Applying Last-Minute? Here’s what you need to know!

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With the dawn of each 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 January 10, 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 15-20 booths, 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 and candles/bath are not accepted after December 31.  Everything else MAY be considered if it’s significantly different from what we already have.  You’re welcome to e-mail a few photos to CraftersClearance@gmail.com and ask if there’s hope.

Q:  Can you send me an application?

A:  If you’re reading this, you’re just a click or two away from one:  just go up to that top bar where it says “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 and payment before we can accept you (or hold you a space).   After January 16, we will send acceptances via e-mail where possible, so you have information ASAP.

Q:  Do I have to pay the late-application fee in addition to the booth fee?

A:  Yes.  That $15 late-app fee is there to encourage folks to apply before the deadline.  When we had to raise our booth rent a number of years ago, we gave 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 fall calendar–if you can apply for the 2018 show by October 31, you’ll receive a $15 Early-Bird Discount in addition to not having to pay the late-app fee!

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Quick! Our application deadline is December 31!

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Time to wake up from your post-Christmas nap!

The application deadline for the 2017 Crafters’ Clearance Market is this Saturday, December 31.  Your application will need to be postmarked by then!

The show is fast approaching:  Saturday, February 11, 2017, from 10-4.  We are gearing up for the best show ever, filled with everything from discounted snowmen to fresh new spring/summer goodies!

Many categories will be filled after December 31. To be considered in Jewelry, Candles/Bath, or Knit/Crochet, you’ll ABSOLUTELY have to have your application in on time. In order to give our customers the best possible variety of handcrafted merchandise, we hold most applications in these categories so they can be juried together the first week of January.  (If you’ve recently sent your application but have not heard from us, this is probably why.)

In other categories, we MAY have space for you after the deadline.  However, you’ll be paying a $15 late fee–and we know you’d rather have that money in your own pocket, and your February show on the calendar!

Please remember that our show is for regional handcrafters, authors, and fine artists.  If you’re a home-sales rep, a purveyor of goods from abroad, or if you simply have a rotten attitude, please find a venue more suited to you.

Questions? You can click on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, or e-mail us:  CraftersClearance@gmail.com

We hope you’ve had a delightful holiday with your friends and family, and look forward to seeing you in February!

 

Only Two Days remain of our Early Bird Discount!

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Our Early-Bird booth discount gives you a chance to get your 2017 booth at the same rate we charged way back in 2002 (the second year of our show)!

Don’t miss the discount–grab an application, and get it in Monday’s mail!  (Note that we now accept e-mailed photos, so you won’t even have to make an emergency trip to Walgreen!)

Our application deadline is December 31.  To be considered in highly-competitive categories such as jewelry, soap/candles, and knit/crochet, you’ll need to be in by then.  After that date, we usually have some spaces available–but we’re pretty finicky about maintaining a well-balanced show and unless your work is very unique, you may not get in.  Also, a late-application fee of $15 will apply if you wait until 2017 to apply.

 

 

 

2017, Here We Come!

Summer’s here, and that means art shows in the park, farmers’ markets filled with local produce, and catching up with the neighbors.  My marching band students, a tuba and a trombone, have begun rehearsing for their fall performances.

What all these things have in common is a connection to Crafters’ Clearance!

Crafters’ Clearance is a farmer’s market, amid February’s wind and snow, for handmade items.  These summer artists will be gathering again, after the holiday rush, to freshen their offerings for 2017.  We’ll have tasty jams and preserves, hearty artisan breads, and even kettle corn, all locally produced.  You can lunch with the neighbors at our Clearance Cafe.  And those students will be scurrying around, helping you find the restrooms or that lady selling the domino necklaces.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 11, 2017,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you’re an artist or maker looking for a great off-season show, click “Artist Application” above for more information on our Early Bird discount.

Happy Summer!  Enjoy!

Applying last-minute to be part of our 2016 show? Here’s what you need to know!

With the dawn of each 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 15-20 booths, 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 our candles/bath category is also filled to capacity.  Everything else may be considered if it’s significantly different from what we already have.

Q:  Can you send me an application?

A:  If you’re reading this, you’re just a click or two away from one:  just go up to that top bar where it says “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 and payment before we can accept you (or hold you a space).   After January 16, we will send acceptances via e-mail where possible, 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 a number of 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 2017 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.)

Applications

  
We’ve had a lot of people interested in the past week about space at our show. Thank you everyone! We are still accepting applications but not for the categories of jewelry, soaps and candles. If you have specific questions regarding your art or craft, you can email the artist manager at craftersclearance@gmail.com. The show date is coming soon and spaces are disappearing fast. Can’t wait to see all the amazing items in February. 

FIVE DAYS LEFT to get your 2016 booth at the 2002 rate!

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Our Early-Bird Discount will save you $15 on each booth, but you need to have your application postmarked by October 31!
Applications can be found right here–just click “downloads” and get that thing in the mail!  Note that we do accept e-mailed photos (so that eliminates the “I have to print photos” excuse), and we don’t cash checks until a week after acceptances are mailed (which may help with the “but I have to wait ’til payday” excuse).  We want to save you money!

If you have any questions, e-mail us at CraftersClearance@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to help!

Hurry! Get your show booth at a substantial discount by October 31!

It happens every year:

John, a painter, pays $115 for his booth at the Crafters’ Clearance.
Sally, a photographer, pays $100 for her booth.
Millicent, a soapmaker, pays $85 for her booth.

The difference?

John waited until after the first of the year to apply, and paid the $15 late-application fee.

Sally applied during November or December and paid the standard booth rate.

But Millicent took advantage of our Early Bird Discount, and mailed her show application in time for Halloween.  Not only did she save $30, but she received some preference in booth placement, thus getting a nicer spot in the show than either John or Sally.  Plus, she got to relax over the holidays, knowing that her new year was already taking shape.

We’re not going to force you to apply early–frankly, we’ll be happy to put that extra $15 or $30 into the kitty for our students.  But if you’d like to save the money for yourself, download that application and get your show on the road!

Our 2016 show is now accepting applications!

Our 16th annual show is to be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, Michigan.  We would love to have you be part of it!

Click “Artist Application” above to view and download our Terms and Conditions, a Letter of Invitation, and our 2016 Show Application.

Keep in mind that early applicants are given some preference in jurying and booth assignment, and an Early Bird Discount of $15 per booth applies if you get your application in the mail before October 31.

Have a wonderful summer, and we hope to hear from you very soon!