Applications Open: February 12
Applications Closed: February 27
Announce Line Up: March 5
Vendor Set Up: May 2, 5-9pm
Vendor Take down, May 5, 5pm-7pm
Hours Show is Open:
Thursday May 3, 10AM – 8PM
Friday May 4, 10AM – 6PM
Saturday May 5, 9AM – 5PM
3′x4′ / $200
3′x6′ / $230
3'x6' + table / $240
3′x8′ / $260 (only 2 available)
Outside Vendor / $220+
Treats on ONE shelf $40 (only 3 available)
Product in a Basket $60 (only 3 available)
No Application Fee!
No Entrance Fee!
Free hugs + taffy!
Must read all vendor rules before applying
very important to read! so grab a drink and lay on the couch.. it's a little wordy!
Our mission is to bring our customers fresh and hip goods, that they can feel comfortable buying for themselves, or gifts for everyone they know! To keep it the cool place to shop, we don't like to have a ton of shops with similar product (what customer/maker is OK with 6 other jewelry shops in the same market?) , and we certainly don't accept styles that we've seen a lot at craft shows.. or out of style.
While looking through applications, we will be choosing a few (maybe just one) maker with each category of items (for instance, if we get 5 applications of leather wallets & purses, we will choose 1 or 2 (max) vendors in this category). It is only fair to the makers- as the customers will get bored and quickly shop through them, rather than taking their time to shop. It also makes each vendor have a successful turnout! Our selection is also based on customer demand. Let’s keep it fresh & innovative.
FRESH + NEW + QUALITY: We expect what you sell to be the best it can be, as well as something customers may have not seen before.
THE BEST SHOP SPACES: We want our Market to only showcase the best designed booths to help sell your beautiful products. You put so much time into making your goods, why not put the time into making your display sell your products correctly??!
Unique: We’re looking for arts and crafts that are out-of-the-ordinary, new, fresh, different, fun, clever, bold, and bright- but most of all… original.
We reserve the right to remove any items that do not fit these criteria. If you bring items that we did not see before hand, we will remove them. Please bring what you apply for, or talk to us before the show if it’s something newer than what was on the application in FEBRUARY. We understand that your creative brains come up with products before the actual show. All we ask is that you tell us what you want to sell- to make sure it's not conflicting with other makers that we've already accepted. This also helps us know where to put you in our actual shopping room. If you are a bath soap maker, and want to slip in some jewelry because your cousin heard you were selling, not ok! Gotta always check with us.
We may ask you if you'd be willing to only sell certain inventory that you apply with, to allow for other makers to be accepted. For instance, you sell silk screen shirts AND shoes, and there's another rad silk screen shirt maker, that only does silk screen shirts.. we would ask if you could only bring your shoes.. and be the only shoe- seller (a.k.a. do really well with sales) so that we can also accept that rad silk screen shirt maker. This is crucial in our acceptance process and definitely helps us stand out from other shows.
Display for Inside Vendors
Booth space is a choice of 3′ x 4′, 3′ x 6,’ or 3′ x 8′ (each is 3 feet in depth, so from your thighs against your table, to the back of your space)
We suggest taking full advantage of vertical space to get the most out of your booth space.
YOU MUST HAVE A BANNER/SIGN/GARLAND (something)..to say what your shop name is. PLEASE!
If you are a first timer to a show, and need help understanding how to display, please consult with us. We want your booth to elevate your products and keep the customer at your table longer than a walk by. Copy + paste this link into your browser.. We have pinned current pictures from our latest markets.. as well as inspirational booths we have found from other markets and shows.
https://www.pinterest.com/mermademarket/ <---- this will help you design your space! Browse around! AVOID THE TABLES (so boring!)
You are responsible for providing everything you’ll need to display your wares. We do not supply tables but CAN rent 3x6's to you.
We offer power and you can be put anywhere on the floor and we can make it work. Just bring your own extension cord with your name on it. Mention you want power, in your application.
Inside Maker Schedule:
Set-Up: Wednesday, May 2 /// 5PM – 9PM
If you show up past 8pm, you will be charged $100. You cannot set up Thursday am. Sorry!
Take-Down: Saturday, May 5 /// 5PM SHARP
You need to be punctual for both.
We will keep your booth neat and well presented throughout the show. Don’t you worry! We want your booth to look fabulous!
We expect to be restocking for you. It's a given with our business model. If you leave extra items under your table or with us in our storage area.. we know to restock for you. Please let us know before hand if that's your plan.. or you are welcome to stop by and do it yourself during the SLOW HOURS. We will kick you out if it's busy. However we ask that you do not stand by your table when you're done restocking... It’s awkward.
"Baked Goods on a Shelf"
You are literally given 1 shelf space (on a book shelf) next to our registers, for your freshly baked goods. These are always super popular & perfect for the grab & go. Should not be priced more than $10. They are replenished often, as they sell out quick, and we definitely recommend you let us use our fridge to store them if you aren't coming by hourly to restock. If you live super far away and don't see yourself coming to restock the fridge/shop space often, we suggest you being an outside vendor. We only choose 3 makers, because we want all of you to sell really well and not give too many options to our customers, as that can be overwhelming when trying to make a quick decision!
Outside Vendors Only
We highly recommend you for sure apply to be an Outside vendor if your product at all, takes some talking about or explaining.
This is a great option for those makers that realllllllly want to be there to sell their products and talk to the customers. But if you'd rather sit in a lawn chair than engage people, we strongly suggest to choose an inside space and let us sell for you. So by choosing "outside vendor" you ARE physically there, selling at your space, [ENGAGING WITH THE CROWD]. If you marked Outside Vendor AS WELL as an inside space, that tells us you are OK with being chosen for either. You cannot do both. But if you really want to be there and sell, make sure you only mark Outside Vendor.
As an outside maker, you keep all your profits. You bring your own table(s), chairs, electrical cords, lights, POS systems. Typically only allowed to sell for one day, but if we get a cancelation, and you had requested more than one day, we'll offer it to you.
You will be given a 6x6 White Mermade EZ UP and given a designated spot on the layout 1-2 weeks prior to the show. The height is about 8 feet when standing inside of it, but about 6.5 high when outside of it.
When the light starts to fade for sunset around 6pm, we suggest turning on your lights so our customers can see your product ! So bring some extension cords (with your name taped to it) and string up some lights or set up some lamps. Take our advice, when makers DON'T bring any lights, they're always the ones bummed out and literally missing out on the party.
*IF IT RAINS (not southern california mist, more like an actual storm & high winds) LONGER THAN 1 HOUR, BEFORE 1PM- AND YOU CHOOSE TO LEAVE, WE WILL REIMBURSE YOU half of what you paid, FOR THE DAY. IF YOU DON'T SHOW UP AT ALL BECAUSE OF RAIN OR CHANCES OF RAIN, WE WILL NOT REIMBURSE YOU. Bottom line: you must show up!
If your product is more than $100, we really suggest you apply as an outside maker!!!
Outside Maker Schedule: (Plan on starting to set up 90 minutes before the show starts. we typically have a line at the door and you don't want to miss out on any sales because you're still setting up.)
May 3: 8:30am sharp
May 4: 8:30am sharp
May 5: 7:30am sharp
We aren't against sharing a shop space with a friend, but please know that your friend needs to also apply separately, and simply put at the bottom of the application, who they want to share with. Also include, that IF your friend DOES NOT get in (because their product may compete with other products we have), that you would be OK to still do the show (or not do the show)... We would rather choose a shop space that stands alone, that have a shared booth with half one product, half another... this rule goes for inside or outside makers.
It's REALLY fun to work this. Most people that work one shift, ask if they can work again or another one before it's over.
We like to hire people that can work more than 1 shift, so there is less training and more working. If you live more than 45 minutes away, ask for a shift knowing that you there may be traffic at 8am, and leave earlier than that. If you don't think you can leave at 7:30, don't ask for a shift.
This is first come, first serve only! If you put on your application that you're willing to work, we will email you in the beginning of April to set up your shift. First ones to email back, will get the shifts, until they're full.
$8 Cash / hour OR $10 Mer-Cash (credit to shop)
You must be happy and willing to work hard!
Mother's Day is May 13, the following Sunday after the show. We really suggest that you have tied up, packaged, ready to gift items for people to buy for their Mama's. And try keeping these under $40!
If you are a company that focuses 70-100% on customizing products, then we recommend definitely being an "outside" seller.
We have had makers spend the time and print out custom forms, but let us tell you, it's really rare we see anyone fill them out. Let us save you the time right now and tell you to either be an outside maker, or just don't print any out. You can always have a sign at your shop space that says something like "We do custom, see our website!".
Only doing 4 Instagram giveaways this show. If you would like to be apart it, please send a square pic of the item you will be giving away, by March 25. If your photo or product isn't that awesome for what we have in mind, we won't choose it. White background, simple is key! Then you will bring that item to the set up day, even if you are an outside vendor for a diff day! Please no mailing your items before hand. If you want us to do a giveaway JUST about your item/shop, the retail MUST be more than $100 and you must give us a choice of a few different items to post.
Your vendor ID will be issued to you when accepted to the market. Then, 2-3 weeks before the show, we let you know how to label your products + make sure that each product you want to sell, is actually in fact, labeled, so we can enter it into the Mermade register.
(ie MM01 $15)
Please have every single item clearly marked with a price and your vendor ID. Please make sure they are large enough to be seen quickly at the registers.
Do NOT have your tag larger than your item you're selling. It never looks good and can be awkward.
Please affix tags neatly and professionally, so they stay put and we can be sure to give you credit for every single sale. If your price isn’t on tag, and there is a line of shoppers, we will have to guess what the price is based on your other items.
IF YOU DO NOT LABEL YOUR PRODUCTS CORRECTLY OR AT ALL, WE WILL TAKE OUT $100 FROM YOUR FINAL PAYMENT.
We are starting to penalize vendors that don't have products marked or in our system. If you forget a price point on your inventory list or you come one night and add a new product and forget to tell us to add it to the system, we will charge you $50.
You must NOT sell your items inside plastic bags.. it looks and feels tacky. Intentions are good, but sales show us that people steer clear of them. However, you MUST provide the customer with some sort of take-home box/baggie to bring with them at the registers. If you do not, we will take $20 off your final sales because we will end up having to provide them. They can't throw in their fragile necklace that will get tangled up in the other merchandise they buy. Moral of the story: LEAVE BAGS OR BOXES FOR THEM AT YOUR SHOP SPACE.
Upon your acceptance, we will send you postcards to share with family, friends, etc. as well as versions to email or post online. Be sure to leverage social media- Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, websites and blogs. The more people that know of the show, the more that will come see your awesomeness. Also, be sure not to advertise too soon or else they will forget or get sick of hearing about it by the time the show starts. 1 month prior is a great go-to.
We do our best to keep your items safe. However, in the event that something goes missing or is broken, we cannot be held responsible. We will have after hours security, and we also monitor the venue during open hours with staff/cameras. Our staff walk the floor constantly with big tags on their shirts.
Costs & Fees
It's FREE to apply! It's also FREE to come shop!
Shop space fees are due no later than 36 hours of being accepted. If you do not pay, we will have give your slot to another willing maker.
No Refunds on payments made.
We take 20% of your gross sales if you're an inside maker.
If you’d like to share a table, one vendor must pay the initial vendor fee and each additional vendor must pay $40. We will only issue your group a single Vendor ID and a single check at the end of the show, so you will be responsible for divvying up your earnings.
We send your payment 15-25 calendar days starting the day after the show is over. We send using PayPal only. If you don't have an account, sign up now!
We used to set up for you out-of-town vendors, but then it became more hectic than we thought and we couldn't make your booth space as beautiful as you would have done yourself. If you're dying to be in the show, get a friend that lives nearby to set it up for you!