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may art, craft + design events in cincinnati

So many reasons to be out and about this month! This is our list of things to do in Cincinnati for May:

  • Spring Pottery Fair: The Clay Alliance takes its makers to the street in East Walnut Hills on Saturday, May 2.
  • Cincinnati Cooks ($): Talk about the local food revolution at the Mercantile Library downtown on Monday, May 4.
  • Drink and Draw: Join Rock Paper Scissors at Collective CAC to have a beer and get artsy on Wednesday, May 6.
  • Glass Lab: Learn about glass cutting systems at Brazee Street Studios on Thursday, May 7.
  • Gone in Sixty Seconds: Core Clay is selling not-quite-perfect pieces in Walnut Hills on Saturday, May 9.
  • Spring Fiesta Pottery Sale: Shop ceramics at Funke Fired Arts on Saturday, May 9.
  • Makerspace: Super Hero Tech: Power up some gear fit for a super hero at theContemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, May 13.
  • Opening Party: The Contemporary Arts Center hosts a free party for its new exhibits on Friday, May 15.
  • The City Flea + Summer Celebration: Go to OTR for the first City Flea of the season, Art on Vine, the GO OTR 5K and more fabulous happenings on Saturday, May 16.
  • Price Hill Thrill ($): Taking part in this studio tour across Price Hill benefits the Weston Art Gallery on Sunday, May 17.
  • Art Fair 562: Shop at the Listerman Brewing Co. in Norwood on Saturday, May 23.
  • One Night One Craft PLUS: Wearable Flowers ($): Make flower crowns and boutonnieres at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, May 27.
  • The OFF Market: The first Oakley Fancy Flea of the season is happening Saturday, May 30.
  • Gem City Flea: Dayton’s first flea is also going on Saturday, May 30.

thanks for making our craft show awesome!

It was a rainy day, but our spring show was a big success! Big thanks go out to our sponsors, our trusty volunteers, our resident DJ Ben Davis, the incredible staff of the Clifton Cultural Arts Center and the 50 vendors who traveled from near and far to be with us. But especially to the 2,000+ shoppers who braved the rain to come hang out at the show!

Cheers to Dojo Gelato, C’est Cheese, Fireside Pizza, La Terza CoffeeMacaron Bar, and Red Sesame Korean BBQ for keeping us well-fed throughout the day!

Set up and getting ready to feed the masses at the spring @craftysupermarket at @ccaccincinnati . Come on down to see us & get your fix!

A photo posted by C'est Cheese Food Truck (@cestcheesecincy) on

A hip hip hooray to Half Hazard Press for designing and printing the beautiful totes for our swag bags:

Our swag bags for tomorrow's show are #screenprinted by @halfhazardpress!

A photo posted by Crafty Supermarket (@craftysupermkt) on

And a crafty salute to this lady who was first in line for one of those swag bags shortly after 9 a.m.!

First in line for a #swag bag! @ccaccincinnati #craftysupermarket

A photo posted by Crafty Supermarket (@craftysupermkt) on

Thanks are due to the fine folks of the Contemporary Arts Center and the Cincinnati Main Library’s MakerSpace for running the hands-on maker table all day.

Here are a few more of our favorite shots from the show on Instagram!

Great rainy day event! 😍✌️🎨 #craftysupermarket #cincinnati

A photo posted by Kelsey Folzenlogen (@kelseyfolzenlogen) on

Two more hours to shop at the @ccaccincinnati ! #Cincinnati #craftshow #makersgonnamake

A photo posted by Crafty Supermarket (@craftysupermkt) on

Our next show is Nov. 28 at the Music Hall Ballroom, and application info for vendors will be posted in July. Stay crafty!

Chris + Grace

today is the day of the show!

Are you ready to shop?! The spring Crafty Supermarket show is today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Cincinnati’s Clifton Gaslight District, with 50 awesome vendors, delicious local food, hands-on craft activities and the stylings of DJ Ben Davis. See you there!

Check out our visitor’s guide for everything you need to know to have an awesome day at our show!

Essentials

What: Crafty Supermarket’s Spring Show!
When:
 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015
Where: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220
Cost: Free to the public!

 

get crafty at our spring show

We hope you are so inspired by the 50 makers at our spring show that you try making something yourself! And it’s possible to get started even before you get home — the make-it station by the front entrance will be staffed by creative folks all day long:

11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: The fine folks of the Contemporary Arts Center are making nature-inspired paper crowns with dried flowers. They will also have materials to make felt flower pins, so consider your spring wardrobe updated!

CAC paper crown

2:30 to 6 p.m.: The crew from the Cincinnati Main Library’s MakerSpace will also have two projects on offer. The first one will be Make Your Own button: They’ll have supplies and button makers for you to design and make your own buttons, magnets or keychains. They will also have string art supplies for people to try making their initials with small blocks of wood, nails and string.

spring show info for shoppers

Are you super excited for the spring Crafty Supermarket show? We sure are, and so are our 50+ awesome crafters, artists and designers! Here’s all the info you need to have a successful shopping trip, including insider info, a parking map and detailed directions.

Essentials

What: Crafty Supermarket’s Spring Show!
When:
 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015
Where: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220
Cost: Free to the public!

Directions

The Clifton Cultural Arts Center in the Gaslight District is at 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220. It’s right at the corner of Clifton and McAlpin avenues. The 17, 19, 51 and 78 buses have stops within a half-mile of the CCAC. Get more details at go-metro.com.

Here are detailed Google Maps directions:

Parking

The closest parking is in the Clifton Rec Center lot right behind the CCAC. You can also park by the Fairview German School — enter from McAlpin Avenue or from Clifton Avenue — or use the lot behind the Church of the Nazarene on Clifton Avenue. There’s also plenty of free street parking around the Clifton Gaslight neighborhood. If you’d like to take a stroll, the CCAC is only about a 15-minute walk from the Ludlow business district, where there are also public parking lots. Here’s a map of where our shoppers can park:

CCAC crafty supermarket parking map

Insider advice

  • Got a wheelchair or a stroller? There’s an elevator on the west side of the building off the driveway between the CCAC and the recreation center.
  • Want one of our 100 swag bags? Plan to arrive early! By the time the show starts at 11 a.m., we usually have a line around the block.
  • If you arrive at the CCAC before the show opens at 11 a.m., please wait outside. People will still be setting up their displays, and things can get a little crazy in there!
  • Many of our vendors accept credit cards, but not all of them do, so we recommend bringing cash to the show. There’s no ATM on site, but there are plenty on Ludlow Avenue, about a half-mile south of the CCAC.
  • Want to shop in peace? We totally understand—some folks just don’t like crowds. If you prefer to leisurely peruse all our vendors’ wares, come in the afternoon! Things usually slow down after 3 p.m. Our vendors bring plenty of stock, so you don’t have to worry about people being sold out!
  • We love animals, but please don’t bring your dog inside the CCAC during the show unless it is a service animal, of course!
  • If you’ve got kids in strollers, we recommend coming to the show after the initial rush. Things can get very crowded, which can be overwhelming for tots!
  • If you wanna get crafty, we’ll have free hands-on craft activities all day, led by the Contemporary Arts Center in the first half of the show and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s MakerSpace in the afternoon.
  • Music at the show will be provided all day by DJ Ben Davis of Bad Veins.
  • We’ve got six local food vendors at the show with tasty treats!

hungry? here’s what’s cooking at our spring show

We know getting your shop on can work up an appetite, so we’ve got great local food and drink vendors lined up for our spring craft show at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on April 25:

  • Dojo Gelato: Our fave gelato maker will be serving up dishes of icy treats in an ever-changing lineup of flavors.
  • C’est CheeseGrab yourself a delicious hot sandwich from this awesome grilled cheese truck!
  • Fireside Pizza: The pies made with Fireside’s mobile brick pizza oven always hits the spot.
  • La Terza Coffee: Chuck and his team make delicious coffee and espresso drinks to order. Absolutely essential for keeping up your energy!
  • Macaron Bar: Perhaps you’d like a delightful delicacy with French flavor? This new OTR bakery will be serving up colorful little macarons!
  • Red Sesame Korean BBQ: Do you like it hot? This food truck combines Korean barbecue flavors with the toteability of a taco to create delicious dishes.

craft show seller survival checklist

Craft show season is starting to ramp up! If you’re a seller doing a different show every weekend, it can be hard to make sure you remember everything. How many times have you packed up for a show only to realize when you arrive that you forgot your Square, your snacks or any change whatsoever? It’s happened to us more times than we’d like to admit.

So we created this Day-of-Show Seller Checklist to help crafters everywhere stay on track and have more successful shows! Click the image below to download the checklist (the file has two lists per 8.5″x11″ page) and print it out to use for your next craft shows:

craft show seller checklist

You are welcome to print this PDF out and share it with friends! The checklist is excerpted from The Crafty Superstar Ultimate Craft Business Guide by Crafty Supermarket co-organizer Grace Dobush (North Light Books, 2012).

And we’ll see you at our spring craft show: We’ll have 50 vendors and delicious food at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. You can RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends!

april art, craft + design events in cincinnati

Our spring show is coming up on April 25, but there are many other crafty things to do in Cincinnati this month as well!

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