One of the top questions I see getting asked by crafters first looking to delve into the world of selling their handmade goods is “Where do I find good craft shows to sell my work at?” I cover this topic in more detail in my e-book, How to Make Money at Craft Shows, but here are a few quick tips to get you started!
Craftlister, Unanimous Craft and ZAPPlication are all great places to start your search. Craftlister features a variety of events, big & small, and many long-running events include reviews written by previous vendors. Some listings are more complete than others, as some are pulled from various online sources such as newspapers and other event listing sites, and some events are user submitted. A free account on Craftlister lets you see only a certain amount of upcoming listings, but you can donate money to receive a full membership, or you can also add your own reviews and event listings to get a temporary membership upgrade, which will allow you to see everything.
ZAPPlication.org is “a one-stop universal online application system that allows artists to submit and manage applications for participating art shows, festivals and fairs.” From what I’ve found here, ZAPP seems to be for bigger, more established shows, often the kind with more expensive booth and application fees. These types of shows are typically juried, which means that a panel of judges will view all of the applications they receive and vote on which artists are right for that show. You often have to submit detailed information about your work, and usually need to include photographs of your previous booth displays from other events.
For more detailed information, including a list of popular craft shows around the USA, check out my e-book, How to Make Money at Craft Shows: