Get ready, crafty people: Pinners Conference is coming back to Indianapolis. This event brings the latest online DIY, home decor, and cooking trends to life with 150 shopping booths and 100 hands-on classes taught by experts from Indiana and nationwide over the course of two days. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased at the door or online in advance.
Indy Maven spoke with Roxanne Bennett, a co-owner of Pinners Conference, and Furkan Keskin Amonett, an Indiana-based business owner who will have a booth at the event, to learn more about what to expect.
Roxanne Bennett, Co-Owner of the Pinners Conference and Owner of Bennett Events:
Q. You clearly know how to put on a fabulous event. Can you tell us more about how Pinners Conference came to be, and what guests can expect at this year’s event in Indianapolis?
We had been running local events for a few years when we realized there was a huge hole in the event market, and that’s why we started Pinners Conference. We knew there were fun conferences for businesses and bloggers, but no affordable experience for the general public to learn, create, and connect face-to-face until Pinners Conference. Pinners is an experience that brings Pinterest — and really all the inspirational things we discover online — to life! Women can come learn something new, create something cool, connect with one another and truly have some fun.
We bring local and national experts in to teach more than 100 classes over the course of the two days on popular Pinterest trends. Attendees can pick which classes they take and have hands-on experiences on topics like DIY, crafts, cooking, baking, fashion, beauty, home decor, and so much more. And the best part of these classes is that you’re not going to fail. Our presenters are there guiding you every step of the way to ensure everything you try is a total win!
All of these classes are in addition to a full trade show floor where you can come shop from 150 incredible vendor booths and browse some of the cutest, trendiest products online. You are not going to want to miss it. It’s absolutely incredible!
Furkan Keskin Amonett, owner of The Mulberry Treehouse:
Q. How did you start your business?
I am a mom of twin boys and felt inspired to start The Mulberry Treehouse after watching them play, explore and imagine with open-ended wooden toys. I saw how much they enjoyed playing with these toys as their imagination blossomed. I curate a collection of handcrafted, heirloom-quality toys that can be passed down and cherished for years of playtime. These toys are created with safe, environmentally friendly materials by local artisans around the world.
Q. What sort of products do you offer?
I offer a variety of high-quality toys for all ages of children. I carry the best-known brands of high-quality wooden toys such as Grapat, Fagus, Raduga Grez, and Wooden Story, as well as amazing small shop toy makers from around the world. We carry wooden rainbows, stacking blocks, animal figures, felt toys, puzzles, wooden vehicles, pretend play sets, number and alphabet trays, rainbow sensory boards, and alphabet puzzles.
Q. Why did you decide to be a part of this year’s Pinners Conference in Indiana, and what aspect of the conference are you most excited about?
I think the Pinners Conference offers vendors and the public a great opportunity to shop and learn while being inspired. I look forward to sharing our amazing and unique toys at this wonderful event.
Stephanie Groves is the Executive Editor of Indy Maven she loves the idea of crafting but never actually gets around to doing much of it.