MAKER INFO

MARKETS FOR MAKERS

APPLY NOW TO OUR 2021 MARKETS

2021 BOOTH SIZES + PRICES

SPACES DO NOT INCLUDE TABLES OR CHAIRS.

MIAMI

MOORE BUILDING – MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT
11AM-6PM SAT (FIRST HOUR FOR VIPS)
12PM-6PM SUN

JULY 10+11 *SOLD OUT*
OCTOBER 9+10
NOVEMBER 6+7
TENTATIVE DECEMBER 11+12

OCT + NOV PRICING

6X6 INDOOR TABLE SPACE
$375 Saturday + Sunday
OPTIONAL: $150 1st floor upgrade (size is 6’x4′ on 1st floor)

10×8 INDOOR BOOTH SPACE
$600 Saturday + Sunday
OPTIONAL: $200 1st floor upgrade

JACKSONVILLE

THE GLASS FACTORY
10AM-5PM SAT (FIRST HOUR FOR VIPS)
11AM-5PM SUN

OCT 16+17
NOV 20+21

OCT + NOV PRICING

6X4 INDOOR TABLE SPACE
$350 Saturday + Sunday

10×8 INDOOR BOOTH SPACE
$600 Saturday + Sunday

CHICAGO

ARTIFACT EVENTS
10AM-5PM SAT (FIRST HOUR FOR VIPS)
11AM-5PM SUN

JUNE 26+27 *SOLD OUT*
OCT 23+24

OCT PRICING

6X4 INDOOR TABLE SPACE
$350 Saturday + Sunday

10×8 INDOOR BOOTH SPACE
$700 Saturday + Sunday

WHAT OUR MAKERS SAY

Wildy Belle

There are no words to express how much I loved being part of this past market for makers. The level of organization is incredible. The team’s first priority is to have a successful event for all vendors and they take care of every single detail. It takes a lot run this kind of event during COVID-19 times but the Markets for Makers team made us all feel safe. Markets for Makers is a great platform to showcase your products, I met amazing customers and made significant business contacts. And I really enjoy meeting other amazing vendors. Thank you Natalie & Team for allowing us to have a space again during this hard time for small business.

The Social Dawg

This was our first Markets for Makers events and we hope it was our first of many. Our overall experience was delightful, from the pre-market interactions with the organization to their support during the event. They went above and beyond to make sure that everyone had the best experience possible. We were overwhelmed with all the positive feedback and enjoyed our experience with all the amazing vendors and customers throughout the two day event. Looking forward to attending more events in the future!

Le Coco Candles

My first Market for Makers event and I am beyond happy. Their organization, curation of makers, venue and engagement with the crowd they bring is fantastic. As a new maker with a small business and at the beginning as an attendee at a handful of events, I can see the difference. Their team is well organized and attentive. With COVID, they took all precautions to take care of us makers, their staff and attendees. It exceeded my expectations and can’t wait to be part of another one.

Serabondy

Markets for Makers is the best organization for small business owners to reach both existing and new customers. The way they organize their venues, parking, location, music, food and beverage is amazing. It is a lot of work but they make it look like effortless. They are always around to help and answer questions. Every team member is positive, helpful and super friendly! Thank you for supporting our small businesses!

Munai

Market for Makers ha sido siempre una experiencia increíble y se la recomiendo a todos los amigos que tengo, por la cantidad de gente que asiste, que son personas interesadas en lo que es hecho a mano, que vienen a comprar no solo a ver. La verdad hacen muy buen trabajo con el marketing!

Tiramisu Paperie

Market for Makers is clearly about the maker. They believe in us as vendors and want to see us grow and succeed. Natalie and her team are welcoming, professional and beyond helpful. I love working with them and have for the past few years. Every show is more successful for our company.

Ganapati Crafts Co.

Finally there’s an event company that knows how to promote an event properly in 21st century! Markets for Makers does an awesome job with online marketing. Thank you for providing social media marketing kits for vendors. It makes it so much easier advertising the events!

CREO Healing Jewelry

Markets for Makers is more than just a market, it’s a great community of people focused on supporting small businesses, and a well-curated place where you find the most innovative and finest makers. I’m more than honored to have been part of this market!

Maco MadeinColombia

Markets for Makers has been crucial in my business success. I love the organization of the event; Natalie and her crew carefully plan and develop every aspect of the market to make vendors and attendees’ experience unforgettable.

Mele Art & Design

Participating in Markets for Makers is always a great experience! The organization, the communication, the high level of the makers makes this bazaar one of the best! I have been participating in their events for 3 years and whenever I can, I will continue!

AUDIENCE BREAKDOWN:

Average Attendance

3,000-6,000+

Total Past Attendees

150,000+

Average Ad Reach Per Campaign:

1.3 MILLION

Marketing Avenues

100% DIGITAL

Instagram Followers

86,000+

Facebook Followers

30,000+

DEMOGRAPHICS:

FEMALE / MALE

88%

24-54 years old

77%

Annual household income of at least:

$50,000

$100,000

$150,000

OUR COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS

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MAKER AND ATTENDEE SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY.

As laws and regulations are continuously changing, we will be following the latest CDC, local and state guidelines in each city. This may include:

    • MASKS FOR UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS
    • TEMPERATURE CHECKS FOR ALL
    • HAND SANITIZING STATIONS
    • TIME-SLOT TICKETS
    • LIMITED CAPACITY
    • ENHANCED CLEANING

FAQ

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

In order to get back to markets, we are taking safety precautions seriously so that we can host our market safely for both Makers and attendees. This list may be updated in the future as CDC, local and state guidelines change:

  • Face masks may be required for attendees and makers at all times.
  • Temperature checks will be performed at the door for both makers and attendees.
  • Our team will provide hand sanitizer at the door but hand sanitizer must be at every maker’s booth. 
  • Capacity will be monitored.  We will sell tickets with time slots to ensure that our normal crowd is spaced out throughout the day without causing a long line at the door.
  • We highly suggest that makers clean their spaces throughout the day and have plexiglass barriers at checkout.
  • Makers must work within CDC guidelines for food sampling and “smell” tests (for products like candles).
  • You are responsible for ensuring social distancing and safe practices at your booth space.

COVID policies:

In the unlikely event that the market is canceled/postponed due to government-imposed COVID-19 ordinances, your payment will be converted to a credit that can be used at any of our markets (live or virtual) for up to 2 years from the purchase date. Refunds are not possible due to the financial obligations and time Markets for Makers takes on as event organizers. (Please see FAQ, “What does it take to put on a market?”)

You may not come to the market if you have been exposed to, have, or exhibit COVID-19 symptoms and if you have been exposed or have COVID-19, you must wait until you have a doctor’s note saying you are safe to attend.

Given current events, you should plan ahead in case anyone on your team contracts COVID-19, so that your company can still attend the market (i.e. having additional staff in case someone is sick or caring for a sick person) as we do not offer refunds and expect makers to have planned ahead. It takes a LOT to put on a market so having our makers come fully prepared is incredibly important to the success of this event for everyone including attendees.

Disclaimer: Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during the market but ask you to take the above precautions to greatly decrease any possibility of exposure.

What does it take to put on a market?

So that makers can understand our refund policies on all that it takes to put on a market, we went through all of the tasks of what we do behind the scenes to make sure your market experience is flawless. We believe any successful event is 90% preparation, 9% execution, and 1% caffeine.

The tasks that our small but mighty team carries out to prep for a single market:

Makers

  • Designing and setting up paid promotion for Maker application ads, so you are surrounded by good quality makers.
  • Reviewing 100’s-1000’s applications and selecting quality makers.
  • Coordinating and preparing info for makers.
  • Handling thousands of incoming questions and coordination details.
  • Coordinating 100+ accepted makers.
  • Researching and reaching out to Makers in categories that are not as full so there is a variety of quality makers.

Planning/Venue

  • Scouting and finding premiere venues that align with our values.
  • Handling contracts and insurance with the venues.
  • Coordinating venue logistics.
  • Handling hundreds of to-do actions for the market’s design, decor, and supplies.
  • Promoting, interviewing, hiring, and training market staff.
  • Coordinating photographers and photography packages.
  • Coordinating travel, hotels, and transporting our supplies to and from the venue.
  • Several months out from a market we order totes and pay venue rental fees.

Marketing

  • Designing promotional material months in advance. 
  • Scheduling, posting, and engaging in social media.
  • Creating an engaging website to promote the market to makers and sell tickets to our event.
  • Creating, running, and monitoring daily about 30+ ads in various formats to all platforms.
  • Coordinating and inviting influencers.

Day-of

Market days are a small portion of what it takes to put on a market. 

  • Setting up decor, DIY stations, taping out maker spaces, ticketing, and photo stations.
  • Loading in 100+ hungry and caffeine-deprived makers.
  • Market days consist of maintaining entrances/exits and capacity in the building, keeping everyone happy, and troubleshooting.
  • Preparing thousands of bags and distribute them to thousands of attendees.
  • Handling attendee questions online and at the market.

Post-market

  • Reposting content, liking, and commenting on all social media of the market.
  • Sending surveys to past makers and attendees.
  • Meetings reviewing ways we can improve for our next market.
  • Logging and paying all expenses, taxes, and business fees.

What should I bring to the market?

Makers will be provided a space and should bring tables, chairs and displays.

If you are attending one of our outdoor events, you should bring your own tent or umbrella and weights. If you are attending one of our indoor events, you will not need a tent, umbrella or weights.

A full checklist of what you can bring to a market can be found by CLICKING HERE. You can sign into Canva to create a custom copy for yourself. Please note, this is a general checklist so if we have a market indoors, you do not need to bring a tent, and will want to modify this list for the specific market.

How do you advertise the markets?

If there’s one thing our team knows how to do, it is marketing. Our founder’s background is in online marketing, social media marketing, and branding. With her years of expertise, she has been able to successfully launch 6 cities in the past two years with over 80 successful markets under her belt.

Our team strategically utilizes our budget in the areas that have seen the most impact and results. These areas include:
• Facebook Ads
• Instagram Ads – both in news feeds and on “stories”
• Influencers are a huge piece of our marketing puzzle

Our makers comment time and time again on how they see our ads everywhere the week of an event. This is due to the fact that we reserve at least 70% of our budget within 10-14 days of the market including a budget reserved for the day on Saturday to help keep our Sunday crowd strong.

What qualifies as a Maker? Are food and drinks allowed?

Makers are artists, writers, photographers, collectors, and designers, they are the creators and dreamers that are driven to create the next great brands of the future.

We accept applications from makers with:

  • Vintage or antique collectibles
  • High-quality craft and handmade items
  • Up-cycled or restored salvage
  • Artists
  • Up-and-coming brands

We do not accept makers with:

  • Direct sales & multi-level marketing (Mary Kay, LulaRoe, It Works, LipSense, Scentsy, etc).
  • Wholesale distributors (This is in contrast to a boutique)
  • Franchises
  • Products using licensed imagery and brands. (Products with other brand’s logos or insignias, movies, tv shows, universities, etc.) Fanart is acceptable, but a clear modification of various logos and characters is not normally accepted.

We are a family-friendly event and do not accept makers or products with:

  • Weapons
  • Products with hateful and divisive messages
  • Drug paraphernalia/products and messaging that promote drugs
  • Curative products like CBD oils or pain relievers

Food & Drinks

At this time, food and drinks that are consumed in the market are not allowed. Foods that are packaged to be taken outside of the market and consumed are allowed.  This is due to the fact that we want all attendees to keep their masks on as much as possible and we are not sure that we will have designated food/drink areas inside the market due to the space we will need to provide for social distancing.

How are Makers evaluated and selected?

Our aim is to select Makers we feel have the most potential for brand growth and wish to get exposure at our markets to get to the next level.

Makers are judged on the following criteria:

Pre-selection

  • Products: Products are reviewed on quality and uniqueness. We review product packaging and branding, and look for an overall cohesive brand aesthetic. We prioritize handmade items.
  • Booth display: Please see our Pinterest board for what we are looking for. We expect each booth within the market to feel like its own experience.
  • Online presence: Our team review’s a company’s website for ease of use, branding and e-commerce capabilities. We also review applicant’s social media accounts for: following, growth, and engagement (including Instagram and Facebook).

During the market our team is looking for the following qualities in Makers to be invited back:

  • General good vibes and attitude
  • Engagement and attentiveness with shoppers
  • Promotional efforts online
  • Booth display
  • Adherence to schedules (payment, load-in, load-out)
  • Good communication
  • Maker’s understanding and compliance of our policies (leaving an event early, bringing pre-approved products only, leaving booth space clean, etc.)

Please note: We have a capped amount of makers per category to ensure the market maintains a standard of high-quality and variety. 

Participation in past markets does not guarantee a spot for future markets as we do rotate vendors. This is to ensure the market stays fresh for makers and attendees alike.

What if I am not accepted into the Market?

While we wish we could accept every maker into our markets, what makes our markets unique is that we are a juried market looking for a specific type of aesthetic and products that we know sell well in our markets.

If you have not been accepted into our market, this could be for many reasons. One of which could be that you are in a very competitive category with limited spaces. As we grow, we receive more and more applications for each category.

Another reason could be that we have seen a type of product not sell well in our markets and we ultimately want you to be successful and know there will be other markets that are a better fit. You also may have a product that is not allowed in our markets like CBD, weapons, etc.

The last reason is that a Maker is lacking in one of the areas that we evaluate makers. We are looking for the following attributes in our makers.

Pre-selection

  • Products: Products are reviewed on quality and uniqueness. We review product packaging, branding, price point and look for an overall cohesive brand aesthetic and product line. We prioritize handmade items and companies that specialize in one product category, thus creating a strong brand.
  • Booth display: Please see our Pinterest board for what we are looking for. We expect each booth within the market to feel like its own experience. We love unique displays where makers think outside of the box (i.e. traditional table and chair) and use shelving to bring their products up to the eye level of attendees.
  • Online presence: Our team review’s a company’s website for ease of use, branding, and e-commerce capabilities. We also review an applicant’s social media accounts for: following, growth, and engagement (including Instagram and Facebook).
    NOTE: We prefer our makers to have their own modern and mobile-friendly websites instead of having only an Etsy. We’ve seen makers make better sales using e-commerce websites as they’re able to track visitors to their site and retarget them with advertisements.

During the virtual market our team is looking for the following qualities in Makers to be invited back:

  • General good vibes and attitude
  • Promotional efforts online
  • Good communication
  • Maker’s understanding and compliance of our policies

While we would like to encourage you to apply again to our markets, we request you only apply if you have made changes to your products or your online presence to align with our above description, and also grow your following and business.  If you have made changes and have not been accepted after a second attempt, this could mean that it may not be the right fit, and our team wishes you and your company continued success.

What if this is my first show?

Our market is for first time makers as well as emerging and established brands.

We encourage first-time makers to apply to our markets. Booth displays will be required and we encourage first-time makers to create a test-run display inside or outside of their home to give our team an understanding of what their booth will look like, as well as prove they’re fully prepared for the market.

We highly suggest you check out our Pinterest board for inspiration.

Can I get electricity?

Electricity is available to makers during our indoor markets.  Electricity is for cell phones and LED lights only. If you have special electrical needs beyond these, please contact our team at info@marketsformakers.com to see if we can accommodate you and what the charge for electricity will be.

Please be prepared with extra cellphone battery chargers and ice coolers if you have food products that need to stay cool.

Are food trucks allowed?

Please email our team with the venue you’re interested in to see if there are food trucks allowed.

How do I know if I have been accepted?

While we try to email every maker regarding the status of their application within two weeks of our receipt, we do receive many applications daily and are not always able to respond to each one immediately.

You will be notified if you have been accepted. If you wish to email us about the status of your application and you have not heard back within 2 weeks, please do so at info@marketsformakers.com.

Can I bring my pet or child?

Our markets are not ideal for makers to bring their children and pets are not allowed. While you are manning your booth you are expected to be engaged with your customers. Feel free to email info@marketsformakers.com with any questions and request exceptions.

What are the logistics?

Each market has its own set of logistics. You will be sent a full folder of information and social media posts at least two weeks before a market and after you have paid for your booth.

We normally start set up 3 hours before a market on Saturday and 1.5 hours on Sunday. We expect all makers to be fully set up 45 minutes before market opening.

What are the application fees? Are payments refundable?

Market fees are paid upfront and booth/table fees will be refunded if you are not accepted into the market or waitlisted. The $25 application fee and service fee (2.9% + 30 cents)  are nonrefundable.

Application fees are $25 per market and non-refundable. This covers all administrative costs of processing the applications but does not guarantee acceptance into the market.

REFUNDS AND CREDITS

Once a maker is accepted into our market, we do not issue any refunds under any circumstances. Credits to a future market are only given in the event the market is postponed due to government-imposed COVID ordinances, these credits may be used within 2 years.

In the case that you have to cancel or simply cannot attend please email info@marketsformakers.com as soon as possible. Day-of cancellations and no-shows without any communication can affect future acceptances.

We highly suggest you check out Event Helper and consider business insurance and event insurance as they help cover your costs in case of emergency or inclement weather.

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