We attended the 2015 Winter Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, and as always, were blown away at the wonderful gathering of creations and creative minds. Being fans of anything craft fair related and obsessed with craft booth displays, we couldn’t help, but pick up what trends were dominating the event. These five trends below left an impact on us and we can’t discuss the event without mentioning any of these craft booth designs or the merchandise that’s currently trending in the creative community.
Candles: if a booth wasn’t selling some AMAZING-smelling candles which featured lots of earthy scents, then there was a burning candle as part of the craft booth display. It was so wonderful to see vendors including a candle or two from a candle maker in their craft booth – it’s such a great way to support and promote your fellow vendors! Plus, each and every booth smelled SO GOOD.
Edison Bulbs/Minimalist Lighting: lots of booths were selling minimal lighting fixtures featuring Edison bulbs. If a booth wasn’t selling a lighting fixture or a cool, handmade lamp, then it was definitely lit up. Vendors deliberately set up lighting in just the right places to make their booths shine and to showcase their work. A well-lit booth caught our eye every time!
Agate and Stone Jewelry: an on-going trend, this jewelry category is growing even more! It seemed that almost every jewelry vendor was inspired by these natural stones and gems – even including large gemstones as craft booth display.
Animal-Inspired Jewelry: we saw a TON of animal-inspired jewelry. We saw pieces featuring certain animal parts like skulls and horns. We even saw a maker who incorporated fur into his jewelry designs!
Air Plants (aka Tillandsia): this robust plant has clearly become a favorite among craft booth vendors. Why? They’re inexpensive and hard-to-kill. You also don’t require a vase with water or a planter with messy dirt to keep these little hardy plants alive the whole weekend. Even though a vendor wasn’t selling these plants or planters, most vendors had a few airplants decorating their craft booth. We would even dare to say we saw more air plants than succulents!
Comment below and let us know, which of these trends is your favorite?