III. A. 1. Getting Started - How to Apply

Applications are currently closed. They will likely reopen in the late summer/early fall of 2024.

Updated: February 2024

Prohibited Vendor Categories:
Permanent Jewelry
Ear/Body Piercing

Our standards are consistent across all of our markets & events, so your approval is more or less universal — once accepted, you can participate in any market provided space is available. However, some venues have product restrictions; food trucks are not allowed at several locations, as an example. For further information regarding availability in specific markets read through the remainder of the Vendor’s Handbook.

Steps involved to becoming a market vendor:

  • REVIEW our general vendor standards and your product category-specific standards listed in the Vendor Handbook on this website. Some products require government licensing, permitting and inspections; we can not accept you until you have those details in order. We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction and try to connect you with the information and people you need to operate legally, but ultimately it’s your responsibility to know the laws, regulations and requirements for your business activity.

  • VERIFY that your desired product category is currently accepting new vendors from the table above. Please note, even if you do fall within a category we are accepting, we will not accept any items that are not handmade locally. Therefore, we do not accept vendors who are part of a national franchise or brand, or who are part of a multi-level marketing organization.

  • ATTEND the market several times as a customer, observe the way other experienced vendors are setup and decide if market participation is a good thing for you. It’s a long day, often warm and loud, requires significant inventory and preparation, and most definitely qualifies as hard work — make sure you are mentally and physically prepared for the challenges ahead. It can also be a lot of fun!

  • TALK with a member of our staff at the help desk to discuss your product before applying if you have questions, or you are uncertain if your product/activity will be a good fit for our markets or if the market is saturated with similar products. We’re happy to answer questions before you apply, but will not be able to refund application fees if you fail to understand our requirements for participation.

  • LOGIN to the vendor forum, so that you can receive announcements and important information about upcoming events. The forum is our primary communication mechanism, and it will email you on a regular basis with important info. You can also view the latest news from your phone or tablet, as email sometimes fails - the forum is always accessible.

  • APPLY to become a market vendor using our online application process.

  • RESPOND to requests for documentation, product and workspace photos and other information which may be necessary to complete your process. Each year, numerous applicants fail to respond to a simple requests for photos and documentation after submitting their applications. Don’t be that person!

  • PARTICIPATE in a new vendor orientation, which are offered once each month at each market location. Learn how to load-in at each market, where to park, who your neighbors are and the names of the market staff in charge of each event. The more you interact with others around you, the more likely you are to enjoy the experience.

  • RSVP for your first market!

After Acceptance
Newer vendors will be anonymously inspected by members of our review panel during the course of live market events; it is expected that the vendor will have a booth presentation, product selection and overall quality level that was conveyed through photos and description when their application was selected.


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