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Juried vs Non-Juried Craft Shows – What is the Difference?

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I’ve talked a lot about craft shows lately on Cutting for Business.

Today, I’m discussing the differences between the two main types of craft shows: Juried vs Non-juried craft shows.

In general, juried craft shows require potential sellers to submit an application and product samples; while non-juried craft shows accept sellers on a first come, first serve basis.

Juried vs Non-Juried Craft Shows - What is the Difference? -

Juried vs. Non-Juried Craft Shows


  • Usually large shows.
  • Sellers/Exhibitors must submit an application and product samples to the show/show committee their work. Based on the applications, the show chooses which sellers to accept.
  • Shows will usually have a large range of product types.
  • Products that have not been “juried in” may not be sold at the show. In fact, sellers with non-approved products for sale may be shut down.
  • Juried shows are more expensive than non-juried shows. Fees can range up to 1000’s of dollars per event.
  • Usually extremely well organized, as the show organizers have put on multiple shows before.


  • Usually smaller shows. May be held at a church, school, or community center. May be a part of a larger festival or event.
  • Sellers/Exhibitors are accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
  • May be many, many sellers with similar items.
  • Seller fees usually range from free to under $100. Alternatively, you may be asked to pay a small entry fee and donate a portion of your sales to a cause.
  • May or may not be well organized, well promoted, or well attended.

Which Type of Show Should You Choose?

Generally, newer sellers will want to get several non-juried shows under their belt before moving onto a large scale show.

At smaller shows, you’ll be able to practice setting up, providing great customer service, and learning how craft shows work. When looking for non-juried craft shows, be sure to ask about the organizer’s experience, the expected attendance at the show, and methods of advertising used. Remember, no craft show is going to be a guaranteed hit. At some craft shows, you may take a loss; while at others you will sell out.

Emma Fagan

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Any tips on how to find non-juried craft shows? I'm having a hard time finding ones near me, but I think I might just not be hearing about them because their smaller.

Christine, Cutting for Business

Friday 29th of April 2022

Yes, follow social media for local churches, event centers, and Word of Mouth Groups in your area. You'll usually see posts when they are looking for vendors to sell at upcoming markets. Also, see if you have any 'Vendors Wanted' Facebook Groups in your area. In Central Florida, we have a large one. Good luck!

Sandi H.

Saturday 25th of July 2020

I have been to craft shows that are non-juried and have found some beautiful homemade items. I realize that there may also be other stuff there but as a future vendor, I can't afford to do the juried shows. I looked into it and couldn't believe what you have to go through to sell your items. My things are well-made and I put a lot of work into each item that I make. It's not right to call us non-crafters. Many do some beautiful work.

Christine, Cutting for Business

Monday 31st of August 2020

Who used the term 'non-crafter'? That's odd and I've never heard it before.

Judy Bailey

Monday 20th of November 2017

Thanks for the info. I personally do NOT do non-juried shows. I find them to be full of non-crafters. Sometimes it is more like a flea market with many vendors selling items made in China, as wells as, others selling things like Mary Kay, Doterra, etc. It is almost impossible to compete with those vendors prices. However, If you make something very unique, you may have a fabulous show. I do agree non-juried shows are great for learning.


Monday 20th of November 2017

Thanks for sharing, Judy!