The Tiny Expo is a gem of an indie arts and crafts fair for vendors with original and unexpected products that make wonderful gifts but may not be an obvious fit for Ann Arbor’s mainstream art fairs. Shoppers who crave artistic, high quality products with diverse price points will find a rich variety of unique, handmade products to choose from.
Tiny Expo was founded in 2010 by artists who longed to have a holiday crafts fair similar to DIYipsi in their area.The artists approached the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) in 2014 to take over the event, and Tiny Expo has been hosted and organized by the downtown branch ever since. Tiny Expo has steadily grown in popularity, and this year the AADL received a record-breaking 190 booth applications. Forty-nine were accepted, many of them new, offering items ranging from silk screen tea towels and t shirts to plush toys, ceramics, knitted goods and wall art.
Amanda Schott, Library Technician and co-organizer of the Tiny Expo, says “There is nothing like buying a beautiful, one-of-a-kind craft directly from the person who made it.” Seeing so many beautiful crafts may inspire some to get creative themselves. This year, Schott and her colleagues decided to offer patrons the chance to make their own creations. Alongside the Expo, the Library will provide hands-on, family-friendly activities like silk screening and paper crafts. All activities, together with admission to the fair, are free.