Christmas Makers Market Nov 23 - Dec 22
Our Christmas Makers Market applications are now closed!
If you’d like to be considered for our waitlist proceed below.
Ready to apply? First you have to read through the Vendor Agreement so you're up to speed on the requirements and expectations and such, then fill out the application below to apply! Can't wait to see what you create!
Hooray, you’re interested in being a vendor! If accepted to the market means you will be bound under contract to the terms and agreements below. We don’t make the rules, we just—wait, no. We made the rules.
Vendor applications for the market will be accepted September 3-15.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance status by September 21.
Vendor Qualifications and Our Promise
We want creative people to create. Our mission is to help inspired professionals give life to their ideas by establishing and growing successful businesses and products. To foster this creative economy, we strive to include in our market only items that are original, handmade, unique, vintage, repurposed, or produced locally. By agreeing to our terms and conditions, you commit to only sell products and offerings that fall under this criteria. Anything not in compliance with these efforts, delightful as it may be, will not be accepted to the show or will be pulled from the market.
We do not accept “resale” products, including MLMs, or “party”-type businesses, our love for parties notwithstanding. If we have questions regarding the nature of your products, we will email you to clarify before disqualifying you from the market. Our market is juried to ensure our vendors are the cream of the crop. We sure hope that’s you!
Gateway Mall—111 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City 84101 (former Abercrombie Kids)
Market Dates & Times
Monday - Sunday, Nov 23 - Dec 22, 2018: 10:00 AM–9:00 PM
Products and Prices
If you have a vendor ID already you may request to use it on our application form. If you do not include a preferred vendor ID in your application, one will be assigned to you and emailed to you after acceptance.
Your products must be marked with your vendor ID and price in order to get credit for the sale.
If your items are not clearly marked, or if the tag falls off, you may not receive credit for the sale. So sad!
If multiple items are not marked, you may be charged an additional market fee. Even more sad!
If you need to add new prices to your list during the market, send an email to John before the items with the new prices are placed in your booth. (We know how inspiration strikes at the last minute, but just keep that inspiration to a minimum so we’re not overwhelmed with new prices to add!)
New products you add must fall within the descriptions and categories you listed in your application.
Products you bring to the market must be in compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws for the type of products you offer. It is your responsibility to know which laws apply to your products and to ensure that they are in compliance with all copyright, food handling, labeling, labor, and any other laws, rules or regulations that apply. All products from vendors that are found to be in violation will be removed from the market immediately.
We strive to offer products that are good for the environment and for the community. As you design, produce and package your products, please do your best to minimize packaging, reduce waste, reuse materials and recycle. Please also do your best to ensure your products are sourced ethically. Trust us, any additional cost or effort will pay off in the long run, plus we'll love you all the more.
There are multiple booth sizes you can choose from:
You are responsible for supplying all items to set up your booth, including any desired tables or chairs.
You are responsible for the setup and takedown of your booth.
You may request access to electricity. While we will try to accommodate this request, not all booth spaces will have access.
You may request space against a wall, seen from front and back, or at the end of an aisle. We will try to accommodate as many of these requests as possible, but unfortunately our space-conjuring abilities are lagging a bit behind Hermione Granger’s. Some vendors may not receive the type of space they request. We promise you’ll get the next best thing!
We will try to accommodate double booth requests but may only have space to provide you a single booth if accepted.
Some booths end up being slightly larger (on the end of an aisle/row, in a corner, etc.). We’ll try to let you know ahead of time if you’re lucky enough to get one of those spots.
If you choose to share a booth with a friend, all arrangements must be made by you. We allow one vendor ID per booth. We will prepare one sales report per booth and make one payment per booth. It is your responsibility to designate the contact. The contact is responsible to ensure all products in the booth meet our product guidelines, to split the booth fee, and to separate the sales proceeds at the end of the market. Your application must represent all products to be sold by both parties.
Setup for the first week will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 20th - 21st from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. You may arrive at any time that is convenient for you, within this block.
Setup for each week thereafter will happen on Saturday evenings, Dec 1st, 8th, and 15th from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m.
Salt & Honey staff will check in all vendors and verify that your booth fee invoice is paid, your prices have been received and your cancelled check is submitted before you will be allowed to setup. You will not be given a booth assignment unless we have all these items.
Additional storage for inventory is available. Please let us know in the application if you will be using that space!
Any booth spaces not occupied by the setup deadline will be considered forfeited and will be offered to a vendor on our waitlist.
You may restock your inventory during market hours if you choose.
If you are bringing items for restock that cannot be carried in your arms, they must be brought through the rear loading dock or brought through the front doors before we open. All other items may be brought through the front doors. Contact a staff member to arrange for the back doors to be unlocked for you.
You may store additional inventory underneath your table for easy restocking OR use the secure storage space in the back for additional items.
Salt & Honey staff and volunteers will do their best to keep your space tidy and restocked, but feel free to come back any time during the market to do your own restocking.
We provide a central checkout for all vendors, with the exception of select food and beverage vendors we invite.
We will accept cash and all major credit cards.
Takedown will begin some time after 9:00 p.m. on Dec 1st, for first week only vendors, and Saturday night on the 8th, 15th & 22nd for the following week vendors. The customer experience is of utmost importance, so you may not begin takedown until the last customer has left and the Salt & Honey staff has given you specifically, explicit verbal instructions to begin. Regardless of what it appears that other vendors are doing, do not begin until you specifically have received verbal instructions to begin. Vendors who disregard this rule and/or Salt & Honey staff will be assessed a $25 fine and will not be accepted into future markets.
You will have one hour. to dismantle your booth. We know you’ll want to get to bed as much as we will. Vendors who take longer than the allotted hour for takedown will be assessed a $25 fine.
Vendors who apply for more than one week are not required to takedown their booths between the two consecutive weeks. If you apply for weekends that don't coincide with each other you will need to setup and take down for each accepted weekend.
Takedown is allowed through both the loading dock in the rear and the front doors. Please be prompt and move as quickly as possible, since we have a limited window to get the first week only vendors moved out and the second week only vendors moved in.
All items you brought for your booth must be removed on takedown, including hardware and tape. Any nails, screws, tape, garbage or other items left in the space will result in a $25 fine.
Please stop by the checkout counter to pick up any hangers or other products that could not be returned to your booth prior to takedown.
You may be spotlighted on our website, blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest in the weeks leading up to the event. We’ll pull from the photos you submit with your application or from your feeds with permission, so make sure to send us images you’re proud to share!
We will provide you with an electronic packet of graphics to use on your social media accounts to advertise the market.
We will release announcements to the press, do extensive social media advertising, as well as place posters all around Salt Lake County leading up to the event. If you would like posters to take to local businesses yourself, please grab some at setup.
We encourage vendors to advertise through their own Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
Theft and Liability
We will do everything within our power to prevent theft of products and displays, but we cannot guarantee that items will not go missing or get broken. It’s a cruel world, even in nice places like Salt Lake City. Our volunteers will be trained to spot and stop shoplifters, and we will make every effort to prevent any incidents; however, we cannot be held responsible if theft does occur.
The market will be monitored by mall security overnight and by video and locked securely after hours.
All vendors will receive payment by direct deposit for their net earnings, issued shortly after the second week of the market.
Vendors will also receive a closing financial statement by email that will include sales quantities at every price point you use.
Vendor Booth Fee:
If accepted into the market, you will receive an invoice for your booth fee, which will be due November 2nd.
Booth fees for each week you participate:
Two booths: double the fee for however many weekends you choose (we like to keep it logical).
Vendor fees are collected to pay for the up-front costs of marketing, insurance and leasing our location.
Fees are payable only via the Square invoice sent to you.
You may be eligible to have a waived booth fee (but not the commission fees) if you qualify for one of the following:
First Time Vendor Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to up to 5 vendors who apply through the application and need mentoring to sell at their first market. We choose from all the applicants which vendors we feel have the greatest potential and are prepared enough (have products already produced, with items they can show us) to be able to be ready for the upcoming market.
Only vendors who have never participated in any market before (either with this business or another) are eligible to apply
You must fill out the Scholarship application in the website to be considered
Scholarship includes 1-2 mentor sessions before the market with Ashley, plus thoughts during and after the market if applicable. As well as phone calls, texts, emails and other support during prep.
Fine Art Vendor Scholarship
Vendors who are considered "Fine Artists" and who display 80% of their sellable goods gallery style may qualify for a waiver of your booth fees.
We will only be selecting 5-8 fine artists to display this year.
The rest of your sellable pieces may be prints and other products for sale but the majority must be original Fine Art. If you wish to apply under this category but are unsure if your work qualifies, don't worry, we will let you know if you don't qualify and reassign you to another category.
Items must be high quality, one-of-a-kind pieces. We reserve precious wall space for fine artists to please make sure you fit the description and are prepared to hang your work on the wall.
If you have another setup you'd like to discuss (other than wall space) reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Entreprenuer Scholarship
If you are under the age of 18 and would like to participate you are eligible for a waiver of your booth fees. Please make sure to click the Young Entrepreneur button in the application.
For those who decide not to participate, we will be sad to see you go, but we will refund your fees until Nov 16. After that date, fees are non-refundable. Then you’ll be sad to see you go.
If you decide to change your request from two weeks to one week prior to the invoice due date, you will only be required to pay for one week. After the due date, you are responsible to pay for both weeks. Late week changes put us in a bind and it can be difficult to get a wait list vendor in your space in a short amount of time.
If you withdraw your application prior to the booth fee invoice due date, you will be given a full refund of the fees you paid. After the due date, no refunds will be given after Nov 16. Late cancellations put us in a bind and it can be difficult to get a wait list vendor in your space in a short amount of time. If you miss the due date your spot will be given to a waitlisted vendor.
Each vendor with be charged 18% of gross sales (that’s the total earned before deducting costs—we always have to look that one up). This fee is used to cover credit card processing, any discounts we choose to offer as promotions, and other expenses.
If setup extends beyond the deadline, you will be charged $25.
If takedown extends beyond the 10:00 p.m. deadline, you will be charged $25.
If an excessive number of your items are mislabeled or not labeled with your vendor ID and item number (requiring extra work on our part to track down the correct information), you will be charged $25 each day. We will inform you if this is a problem as soon as possible so you can fix your labeling before the next day. We don’t want the $25 nearly as much as we want everything to go smoothly!
All vendors must complete and submit an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) W-9 form. You may be subjected to a penalty by the IRS if you do not provide this form. We only need one W-9 from you each year.
Sales tax will be collected through the central checkout and will be paid by us to the required agencies. One less thing for you to do!
You will be issued a sales receipt with your payment. This can be used to submit your income for tax purposes.
The S&H team is allowing vendors to help with the market in order to pay for a portion or all of their booth fees. This is offered on a first come, first serve basis of when you apply.
How can you help? Sign up for one or more shifts in the application form. Shifts are offered for setup, helping us decorate, helping with opening party (soo much fun!), working the register during the market, and take-down.
For each 4 hour shift you help, we'll deduct $40 from your booth fee.
That means just two shifts may waive your entire fee! But spots are limited so this is a first comes, first dibs kinda sitch BUT we do give priority to those who have helped us before as a volunteer (you know who you are - you awesome people, you).
Perks! Finally the fun part!
Black Friday Opening Party Day!:
Each vendor will be invited to participate in an opening event the entire day of November 23, highlighting you, where you can meet local makers, social media personalities and influencers—the ones who can take your business big places with a single post!
We will open that morning with free swag to the first 100 guests, giveaways all day, live music, free food samples, as well as sponsored gifts to attendees.
This hoppin’, boppin’ all-day party will include exclusive first-chance shopping where attendees (and you!) can purchase all products for 10% off—all on us! (The 10% will come out of our commission, not your sales. Phew!)
A great way to use social media, networking, and other marketing tools to enhance your presence online and in person in the handmade marketplace.
Makers are encouraged to make a special appearance and market it to their social media followers for a chance for customers to meet you!
Tickets will not be required! How fun!
*This agreement is subject to change without notice. We’re kinda whimsical. Please check this site for updates.