|Updated: 11/16/2012 4:12 pm
||Published: 11/15/2012 4:27 pm
Heart of Tulsa is presented annually in July and November by An Affair of the Heart, the largest arts, crafts and antiques show in Oklahoma.
The show will take place at the QuikTrip Center at Expo Square in Tulsa, located at 21st and Yale. For more information, visit www.heartoftulsa.com. . The show takes up the entire upper level of the QuikTrip Center, and more than 25,000 guests are expected to shop the Heart of Tulsa on Nov. 16-18. $7 per ticket, tickets are good for all three days of the show.
Premiering in 1995, Heart of Tulsa has grown into a unique marketplace where local and national crafters, artisans, boutique owners and collectors can share and sell their products with the general public.
The three-day shopping event features unique, one-of-a-kind and often handmade items from jewelry and handbags to furniture, clothing and gourmet foods. It is a rare opportunity to shop for home goods, clothing, jewelry and more from more than 405 independent retailers in one building.
In 1985 the first Affair of the Heart show took place in Oklahoma City attracting 60 booths and 800 attendees. The name “An Affair of the Heart” grew out of the common love for crafting and shopping of the eight women who organized the first show and every show there after. Their goal was to create a fun shopping experience that has become a tradition for generations of women.
In 1995 the show was expanded to the Tulsa market. The logo and show name, Heart of Tulsa, was altered slightly to distinguish between the two cities, but is still run solely by four of the original eight owners. Thus, the same model is applied and showcased in both cities.
The products shown in the segment will be available for purchase at the Heart of Tulsa show, Nov. 16-18, at the QuikTrip Center. Many of our vendors are local boutique owners or artisans and the items can be found in/around Tulsa, as well.
Heart of Tulsa is not your grandmother’s craft show. It truly is a marketplace that offers high quality and desired merchandise, some of which is handmade. The market for arts and crafts has changed significantly. The traditional crafters are now exhibiting alongside a younger generation of artisans. Hand-made items are still valued, but young retailers can also showcase their goods and products with or without a storefront.
What hasn’t changed, is Heart of Tulsa’s commitment to showcasing talented artisans, crafters and independent retailers to the public in support of their crafts and the industry.
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Heart of Tulsa is a great opportunity to shop locally. Many of these vendors are from Tulsa, from our state or from nearby. Support local business and enjoy a weekend in air-conditioned comfort while shopping!
Categories of products available at Heart of Tulsa (a full vendor list is available on www.heartoftulsa.com):
• pet supplies
• sporting goods