With the production of five quality craft shows, MV Crafts Shows is always looking for great new vendors!
“Vendors book their shows early,” says Rose Beck, promoter and coordinator for MV Crafts Shows, “so, it’s imperative to have information about your shows out early. And with our focus currently covering more territory in 2013, we are taking on even more crafts shows than we did in 2012.
Rose and Tom Beck know their business, and believe in the term, “handmade!” They have spent their life together, standing shoulder to shoulder in whatever road they have taken.
Coming from being a crafty kid and young adult, Rose has been involved in making just about every handmade craft. She has taken classes for so many crafts--stained glass, upholstery, jewelry, caning, basket weaving, crocheting...and just recently began taking wood carving lessons.
Rose’s husband, Tom, also had to be creative in his past business, working with the Southeastern Indian Nation Program. He was involved in large programs for children, such as the National Indian Child’s Conference. Rose stood right there by his side, volunteering in the management and coordination of these conferences.
When Tom had heart surgery, and had to be watchful about what he was doing, they began making dream catchers and jewelry, and going to the craft shows as vendors themselves. Once bitten with the craft circuit, it became a way of life for many years, sometimes exhibiting in 54 shows a year. They sold everything from needle works to Moravian Christmas Cookies to Beta Fish, cow eggs, and “Hatch a Cow.” They traveled over 70,000 miles (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida).
“This isn't an easy way to make a living," says Rose. "You've got to be willing to drive a truck and get up at four in the morning."
Still, Rose and Tom couldn't see themselves doing anything else. And they're not the only ones who feel that way. Though it's impossible to know how many artists and craftspeople sell their wares full or part time at shows and festivals, their numbers appear to be growing as crowds turn out by the thousands to buy paintings, sculptures, woodwork, metalwork, glasswork and jewelry and to meet the artists and craftsmen who make them.
Rose Beck of MV Craft Shows produces art/craft shows in Maggie Valley and Franklin, NC. Rose has successfully produced art/craft shows for over twenty years. Artisans and Crafters surveyed have always given high marks to the shows. Because of their excellent ratings of these shows, booths are at a premium and many wonderful artisans/crafters are left out because they fail to send an early entry.
Applications are accepted on first come first serve basis so submit your completed application early to secure your space and receive a discount. Application forms and requirement for submission may be located on our website.