The New York Gift Fair is wrapping up today, and guess what? Handmade is hot! Of course as IBN's president, I knew that, and I know you knew it too. But did you know that the New York Gift Fair has an entire section just for handmade and artisan products? They're renovating an entirely new space just for handmade! Watch this video where Carol Ross, Director of Craft Marketing, shares some of the details.
How cool is that? I love what Carol said about how people want to buy products with meaning. It's not about commodities. It's about beauty and quality and using products that are made by real people who offer you more than just a consumer product. They are offering a bit of themselves, and that makes every item so special. Next year's show is January 28 to February 2. Keep up with the latest by following New York Gift Fair on Twitter.
And if you're a handmade junkie like me, be sure to join us Thursday, August 18 at 8pm EST for the first #HandmadeChat! Details are here.
Question: Do you buy handmade? Why are handmade items special to you? To your customers?