Craft East Buyers’ Expo

Craft East Buyers’ Expo (formerly known as ACTS) was established over 35 years ago as a vehicle for the purpose of promoting craft, giftware and apparel produced exclusively in the Atlantic Provinces. For three days in February the finest in candles, clothing, food, glass, home decor, jewellery, leather, metal, indigenous fine craft, paintings, paper, pottery, stone, wood and much much more can be seen at the Homewood Suites/Silver Birch Conference Centre in beautiful downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Owned and operated by Craft Alliance ~ Alliance métiers d’arts the Craft East Buyers’ Expo has been bringing retail buyers from across Canada, the United States and other off shore locations. Craft East products are unique and are juried to ensure that standards of excellence are maintained and to guarantee that they are indeed produced and manufactured in Atlantic Canada. Open only to the wholesale trade, Craft East offers retail buyers a truly unique opportunity to source new products from professional producers rarely seen elsewhere.

Craft East continues to grow in the 21st century. The project helps to facilitate the introduction of new giftware producers into the marketplace each year and assists emerging producers and students. The show has also become the first entry point into export marketing for many Atlantic Canadian producers of craft, giftware and apparel.

Craft NB and the New Brunswick Artisans booth at the Craft East Buyers’ Expo

For the past 8 years, in partnership with the Province of New Brunswick, Craft NB has facilitated the New Brunswick Artisans Nouveau-Brunswick booth. This initiative provides participating artists with a low-cost, low-risk transition into the export and wholesale sector as well as training, bilingual marketing materials, a booth space, and support and guidance from past participants and staff. To learn more and apply, contact Craft NB at or call 506 450 8989.


DEADLINE EXTENSION: We have extended the deadline for Craft East applications. New deadline: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 4:30pm


Download Form:

First Year Application: English | Francais

Second Year Returning Application: English | Francais

Third Year Returning Application: English | Francais


Please note: In addition to your 5 images, please provide a sample “catalogue” of items you wish to sell at the Craft East Buyers’ Expo. Include an image, product type (i.e. ‘greeting card’ or ‘scarf’), wholesale price per item, minimum order requirement and suggested retail price.
A word document with a table with the information is fine! Nothing fancy needed!