About This Event
An Affair of the Heart, voted 2016’s #1 contemporary craft show in the country by vendor ballots cast through Sunshine Artist magazine, will return to the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Mo., Sept. 7-9.
An Affair of the Heart is a handmade, boutiques and gourmet market that started over 30 years ago in Oklahoma. It is now the largest and longest running show of its kind in the state, and was recently named the #1 contemporary craft show in the country by the industry’s leading publication, Sunshine Artist magazine.
The second annual Springfield show will feature approximately 150 booths of handmade, boutiques and gourmet food items including everything from jewelry and up-cycled furniture to clothing, home décor, handcrafted lotions and soaps and much more. The vendors represent 15 states traveling to Springfield to sell their goods over three days. The show provides shoppers with a unique opportunity to browse 150 pop-up shops from across the nation selling unique, one-of-a-kind items celebrating the craft, skill, art and style of the vendor.
“The popularity of sites like Pinterest and Etsy have created a renewed interest in locally-made and unique goods,” said Eleanor Blakeman, founding partner. “Shows like An Affair of the Heart offer shoppers a way to view these goods in person while still supporting local and regional talent.
“We’re excited to bring the show to Springfield because we feel like there’s a strong arts and crafts community here and a desire to support local makers like those featured in our shows.”
In 1985 the first An Affair of the Heart show took place in Oklahoma City attracting 60 booths and 800 attendees. In 1995, the franchise was expanded to Tulsa. By 2007, a second show was added in Tulsa. In 2019, there will be three shows a year each in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and one show in Springfield, Mo.
The An Affair of the Heart shows are committed to showcasing talented artisans, crafters and independent retailers to the public in support of their crafts and the entire arts and crafts industry.
Show times are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door and each ticket is good for all three days. Kids 12 and under get in free. For more information or to purchase tickets online visit aaoth.com.