Want the ’70s back? At least in terms of craft shows with an easier point of entry? I’ve read a number of times about the good old days of the crafts movement of the ’60s and ’70s, how much easier it was, you’d just put some barn board on top of saw horses and put your pots up there to sell. No multi-thousand dollar booths created with professional consultant help.
The good old days were back yesterday at Constructor Fair in Berwyn, IL, for the third year of this indie crafts event sponsored by Fly Bird and Sheriff Peanut. This indoor-outdoor-under a tent show was young and energetic. Booths were smaller and all under one giant tent, so even the beginning business person who doesn’t have a tent (yet) could participate.
Buttons, magnets and T-shirts were in great supply, as well as a number of booths with jewelry, and super cute handmade clothes and plushies.
In the jewelry department, Sofia Masri’s work caught my eye, you can see her porcelain jewelry here: sofiamasri.etsy.com
This was my first time attending Constructor Fair, I seem to have been out of town the last two years on this particular weekend. I’ve been watching the indie crafts movement from my computer, and it was awesome to actually get out there and experience a show and see not only the work, but the crowd of customers.
The mainstream “Contemporary Crafts Movement” customer is aging, I’m told, and may have already bought all the craft work she needs.
The customers at the show were diverse in age, but included a lot of young people. If you’re selling crafts, pay attention to the 20something indie crafts shopper.
If you’re in the Chicago area, put Constructor Fair on your calendar for next year. http://www.constructorcraftfair.com
P.S. We also got pictures taken in the super fun Magnolia Photo Booth.