Q. I want to be a vendor at Market Day! How do I make that happen?
Great! We'd love that! First, you need to read this FAQ all the way to the bottom to make sure you know what you're getting into. Once you've got that covered, head to our application and send us your information. We'll need to see lots of great photos of your work, so make sure whatever site you send us for that is well stocked. Submit your application for the Black Friday show held on Friday, November 24th by August 31st. Your work will be juried, and if you're accepted, you'll be ready to register for the event!
Q. How do I reserve my space at Market Day?
If you are accepted into a show, you will be notified by email. You will receive the link to our registration site, where you can select your booth type and pay for it. Payment for the spring show is be due by September 3rd. If you are not paid by then, we will ask someone from the waiting list. You may still be able to snag a booth, but there will be a late fee of $25.
Q. What are the booth types and prices? What type will I get?
There are three types of booths:
- Standard Booth - 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep - $125.00
- Corner Booth - 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep, freestanding or on a corner (at least two open sides) - $140.00
- Jumbo Booth - 12 feet wide by 6 feet deep - $185.00
- Sponsorship Booth - Contact us if you are interested in having a sponsorship booth! Generally for brick and mortar or more established small businesses, sponsorship booths include premium benefits like extra space and advertisement on print and web materials.
The booth types will be first come, first served. If the booth you are looking for is not available, you may inquire and we will accommodate you if possible. If you are interested in a shared booth, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will accommodate shared booths on a case by case basis.
Q. What is your refund policy?
Market Day does not offer refunds.
Q. Tell me about the day-of schedule.
Load-in begins at 7:00 AM. Pull up to any of the Capital Square entrances (Walnut Street, Cowles Commons, or 5th Street) and unload quickly into the building. Then move your car PROMPTLY to make room for other vendors to unload (and keeps the police and Farmer's Market vendors from getting cross with us). There are a few parking ramps located nearby, and we'll make sure that you know where you're going.
You must be set up and ready to vend by 8:50 AM. The event will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Vendors must stay for the entire duration of the event. Early teardown will not be permitted under any circumstances. Load out will begin at 5:00 PM. Please pack up your space where you are, then get your car and load out. Waiting until you are fully packed to pull up your car will ensure a smooth load-out for everyone. Vendors should be completely loaded out by 6:00 PM.
Q. Will I be provided a table and chairs? What about a backdrop?
Vendors must bring EVERYTHING they need, including a table and chairs. A background is not a necessity, but if you want one, feel free to bring one.
Q. What else should I bring to Market Day?
Consider also: cash/change (lots of one, five, and ten dollar bills), your smart phone with card reader, receipt paper, bags (plastic or paper), product (!!!!), tape, scissors, price tags, business cards and promo materials, candy (for shoppers), lunch, snacks and water (for you), and a helper.
Q. Can I bring a helper to Market Day?
We think it's a very good idea. Having a helper in tow can save you during busy periods and allow you to step away from your booth if you need to take a quick break.
Q. Can I bring my kids to Market Day?
We think it's a very bad idea. Managing children while vending at Market Day, which is a very high traffic event, can be daunting and distracting. If your children do accompany you to Market Day, please make sure that they are not disruptive to you, other vendors, or shoppers.
Q. Will I have electricity?
Electricity is available, but access is not guaranteed. Vendors who need to make use of lighting and electricity must supply their own lights, cables, and cords. If you run a cord, you must tape it down thoroughly to avoid trip hazards. We recommend painter's tape. If you would like electricity, please let Dani know. We can usually accommodate these requests.
Q. Will I have wifi?
Wifi is available, but with 60+ vendors and shoppers trying to use it, we cannot guarantee it. We STRONGLY recommend bringing a 4G enabled smart phone or tablet as a backup.
Q. Where are the restrooms?
There is one on the second floor by the Mexican restaurant, and one in the Register Media hospitality suite.
Q. What about food?
Many Court Avenue restaurants are open if you want to pick up food for breakfast or lunch. We generally have vendors selling coffee and pastries on site. If you do not have a booth helper to cover you, we would highly recommend bringing a lunch along.
Q. How do I handle sales tax?
You are responsible for collecting and remitting sales tax. Your booth is your store and you are responsible for 6% sales tax on all sales. The Iowa Department of Revenue has the info you need to obtain a sales tax permit and pay your taxes.
Q. My friend/husband/wife/mother/family member makes great crafts, too. Can I sell their items at my Market Day booth?
You may show items made by you or collaboratively by you. Other makers require separate jurying and a separate booth. No exceptions!
Q. I have another craft show on the same day as Market Day. Can I send my friend/sister/mom/person to sell my wares for me?
We're sorry, but no. The maker who applied must be present at all times. The "meet your maker" aspect of Market Day is something that we take great pride in. Let the shoppers put a face to the goods!