MAKERS INFO

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2022 BOOTH SIZES + PRICES

SPACES DO NOT INCLUDE TENTS, TABLES OR CHAIRS.

CHICAGO

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

APPLICATIONS OPEN:

JULY 23+24 • SUMMER MARKET

10′ x 8′ BOOTH SPACE
$700

6′ x 4′ TABLE SPACE
$350 

SAVE THE DATE:

OCTOBER 22+23 • FALL MARKET
NOVEMBER 19+20 • HOLIDAY MARKET

 

HOUSTON

SAWYER YARDS
10AM-4PM SAT (FIRST HOUR FOR VIPS)
11AM-4PM SUN

SAVE THE DATE:

NOVEMBER 12+13 • NEW FALL MARKET


EXPERIENCES

Do you have a fun experience to provide our attendees? Contact us! We’d love to connect.


FOOD TRUCKS

Please submit an application and select food truck for the city you are interested in!

MIAMI

~OUTDOOR~
JUNGLE PLAZA – MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT
11AM-6PM SATURDAY (FIRST HOUR FOR VIPS)
12PM-6PM SUNDAY

TENTATIVE:

NOVEMBER 5+6 • FALL MARKET

JACKSONVILLE

THE GLASS FACTORY
10AM-5PM SATURDAY (FIRST HOUR FOR VIPS)
11AM-5PM SUNDAY

SAVE THE DATE:

NOV 5+6 • FALL MARKET
DEC 3+4 • HOLIDAY MARKET

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!

OUR AUDIENCE & DEMOGRAPHICS

Average Tickets Sold

3,000-5,000+

Total Past Attendees

150,000+

Average Ad Reach Per Campaign:

1.3 MILLION

Marketing Avenues

100% DIGITAL

Instagram Followers

89,000+

Facebook Followers

30,000+

Email Subscribers

40,000+

Text Subscribers

16,000+

Female / Male:

88%

24-54 years old:

77%

Annual household income of at least:

$50,000

$100,000

$150,000

NEW 2022 FAQS & IMPORTANT INFO

COVID-19 POLICIES

We will be following local CDC guidelines for each city including mask requirements and monitoring capacity in each venue. We will also be utilizing time slot tickets for attendees.

We do not move market applications or acceptances to other markets for any reason.

COVID policies:

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 during this pandemic. It takes a lot of time and organization 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.

In the unlikely event that the market is cancelled due to government-imposed COVID-19 ordinances, your payment is non refundable and we do not issue credits.

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 precautions to greatly decrease any possibility of exposure.

Makers are expected to follow local laws and any rules Markets for Makers feels are necessary to produce each market safely and make attendees feel safe attending. This could include wearing a mask, having hand sanitizer at your booth, temperature checks daily, etc.

ACCEPTANCE SCHEDULE + FEES

OPEN APPLICATIONS:
Applications are currently open for our Chicago July 23+24 Summer Market! Acceptances begin weekly May 13th.

Applications are $40 per market you are applying to and are non-refundable. Once you are accepted, booth fees + booth processing fees (2.9% + $0.30) must be paid within 3 business days to guarantee your space within a market.

New applications are reviewed weekly until the market is full. Once a market or category is full, this will be noted on the application or in the city’s information.

Application fees cover all administrative costs of our team’s time to individually process and consider each application thoroughly, but does not guarantee acceptance into the market.

FALL APPLICATION & ACCEPTANCE SCHEDULE:
Fall applications for the following markets will open August 17th. Acceptances begin weekly September 16th.

HOLIDAY APPLICATION & ACCEPTANCE SCHEDULE:
Holiday applications for the following markets will open September 7th. Acceptances begin weekly October 7th.

REFUNDS AND CREDITS

Application fees are paid upfront and are non refundable. Booth fees and booth credit card processing fees (2.9% + 30 cents) are non-refundable after acceptance.

Once a maker is accepted into a market, we do not issue any refunds or credits under any circumstances. This includes unforeseeable events including but not limited to pandemic outbreaks, new regulations prohibiting gatherings, Maker (or your staff) contracting COVID-19, government regulations, hurricanes or other weather related events.

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.

Please be sure to add info@marketsformakers.com to your email’s address book so that you do not miss updates and acceptance! We send acceptances to the email address that you apply with, so be sure to check twice for typos! If you have not heard from our team within 2 weeks of applying or 3 weeks before a market, please email our team. We respond one way or another to every single application.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE MARKET?

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

Makers are required to use white tents or umbrellas in the Jungle Plaza in Miami unless otherwise coordinated with written approval Markets for Makers at least two weeks out from a market.

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 you will want to modify this list for each specific market.

IS ELECTRICITY AVAILABLE AT THE MARKETS?

Access to electricity will NOT be available in our Jacksonville or Miami markets. We encourage our makers to bring battery packs for charging necessary devices during the market or plugging in low electricity needs, including string lights, etc.

Electricity WILL be available as an upgrade option in our Chicago markets. Makers who have been accepted into the Chicago market will have the option to add an electricity upgrade to their space after they have been accepted.

If you have additional questions or specific concerns regarding your needs, please email our team before applying at info@marketsformakers.com.

WHAT QUALIFIES AS A MAKER?

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. At this time, we only accept makers into our markets who are based in the United States.

We accept applications from makers with:

  • High-quality craft and handmade items
  • Vintage or antique collectibles
  • 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

JEWELRY MAKERS

We prioritize handmade jewelry! Jewelry is our most applied to category and we have to limit the amount of makers in that category to not over saturate our markets.

In order to fully understand each jewelry application, we are now asking for photos and videos behind the scenes of makers crafting their products in studio and showing our team their process. Please expect to send us your photos and videos after you apply to makers@marketsformakers.com .

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

  • Application & Communication: With every application we ask for photos and booth photos, sometimes we have to remind makers to send those to us and often follow up without response. Before applying, we ask makers to add our email to their safe lists to ensure they get all of our communication. We also may ask questions without any response. We process hundreds of applications making it very time consuming to track down an incomplete application. Makers that do not promptly respond around deadlines, can impact their acceptance.
  • 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 with a beautiful presentation of the products not just for the market but giving us confidence makers are putting their best foot forward to have good sales. We also like to see shelving, displays and booths full of products vs. an empty table with a few products on the table.
  • Online presence: Our team reviews a company’s website for ease of use, branding and e-commerce capabilities. We also review applicant’s social media accounts for: following, growth, frequent postings and engagement. It is very important for us to see makers posting and engaging so we can see a maker trying to grow and engaging with customers outside of markets.

When looking through hundreds of applications, a makers active social media, products and booth presentation have a large impact when we are selecting makers.

While we prepare for a market and host a market our team is looking for the following qualities in Makers to be invited back:

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

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 makers.
This is to ensure the market stays fresh for makers and attendees alike.

WHAT IF I'M 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 that will rotate makers as often as possible and we are 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, especially jewelry.

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. Products using licensed imagery and brands. (Products with other brand’s logos or insignias, movies, tv shows, universities, etc.) Fan art is acceptable, but a clear modification of various logos and characters is not normally accepted.

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

  • Application & Communication: With every application we ask for photos and booth photos, sometimes we have to remind makers to send those to us and often follow up without response. Before applying, we ask makers to add our email to their safe lists to ensure they get all of our communication. We also may ask questions without any response. We process hundreds of applications making it very time consuming to track down an incomplete application. Makers that do not promptly respond around deadlines, can impact their acceptance.
  • 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 with a beautiful presentation of the products not just for the market but giving us confidence makers are putting their best foot forward to have good sales. We also like to see shelving, displays and booths full of products vs. an empty table with a few products on the table.
  • Online presence: Our team reviews a company’s website for ease of use, branding and e-commerce capabilities. We also review applicant’s social media accounts for: following, growth, frequent postings and engagement. It is very important for us to see makers posting and engaging so we can see a maker trying to grow and engaging with customers outside of markets.

When looking through hundreds of applications, a makers active social media, products and booth presentation have a large impact when we are selecting makers.

While we prepare for a market and host a market our team is looking for the following qualities in Makers to be invited back:

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

If you have been in one of our past markets please note that our team rotates makers and has been reducing the amount of makers in each category so that each maker in the market has the best chance of good sales. We also work to rotate in new makers and past acceptance does not guarantee future acceptance. Please note the above selection criteria as well.

If you have never been accepted to our markets: While we would like to encourage you to apply again to our markets, we request that 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 but we do not encourage you to continue to apply.

THIS IS MY FIRST MARKET, HOW DO I APPLY?

Our market accepts 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 (with good lighting) to give our team an understanding of what their booth will look like, as well as show they’re fully prepared for the market.

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

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. Space assignments are released by the Thursday before the market.

Our markets normally open for makers to start setting up 3 hours before a market on Saturday and 1.5 hours on Sunday. We expect all makers to be fully set up and in place 30 minutes before market opening.

JACKSONVILLE & CHICAGO
Makers may leave their products overnight but we are not liable for your products or displays. There will not be any security overnight but the buildings will be locked.

MIAMI
Our Jungle Plaza market will only allow makers to keep their lowered tents in their space if the weather allows it, otherwise, we will open 3 hours prior to opening on Sunday at 9am for makers to set up their spaces again. There will be an overnight security guard at Jungle Plaza if the weather is permitting, but again please note we are not liable for your products and displays.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Before applying, makers must read through, understand and sign their application to show they agree to our Terms and Conditions.

Your signature on our application acknowledging these terms are required for participation so please help us by being on the same page with our straightforward policies!

Please read NEW 2022 FAQS before applying

WE ♥ MARKETS

MANY PHOTOS TAKEN BEFORE COVID, AS WE RETURN TO MARKETS WE WILL UPDATE OUR MEDIA ♥

Please read NEW 2022 FAQS before applying