Monday, November 14, 2016

Holiday Crafterino 2016 is almost here!

The Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart presents its eighth annual “Holiday Crafterino” show, Sunday, November 27th from 11am to 4pm at the The Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building. Each year the show celebrates the best in local handmade crafts and gifts while raising funds to support Petaluma’s own COTS, Committee on the Shelterless. Here is where to find something for everyone on your holiday gift list! This much anticipated tradition has grown to become the premier local handmade event, filled to the brim with cheer and goodwill.

Initiated in 2009 by several crafty gals, the Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart continues to offer Sonoma County an unparalleled collection of hand made goods and wares. The Holiday Crafterino is a unique opportunity for shoppers to do good by supporting local organizations. For the eighth year in a row, the event will raise funds for COTS, the local homeless service provider in Petaluma. COTS offers help and hope to the homeless population by providing safe shelter and housing, teaching financial literacy, case management, positive parenting classes, work-force preparedness, and helping people get back under a roof of their own. Additionally, COTS provides 124,000 hot meals and over 750,000 pounds of food delivered to those most in need within our community annually.

The storied Holiday Crafterino raffle is not to be missed. Local business owners spread the Holiday cheer by donating to the hourly raffle baskets which are chock full of local treasures and services from shops including StitchCraft, Copperfields, Heebe Jeebes and iLeoni. All raffle ticket donations go to COTS. To date this event has raised nearly $12,000 for the charity and hopes to donate even more this year. For the first time, the event will be hosted on a Sunday so as to not conflict with Santa’s riverboat arrival Saturday. “The 2016 Holiday Crafterino will be are largest yet! The Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building’s two large auditoriums and lobby will be full of food, fair and fun. We will host 70 well curated vendors and feature yummy local food trucks to help fuel the shopping frenzy,” shared organizer Melissa Abercrombie. Vendors will be selling everything from spices, art prints, jewelry and bath products to clothing, ceramics and more. Some of our fabulous vendors included Bird vs. Bird, Ricky Watts, Sonoma Spice Queen, Cookie and the Dude, and Griffin Map Design. The first 100 attendees will receive a fabulous and reusable silk-screened gift bag stuffed with goodies from local artists and businesses.

The Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart is organized by a group of local artisans: Nicole Pacheco of StitchCraft, Melissa Abercrombie of Blue Ribbon Salvage, Tami Lovett-Brumfeld of The Felt Baron, and Alice Kelzer of Alice Frost Studio. Shopping local is fun and convenient at this one stop holiday shopping experience!

Admission: $1 donation
Free Parking
For further information please contact:

Monday, September 5, 2016


We are now accepting vendor applications for the EIGHTH annual PDCM Holiday Crafterino! This year's show will be held Sunday, November 27th from 11am to 4pm at Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building. For the past seven years our holiday shows have been wonderfully successful with very happy vendors and shoppers and we are looking forward to an even bigger turnout this year! This year we return to the beautiful Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building!

Crafterino is also a major fundraiser for COTS – The Committee on the Shelterless. COTS provides meals and beds for people in need in the Petaluma area. To date we have raised over $10,000 for COTS and we continue to support them by donating all raffle ticket sales and door fees to them.

Since we get many more applications than we have available spaces, this event is juried. We carefully make sure that we have a variety of products that are original, well made and appealing to our customers. All items must be handmade. No imports!

Booths can be shared by a maximum of 2 vendors. The booths are 10' wide by 6' deep and includes an 8' foot table and 2 chairs. If sharing a space, fill out one application for the whole booth with info on all vendors who will be participating but designate one person as the main contact.

It is $175 to apply. Vendors must donate either 25 pieces of swag to our popular swag bags that are given away to the first 100 shoppers in the door or an item to our raffle with a minimum retail value of $50. Once we receive your swag items or raffle item then you will be refunded $50 so the booth spaces are $125. If you choose not to participate in the swag bags or raffle then your booth price is $175.
Electricity is available for an additional $25 fee. Please pay for electricity together with your booth fee. Please let us know if you need electricity and we will make sure to place you near an outlet.
If you are not accepted into the show then your fee will be refunded when notifications go out. You may pay your booth fees through PayPal. Our PayPal address is If you don't have a PayPal account you can use a credit card through PayPal. It is safe and secure. Once you have been accepted, booth fees are non-refundable.

Application deadline is Friday, October 7th at midnight. Acceptance emails will be sent on Monday, October 10th.  
All swag items and raffle items are due on Friday, November 18th. The swag bags and raffle are one of the most popular parts of our show and bring in a huge crowd of shoppers. Event goes on rain or shine. There will be no refunds for inclement weather.

Ready to apply? Great! To apply, send an email to with the following info:
Your name
Company name
Phone number
Email address
A 2 to 3 sentence description about what you make (this will be used for promotion so please phrase things exactly how you would like them to appear on our website.)
3 photos (these will be used on our website for promotion)
A link to your website
Any special or unusual display set up? Do you need electricity?

If you have any questions, please send us an email!