Friday, March 21, 2008

The Buyers Market of American Craft

Deadline: Ongoing
Applications for Buyers Market shows are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year, so you can apply any time.

The Buyers Market of American Craft
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA
August 2-4, 2008

Craft gallery and specialty shop owners make up the largest percentage of our attendance while other retailers include museum shops, boutiques, department stores, furniture, jewelry, mail order catalogs and clothing stores.

Dates: The Buyers Market of American Craft is held twice each year, in February (Presidents Day Weekend) and August.

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

Exhibitors: Approximately 1,500 in February and 800 in August.

Buyers: Between 7,000 and 10,000 buyers representing about 3,000 companies in February, and 5,000-7,000 buyers representing about 2,000 companies in August. Attending buyers include craft galleries, museum shops, specialty retailers, catalogs, gift stores, boutiques, jewelry stores, judaica shops and art galleries.

Criteria: The Buyers Market of American Craft will only review work that is designed and produced in the United States or Canada.

Additional criteria include:
• You must design and supervise the work produced in your studio.
• You are required to exhibit in person.
• You must be a tax-paying resident of the U.S. or Canada.
• You must supply high-quality slides or digital images.

Booth Package
Your booth fee includes:
• 8’ gray draped walls
• Chair
• Booth sign
• Buyers Guide listing
• Free promotional stickers and brochures
• Drayage to and from your booth when you ship with the show’s freight provider
• Complimentary subscriptions to NICHE and AmericanStyle magazines
• Storage of empty boxes and crates during show
• Web listing on NICHE Marketplace

Other Amenities:
• Show floor divided by medium
• On-site childcare
• Freight & material handling services
• Daily educational seminars
• Freight storage
• Promotional campaigns for buyers
• Cooperative mailing program for new exhibitors
• Show parties
• On-site photography
• Jewelry lockup
• Daily fashion show

Merit Awards
This program gives emerging artists the opportunity to get their careers off the ground and enter the wholesale marketplace more quickly. Merit Award winners are responsible for booth
deposits only—the remainder of their 10 x 10 booth is free!

A limited number of Merit Awards are available, and are given only for the August show. Winners are notified by mail after February.

Criteria for Award Selection
• Innovative design ideas
• Creativity of work
• Market viability of work
• Artist must be new to the wholesale marketplace

Download 2008 Exhibitor Prospectus (pdf)

Visit website for complete details:

The Rosen Group
3000 Chestnut Avenue, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: 410-889-2933
Fax: 410-889-1320