Q. I want to be a vendor at Market Day! How do I make that happen?
Great! We'd love that! Go ahead and read this page to see what you'd be getting yourself into, then be sure to sign up for our mailing list here. We recommend reading this whole page before applying.
Q. How do I reserve my space at Market Day?
Application are open now! All Market Day vendors must be juried and accepted in order to participate. This year's Black Friday Application schedule is:
- Applications Open: July 9th - August 31st
- Notifications sent to applicants: Tuesday, September 4th
- Payment due: Monday, September 10th
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 Black Friday 2018 show is due by September 10th. If you have not paid by then, we will ask someone from the waiting list.
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 - Start at $250.00. 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.
Q. What is your refund policy?
Market Day does not offer refunds.
Q. Tell me about the schedule.
Load in will begin on Wednesday, November 21st. Vendors who load in on Wednesday will be able to store their items in secured rooms in the venue space. You can book a load-in slot on Wednesday the 21st or Friday the 23rd.
All items MUST be loaded in through the loading dock this year. There will be absolutely no loading in or out through the venue doors. When you arrive for your load in time, pull into the dock, quickly unload all of your items, and get them moved into the venue. Then move your car PROMPTLY to make room for other vendors to unload. 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. Everyone will have to load-out through the dock, so everyone will need to be very patient. Waiting until you are fully packed to pull up your car will ensure a smooth load-out for everyone.
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, and one in the Register Media hospitality suite.
Q. What about food?
Mars Cafe will be open with coffee and breakfast needs. 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!