The Craft Xpo Conference and Tradeshow
The Craft Xpo is a conference and tradeshow that is specifically for small-batch brands. Whether you are looking to streamline production or develop distribution strategies, the show has experts to help.
The expo draws inspiration in layout and theme from a traditional artist alley, but runs more like a craft show. This makes it a unique experience for anyone looking to find new inspiration.
It’s a nerdy craft show
Whether you’re looking for a plush Jabba the Hutt or a Wednesday Addams cross-stitched pillow, GeekCraft Expo has it all. This curated craft show visits cities around the country, featuring only local makers. It’s the brainchild of comic book writer Daniel Way (Deadpool, Wolverine, and The Incredible Hulk) and Kimberly Matsuzaki, a former community manager at Ubisoft.
One of the rules is that you can’t sell anything that’s already been made by someone else. That’s to prevent duplication and make sure the market is fresh and original. There’s also a $10 application fee, and you have to submit a photo of your booth and a list of your products.
During the market, visitors can participate in family-friendly make-and-take crafting activities. The show also features food, drinks and live music. It’s a great way to support local artists and get inspired.
It’s a curated market
GeekCraft Expo is a curated craft show that visits cities across the United States and features only local small businesses. It’s the brainchild of certified nerd Daniel Way (writer of Marvel comic books such as Deadpool and Wolverine) and his brother Matt, who serves as the event director.
The curated market includes artists specializing in jewelry, ceramics, fiber art, glass, leather, metal and painting. Some are local to Connecticut, while others travel from all over the country for this unique experience. There are also food vendors such as Mamoun’s Falafel Cart, Fire in the Kitchen Pizza and Soulfully Vegan.
The church hall is decked out with cheerful Christmas decor, and the atmosphere is festive. Guests can also enjoy a break at the market’s Kruiskoffie restaurant, which offers meals, coffee and decadent cakes. Friendliness, affordability, and originality are the market’s motto. Moreover, there is something special about shopping at a crafted market, where you can palpably feel the love that goes into creating an item.
It’s a place to meet friends
If you’re looking for a fun place to meet new friends, look no further than craft xpo. This unique event is two great events in one – a conference with over 100 Pinterest-based classes led by the best presenters and a show with 200 top businesses offering beautiful options in decorative painting, paper crafts, home décor, party planning, scrapbooking, and more.
In addition to networking and collaborating, this is an ideal place for new artists to showcase their work. Unlike many craft fairs that take a cut of sales, Xpo is free for vendors and attendees. Additionally, it offers workshops to help people become more familiar with the industry and how to make money from it.
Emerging artist Aron is thrilled to be a part of the show, which features new artists each year. She says she’s impressed by the variety of work from the emerging artists. “They exemplify a high level of artistry and commitment to their craft.” She’s also excited about meeting the customers face-to-face.
It’s a place to shop
This expo is a shopaholic’s dream come true, with local small businesses and artisans offering their unique creations. From homemade ornaments and cookies to decorative painting classes, the event has something for everyone. There are also lots of fun activities for the kids, including cookie decorating and pictures with Santa. The expo is hosted by Mission Covenant’s Women’s Ministry and is open to the public. It features over 100 booths of crafts, bake goods, and gifts.