tacoma spring fest
saturday, june 6th & sunday, june 7th
11am – 6pm
2019 was our first year debuting Tacoma Spring Fest, and it was a gigantic hit! We were so thrilled with the turnout, and vendors and shoppers alike adored the beautiful setting of Point Ruston for this show. With all of the amazing art museums, great restaurants, great shopping, we have truly fallen in love with this area.
We’ll be returning in 2020, making this a TWO-day event the first weekend in June! While some vendors will be vending both days, many will be rotating out, so there will be fresh faces to see each day an we hope you’ll join us for the entire weekend.
This new public mixed-use space has an amazing view of Mt. Rainier, and has many sweeping views of the water and the ridge lines, a public park right down the steps from where our vendors will be, and a long biking/walking trail spanning the waterfront. Not to mention, it’s right by a bustling movie theater, numerous bars and restaurants, and apartment buildings.
We are pleased to have the space to be able to feature 75 handmade artists and makers, of the quality fans have come to know and expect from our shows.
We hope that this event will bring more awareness to the south-enders about UCU and what we do. We’ll also have food trucks, and with the neighboring restaurants’ outdoor patios essentially serving as built-in beer gardens, we expect shoppers you’ll want to stay and make a day of it!
I loved this event! Thank you so much for providing parking, that really helped take off the stress of finding and paying for parking at my first event. The location was so unique and I haven’t had the opportunity to vend at an event quite like yours. I really enjoyed it and hope to be back!
Saturday I broke my all time single-day sales record. But then on Sunday, I broke Saturday’s record, so… that was pretty cool! Also, I had a long time online customer come to the show to tell me in-person much my products have helped her. She didn’t buy anything because she was all stocked up, but we had never met in person and she just really wanted to share her story. I loved it so much I cried. Fave part by far!
[My favorite part of the weekend was] definitely chatting with customers. So many return buyers, telling me stories about the things they’d bought from me before, folks bringing friends / family to my booth, people saying they came just to see me. Shoppers in my booth playing with my goods and smiling and laughing all weekend long. I also loved chatting/connecting with other vendors.
We really enjoyed the people that we met this year! They were all engaging and friendly. We found we came home with a cool mix of items that we are really excited about!
I liked it so much that I came back for a second day! Beautiful, handmade goods and local artisans that I can feel good about supporting – what’s not to like?
I was a new vendor and I loved how the customers were super excited to see my Crafty goodies! They freaked out over the cacti and succulents it was the best!! I have never done a show in Seattle before and I definitely felt the love that Seattle gives to local handmade artisans!I was a new vendor and I loved how the customers were super excited to see my Crafty goodies! They freaked out over the cacti and succulents it was the best!! I have never done a show in Seattle before and I definitely felt the love that Seattle gives to local handmade artisans!
[My favorite memory was the] new milestones! I can’t pick one favorite moment: beating my previous sales record, getting my first wholesale order, being featured on the Design Milk IG page (presumably due to UCU’s promotion), and of course, talking with customers who were purchasing my kits as a means of self-care or self-discovery. It was rewarding to be able to connect my months of creative work with the customers who would ultimately reap the biggest benefits.
I’ve gone to nearly ALL of the summer/winter UCU events since the very beginning. This honestly was one of the best ones in recent memories. You did a really fab job of including news people that I haven’t seen before (as well as old favorites).
UCU is the best run craft fair I have ever participated in! Thank you for all your work to make it an enjoyable, smooth and informed experience!
[My favorite part of the weekend was] seeing previous customers still using my purses and telling me how much they love them