Last week decor8 posted a very helpful roundup of holiday craft events in San Francisco and Boston. Check them out if you're planning to be in one of these cities over the next few weeks. I even spotted a few events on the Boston list that I hadn't heard of yet.
Attending crafts events like this is a great way to support small business during your holiday shopping but also a great way to check out "the competition." Take a look at how wares are displayed, handle the merchandise, interact with the sellers and take business cards so you can go home and look them up online. Take note of which tables seem to have the most customers and make note of whatever it is they are doing to get all that attention. The best way to see what works in a craft fair setting is just to get out and check it out yourself from the point of view of a visitor.