Five Craft Show Essentials

What better way to spend a day than at a craft show? Wandering around stalls, swapping crafty finds with friends and buying the odd little treat – check out our previous post which gave you the inside scoop on the best shows to visit here. But half the fun is in the planning. If you’re heading off to a show, here are some tips to help you get the most from your day:

Image courtesy of the Creative Craft Show, Birmingham

1) Organise your time
Do research beforehand. If the show is running workshops, pre-book to avoid disappointment. Take a look at the website for a list of exhibitors and make a note of any that you definitely want to see – it’s easy to miss things in the hustle and bustle.

2) Get there early
Each show varies in terms of the number of exhibitors and stallholders, but if you go to a big show, DO expect crowds. Weekends tend to be busiest, so get there early to make the most of your day (and wear a comfy pair of shoes!).

Image courtesy of the Creative Craft Show, Birmingham

3) Ask questions!
Crafters love to share stories and many stallholders will be happy to talk about their products and answer questions or offer advice. You may even discover a new craft!

Image courtesy of the Knitting at Stitching Show, London

4) Don’t be rushed
Shows like these are a crafter’s paradise. We all start with good intentions, but it’s easy to be tempted when you find beautiful kits and nifty gadgets you don’t usually see on the high street. However, don’t feel pressurised into making a purchase. Ask for a card or web address and then shop online when it suits you.

5) Look for show offers
If you’re looking for something specific, research the cost beforehand. Make sure you know how much yarn you need too, as there’s nothing worse than getting home to find you’re a ball of wool short! Shows often offer discount prices or special deals, so there are bargains to be found if you know what you’re looking for.

But most importantly… just have a great day!