Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The difference between art fairs and craft fairs

My friend Sally and I headed to The Museum of World Treasures, where I had secured two free tickets for Smithsonian's Free Day.
 However, right before we were headed inside, Sally thought we should check out the craft booths first, since she thought they often close at noon. 

Not sure if they do this every Saturday, but there was a lot going on in this area that weekend besides free admission to the Museum of World Treasures.  In addition to this craft fair, there was a barbecue cook-off that attracted over 70 entrants.  That was a mere two blocks away.

I decided to take photos of these booths, which was far different from the art fair we had seen just days before.

Please peruse these booths

while I catch up to Sally.

Have I not mentioned I live in beef country?

Not sure if you can see how far ahead Sally is, but I wasn't worried.  I could see every booth from where I stood.

HMMM!  This looks interesting.

It didn't take long at all to catch up to Sally.

There was even live entertainment.

By this time, some of the booths were beginning to pack up to leave.

It was a good thing this vendor hadn't packed up yet, because I bought a pound of spinach garlic fettuccine.

I wish this vendor hadn't sold out of Chile Rellenos.    I would have bought a couple.

I wonder if there had been any treats for Bleubeard and Squiggles, but just as I was about to ask,

my eye was drawn to this man and his dogs.

You can see the entrance to the museum is in the background.

But of course, I was more impressed by the two dogs putting on a show

as the man peddled away.

I suspect it's rather obvious the difference between the booths you saw from Autumn and Art, and this farmer's type market we saw that day.

BTW, a couple of you suggested I was lucky that the Autumn and Art show allowed photos.  I remember from two years ago, there were two booths that didn't allow photos and, at one stand where I didn't see the sign, before I could get a shot, a person stepped in front of me and nearly grabbed my camera out of my hand.  I noticed neither of those vendors was back this year, and NONE of the booths had signs not allowing photos.  I wonder if it was a provision of the art show that photos were allowed, because everyone was SO friendly and encouraging, especially when I got up close and personal at some of the booths.

But now it was time to head to the Museum of World Treasures.

And because I have no colored ink in my printer, I printed it on colored paper.  It got a few nice comments, too.

Thanks for taking a look around this area where booths were set up to sell wares that were indicative of Kansas food and art.  I appreciate you joining me.

15 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Looks like a fun place to visit, loved the man with his 2 dogs, too. Those noodles really looked great, I think I would have been spending money there, too. I am looking forward to seeing the world treasures, now! Hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh is was nice of you to take us with you ... I smiled about Sally's outfit - would have made a perfect photo if she would be in front of the Nice Bites booth!
The man with the two dogs on the bycicle is really fun - I would never dare to do this with my dogs... that would be just a perfect chaos and dangerous for me....
Happy Wednesday Elizabeth!
oxo Susi

My name is Erika. said...

Can't wait to see what the world treasures museum is all about. You're lucky to have a Smithsonian Museum so close to you. Yup, this fair was certainly not anything like the art fair you had been to. In a way it seems almost like a Farmers market. Enjoyed your photos today and happy mid-week-already. Hugs-erika

chrissie said...

You have such wonderful places to visit Elizabeth and always great thing to see and to eat

Love Chrissie xx

Sami said...

Interesting fair Elizabeth, I certainly would have a lot to buy there - alternative food (gluten-free) and natural soaps and washing liquids.
Love the cute dogs, dangerous to balance the little one on the shoulder...

Krisha said...

Interesting to see a nice mash of different things at this fair.
I would have been interested I the pasta booth too, even if I try not to eat much pasta these days........but I love it when they add veggies to the dough.

Divers and Sundry said...

I enjoy both kinds of fairs. I always see so much.

I saw a sign in front of a booth where the woman was selling Santa ornaments made out of coke cans. I'd wanted to send a photo to a friend I thought might be interested, so I asked the woman why no photos. She said it was because she didn't want anyone stealing her idea roflol! I told her if I could make her ornament myself I wouldn't need the photo, and if I couldn't make it myself the photo wouldn't help me. When I told her why I wanted a picture she said I could take one, but I told her no, that I'd just not tell anybody about her prideful Santa booth ;) Some people are just _weird_ lol

Meggymay said...

Thank you for allowing us to visit with you. The fair as you suggested does look like what we have as farmers markets and it was interesting to see the things they sold. It seems like you and Sally had another lovely day out.
By the way, I smiled at the photo of the man on his bike with the dogs.
Yvonne x

Nancy said...

What a lovely time, and nice assortment of vendors!

sheila 77 said...

Yes, such a contrast to the Art Fair, very different in style and presentation.
Now I'm going in to the Museum.

Jeanie said...

I wondered about the photos, too, Elizabeth. I've had mixed bag results -- not so much about photos in general but anything that looked like it might be up close and too personal.

And it seems like such a difference between an art fair/craft fair and crapht fair -- not to mention a farmers market. I find that certain craft is also art but some, not so much. And it's a thin and probably very subjective line.

Carol said...

Your craft fair reminds me a lot of one of the Farmers Market we have here.. But your beef process are a whole lot better than what we have to pay here for Grass fed. I do pay the price on occasion though because the flavor is so worth it :) The first time I bought the grass fed beef was in hamburger form. That night at supper both Bob and the youngest son commented on how great the burgers were and I should cook them that way all of the time. The only seasoning I had put on it was a bit of salt. I told this was only grass fed beef and the way beef was suppose to taste like.

pearshapedcrafting said...

I really enjoyed seeing these stalls! I think I would have spent quite a bit there! Hugs, Chrisx

pearshapedcrafting said...

I really enjoyed seeing these stalls! I think I would have spent quite a bit there! Hugs, Chrisx

Rita said...

They have craft fairs in malls around here quite often. But they don't sell food at hose usually. Food is at the weekly farmer's markets. They're all fun to go to.