I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing birthday or holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Arts and Crafts Festival!
Vendors: If you have goods or services suitable for holiday gifts, please put up a booth by replying with a description of what you sell, an estimate of your price range if possible, and some kind of contact information so shoppers can reach you. If you have a website (Etsy, DeviantArt, personal, whatever) showcasing your work in more detail, include the link(s). If you have holiday freebies, such as downloadable greeting card imagery, you're welcome to promote those too. For ease of identification, I recommend titling your reply starting with "BOOTH:" followed by the name of your business or type of goodies.
Shoppers: If you're looking for something specific and it's not posted yet, feel free to ask. Someone else may know where to find it! "SHOPPING FOR:" and the topic would be a good title.
Everyone: You may help promote the Arts and Crafts Festival by linking to this post from your own blog or site. If you have a similar craft-networking post, you may link to it in a comment on this post.
Participation Perk: I'm offering poetry for participation. The following linkback poems still have verses available:
"Mysterious and Impermanent"
"Greater Than the Sum"
"A Lively Feast"
"Always Carry Your Goodness"
"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey"
"The Arc of the Mental Universe"
"So Often Alone"
"An Iron Fist"
"Mr. Ian Woon and the Excellent Adventure"
"The Bushfire Shawl"
Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever one you request. Because, you see, all of these activities will unlock a verse each time someone does them:
* link to this Arts and Crafts Festival page to boost the signal
* comment posting a Booth of your wares/services in the Arts and Crafts Festival
* buy something from a vendor listed in the Arts and Crafts Festival
* promote the Arts and Crafts Festival in another indie market
* host a similar indie market in your own blog or other venue
Dreamwidth will notify me of comments to the Arts and Crafts Festival post; for everything else, you need to TELL ME in order to get credit for it.
Do you know of another indie shopping post? Let me know and I'll link it here.