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a fine example

Here is a fine example of a lovely swag bag that I received from the gals at Crafty Wonderland in Portland. Stuck on ideas? Take a lookly loo. Still can't decide what to include? Contact us!


got craft goes moo

Thank you to all the vendors that came out to our very first show at the Western Front in May 2007!
Save the date! Our new set of cards will be handed out at various crafty events throughout the city to showcase the talent of our vendors, drive them to the website and to save the date for our upcoming craft fair!

Artist Credit (from left to right):
First Row
ELF earth lovin' fabrics -
Track and Field Designs -
Bueno Style -
It's Your Life -
Radjuli Custom Designs
Anabella Designs -
Memory Lane Cards & Scrapbooks -

Second Row
Seto Designs
Roxypop Designs -
Adhesif -

Third Row
Olive -
Lauren Elgee -
Track and Field Designs -

Fourth Row
It's Your Life -
Olive -

Fifth Row
Stitchella -
It's Your Life -

Photo Credit: Blue Olive Photography


a craft fair cheat sheet

Mark your calendars and pledge to buy handmade! If you have a crafty event that you would like listed, please send us a quick email and we can add your event to our list.

Portobello West Market
March to December 2008 - last Sunday of each month **
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Rocky Mountaineer Station - 1755 Cotrell Street
** except for March 29th & 30th and December 13th & 14th

Farmers Market
2nd and 4th Saturday until April 2008
10:00am to 2:00pm - Free Admission
1882 Adanac Street @ Victoria - Wise Hall

Dates TBA - Saturdays, May to October 2008
Trout Lake Community Center (15th and Victoria)
9:00am to 2:00pm

Dates TBA - Saturdays, June to October 2008
1100 Block of Comox Street
9:00am to 2:00pm

Dates TBA - Wednesdays, June to October 2008
Riley Park Community Center (across the street between 30th and Ontario)
1:00pm to 6:30pm

Dates TBA - Sundays, June / July to October 2008
Kitsilano Community Center (10th and Larch)
10:00am to 2:00pm

Creative Finds Art and Fine Craft Market
Saturday, November 15th, 2008
9:30am to 5:00pm
Sullivan Hall Community CEnter - 6306 - 152nd Street (near 64th Ave), Surrey

35th Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market
November 11th to the 16th, 2008
Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Center

Please note that lotus events does not guarantee any of the times, dates and locations posted. Please check the event website for more information and to confirm event details.


Exhibitor Applications Now In!

exhibitor applications are now ready! If you are a crafty person who handcrafts original items, then got craft is for you! Tables are kept at a reasonable cost so that you are able to participate without a lot of financial risk. Perfect for the first time crafter!

If you have the funk and flair to show off your handcrafted products, we invite you to be a part of this growing stream of indie designers and crafters!

everything you need to know PLUS more is on the exhibitor application! Fire us off an email to gotcraft(at)lotusevents(dot)ca for your very own copy or just click on the picture and print away. Emailed copies are available in Adobe PDF, jpeg or as a word document. Please specify what format works best with your computer.

Have additional questions? See our detailed FAQ listed below.

Have something to tell us or maybe we forgot something? contact us at anytime!


a little FAQ goes a long way

How can I apply to be an exhibitor?
Please visit for exhibitor information including an application or email us at gotcraft(at)lotusevents(dot)ca to participate in the event. Please note that all work must be original and handmade. We “jury” only to ensure quality and diversity.

How do I know if my items are suitable for the event?
Our target market consists of young, trendsetting individuals generally under the age of 40. If you are a crafty person who creates unique and modern items then this event is for you! Tables are kept at a reasonable cost so that you are able to participate without a lot of financial risk.

What’s in it for me?
Got Craft vendors will receive their business name and website listed on for almost 6 months until the December event. Vendors will also have the opportunity to showcase their items at a private breakfast reception open to media and retailers for you to network and establish potential retail contacts – new for 2008!

What is your marketing campaign?
Our marketing includes:
o Postcards, posters and flyers - distributed throughout Vancouver
o Internet – event and company website including vendors’ links and free listings
o News Releases - which has resulted in articles in the Vancouver Sun and the Westender including various local blogs such as Beyond Robson
o Unique Cozy Campaign – contact us for details
In addition to our marketing campaign, we will be holding an invite only breakfast for local media, special guests and retailers for you to showcase your products and network. **

How much does it cost to attend?
Admission is $2.00 and kids 10 and under are FREE.

As an exhibitor, what do I need to bring?
A 6ft table and two chairs are provided to each vendor. You will be responsible for bringing your own table linen. Your table area must not disrupt your neighbours’ space. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE HALL IS LOCATED ON THE 2ND FLOOR WITH NO WHEELCHAIR ACCESS.

Do I have to use the table provided?
No. Each vendor will receive one 6ft table. However, if you have your own set up, you are more than welcome to bring this with you. You are required to stay within your space which is equal to approx. 6ft wide and 5ft deep.

How much is it to become an exhibitor?
Each 6ft table is $65.00 if you submit your application by Friday, March 7th, 2008. Applications received after March 7th, 2008 will cost $75.00 to apply. The fee allows you to showcase at the private reception between 9am to 11am and then to the general public from 11am to 5pm.

Can I share a booth?
Absolutely. Each person will need to fill out their own application complete with pictures.

When is the application deadline?
Please visit and scroll through the information on the right side menu bar for deadline dates.

There is plenty of free street parking available, however, keep your eyes open for any restrictions.

Can you explain to me what this private reception is all about?
The breakfast reception is an invite only event from 9:00am to 11:00am that will be open to retailers and media. This is an excellent opportunity for you to network and showcase your products prior to the opening to the general public. Light refreshments will be served during this time. If you know of somebody that should be attending, please let us know and we will contact them.

Will there be power available?
Due to the number of electrical outlets available, we cannot offer all vendors an outlet. If you do require one, please let us know and be prepared to bring your own extension cords. There is lighting on-site, but any special lighting will be your responsibility.

When will I know if I have been accepted?
Exhibitors will be notified if they have been accepted one week after the application deadline by email.
How do you decide who is accepted?
We consider the type of craft, workmanship, creativity, originality, price as well as other factors. Please don’t be discouraged or offended if you don’t get accepted. We continue to encourage and support all crafters.

What happens if I’m not accepted as a vendor?
In the event that you are not accepted, all fees will be returned and refunded in full. We will return your cheque at no cost to you.

What is swag?
The first 25 people through the doors will receive one of our famous swag bags filled with goodies from each vendor at the event! That’s a sample of 36 + items per bag! Woo hoo!

As an exhibitor, swag is a sample of your product and creativity that you as a vendor donate to the show. For our first event, we had people lined up and out the door 2 hours before opening and for our second event, we had 75 people ready to receive bags in the first 30 minutes!

Please see the exhibitor application for more details regarding what is accepted and what is not and deadlines.

What is the wait list?
If your application is accepted and the event is full, we will add your contact to the wait list. If we receive a cancellation (it does happen!) then we will contact you. Please note that if you accept, we will require immediate payment for your space.

What if I need to cancel?
By submitting your application, you are accepting a space in the event. If you cancel after the application deadline, 25% of your table fee will be kept. If you cancel within 14 days of the event, you will lose your full fee.

We love volunteers! If you are interested in coming out to help with set up and / or strike, the reception. marketing or anything else that may come up, contact us.

Who is lotus events inc.?
We are Rob and Andrea. We are also a full service event management and wedding coordination company that love to craft.

Will there be food and beverage on-site?
A refreshment station will be set up with tasty treats!

Additional questions?
Contact us by email at gotcraft(at)lotusevents(dot)ca or by phone at 778-371-9781.

** Please note that we can not guarantee attendance by media and local retailers, but will work hard to spread the word and market the event. If you sell at stores, want to sell at a certain store or know of any interested media, please let us know and we will send out an invite. Space is limited at the private reception and RSVP is required.


New Venue! New Date!

Welcome to got craft.... because MALL is a four letter word!

Save the Date!
The next got craft will be held on Saturday, May 4th, 2008 at the Legion located at 2205 Commercial Drive (and E. 6th Avenue).

A private invite only breakfast reception for media and retailers will be held between 9:00am to 11:00am. got craft will be open to the general public from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

For more information about the event, please contact Andrea and Rob at 778.371.9781 or by email at gotcraft(at)lotusevents(dot)ca.

Exhibitor applications, FAQS, layouts and all that good stuff is in the works... stay tuned for more details.

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