Fall is Coming
Like it or not, summer is winding down, and it's not too early to start planning for fall when it comes to your business. Fall is a busy time for craft fairs and vendor events. I actually really enjoyed participating in vendor events. I like telling people about my products, and seeing all the other companies out there. I thought I would share with you all the Omaha vendor events I have found, and places to find more. This list will be great for any direct sales business, not limited to LuLaRoe! If you have an actual handmade craft, you have a lot more events open to you, as a lot of craft fairs do not accept direct sales vendors.
Omaha Vendor Events
All About Her Expo- All About Her runs two expos a year here in the Omaha area. And if you are willing to travel, Des Moines too.
Millard Days- This is a summer event, but, it's never too early to try to get a spot!
Vintage Market Days- This vendor event is available all over the US. This one may take a little work to get into. You need to have a set up with a vintage/shabby chic feel to it.
Benson Days- Local summer fairs are a great place to meet neighbors
Bellevue Bridal Fair- This is kinda niche market, but if you think you can market to this niche, go for it!
West O Shopping Event- This is a pretty big event. But, vendors from previous years get first dibs on a spot.
Bellevue Craft Fair- Direct sales accepted on first come, first served basis.
Yuletide Market- This is in Norfolk, about two and a half hours north of Omaha.
Shop for a Cause Bellevue- A monthly craft event for vendors to sell their items and monies raised from admission and raffle sales is given to various charitable organizations monthly.
Lifegate Christian School Christmas Craft Fair- This one is hard to get into. But seems like a pretty big event.
Where to Find Events
Here are some other places to look for vendor events.
Check out the small towns in surrounding areas. They all have their own festivals. Some fun and quirky ones too
- Wayne NE Chicken Show
- Wisner NE- hosts an annual junior livestock show and rodeo, St. Patricks day celebration, and a tractor pull in August
- Nebraska City host quite a few events through the year
County and State fairs
Non-Profit organizations - Humane society, YWCA, Lions club. . . .
News channels and newspaper- They usually have event pages for upcoming events.
The more well known your business is, the harder it will be to find an event. There is usually a cost to be in these events, and the pricing can vary greatly. Smaller local ones tend to be in the $25-$75 range. Larger expos can cost upwards of $400 for a weekend (but you are guaranteed lot's of foot traffic).
Remember, it's never too early to start planning for those December events! They fill up fast! If you know of any other, feel free to leave a comment.