It's good to see a catagory for the "other" exhibitors.
Not everyone here is a fine artist. Many of us do craft shows. And there are all levels of shows out there, from small shows to Craftsmen's fairs, to shows featuring fine crafts.
BMAC www.buyersmarketofamericancraft.com/ and Smithsonian www.smithsoniancraftshow.org come to mind. Not to mention the oldest show in the nation, The League Of new Hampshire Craftsman's Fair. www.nhcrafts.org These shows are the cream of the crop. Definitely not the norm.
This catagory will start off slow, but will build as time goes by. Maybe it can get rid of a lot of snobbery that crafts are just a notch above flea markets.
I've read where some are upset because there were "country crafts" at a show they were doing. But country crafts are still selling in many parts of this country. Here in New England it's primitive crafts. Colonial work sells in the Mid Atlantic. Floorcloths are very popular.
Are we artists? No. But we work just as hard on our product as anyone else. And professional crafters make every bit the same money as artists. Just in a different market, that's all.
We encounter the same problems as artists do for the most part. Canopies, good/bad promoters, traveling, rejections, wait lists, B/S, (a major problem at craft shows!) placement at the show, etc.