With the dawn of the new year, inquiries flood in from artists who have awakened from their post-holiday sugar comas and are anxious to get a head start on their spring show schedules. As of today, here are answers to some frequently-asked questions:
Q: Are we still accepting applications?
A: Yes, for the moment. We are down to the last 10% or less, and what this means is that (a) your application needs to be in the mail like-right-this-second, and (b) we’re being very careful about not over-saturating the market for any specific type of item. At this point in the game, we’re holding apps for a bit and then batch-jurying them, so you may not get an immediate answer on whether you’ve been accepted or not.
Q: What types of things are NOT being accepted?
A: We NEVER accept any buy/sell, multi-level-marketing, or that sort of stuff. If you’re selling essential oils or personalized bags or whatever, the rule is this: you must have made it yourself (a friend or two to help you is okay). Otherwise, jewelry is not accepted after December 31, and we cannot accept more soy candles or fleece goods. Everything else may be considered if it’s different enough from what we already have.
Q: Can you send me an application?
A: If you’re reading this, you’re just two clicks away from one: just go up to that top bar where it says “downloads,” click that, and then click “Artist Application.” While you’re at it, read through our Terms of Lease so you know what you’re signing up for.
Q: What types of booth spaces do you have left?
A: Booths are assigned at the last possible minute, so we can put our best effort into making sure everyone gets what they want and will best serve the show as a whole. Ask for whatever you want, make a note of anything you absolutely MUST have, but also be aware that if we have an awesome end space sitting there, and two folks who want it, we’re going to have to go with the guy who had his application in back in October. You’ll be refunded for anything you pay for that you don’t get.
Q: Can I e-mail you the application and photos, and Paypal you the fee?
A: E-mailing it is helpful, just so we know you’re serious about coming, but unfortunately we must have the hard copies of signed app, photos, and payment before we can accept you (or hold you a space). After this week, we will send acceptances via e-mail, so you have information ASAP.
Q: Do I have to pay the late-application fee in addition to the booth fee?
A: Yes. That late-app fee is there to encourage folks to apply before the deadline. When we had to raise our booth rent several years ago, so as to pay increased building-use fees, we decided that we’d give folks the opportunity to keep paying the lower price if they applied early, and balance that by also charging a late-app fee. This would be a good time to put a sticky-note on your October calendar–if you can apply for the 2016 show by October 31, you’ll receive a $15 Early-Bird Discount. (By the way, the discount is on every booth reserved, while the late-app fee is per application–so if you’re looking at a double space, you only pay a $15 late-app fee, but can save $30 by applying early next year.)