Yay, time for another COEX post! New fairs come to the the COEX every week so you can definitely find something that interests you if you want to attend. I always browse through the list and bookmark the ones that look interesting, if you book early you can usually get in free! Last July there was the annual Handmade Korea Fair. Think of it like a huge expo with a ton of Etsy sellers. If you are looking for something homemade, you will find it here!
Most of the sellers are grouped according to what they are, so you will find the woodwork in one area, the baby stuff in another area, etc. There are so many amazing artists here! A lot of them were still crafting their items right there at their booth so you could really see the hard work they put into making their stuff.
The prices were a little steep but it’s to be expected for handmade products. I didn’t have tons of money to spend but I found plenty of cheaper items to buy. The original artwork was amazing but expensive. Thankfully there were a lot of printed art of the originals on postcards and the like so I could still take some home! Most of the postcards had awesome designs and were only $1.
There were a lot of practical things to buy too. There were stuffed toys galore! One of the most popular booths had cute wooden plaques for your car that they attached wooden numbers to list your phone number. In Korea they usually place these in their cars because their parking is crazy crowded so sometimes you need to call a car’s owner to move their car from blocking something.
I felt like I was browsing pinterest at some of the booths. There were so many baby booths with the cutest stuff ever. It made me wish I had a kid so I could buy everything! The mason jar lighting looked so pretty. There were a lot of international artists participating too.
Knitted bears in pots! Ahh, I wanted these so badly! There was so many cute things here.
Engraved stamps are important in Korea and families have stamps with their family name to sign important documents. It’s kind of like a signature. You can get a ton of cute stamp designs with your name on the bottom, or anything you’d like written there!
There were even some homemade baked goods. I was surprised to see the little pie shop across from my school at the fair too! It was a really good deal because usually their pies are $30 and you can’t just buy a slice. It was nice to try a slice of each pie instead of having to buy the whole pie without knowing if you like it or not!
A big part of the fair is the mural portion of the fair. I can’t wait to showcase some of their awesome creations on my next blog post. Look forward to it! 😉
If you want to check out the current events happening at the COEX, you can find it here.
Q: What was your favorite craft from the expo? Do you know any cute Korean Indie brands?