the handmade gift show will be entirely virtual this year!
***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.
For the past five years, we have offered a one-day wholesale event in conjunction with our annual Summer Show. We have seen this event grow more and more successful over the years, with great feedback from both our vendors and buyers alike.
Historically, the Seattle Gift Show has filled a need for buyers who want to shop in person after the holiday season is over, to replenish their stock and plan ahead for the following seasons. As of 2020, the Seattle Gift Show is no longer taking place in Seattle, and the Handmade Gift Show is here to fill that void, while also focusing specifically on the handmade community and giving buyers an opportunity to connect directly with them.
We urge you to register as soon as you can, so you’ll be kept in the loop as the event approaches!
- Dates: Thursday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 6th
- Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST Each Day
- Location: Online! (Access instructions provided upon buyer registration)
- Booth Fee: $275
- 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.
As a vendor, you’ll have your own dedicated page on our site that will act as your “booth.” This is where you’ll be able to highlight your products, make your catalogue and line sheets available if you choose, and give the buyers an idea of what your brand is about. There will be a scheduling tool that allows buyers to make an appointment with you, so you can have some uninterrupted time together to discuss your product and their orders.
We will also be acting as virtual match-makers to help set up appointments for buyers who have a general sense of what they’re looking for, but need suggestions if they don’t have their eye on specific vendors. We hope this will be a great way to make new connections and build relationships between vendors and shops, even once pandemic life is over!
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!
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.
[We got] more orders than we expected – 16 total with 7 new accounts, plus a few promising leads!
Magnuson is a great venue. Several buyers commented on the ease of getting there (vs downtown) and parking accessibility.
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.
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!
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.
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.