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call for vendors: apply for our big holiday show!

Calling all crafters! Applications for Crafty Supermarket’s 2016 holiday craft show are open from July 15 to Sept. 1!

The craft show is at the University of Cincinnati’s Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (We usually do our holiday show at Music Hall in downtown Cincinnati, but it’s under renovation!) Our show features handmade goods only — no commercial products.

We expect more than 6,000 shoppers at our handmade market, and we’ll also have a live DJ, hands-on craft activities, local food and free swag bags for the first 100 shoppers!

HOW TO APPLY

Please read our Crafter FAQ before you apply.

In the online application, you’ll be asked to upload up to five images in JPG, GIF or PNG format. (The images should be at least 400×600 pixels but no bigger than 1 MB in size each.) Please name your files in this format: BusinessName1.jpgBusinessName2.jpg, and so on. (If you need help resizing your images, try a free service such as ShrinkPictures.)

There’s a nonrefundable application fee of $10. (You’ll be guided to pay via PayPal when you complete the application. If you need help, PayPal has tutorials on its website — click on the Send Money tab.) The vendor fee for our show is $150, but if you’re accepted, the application fee counts towards the table fee.

When you submit the application, you should receive a confirmation message and a confirmation email from us and be taken to PayPal to pay the application fee. If that doesn’t happen, your application might not have gone through — email us to check on it.

We will stop accepting applications at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 1. We’ll notify all crafter applicants of their acceptance status by Sept. 15. Thanks for your interest!

Click here to submit your application!

THE SHOW

What? Crafty Supermarket Holiday Show
When?
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
Where? University of Cincinnati Rec Center, 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati, OH 45219

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july calendar of craft, art and design events in cincinnati

Summer in the city is the best time! These are the top crafty things to do in Cincinnati for July:

  • Art on Vine: This monthly art show celebrates Independence Day at Fountain Square on Sunday, July 3.
  • Drink and Draw: Booze your own adventure with Chase Public at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, July 7.
  • Hamilton Flea: This northern suburb hosts an urban market of its own on Saturday, July 9.
  • Second Sunday on Main: Shop with vendors and retailers monthly on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine on Sunday, July 10.
  • One Night One Craft ($): Make a map of your experiments at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, July 13.
  • The City Flea: Shop the big flea in Over-the-Rhine’s beautiful Washington Park on Saturday, July 16.
  • One Night One Craft ($): Turn an old shirt into mudcloth at the CAC on Wednesday, July 20.
  • The Good People Festival: Enjoy music, craft activities and artisan vendors in Covington on Sunday, July 24.
  • CAC Makerspace ($): Learn how to incorporate circuits into your sewing at the CAC on Wednesday, July 27.
  • Art After Dark: Enjoy a cocktail at the Cincinnati Art Museum the evening of Friday, June 29.
  • The OFF Market: Shop the day away in Oakley Square on Saturday, July 30.

Save the date: Applications will be posted July 15 for our big holiday show, happening this year at the University of Cincinnati Rec Center on Saturday Nov. 19!

june calendar of art, craft and design events in cincinnati

It’s festival season in Cincinnati, and how! These are the best artsy and craftsy things to do in Cincinnati for June:

  • Drink and Draw: Draw some dogs at this monthly art happening at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, June 2.
  • Summerfair: This annual art festival will draw thousands of people to Coney Island Friday to Sunday, June 3 to 5.
  • Art on Vine: This monthly art show moves down to Fountain Square on Sunday, June 5.
  • Hamilton Flea: This northern suburb hosts an urban market of its own on Saturday, June 11.
  • Northside Second Saturdays: The Hoop and Needle is having its first anniversary party and a big destash sale on Saturday, June 11.
  • Summer Pottery Sale: Queen City Clay opens up their studios with this big sale on Saturday, June 11.
  • Second Sunday on Main: Shop with vendors and retailers monthly on Main Street in Over-the-Rhine on Sunday, June 12.
  • The City Flea: Shop the big flea in Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine, including a mobile art gallery by POPP=D Art on Saturday, June 18.
  • Worldwide Knit in Public Day: Get your needles and go to the Contemporary Arts Center on Saturday, June 18.
  • One Night One Craft ($): Make floral wearables at the Contemporary Arts Center on Wednesday, June 22.
  • Art After Dark: Have a few cocktails at the Cincinnati Art Museum the evening of Friday, June 24.
  • The OFF Market: Shop the day away in Oakley Square on Saturday, June 25.

thanks for a great show + save the date!

Thank you to all the fine folks who came to Crafty Supermarket on Saturday! Our 50 vendors from across the country brought their A game, and we brought our credit cards. About 1,400 shoppers came out to be with us on the beautiful spring day, and we had extra visitors in the form of three gigantic bean bags called PLOP! (They’ll be on the CCAC lawn for the next few weeks.)

Our wonderful sponsors helped make it all happen, and DJ Ben Davis kept us grooving all day. Thank you to Pinwheel Print Shop for designing our swag totes and Aaron Kent of DIY Printing for screenprinting them! We love how SPRING they turned out:

Stuffing swag bags! Designed by @pinwheelprintshop and printed by @diyprinting! #theswagisthebag

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Big hugs go out to our volunteers for helping us set up and keep things running smoothly! Thanks to Indigo HippoArtWorks Cincinnati, the Contemporary Arts Center education team and Cut and Sewn for helping everybody get crafty with hands on activities all day!

Straight chillin' at #craftysupermarket @artworkscincy @ccaccincinnati

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Shoutouts to Dojo GelatoFireside Pizza WagonLa Terza Artisan Coffee RoasterieMacaron BarQuite Frankly and Street Chef Brigade for keeping us well-fed throughout the day!

The menu for @quitefranklyllc! #foodtruck #cincinnati

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Here are a few more of our favorite photos from the day:

It's a beautiful day to get crafty! #craftysupermarket #cincinnati #craftshow we're open until 6!

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On deck for final touches at #craftysupermarket #crochet #amigurumi #recycledyarn #cat and #rabbit

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#Plop – me and my mom went #plop

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Because our usual holiday venue of Music Hall is going under renovation this summer, our next show will be at a new venue! On Nov. 19, 2016, we’ll be taking over the gymnasium in the UC Recreation Center, in the heart of the University of Cincinnati campus in Clifton Heights. Application info for vendors will be posted in July. Stay crafty!

Chris + Grace

PS! If you love the Clifton Cultural Arts Center as much as we do, please follow the Friends of the CCAC Facebook page to stay up to date on their fight to stay in their building. There is a very real danger that the CCAC could be kicked out of its home of nearly a decade. Speak up and tell the school board why you love the CCAC!

today is the spring show!

Who’s ready to get crafty? The spring Crafty Supermarket show is today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center 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 insider shopping guide for everything you need to know to have an awesome day at our show, including parking information!

Essentials

What: Crafty Supermarket’s Spring Show!
When:
 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016
Where: Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220
Cost: Free to the public!

get crafty at our spring show!

Feel like getting crafty yourself? While you shop at Crafty Supermarket on Saturday, May 7, you can also try your hand at some crafts provided by local arts organizations! Here’s what you can make at the show:

Indigo Hippo — all day!

Create a glitter jar that’s like a mini snow globe! Sometimes a moment to process what you’re feeling is all you need. Watching something soothing slows down your breathing and helps your mental and emotional body reset. You can also get creative with some coloring pages — it’s your call whether to draw inside or outside the lines. Indigo Hippo will also be collecting gently used art supplies!

artworks coloring book mural buildings

ArtWorks Cincinnati — all day!

You’ve seen the amazing murals that ArtWorks creates around Cincinnati. Do you have a great idea for a mural yourself? You can draw your own with coloring pages from ArtWorks!

Contemporary Arts Center — 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The education team from the Contemporary Arts Center will be on hand with custom coloring pages as well as all the makings to create your own floral crown.

Cut and Sewn — 2:30 to 6 p.m.

This Northside seamstress will be leading Learn To Sew Mini Session to show you how to sew on a button. Take back your shirts by learning the essential skill of sewing on those pesky buttons. Learn to thread your needle correctly, make a know that will last, and sew on a button that will actually stay on. Cut and Sewn will provide buttons, thread and needles along with an instructional zine with everything you need to know.

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may art, craft and design events in cincinnati

Hoo boy, there are so many artsy craftsy things to do in Cincinnati in May! Festival season is really kicking off, and we’ve got an embarrassment of riches in the Queen City:

  • May the Fourth Be With You: Experience Star Wars through art at the Brew House in Walnut Hills on Wednesday, May 4.
  • Drink and Draw: Have a whale of a good time at this monthly art happening at the Contemporary Arts Center on Thursday, May 5.
  • Teen Art Thing: Teens can get crazy with art at the CAC the evening of Friday, May 6.
  • Crafty Supermarket! Our spring show is happening 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, May 7.
  • Spring Pottery Fair: The Clay Alliance takes over Woodburn Avenue in Walnut Hills on Saturday, May 7. 
  • Rhinegeist Maker Day: The Makerspace at the downtown library is hosting a day of making at everybody’s favorite OTR brewery on Saturday, May 7.
  • Northside Art in the Park: Artists will take over Hoffner Park all day Saturday, May 7.
  • Incline District Street Fair: Celebrate East Price Hill at this monthly summer event starting Saturday, May 14.
  • Hamilton Flea: This northern suburb is starting an urban market of its own on Saturday, May 14.
  • Sunset Salons: Art and Antiques: Learn about the appraisal process at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Wednesday, May 18.
  • The City Flea + Art on Vine: The first Flea of the year corresponds with Art on Vine and Summer Celebration at Washington Park in OTR on Saturday, May 21.
  • Art After Dark: Party at the Cincinnati Art Museum the evening of Friday, May 27.
  • The OFF Market: Shop the day away in Oakley Square on Saturday, May 28.
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