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Research is always your friend of course, but here are what we’ve found to be the most popular items at craft shows.
Popular Craft Show Items
When looking for the most popular crafts there are a few things I like to do. First is to check out Etsy’s list of popular items. Peering through these can give you ideas of what people are currently buying. This doesn’t mean you should copy other sellers directly! Use this for some inspiration though and consider how you might create something similar with your own spin.
Perhaps you look and notice that owls are currently all the rage, so you crochet up a few owl hats or something. Owls actually are very popular right now. I have been a collector for years, and I notice they have really been popping up everywhere the last several months. Foxes are another animal theme I’ve seen popping up in many locations.
Other motifs I’ve see are sugar skulls which are super cute for the Autumn season. Upcycled projects like redone windows and mirrors. Handmade cards are also popular. Pumpkin Spice anything in the Fall is all the rage right now. Vintage photos or things made with them are also very popular.
Also, you want to pay attention to your region. Many areas, like my local St. Louis area for example, are extreme sports fans. In my area things with Cardinal birds on them sell well.
Also, some towns may have their own niche markets. If your town is known for something specific; you may want to work that into a theme as well. It’s a good idea to walk through some local markets and pay attention to the craft booths that have the most action. I live near Old Route 66 – that’s a very common theme here and a good seller in tourist areas.
There are also some classic items that do well. Jewelry is one of these items; however the market is extremely saturated, so if you are considering doing jewelry, you need to have your own unique spin on it to make it profitable. Perhaps focus on jewelry with a purpose (like healing stones, or customizable jewelry)
Wreaths and Porch/Yard Decor are everywhere. I’ve seen a lot of stair railings, repurposed and painted into statues, reclaimed wood turned into signs and wreaths are a very saturated market.
Fairy Gardens and Succulents. Succulent plants can be placed into a variety of interesting containers and they are easy to grow and maintain. Fairy gardens are very popular in the Midwest right now.
Soap and bath and body products also do well. This is another market that tends to be a bit crowded, but if you do your own spin on it by developing some specialty products; it can be very successful.
Other items that seem to do well are aprons. I’ve seen a few custom apron ladies in our local area, some who also do doll and baby clothes and they are always busy. Aprons are fairly inexpensive for materials and not all that difficult to sew (or so I understand) and there are so many ways to customize them to local tastes and popular themes.
Hair bows and headbands are cute as well. A lot of younger crafty mommies are making these and they are really adorable. Like aprons, you can customize and do fun themes. Tutus are very saturated, but I’m starting to see less of those, so it may not be a good investment.
Dog treats and pet supplies are good sellers. People love their pets and they will often part with money to pamper their pooch before themselves.
Personalized items are also very popular. If you can etch, woodburn, metal stamp or otherwise create a customizable item, people really enjoy that. Those kinds of items will always be in demand.
If you do a business like this; it’s best to have an online presence as well where customers can order from you outside of a show. Be sure to hand out lots of business cards or literature.
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Thanks for dropping by. Hopefully this list of the most popular craft show items has given you some inspiration.