Craft Show Season Recap

This past season was my first time doing street markets and craft fairs. It’s been really hard work but also really rewarding. I’ve met lots of great vendors and it’s great to see so much creativity and entrepreneurship in one place. Being around wonderful vendors and artisans really creates an invigorating and inspirational environment.  Overall, it’s been a great season, and I have learned so much and met such interesting and wonderful people. I only have one show left this year, and it’s Randolph Street’s Holiday Market on December 15th and 16th. Be sure to check it out and get some SSD jewelry without having to pay for shipping 🙂

I’ll have a post next week with more details on the Holiday Market, but for now, check out some pictures from this past season!

Day 2 at RSM... Notice the handmade banner in the background. I've upgraded since then.

My first time being a vendor at the June Randolph Street Market. Notice the handmade banner in the background. I’ve upgraded since then.

My friend Katie helping out at the festival

My friend Katie helping out at the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago… Lots of neon was sold that day.

Taking a break and checking out some of the EDM performers at North Coast

Taking a break and checking out some of the EDM performers at North Coast

Going back to my roots giving back to my old high school district

Craft Show at Prospect High School. It was great to help raise money for my old high school district!

See Song Designs at Prospect High School's Snowbird Craft Fair

See Song Designs at Prospect High School's Snowbird Craft Fair

This was a crazy and really fun street market in Boystown

Me at North Halsted Market Days. This was a crazy and really fun street market in Boystown.

Only at Market Days...

Only at Market Days…

See Song Designs at Lambs' Farm Holiday Lights Gift and Craft Show

At Arlington Park for Lambs’ Farm Holiday Lights Gift and Craft Show. It was by far the largest show I’ve done with 3 floors and over 500 vendors!

See Song Designs at Lambs' Farm Holiday Lights Gift and Craft Show

See Song Designs at Lambs' Farm Holiday Lights Gift and Craft Show

See Song Designs at Lambs' Farm Holiday Lights Gift and Craft Show

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7 thoughts on “Craft Show Season Recap

  1. Hi there 🙂
    I was searching information about the Randolph Street Market and I found your blog. I’m glad that you had so much fun in those craft shows. I wanted to apply to the Randolph Street Market as a craft vendor too and I’m confused with reporting the sales tax to the Tax Revenue Department. Could you please tell me how did you do it? Was it complicated?

    • Hi Ki!

      Thanks so much 🙂 The tax forms that RSM provides are supposed to be filled out and turned in after the show is over. I believe the amount you will pay is 9.5% of your sales, so it is up to you if you want to price your items and then charge tax on top of that to your customers or you can include tax in your price already. I will usually just price my items with the tax included so I don’t have to deal with cents. I hope that helps!

      • Thank you so much for your quick reply 🙂 I really appreciate it!
        and it’s a great idea you have to include tax in it. It’s definitely easier~
        We’re from North West Indiana and we’d like to explore to more craft shows from Chicago area. We’ve been to some of the festivals around us but they’re not as busy. That’s why we want to try some other craft shows in the city.
        How was the Randolph Street Market? Did you get some good business there?
        I’m sorry I have so many questions here :p I really appreciate your help~

      • You’re very welcome! RSM is one of my favorite markets. I’ve done it twice, and both times there was a good amount of business. The people who go to RSM are there to buy things, and many of them go every month and they love seeing new booths. The outdoor market starts on Memorial Day, and I heard that market is the busiest one. I hope that helps! I totally understand that you want to get as much information as possible before diving in. I’m definitely the same way!

    • Happy Valentine’s day!
      Thank you so much for your reply again! It helps a lot and I really appreciate it~
      Will you be in the RSM again this year? Hope I’ll see you there. My friend and I would love to be a vendor. Hopefully we’ll have a chance 🙂 I also want to shop there too~
      By the way, do they have any parking space for vendors?

      • Hi! Sorry for the delay! I will most likely be at the April market, and yes they do have parking available for the indoor markets and for the summer markets there are also parking spots offsite that are only for vendors. The RSM website should have all the information you would need on the designated contracts for each market. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

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