Yesterday, through an email exchange, someone referred to our MADE SOUTH Market event as a “craft fair.”
Right off the bat, before I share with you how I responded, I want to make two things really clear.
First, I have no issues with craft fairs, the vendors who set up at them, or the guests who attend them. None.
Second, the person who said this is someone I respect. I’ve never met them personally, but I’ve admired their work (and attitude) from afar for quite some time. They’re good people, they do good work, they weren’t saying it maliciously, and honest-to-goodness I didn’t take it as an insult and I’m not angry about it. Not the least bit.
Now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way, I’d like to share my response, word-for-word:
I appreciate the response. And I do understand where you’re coming from.
Respectfully though, we don’t produce craft fairs. We produce great shopping experiences where a growing community of people who love the South and small business can come together and shop with the finest makers and artisans in our region. It’s a movement, and if you ever change your mind, we’d love to have you.
Our goal with any MADE SOUTH Market event is to bring together what we consider to be some of the finest makers and artisans in all the South and get thousands of folks who love the South and small business as much as we do to show up and connect with these makers personally and SPEND MONEY. I will never apologize for that. These are REAL PEOPLE trying to build something for themselves, and we want our events to have a positive impact on them and their businesses.
It is a movement. I believe that to my core. And I hope you want to be a part of it.
See y’all soon.