The Bead&Button Show and Magazine will close down permanently says owner Kalmbach Media. Declining attendance at the show, plus ad and sponsorship revenue, and the pandemic led to the decision.
When COVID-19 hit scrapbooking event organizers had to regroup, canceling the events they had planned and figuring out new models to reach their customers virtually.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, many of the fragile business relationships keeping the enamel pin industry afloat are in jeopardy.
When the COVID-19 pandemic caused retailers to shut down, many craft businesses were pushed to set up E-commerce for the first time which presented its own challenges.
Concerns about COVID-19 have caused craft industry event organizers to cancel shows throughout the spring and summer. Now, show cancelations are also being announced for the fall and winter season including Rhinebeck and the AQS shows.
While COVID-19 has forced many businesses to close, online shops selling craft kits have seen skyrocketing sales.
As retail store owners weigh how to safely reopen, curbside pickup provides an enticing middle ground for stores that want to increase local sales with less risk. With precautions in place, some craft businesses are using curbside service to connect with local customers — from a distance.
Artisan retailers and craft shops are connecting with customers via virtual personal shopping appointments, amid temporary store closures due to COVID-19.
QuiltCon will be a virtual event in 2021 called QuiltCon Together due to concerns about hosting a large international event with COVID-19.
The handmade wholesale marketplace IndieMe will be hosting a virtual trade show June 3-9 so retailers can restock for summer and fall after COVID-19 closures.