Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market
28th Annual Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market
Dates: March 14-16, 2014
Hours: Friday & Saturday 10:00 - 6:00, Sunday 10:00-5:00
Location: Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
Virginia Beach Convention Center Map and Directions
Admission: $6.00 for adults (children under 12 free) Free parking and shuttle bus in the convention center parking lots. Receive 50¢ off admission by bringing a canned food donation for the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia. Sign up for discounted admission coupons and show preview emails
Please be sure to check out this year's sponsors:
Southern Auto Group - Virginia's Auto Group for Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, FIAT, GMC, Kia, Volkswagen, Lincoln and used cars. Dealerships serve the regions of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. See link for locations.
Alive Chiropractic - Alive Chiropractic's Virginia Beach office is dedicated to the health and wellness of your entire family. They pride themselves in giving you the best chiropractic care in the state. Their patients choose the Virginia Beach chiropractic treatment clinic because they want a natural approach to better health and wellness. Their Virginia Beach office enjoys high levels of patient satisfaction because we thoroughly explain everything and get results. They always offer high quality wellness care. ..but don’t take our word for it, as you try to find your chiropractor, stop by the office and find out for yourself! Remember that your body is able to heal itself when there is no nerve interference.
The Virginia Beach Spring Craft Market features over 150 fine artists and craftspeople from across the nation offering fine arts, handcrafted jewelry, wood, glass, photography, candles, woven baskets, clothing, toys, folk art and specialty foods. Exhibitors introduce new lines and special accessories for the home and garden including wrought iron, welcome wreaths, garden statuary, birdhouses, outdoor furniture, pottery and wind chimes.
Meet the artisans, learn the stories behind their work and shop for the best in fine arts and fine crafts - from simple to lavish - you'll find one-of-a-kind creations for every budget.
A long-time customer said: "I found beautiful art work for my home, unique stepping stones for my garden, cute accessories for my daughter's room, a gift of jewelry for my friend and the perfect scarf for my mother for Mother's Day."
Each piece is a creation from the skilled hands of an American craftsperson. Each purchase supports the history and tradition of true American craftsmanship.
In addition, Heritage Celebration!, an area of educational demonstrations by local craft designers and guilds, has been a huge success since its premier presentation in 1997. See and interact with local craft guild members in the gallery. These gifted artisans will demonstrate the techniques and skills used to produce quality American-made crafts. Live demos include: knitting, spinning, sewing, beadwork, quilting, woodcarving and wood turning just to name a few. Bring the kids and let them watch a crafter turn a simple slab of clay, block of wood, or skein of yarn into a stunning and functional work of art.
March is National Craft Month!
Be sure to check out the “You Make It! Craft Central” areas. Join in and try your hand at several projects being offered for the first time during the event!
- 7 Cities Crafters will be teaching several make and take craft projects for all ages- booth 388
- Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia will assist children in making beeswax candles – booth 428
After last year's successful debut Vintage Alley will return again this year with an expanded variety of vintage crafts. Vintage Alley is an exclusive showcase area with exhibitors who create functional or decorative works from vintage objects for the home, or who sell up-cycled vintage finds or vintage Christmas décor. There is always a nice treasure to be found in this section from vintage linen gifts, to vintage Santas, to shabby chic style painted furniture or jewelry, and re-purposed vintage wood gifts. Something for every taste and for every generation! Be sure to stop by the front of the hall and look for our large chalkboard sign directing the way!
Craft Supply Swap
Clean out your Craft Closet and Get Prepared for a Craft Supply Swap! Join other crafters who are downsizing craft supplies and swapping for their latest needs! Bring your unwanted craft supplies to the event and swap out for what you are looking for. Each bag of supplies will allow you to scavenge for that same amount in exchange. Come early for best swapping! Yes – we will already have a good supply that we have been pulling together over the last few weeks for you to work your way through!
Bring some take some! All left over craft supplies will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Notable new artists :
New to this year's show – Vintage Alley, an exclusive showcase area with exhibitors who create functional or decorative works from vintage objects, or who sell up-cycled vintage finds or vintage décor. There will be treasures to be found from vintage linen gifts to shabby chic style painted furniture or jewelry. Something for every taste and for every generation!
First-timer Linda Osterhoudt of Linda O...Oh Linda Jewelry crochets fine silver threads into beautiful wearable art! Her bracelets and necklaces look as if they were spun from gossamer! Be sure to see for yourself in Booth #404
Susan Killion of Garden of Our Dreams can't help getting her hands dirty! She enjoys creating themed gardens in miniature and takes orders for custom gardens. She recently was given the honor of creating miniature gardens for the Jimmy Buffet annual party, thus providing cute Key West-themed gardens! You'll find Susan in booth #311.
We found Phil Stiefel at a local garden show and fell in love with his tall garden lighthouses and other unfinished wood items. He is an excellent woodcrafter from many years of experience crafting custom cabinetry. Look for the 6 foot tall lighthouses – and you will find Phil's booth! #256
Mike Prietz of Barrel Art has created many home décor items and furnishing from old wine barrels. If you can imagine it, Mike can make it out of a wine barrel! See him for a wonderful selection in booth #342
The Hammered Sisters join us for the first time this year with their mixed media art on old windows. These sisters collect all kinds of things to create their one-of-a-kind mosaic-type art on glass. Be sure to grab one of their unique designs in booth #305
Kate Klipp makes amazing sea-life creatures and mermaids from blown glass. She has a beautiful display of her coastal glass creations for sale in booth #289.
Returning favorites include:
Last Fall Sabrosa Salt joined us for the first time to share their wonderful seasoned salts with our shoppers and they received rave reviews. These salts really liven up any dish, and are wonderful just on bread or crackers with olive oil. You can find the “Sabrosa Salt Sisters” in booth #436
Charlene Herzins from Bling Doctor made her debut with EMG last year at the Spring show and sold out of her unique jump-ring crystal jewelry before the weekend was over! Since that time she has added a few more styles to her line and returns again this year to wow her customers! Charlene is located in booth #488
Christopher Mize has become a favorite at Virginia events and The Spring show is no exception. He paints amazing wine themed pieces that capture the heart of any wine lover! Christopher is located in booth #428
Lynn Burcher of Gilded Lily Glass has fascinating fused glass jewelry and lampwork beads with always something new and out-of-the-ordinary both in pendants, bracelets and earrings! Be sure to check out Lynn's latest designs in booth #353
Donald Wise with Wise Metal Art returns with wonderful metal wall sculptures as well as beautiful garden art. Be sure to stop by and say hello to Don in booth #315
If you own one of Margaret Krogman's painted watering cans, chances are you don't use it just for watering plants! They are wonderful fresh flower containers, or just as seasonal décor – a stand alone item! Margaret returns this year with many more decorative painted home items in booth #260
We think we found the world's best toffee when we met Kimberly Smith of Carolina Candy! Many shoppers agreed with us last Spring when she first came to our shows! Kimberly returns again this year with many of her fabulous toffee flavors! Be sure to sample all of them at booth #458
Events Management Group, Inc. works with the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia helping needy families by collecting donations of canned goods. For 50 cents off admission bring one or more cans of food to donate to the Food Bank.