London Arts & Crafts Shows and Sales
Olga Traher organized her very first Craft Show in the basement of Centennial Hall 35 years ago...this was the beginning of the "London Arts and Crafts Shows and Sales". It was a tremendous success and as word of mouth spread about the fine quality of the show, more and more people attended. As more exhibitors participated, the Craft Show outgrew two floors of Centennial Hall and Olga decided to move the event to the Western Fair District.
During the first weekend of December, Olga's Christmas-themed show focuses on Christmas decorations and gift giving ideas. This well attended show is called the "Christmas Craft Festival". It is held annually at the Progress Building at the Western Fair District. It is London's largest Craft Show and Sale with over 150 artisans participating over the four-days. It has truly become a London tradition.
The Spring show was introduced filling a need for vendors that required an outlet during less busy seasons. In order to make a living, craftspeople must be able to sell all year round and not just at peak times. This event is held on Good Friday as a one-day show.
Now joining Olga and working with her, is her son and daughter-in-law. Isabel has been working with Olga since the mid-nineties. More specifically, on the craft shows for the last eleven years. Jeff has joined the team officially four years ago.
These shows are the longest running Arts and Crafts Shows in the London area. Each show has its own venue and proven track record attracting good craftspeople and excellent crowds. Shoppers can find unique hand crafted items varying from: art to wood working, candles to gourmet foods, jewellery to home decor, photography to metal work, pottery to glass.