Urban Craft Uprising
December 4th & 5th
seattle center exhibition hall
11am – 5pm both days
Some backstory about our show: Urban Craft Uprising was founded in 2005 to showcase the work of independent crafters, artists and designers — to provide a unique, high quality, hand-crafted alternative to “big box” stores and mass produced goods.
Since its early beginnings at its first holiday show with just 50 crafter booths and overflowing crowds, Urban Craft Uprising now holds the largest indie craft event in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest with its Winter Show. In 2009, Urban Craft Uprising expanded its horizons to include a summer show, which has now also become an annual event, in conjunction with an exclusive wholesale event which allows our vendors to connect directly with wholesale buyers.
Urban Craft Uprising aims to build a local (and beyond) community of artists, crafters and designers by organizing and providing events where indie crafters and artists can connect with their fans. In addition, Urban Craft Uprising promotes other community building activities, including our crafting shows, showcases, classes, events, Camp ThunderCraft, sponsorships, online presence and other local activities. To find out more about our show and stay in the loop about upcoming events, be sure to subscribe to our mailing list right here on the website.
People were all really excited to be at preview night so they could get in before the crowds, they all were excited to share how they’ve been attending a long time and make sure to do preview night so they get the first pass at all the awesome things you guys bring to the event.
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 was our first ever event outside of Portland. Was rather daunting thinking about it before the event, but with the vendor portal, constant updates, and just over all help through the weekend it made this event very smooth for us. Thank you!
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!
The families in attendance were my favorite part of the show, as with all family-friendly craft shows! I love engaging with and entertaining infants and small children while their parents browse. It’s super fun to ask kids about their favorite ways to make art and encourage them to keep making. It’s also inspiring to see parents who are genuinely engaged with their kids, having conversations about what they see and guiding them in behaving respectfully towards art objects and other people.
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!
It was good for sales. We knew ahead of time that we would have a tight time to setup so we prepared ourselves and it went well. It was tight, but because we knew and had prepped the week before we were able to get it done. The weekly emails really help with letting us know what we need to prepare for. As many shows as we have done over the years, this is the only event that has provided weekly updates and really keeps us in the loop on what to expect.
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.
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.
The entire weekend was my favorite, yes? I did have a great moment with a shopper I met at Issaquah Salmon Days. She showed up to UCU with her girlfriends, wine in hand & several shopping bags:) She came on Friday because I promised her it would be amazing & she was SO happy she did! I feel like I earned her trust at that moment & gained a longtime customer. Also, I had amazing booth neighbors! So many many great moments helping each other out & celebrating during pack up on Sunday. Every year I get to do this show I leave feeling like I’ve made new friends & expanded my community.
applications are open until SEPTEMBER 6th
DECEMBER 4TH & 5TH
11am-5pm both days
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
MEET THE MAKERS
Take a sneak peek before the show!
(This will be updated in mid-September)