Go West Philadelphia Craft Show

The historic Woodland Mansions and grounds was the setting for the Go West Philadelphia Craft Show this past April.   The property was originally owned by William Hamilton in the 18th century.  The mansion has been redesigned several times and is partly opened to the public.  The grounds have an old cemetery on them with very pretty landscaping.

The craft show was sponsored by VIX Emporium, a west Philly boutique specializing in handmade items.   It was a beautiful sunny day for the craft show.  There was some parking inside the grounds and it was also accessible by public transportation.   The grounds are adjacent to a cute neighborhood which probably generated foot traffic on such a pleasant day.

There were approximately 35 booths selling handmade items such as clothing, bath and body, jewelry, pottery, prints, t-shirts, candles, etc.  Some sellers used tents and some did not.  I was there during the earlier part of the day and, although there were quite a few folks walking about, I believe many of them were sight seeing and not necessarily shopping.  I spoke to several sellers that described the sales as slow.  However, this could have changed later in the day.

One of the booths was managed by Molly Landergen of Telegraphic Tree, a seller of art and herbal teas.

Molly mixes teas from different herbs from a supplier that engages in organic, sustainable farming.   She displayed many teas to choose from, each listed with ingredients that may possibly help certain conditions.

It was fun to sniff all of the different tea aromas and to read the cute labels of each mixture.   The teas were nicely packaged and would make cute little gifts also.

As an attendee, this was really a pleasant trip that combined a craft show with lovely grounds and an interesting historic house.  As a prospective seller, I would want to hear from the sellers that were there last April to learn more about their experiences.   On any pleasant day, I would recommend strolling the area to enjoy the landscape.

by Diane Olivia

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3 Responses to “Go West Philadelphia Craft Show”

  1. vixemporium

    Thanks so much for posting about April’s GO WEST! Craft Fest. I am happy to say that most of our vendors reported good sales, not to mention perfect weather in a verdant, elegant setting. We are doing GO WEST! Craft Fest again on September 29 in the same spot, the Woodlands in West Philly. There will be more craft vendors this time, plus music, entertainment and a few choice food trucks. 🙂 Our next vendor application will be posted on http://gowestcraftfest.blogspot.com soon, meanwhile there are more photos and a list of previous vendors.

    Thanks again for your post and I hope some of your readers can GO WEST with us next time!

  2. Ruth

    Wow the mansion looks amazing! I really wanted to go to the last Go West. Hopefully I can make it to the one in September.

  3. Ginger

    Artful Vision is seeking new artists – made in US. http://www.artfulvision.com

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