Every Pacific Northwest resident knows our beloved summers are a thing to savor. Even the vampire types have to admit: after nine months in a state of damp grayness, it feels amazing to reconnect with the sun.
One of my favorite ways to sun-dose is at outdoor art and craft fairs, swap meets, farmer's markets. At a good bazaar there's always something delightfully weird or interesting to see.
They're prime for people watching, engaging the senses, and checking out local and handcrafted products, edibles, artists, and performers. Looking for shows to attend? Here's where I'll be this summer:
The PRFM website describes some of the treasures you'll find at the event:
arts, crafts, comic books, belt buckles, bike parts, jewelry, vintage clothing, fine furniture, stereo equipment, jams and jellies, bras and panties, cakes and cookies, tools, magazines, records, musical instruments, zippo lighters, walking shoes, smoking accessories, and untold riches of punk rock paraphernalia....Our “Punk Rock” name refers as much to the DIY spirit of the event as it does to any particular music or lifestyle.
The first time I sold Knuckle Kiss Jewelry was at PRFM. KK has had a couple of growth spurts since then, so I'm thrilled to return with new pieces. I'll be there with some Knuckle Kiss standards, samples and one-offs, sale items, cheap jewelry supplies, and even some never-worn and gently used shoes and clothes.
Grab a drink while you're at it and stay for the bands. I hear Bucharest Drinking Team will be there and they are worth seeing. Entry is a buck with proceeds benefiting the Low Income Housing Institute. I'll be vending with artist and pal Rocio Arreguin.
Punk Rock Flea Market @ Underground Events Center in Belltown. Saturday, June 7th, noon-10pm (but we'll be leaving earlier in the evening).
This free, kid-friendly community event has something for everyone: an artist marketplace, performances, hands-on art and demos, a food court, and cultural exhibits, including the 18th Annual Philippine Festival. This will be my first time vending at this event, so come by and say hello!
Shoreline Arts Festival @ Shoreline Center. June 28 & 29, Sat 10am-6pm & Sun 10am-5pm.
If you're a store owner or buyer, you'll want to beat the weekend UCU crowd and come to this free one-day event.
It's only open to wholesale buyers, so if you know any shops carrying high quality, independently produced goods, send them to UCU!
Advanced registration required.
Urban Craft Uprising Wholesale Event @ Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Monday, July 14th, 10am-4pm.
Hope to see you at one of these events. And don't forget the sunscreen!