All products sold must be 100 percent handcrafted by the booth vendor, and photographic proof is required. One year, a vendor with "Made in
This Saturday, more than 15,000 people will come to downtown
"The goal is to be the largest and best outdoor craft fair in
The Anoka Riverfest &
Profits usually range in the
The goal isn't to make money. Rather, it's about drawing
Arts and crafts fall in 25 diverse categories, including homemade bath and body products, clothing, jewelry, sculpture, pottery and glass art.
Bath products made from natural ingredients have become the newest artisan craze, with jewelry also a strong seller, Riverfest organizers say.
How do they enforce the handmade rule?
Applicants submit photos of their work that are reviewed by a team.
During the day of the show, that team will quietly patrol for suspicious-looking merchandise.
"We make sure what is there is what they said would be there," Turok said.
Other vendors have also been good at helping police the policy -- reporting suspicious vendors.
As an entrepreneur, she pieces together secondhand T-shirts and sweaters into wearable, eco-friendly clothing under her ResQue Threads brand at www.resquethreads.com. She is a one-woman business, designing, cutting and sewing each item in her home office.
She applauds Riverfest's dedication to handmade wares.
"Its nice to have these arts and crafts fairs go back to their roots and really give artists and people who create things with their hands more of an opportunity to showcase their goods," Henningson said. "... My product is all handcrafted. I do think that is a trend we are seeing. People want uniqueness."
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