One of a Kind Show and Etsy

It’s that time of year again. Time to apply to participate in the Etsy Pavillion at the One of a Kind Show and Sale in Chicago.

So what is the OOAK Show? Well, taken directly from their website:

The 12th annual One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago® is Chicago’s holiday shopping show! A refreshing alternative to traditional retail, the show is the ideal place to find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your holiday list. More than 600 talented artists from across North America will bring their imaginative, handmade creations to this year’s show offering a wide range of media and categories including fashion, fiber arts, jewelry, mixed media, kids, paper. . . and the list goes on!

Made by Kuketa

Basically, if you are into shopping for handmade items that are one of a kind or limited editions and enjoy buying them directly from the actually person who made the item, then this is ‘THE’ event to attend. This year the OOAK Show will run from December 6-9, 2012. The perfect time to do all your Christmas shopping for those on your list who are usually hard to shop for.

A few years ago, Etsy teamed up with the OOAK Show to offer the opportunity for emerging designers to present their work at the show for half the usual booth cost. Those select few who are accepted into the show will have the pleasure of presenting their crafts to over 60,000 shoppers. I’m filling out my application now in hopes that I get to be one of the lucky few selected to go.

Made by Anna M. White

I use to work for one lady who has been selling at the OOAK Show for years. She is a jewelry designer and says that the sales from the show help to carry her through the slower months after the holiday rush. Well, that’s a good enough reason for me to apply.

If you are an Etsy seller and interested in the OOAK Show, please click here to learn about the requirements and to download an application.

For more information about the OOAK Show and to see pictures and video’s from last year’s show click here.

One thought on “One of a Kind Show and Etsy

  1. I don’t leave anywhere remotely close to Chicago, or I’d definitely go. I attend a lot of similar artist/crafter events in the San Francisco area, though. My motto is if I’m going to buy (instead of make) a gift for someone dear to me, I’d rather buy from an artist-crafter! I love meeting and chatting with artists about their work, and I always take two business cards: one for me and one that I enclose with the gift so the recipient knows a little about the gift’s origin. Also, that allows both of us to buy another from the artist, if we choose.

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