About the Buyers Market of American Craft
How do the finest examples of North American arts and crafts make their way into the nation’s top galleries, museum stores and home furnishing catalogs?
The artists exhibit their creations at the Buyers Market of American Craft.
The Buyers Market is the largest wholesale trade show where retailers place orders directly with artists who produce luxury goods for home and fashion.
The event is unique among gift tradeshows, as all works on display are exclusively designed and studio made by artists in the United States and Canada – no imports or mass-manufactured products allowed.
On display are gold, silver and gemstone jewelry; art for homes and commercial spaces; ceramics and dinnerware; handcrafted handbags, scarves and fashion accessories; sculpture; clocks; tableware; blown glass vases and designer lighting; contemporary art giftware – functional and decorative; and eco-art products made from recycled or sustainable materials.
Retailers who sell artist-made goods shop the Buyers Market to meet new and emerging makers and to connect with best-selling master artists.
Who buys at the Buyers Market? Art and fine craft galleries. The shops of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Franklin Institute and the Smithsonian Institution, to name just a few museum stores. Jewelry stores. Souvenir and resort shops. The Artful Home and other luxury catalogs. Boutiques of designer-made fashion accessories. Gift concessions from zoos, aquariums, national parks and amusement parks. Interior designers and architects.
Relationships built with retailers during the Buyers Market sustain many artists all year long. Through wholesaling, the artists are able to spend more time in the studio and less time on the road.
For the retailers, the Buyers Market is a one-stop source of contemporary and cutting-edge home and fashion products made in the U.S. or Canada. The Buyers Market is held every February in Philadelphia.
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