Applications Open: Sep 18-Oct 2
Announce Line Up: October 7th
Vendor Set Up: December 7, 5-9pm
Maker Take down, December 9, 5pm-7pm
Hours Show is Open:
Thursday December 8, 10AM – 7PM
Friday December 9, 10AM – 6PM
Saturday December 10, 9AM – 5PM
3′x4′ / $200
3′x6′ / $230
3'x6' / $240 (rent a table from us -3x6 only)
3′x8′ / $250
Outside Vendor / $200+
Outside Vendor (Rent Tables- $20 each)
Shelf for Treats- $40
No Application Fee!
No Entrance Fee!
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 fresh, we don't accept old makers, and we certainly don't accept styles that we've seen a lot at craft shows.. or out of style.
If you have not been to one of our shows before, you must know it's different than many shows you may have been to. The inside of our market, that houses 45-60 makers' shops, are NOT there to sell their items. They come set up the night before the show starts, and leaves it there, with our staff at the registers. For those that don't vibe with that, you have the option to sell outside and be present for it. The only drawback is you're not there all 3 days.. and you have to be present for it. The inside is nice because we take care of all the selling and payment for you, while you still have your life at home or can keep your day job for 3 days. Customers love the mix of both.. so can't go wrong!
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!
MAKERS (inside) DO NOT STAY AT BOOTHS TO SELL. Customers shop with our baskets and come to the registers at the end to purchase their collection. Makers OUTSIDE, keep all their profits.
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 BOOTHS: 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 SEPT. 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.
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). This is crucial in our acceptance process and definitely helps us stand out from other shows.
Booth space is a choice of 3′ x 4′, 3′ x 6,’ or 3′ x 8′ (this is 3 feet in depth, from your legs 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!
You are responsible for providing everything you’ll need to display your wares- we do not supply tables although we CAN rent 3x6s to you.
We offer power but you need to mention it on your application that you need to be somewhere near an outlet..
Outside Vendors Only
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.
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 then 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. 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. You can choose which day you want to be there. If we have slots open, we will let you sell more than 1 day.
We expect you to stay with your space the duration of the show hours, and show up before the show opens. You are allowed to leave once it's dark, we still get shoppers that come once kids are asleep or husbands are home from work. but it's not well lit enough for everyone to see your products once the sun sets.
*IF IT RAINS (not southern california mist) LONGER THAN 1 HOUR, BEFORE 1PM- AND YOU CHOOSE TO LEAVE, WE WILL REIMBURSE YOU FOR THE DAY. IF YOU DON'T SHOW UP AT ALL BECAUSE OF RAIN OR CHANCES OF RAIN, WE WILL NOT REIMBURSE YOU.
It's REALLY fun to work this. Time flies by, and it's so fun to see what the mer-customers are shopping for!
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 July to set up your shift. First ones to email back, will get the shifts.
$8 Cash / hour OR $10 Mer-Cash (Credit to shop)
We like to hire people that can work more than 1 shift, so there is less training and more working.
You must be happy and willing to work hard!
Many makers ONLY do Holiday shows because they know customers are more excited to spend their money for gifts. This is also a great chance to get creative with your products and wrap up your items with simple ribbon & cute paper, so they can grab and go, already wrapped. If you are a sign maker, another great idea is to do decor for the holidays (New Years Eve, Christmas, Hannukah..)
If you offer custom pieces online, don't fret, you can still offer them at the show! Just make sure they fill out whatever they need to fill out, and have them bring it to use to ring up. You would label the papers, with price tags, just as you would any other labeled product. And we will then put it in a special place for you to pick up afterwards.
If you are a company that focuses 90-100% on customizing products, then we recommend definitely being an "outside" seller.
If you would like to be apart of our Instagram giveaways, please send a square pic of the item you will be giving away, by Nov 1. 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.
Inside Maker Schedule:
Set-Up: Wednesday, Dec 7 /// 5PM – 9PM
If you show up past 8pm, you will be charged $100. Also, you cannot set up Thursday am. Sorry!
Take-Down: Saturday, Dec 10 /// 5PM SHARP
You need to be punctual for both.
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 it starts to take over the actual product.
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 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 paln.. 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.
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.
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, Vine, 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.
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.
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!