Lee Spiegel, once known as The Jolly Balloon Man from Berkeley, was sharing a pick-up dinner with several craftspeople in the back of a potter’s VW Microbus. The year was 1972 and they had just participated in a particularly wretched crafts fair where nobody had made much money.
And thus the idea for the Crafts Fair Guide was born. Lee brought out the first issue (typed on a $15 flea market typewriter and consisting of 10 pages) in the spring of 1973.
Thirty years later, the Guide survives and thrives based on its original idea that shared knowledge is powerful. With the help of this excellent marketing tool, thousands of artists and craftspeople have made successful careers selling their work at arts and crafts fairs. The Guide, although many times the size of the original, is still true to Lee’s vision and continues to provide a voice for the Arts and Crafts Community.
In late 2006, The Crafts Fair Guide was acquired by Craftmaster Enterprises, publisher
of Craftmaster News, the leading publication of event listings for the
Western United States. For more information, visit our website here: http://www.craftmasternews.com
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