Hello, Buyers! We hope that after a busy holiday season, your shelves are nearly empty and need some restocking!
As some of you may know, in January of 2020 we debuted the winter Handmade Gift Show, which allowed retailers like you to come and find new vendors for their stores for the new year! It was a huge success and we are so pleased to be bringing this event back this August.
We love our vendors and feel like they offer unique products that have a fantastic story! Some of our old school vendors have gone on to be HUGE in the retail marketplace and Urban Craft Uprising is definitely a place to discover these new budding businesses. So come discover some new great makers, restock your shelves and make 2022 the best year yet!
- Dates: Friday, August 5th – Saturday, August 6th, 2022
- Time: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. both days
- Location: Magnuson Park Hangar 30
- Booth Fee: $350 (5’x10′) / $450 (10’x10′)
- Please note: This is a WHOLESALE show, not open to the public. Your shoppers will be retail buyers and shop owners, intending to place wholesale orders with you.
PLEASE NOTE: This event is ONLY open to wholesale buyers and shop owners. Please only register for this event if you will be attending as the representative of a business interested in establishing wholesale relationships with our vendors.
UCU is Seattle’s largest indie craft show, hosting over 150 independent designers, artists, crafters and makers at our biannual shows. Our wholesale events have been a big hit with buyers in and around the Pacific Northwest, as it offers a dedicated shopping experience so you don’t have to fight through the crowds to have a conversation with our vendors.
We urge you to register as soon as you can, so you’ll be kept in the loop as the event approaches!
Magnuson is a great venue. Several buyers commented on the ease of getting there (vs downtown) and parking accessibility.
My personal goals for the show were to 1. crash course myself in the wider world of wholesale 2. pay my booth fee with cash-and-carry 3. make at least two potentially long lasting buyer relationships. This was all achieved the first day! So I felt good right away.
I also noticed 4 buyers created their wholesale accounts through my website which is really great! So I’m hopeful the show kicked off a good relationship with them, and that they’ll be in touch at some point about an order. And yes, this show was absolutely the best-ever crash course in wholesale/trade show vending!!!
I’m just so happy you all decided to do this and I hope it sticks around. The price-point seemed very fair and I ended up writing 10+ orders. A great way to start the year!
We closed a quite a few orders and have a lot of leads that are working on placing an order. We are very excited about forming long term relationships with them.
I wasn’t sure what to expect since it was a first time of this event outside of the Seattle Gift show but I’m SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad you did this. It exceeded all of my expectations! The buyers were awesome. It was smaller and easier to talk to buyers than at a large show….which is something I really really loved. I often feel like there isn’t enough time to chat with buyers or there are thousands of booths so buyers just rush on by in an attempt to see everything. Plus, the vendors rocked! I picked up some great tidbits and advice from others that have done other events.
[We got] more orders than we expected – 16 total with 7 new accounts, plus a few promising leads!
It was overall a great show for me. I wrote 8 orders (2 reorders and 6 new) and with follow up will probably have a couple more. The buyers were quality and I had some great conversations. I also connected with some buyers on wishlist stores that I have reached out to in the past to no avail. I offered cash and carry and I think that made a difference.
You guys are AHHHHHMAZING! Thank you so much for providing us with this opportunity. It was such a huge bummer when the Seattle Gift Show went under and I was so excited when you posted this event. I seriously cannot wait for next year. I think this show is going to be just as awesome for many many many years to come!