Imported Crafts

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Posted by Katia Valdivieso on July 15, 2002 at 21:29:52:

Thank you for this awesome forum!

I have just started my own business, importing crafts from Latin America to the East Coast area. I am working with Hispanic artisans that produce products using leather, wood, clay, etc. My primary idea was to provide smaller specialty stores along the coast but have found out they are not easy to get in to. Would you recommend a Gift Show to start? I tried the door to door sale, and even though my products are competitive in both price and quality, they would not give me the time of day.
I am having problems finding smaller fairs or shows which allow imported crafts. I payed the jury fee for a show promoted by Folk Arts just to find out they only allow regional crafters.

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