Spring Mini Market - Fountain Square Mall Atrium - 101 W Kirkwood Ave -- April 29th 2017 -- 10-5pm Applications open Feb 20 - March 20 2017
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Applications for the Spring Mini are now CLOSED. Holiday applications will open in late summer/early fall. Please read through the FAQ thoroughly before you apply.
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6Vendor FAQ When and where is the Bloomington Handmade Market held? Our annual holiday show is always on the second Saturday in November from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Monroe Convention Center (302 S. College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana), on the corner of 3rd and College. The Holiday Market apps will open in August.
Our Spring Mini will be held inside the Fountain Square Mall atrium, at 101 W. Kirkwood Ave in downtown Bloomington in 2017 on Saturday, April 29th from 10a-5p.
How can I be a vendor? Applications for our holiday event will be open the month of August. Late or incomplete applications will be not considered. Applications for the Spring Mini will be open from Feb 20 through March 20. How much is the booth fee and how big are the vendor spaces? For the spring mini, the booth fee is $65. Each space is individual and ranges in size from 3'x11' to 5'x8'. You may bring your own table, or rent a 6' table from us for an additional $10. Chairs will not be provided at our spring show. We have room for approx 21 booths.
For our holiday market, the booth fee is $100 (an additional $50 for a corner booth) and the spaces are 10'x8'. You may bring your own table or rent an 8' table from us for an additional $10. Two chairs will be provided for each booth regardless of whether or not you rent a table. We have room for 68 booths.
Booth and application fees are and always have been non-refundable once paid.
Is there electricity and wi-fi at the venue? For the spring mini, wi-fi is sporadic at best, as well as electrical outlets. If you need electricity please indicate this in your application. We cannot promise that you will have electrical access or wi-fi at this event.
For our holiday market, Wi-Fi is free and we will give you the password when you enter the event (in case of emergency, the password is located at the center desk of the Convention Center. Please indicate on your application if you are need of electricity and we will try our best to make that happen.
I don't live in Indiana. Can I apply to be a vendor? Yes! But you are responsible for checking with the Indiana Department of Revenue to make sure you obtain your Sales Tax permit and other relevant tax documents.www.in.gov/dor/index.htm.
Why is the market juried, and how do you decide who is included? The market is juried because of limited space, and because we want to showcase the best of contemporary art and craft in that space! We are looking for unique, contemporary handmade items that push the boundaries of what handmade arts and crafts can be, and we strive to have a wide variety of media. We consider all the applications carefully based on the images you submit and your own description of your work.
When and how will I know if my application was accepted? For our spring mini, we will notify all applicants as regards acceptance into the market via email by March 27th. Your payment ($65 + $10 if you are renting a table) must be received by March 31 or your spot will be given to the next person on the waiting list.
What if I am not accepted? If you are not initially accepted into the fair, we may ask you if you'd like to be put on our waiting list. We inevitably have accepted vendors who are unable to attend, and we ask those who are next on our waiting list to take their place.
Why was I not accepted? We receive many more applications than we have spaces for, which is why the market is a juried event. We strive to have a wide variety, and if we let in 10 people selling greeting cards, none of them is likely to have great sales. Some other reasons why you may not get accepted:
Too much diversity of your products: if you are making both ceramic bowls AND greeting cards, try to focus on one, or have them really relate to each other. Too often we receive applications of people who's work tends to be all over the place.
The use of too many mass-produced materials (buying a chain and stringing mass-produced beads on it, is one example) or using other people's designs (patterns or kits, for example.)
Aesthetics. We're looking for art and craft that is modern, fresh, and innovative. Our vendors often participate in what is known as "indie" craft shows, and BHM is no exception. If you want to get a good idea of what we're looking for, visit our Gallery page, or view our past vendors websites.
Rotation. If you've participated in BHM in the past but didn't get in this time around, it's more than likely because we want to give some new vendors a chance.
Lots of vendors applying within a category. We typically have a lot of applications involving prints and a lot involving jewelry.
If you have any concerns or questions about our application, please feel free to email us! If you're not accepted, don't be discouraged! Come out to BHM and see what the vendors have to offer, and think about applying for next time.
Is my booth fee refundable? Once you are made aware of your acceptance, you must submit your payment by the due date. If payment is not received via PayPal, your spot will immediately be given to the next person on the waiting list. No refunds will be given if you cannot make it. If you must cancel, you forfeit your fee and your space in the show. You may not fill your spot with another vendor. We will offer the space to the next vendor on our waiting list. If you are unable to show up the day of the event and you do not notify us, you will not be asked to participate in our future events.
What does my booth fee cover? For our spring mini, your booth fee covers and indoor space, a light breakfast, as well as a link and photo on our website. Please note that you are responsible for providing your own display items, including a table covering. You may bring your own table, but your set-up must fit strictly within the allotted space.
For our holiday market, your booth fee covers an indoor 10'x8' space, 2 chairs, a light breakfast (usually bagels and fruit), coffee, as well as a link and photo on our website. Please note that you are responsible for providing your own display items, including a table covering. You may bring your own table, but your set-up must fit strictly within the allotted 10'x8' space.
Can I share my booth with a friend? Yes! But each person must submit a separate application with their own images and information. Please indicate on your application who you would like to share with.
Can I have 2 booth spaces for my business? Unfortunately, no. We are cramped for space as it is and want to include as many different vendors as possible!
Do I need a tax number or vendor's permit? Whenever money is exchanged for goods, it's important to have the right permits and keep good records. You can contact the Indiana Department of Revenue to obtain a Sales Tax Collection permit. These permits can be obtained online or by going to the office in person. The cost of the sales tax permit is $25 and is valid for 2 years. You are also responsible for registering your business with the IRS and collecting sales tax for the items you sell. When taxes are due you will have to pay both income tax and sales tax for your craft sales in the state of Indiana. Indiana Department of Revenue: (317)233-4015 or www.in.gov/dor/index.htm IRS: 1-800-829-4933 or www.irs.gov.
What kind of promotions do you do to plug the Bloomington Handmade Market? Online promotions on our website, other websites, social networking sites, etc... Notifying both local and regional press Posters and 2500+ postcards are made and distributed Our mailing list Yard signs at busy intersections around Bloomington Cross promotion
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