Wholesalecrafts.com and ACRE Work Hand-in-Hand

Wholesalecrafts.com and ACRE Work Hand-in-Hand

Courtesy of The Crafts Report
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Wholesalecrafts.com™, the online marketplace, offers an easy, efficient way for buyers to look for emerging artists, new work created by favorite artists, and place reorders from makers they have built a working relationship with. Wholesalecrafts.com and the American Craft and Retail Expo (ACRE) shows continue to push limits while breaking new ground in the art-and-craft world. Owner Nancy Vince and her staff's innovative programs benefit both their artists and buyers. These efforts ultimately touch the lives of the American consumer bringing amazing handcrafted art into their homes.

ACRE Las Vegas

ACRE Las Vegas is one of the must-attend shows for discriminating buyers and exceptional artists.

All artists participating in the Wholesalecrafts.com and ACRE shows are juried into the wholesale crafts marketplace. The buyers represent the best of American boutiques and galleries, and Wholesalecrafts.com provides them with the products they are looking for.

Jolan Bogdan of Penelope's Den joined as an emerging artist: "The staff at Wholesalecrafts.com has been completely indispensable with my entry into the wholesale world. They have helped me in countless ways, offering feedback on everything from product photography to buying etiquette. They make me feel like I'm part of a strong, supportive community, which has made a huge difference in my confidence, which leads to success with my accounts."

Christine Epstein, owner of Oceano Sea Glass, is elated with the site and its potential. "Sales generated through the website have been an unexpected perk and give me a geographic reach the shows alone don't have!"

"Being both an artist and a store owner, Wholesalecrafts.com was like discovering a treasure for me! The more wholesale accounts I get as an artist, the more I can 'pay it forward,' adding new artists' work for my retail shop. We have met wonderful, talented independent artists through the website and ACRE show," states D2E Gallery owner Michell Mathis.

The ACRE shows (ACRE Las Vegas in June, ACRE Northeast in August, and ACRE Philadelphia in February) are the ultimate in hands-on shopping. With several showcases--from Handmade Gifts and Accessories to The Gallery of Fine Crafts--there is a multitude of products and price points from the best makers across the USA and Canada.
Nancy Vince poses with Karen Ehart, recipient of the Best Booth Award at ACRE Las Vegas.

Nancy Vince poses with Karen Ehart, recipient of the Best Booth Award at ACRE Las Vegas.

American consumers are looking for handcrafted items and the savvy buyer is at the forefront of this movement. Carolyn Luce of Timothy's Gallery remarks, "Our gallery has only sold American-made crafts for 24 years. The work is displayed with the artist's name; many include photos and short biography." Luce explains how Wholesalecrafts.com and ACRE shows have helped her enjoy steady growth: "Both have made it easier to buy and reorder. This year I am thrilled to be attending ACRE Philadelphia. I'll go to the Acre show and then on to Baltimore for the ACC show."

Judy Schroeder, owner of Schroeder Studio Gallery, shares what handcrafted art means to her: "Beautifully created artwork made in the USA. I believe in the therapeutic value of living with beautifully designed pieces. We don't 'sell stuff'; rather, we represent American artists who spend their lives creating work that enriches our lives. Our gallery is located in a historic district with several antique stores. We have people come into the gallery wanting to sell us something from an estate. We tell them our goal is to offer beautiful work and, equally as important, to support the makers creating it today. I've never had an argument to that yet."

- Jackie Adamany

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