Urban Craft Uprising
june 27th & 28th
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.
I thought this year’s show was great. There seemed to be a lot of new vendors that I haven’t seen anywhere else before. I could have bought a year’s worth of bday and holiday presents for all my friends and family but then I’d be broke so I only shopped for myself :))
It’s always a treat to see return shoppers but I had made a little diagram showing how folks can mix + match and it was really fun to see how folks took that info and picked two pairs of earrings out. There was also a really cute couple where the mom snuck over to my booth with their son to buy a pocket knife for the dad. And then 20 minutes later, the dad snuck over to my booth to buy earrings for the mom. They were both so excited and I don’t think they knew what the other had done!
Where do I start?! I had so many favorite moments…Really it’s the connection with other people. I love talking with customers and had so many lovely conversations with them. But this time around I’d have to say that it was the support and connections with the other vendors. Through Urban Craft Uprising I’ve gotten to know quite a few vendors who are now my friends and it just made the show that much more fun to be there with them. Overall it was really an inspiring weekend to be able to be part of such a talented and creative group of people!
Thank you!!! This year was especially lovely! The more other shows I do the more appreciative I am of yours. Thanks for being so organized and accommodating. UCU has uped the ante every year as far as quality of goods, display and branding and has forced me to keep up and I am so grateful. I had the nicest shoppers, the sweetest vendor neighbors and the most thoughtful volunteers this year. It was a pleasure.
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.
[My favorite part of the weekend was] meeting and chatting with other vendors and staff. It’s such a delight to have coworkers for a few days.
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.
Nup. Was our best UCU wholesale show of several we’ve done. Landed a few new accounts outside the PNW which is amazing. A much better investment than NY Now, which we did in January. Yay!!
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.
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!
applications are open until april 6th
june 27th & 28th
11am-5pm both days
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
301 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109
MEET THE MAKERS
Take a sneak peek before the show!
(This will be updated in mid-April)
monday, june 29th