saturday, july 24th
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We are so excited to announce that Edmonds Spring Fest will be returning in 2021! Just to be extra safe with the pace of vaccine rollouts we are pushing this show from our usual May date to the end of July…which technically makes this Edmonds Summer Fest this year!
2020 was a hard year for so many small businesses and we want to help them make up for lost time/revenue. Often many makers rely on shows to help carry them through the year and with all the cancellations last year, many small businesses suffered a tremendous loss. We all understand why we did what we had to do, but we are THRILLED to be back and giving businesses these opportunities once again!
As we navigate these months leading up to the show, our team will be following the guidelines from the state and the CDC. Our greatest hope is that this can be a celebration with food trucks, 100 amazing handmade makers, games and fun for the entire family! We can’t wait to see you all again!
It was beyond amazing! I don’t think anything bad happened. The load in and out logistics were really good! I really loved that I could drive to my spot to off load and on load. That makes for a very stress free day.
The Winter UCU show is one of my happy places, one of my major look forward tos of the holiday season. While I missed some of the IRL parts of UCU, it was quite lovely to shop from home with holiday music playing on my laptop, and as suggested, a bevie of my choice! UCU is a true labor of love, and enriches the Seattle crafting community greatly. Thanks Lindsey, Kristen and Heather for truly making lemonade out of lemons and creating this amazing virtual show!
Seeing our customers who come every year to stock up and say hi is so awesome. They are so grateful and we are too. This is our only direct to customer show so it’s great to connect. It’s also awesome to see vendors we only see once a year but love dearly.
You ladies are just the best. I really want you to know just how fortunate I feel to be part of this show and this community. You’ve created something really special – the vendors feel it, and the customers do too. So many times this year I had customers tell me how well curated it all felt. I think that’s something that’s so much harder to achieve than most people think. So just big high fives and hugs to you. You ROCK!
I look forward to this show every year to find gifts for myself and for others. It’s so different from other craft shows in that the quality of goods, at nearly every booth, is high. These aren’t hobby crafters–these are true makers and artisans and craftspeople. Also, so many of the goods are truly unique and not what you’d find elsewhere.
I loved that different shopping experiences were available depending on your tastes. It was great that the Zoom option was available if you wanted to live chat the vendor booths, but I personally preferred the direct links to purchase online since I was often shopping after hours. I did; however, join the Zoom option for one of the scheduled events (a Friends trivia!) which was fun.
Preview Night was very good for sales. It never felt crowded or slow. Shoppers that came at 5 were very deliberate in purchasing while the late comers had on a good buzz, enjoyed a beer or wine and chatted up a bit more. We love Preview Night and the idea that they get “first dibs” at the show is very important.
I’m sure you guys hear this a ton, but what an amazing show you put together year after year, it’s organized and the people that attend are amazing and so supportive of handmade, kind of like a holiday gift to vendors. I was so impressed by the variety this year and quality of everyone’s work. Sometimes at other shows, I feel like there’s a huge focus on making sure price points stay within a certain area – sometimes to the detriment of what is getting shown – and I really noticed this year that there was a huge variety in what people were making, price points, presentation, etc. but consistently it was interesting and beautiful work. I imagine that’s a hard thing to accomplish, but wow.
This is one of the best shows and your organizational skills are exemplary. You all do such a great job helping new and returning vendors to stay on top of things and be ready for what is always a really great show. We love UCU and are proud and honored to be a part of it!
Thanks for hosting this new show! It was a perfect location and opportunity to grow my customer base out of Seattle and NW Washington. I loved the open space, view and access to bathrooms, food and laid back nature.