posted with the Team ESST Avatar. If you have further questions, please convo EtsySupplyStreetTeam.etsy.com.

FAQs
When will the Yart Sale be?
Our Second Annual Yart Sale will be from Wednesday, June 10 through Sunday, June 14, 2009. Participate in one, two, or all five days of the sale.

Which shops on Etsy can participate?
All shops on Etsy are invited to participate. Choose to participate with your handmade, supply or vintage shop. If you have more than one shop, you can participate with each.

How does a seller participate in the Yart Sale?
To join the sale, simply post the following Yart Sale announcement in the Shop Announcement section of your Etsy shop:

“I am participating in the Yart Sale on Etsy sponsored by Team ESST."

You should also include a short description of how you will be participating in the sale.

Here are a few extra suggestions for how to effectively utilize the Yart Sale as a promotional tool:

•Maintain a Yart Sale Section where merchandise is already marked down.
•Tag and/or title items in your shop “Yart,” so customers can search your Etsy and your shop to find your “Yart” items.
•Special discount pricing for length of the sale. (You would need to credit back their account for the set amount on PayPal. Example: 10% off.)
•Free shipping. Remember to clarify terms. Example: Only on orders over $25.00, etc. State your terms clearly. (If you offer free shipping, you would need to again credit back their account for the shipping on PayPal.)
•If you feel the price points in your shop do not allow you to have a sale, perhaps you can offer a free promotional gift or a slight discount toward future orders.
These are merely suggestions, and I am sure you can come up with many others. Remember, your Shop Announcement is an important piece in being involved in this sale, as it is where you describe the terms of your Yart sale and the dates that your shop will participate.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Fancy Schmancy Flea Market




I wish I could have attended this event. It was held in Peoria, IL, and looked like they had wonderful weather!! Thanks to Anodyne* for these lovely images.

READ MORE FROM HER HERE...

This is a bit delayed, but I wanted to share with you the comments she had about the show. Better late than never...
"I just re-read my own blog post and realized I didn't actually talk a whole lot about the Fancy Schmancy Flea Market itself. Oops. Let me give you a little more of a description of the event that might actually be helpful:

It was a perfect day for a craft fair, and there were quite a few vendors there. There was lots of jewelry, a few booths focused on baby items, some candles, and a few booths (including mine) with handmade bags. There were also some at-home business vendors (ie, Scentsy) indoors. Most of the people who came through came in the morning and things slowed down during the afternoon. There were local musicians performing throughout the day and a food vendor. All in all, it was a great crafty/festival atmosphere. I think the event might start to draw more visitors and generate more sales for vendors once it becomes established as a regular event. Once of the nice things about this event is that it was focused on benefitting the Center for the Prevention of Abuse, which does important work here in Peoria. I believe that the event will benefit a different charitable organization each time, and I think I overheard that it will be supporting a local food pantry at the next one, which will be August 2nd.

Hope that was a little more helpful! :)"

DAWF This weekend in Carbondale (June 5th)