“OOAK” stands for “one of a kind,” which is an acronym that is widely used on the Internet by artists who make original items such as jewelry, artist dolls, fashion dolls, reborn baby dolls, sculptures, and clothing.
OOAK Arts and Crafts Alabama is a collection of independent artists, crafters, and designers in the Alabama area who sell their wares on Etsy.com and other venues.
It was founded in 2011 to collectively promote businesses and spread the word about the benefits of buying handmade products.
We want to increase the marketplace participation of handmade goods. We strive to make this happen by creating an environment where everyone can communicate, network, and form friendships around their common interests as well as holding community craft fairs promoting artists, crafters, and creators.
We invite you to come out to our events and to support local artists and crafters.
Please feel free to drop by and or join our Etsy Team!
OOAK Alabama Etsy Craft Party
The Etsy Craft Party is just around the corner, so grab your party hat and join us to celebrate creativity and community in Auburn , Al on Saturday, June 18, 2011(which just so happens to be Etsy’s birthday!). We’ll have a few crafting stations set up for you to paint, decorate, and make your own souvenirs, as well as snacks and drinks to boot.
Here is the knitty gritty…
When: Saturday, June 18, 2011. Drop in anytime between 10-5 p.m.
Where: Village Mall, Auburn Alabama
Who: You! And a slew of local artists and crafters.
What to Bring: Feel free to bring a snack or drink to share and/or a project to work on.
I recently applied for an Etsy Team Grant for OOAK Alabama and was awarded a grant ! Yippee!!! What this means to you? Any OOAK Alabama team member as of April 29, 2011 can select any two of the following venue dates at no cost at Village Mall in Auburn, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20 , or Sept 17, 2011 (you still have to pay 8 percent sales tax on what you sell). Complete the online application at OOAK http://www.ooakalabama.com and email me to waive your fee for your selected dates! But I do need to hear from you before May 10, 2011 – please let me know as soon as possible! I am so excited for our team! We can really promote local crafts folks!
OCT, NOV, DEC 2011 Holiday Shows!
Hello everyone. I just thought I’d post a reminder to anyone who is still interested in the shows for Oct, Nov, and Dec shows at Village Mall. I need the fees and contracts by June 30th to confirm your space . After June 30th, I will still take last minute contracts and fees if there is space available. October 22 will be a great time at the mall, there is a home football game in Auburn and you know how many folks that brings to the mall, November 26 is the best shopping day for everyone right after Thanksgiving, and of course the Dec 17, 2011 date is the last saturday before Christmas If you are interested in the shows, e-mail me at http://ooakalabama.com The fees are $165 for all 3 dates for Etsy team members as of June 30, 2011 – After June 30, 2011 the fees will increase to offset the costs of the holiday shows! Have a great weekend!!!