Tuesday, December 07, 2010

a waxing nostalgia DUCF wrap-up

warning: long, rambling, emotional crafter post to follow.

this past weekend was the 5th annual detroit urban craft fair in detroit, and i was overly proud and excited to be among the 70+ vendors. the fillmore theater is a gorgeous space and it added even more magic to an already magical event. when i walked into the theater that morning and was getting ready to sign in i got tears in my eyes thinking about how far the whole “craft movement” has come, and how i’ve been able to witness it all and to also have my own business evolve along with it.

the very first DUCF in 2006 was the first craft fair dang argyle did, and it was an amazing introduction to the craft community. that august day in 2006 cortney (le bizz partner) and i met some great people and we were in awe at how friendly and fabulous our fellow crafters were. we were blown away that we could make purses, that people would buy them, and we could have so much fun doing it. over the past four years i’ve continued to form connections with fellow crafters in the community as new events and crafters pop up all the time. handmade detroit has played a huge part in this, acting as a catalyst, and a hub of all things crafty. those 5 gals have done wonders in SE michigan, and i am deeply thankful for all their crafty efforts in helping spur on the craft community.

every DUCF is magic, awesome, amazing, and fun, and i love participating- it’s like christmas morning, disney land and a family reunion all in the same day. but this 5th anniversary DUCF... from the moment i got the “you’ve been accepted as a vendor” email i’ve felt it all a bit more as i’ve been reflecting on dang argyle and the craft world at large, and i’ve been a bit overwhelmed at how it’s all made me feel when looking back. to be involved in such a great crafty circle of the nicest people. it’s great to chat about getting no sleep before fairs, about our tents blowing away in the wind, about where to order business cards, about what shows to do, etc. at the DUCF after party on sunday, in addition to toasting a super weekend, we compared crafting to sports. a craft fair is like a marathon. it’s crazy preparing to get there, and then when it’s all over you are high on the buzz it leaves, and you breathe a sigh of relief, and then immediately start thinking about the next one.
the short of it: it was a great DUCF weekend that was busy both days, despite a lions game and high priced parking. i had a ton of fun. my table was next to courtney fischer (again!), so we had a blast. i had a ball carpooling with nicole from sloe gin fizz. i met some fabulous new people. i got to see the pony boy necklace in person. i marvelled over ethan's trumbullplex zine library. (really, truly, i drooled way too much over that necklace and that card catalog.)

this week i’ll be preparing for DIYpsi, which is in ypsilanti at woodruff’s in depot town. 29 sweet vendors with their handmade wares. i’ll have library card pouches, if you missed out on one! snag ‘em while you can, i don’t know if i’ll have them on etsy again before the holidays.

next up: what I bought at DUCF!


Anonymous said...

Fantastic post lady. I got a little teary. Our community wouldn't be the same with you! xoxo

sloeginfizz said...

Oh my goodness, teariness abounds. So well stated, Amanda. You are a crafty inspiration to us all.