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What is Handmade Holidays Makers Market?
When: November 13th from 4 - 8pm
November 14th from 9 - 2pm
Where: Art Center East, 1006 Penn Ave, La Grande
Handmade Holidays is Art Center East’s most popular holiday shopping weekend of the year. The two-day indoor art sale draws over 1500 visitors interested in purchasing locally-made gift items. Past offerings include: paintings, ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, blown glass, textiles, screen printing, cards & stationery, leather items, hand-made skillets, artisan foods, terrariums, candles, soaps & skincare, and more!
Art Center East (ACE) selects Handmade Holidays vendors for the quality and uniqueness of their work, and curates the lineup to include a balanced and engaging selection. No resale or corporate merchandise is accepted into Handmade Holidays – all items for sale must be made by the artist selling them. Participation in Handmade Holidays requires a booth fee only; no commissions are taken.
We invite you to vend with us at this joyous event - a celebration of everything local & handmade just in time for the holiday season!
February 1 - July 25, 2020: Open application period for 2020 Handmade Holidays Makers Market
August 1, 2020: Applicants notified about their acceptance status
Applicants not accepted into Handmade Holidays will be placed on a waiting list. In the case of a cancellation, ACE will notify you as soon as possible.
Handmade Holidays is open to artists and makers age 16 years and older (youth ages 13-18 can apply for the Junior Vendors program). All products sold at Handmade Holidays must be original products made by you, and/or reproductions of your original work. Items made from non-original or commercial patterns, molds, or kits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Art Center East reserves the right to refuse any application. ACE also reserves the right to remove any items that may appear in your display that were not represented in your application, or that are otherwise deemed ineligible or unsuitable for display.
Edible items must comply with State of Oregon licensing requirements. Processed foods (canned jams, pickles, sauces, honey, etc) may only be sold if produced in a certified kitchen with a valid processing license (see this link). Producers processing foods they have grown or harvested themselves may not need a processing license, but must follow the rules outlined by the Oregon Farm Direct Marketing Law (see this link). All edible items for sale not for immediate consumption must have an adhesive label (not easily removed) with the following: name of product, ingredient list, your (or your business') name, your address and/or phone number, along with any other information required by any licensing requirements your edible product falls under. Questions about your food product? Contact Union County public health inspector, Ryan Zastrow, at 541-962-8818.
All applicants must submit photos of their original work. A portfolio of up to ten photos should include an image of each category of product you intend to sell and an image of your booth set up, if possible. The portfolio should offer a well-rounded sense of the products that will be available at your booth (i.e. show off your stuff!). ACE will use the photos to 1) evaluate your product for inclusion as a Handmade Holidays vendor and 2) promote your product if you are accepted. Poor quality or non-existent photos will reduce your chances of being accepted into Handmade Holidays. ACE makes an effort to promote each vendor individually as a lead-up to the event. Without usable photos, we cannot promote your business.
Submitting Your Product Portfolio
Your application is not complete without a submitted product portfolio. Please email your portfolio in separate image files (.jpg or .png file types only) to firstname.lastname@example.org with your business name and Product Portfolio in the subject heading (example: Crafty Cards Product Portfolio). Label each image file with your business name, product type, and estimated dimensions, if applicable. Image files should be no smaller than 800 x 800 pixels. If you are not able to provide photos of your work, please call (541-624-2800) or email to set up a time to bring your product into Art Center East for evaluation. ACE staff is here to help! Please be in touch if you need assistance in creating or submitting your portfolio.
New for 2020: Junior Vendor Program
We’re inviting vendors age 13-18 to apply for our Junior Vendor program. Each year, ACE will reserve three 4x4 ft spaces for Junior Vendors. If accepted, Junior Vendors will have their booth fee waived and can elect to receive free small-business coaching with ACE staff leading up to the event. Find out more and apply as a Junior Vendor here.
Handmade Holidays Outdoor Beer Garden
The beer garden was a success and will return in 2020! Our plan is to extend the beer garden hours to run the full duration of Handmade Holidays, offering refreshments and a place to gather on both Friday and Saturday. Stay tuned for details and be in touch (email@example.com) if you know a food business that might like to be a vendor.
Screening & Selection
Art Center East is looking for works that exhibit originality, craftsmanship, imaginative use of materials, and aesthetic quality. A screening committee will assess the application materials you provide based on these criteria and on the number of applications for similar products. Categories such as jewelry or ceramics that have several applicants will be more competitive than those in which there are no similar applicants. This keeps the vendor mix diverse and engaging to new and existing customers. Didn’t make it in a previous year? Try again, as our vendor mix changes annually.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The screening committee’s decisions are final.
Application fees will be reimbursed minus a $5 processing fee and post-marked August 5, 2020 to all vendors not accepted.
Prior to the event, Art Center East will provide you with digital marketing materials to promote your participation in the event.
Each vendor will be assigned a display space approximately 8’wide x 4’ deep. If you are interested in a larger space or multiple spaces, please make note of that in your application. You are responsible for all display equipment: table(s), chair(s), shelving, signage, and/or other display fixtures. Vendors may only hang products on the walls with prior permission. Vendors must use their own non-wall-damaging command strips to hang lightweight signs or, with permission, a limited number of products. Vendors wishing to display a large number of hanging items should plan to bring free-standing display panels for that use.
Setup, Take Down, & What to Expect
SET-UP is Friday, November 13 from 10:00am - 3:45pm
You may arrive any time during the set-up period to prepare your booth. Booths must be fully assembled and ready for sales no later than 3:45pm. Please note that the area used for Handmade Holidays is accessible only by climbing two sets of stairs - keep this in mind when planning your display.
During the Event:
We want you to have a great experience as a vendor at Handmade Holidays. Please keep these factors in mind as you prepare:
1) ACE provides studio space downstairs to use as a break room. Complimentary coffee and tea will be available to vendors throughout the event, as well as pastries on Saturday morning. Please plan to bring additional food and beverages as needed.
2) You must accept all of your own payments. Plan to bring sufficient small bills for making change throughout the weekend, as banks are closed for the duration of the event. Free Wifi is available to run card swiping apps on your phone or tablet. ACE will not run card payments for you.
3) Saturday can be a long day! Plan on having someone else with you so you can take breaks. Staff and volunteers will also be available throughout the event to assist you as needed.
TAKE-DOWN is Saturday, November 14 at 2:00pm:
NO EARLY TAKE-DOWN PLEASE. All vendors must keep their booth set up and open through the duration of the event (4-8pm on Friday and 9am-2pm on Saturday). Vendors who leave early will not be considered for the following year's Handmade Holidays.
1) For grant reporting and in order to improve the event, Art Center East asks all vendors to complete a VENDOR SURVEY at the conclusion of the event. Please leave your survey at the GIFT GALLERY DESK before leaving.
2) When packing up, please remove tape from the floor and leave your area clean.
3) Be courteous of other vendors - it's a tight space and everyone is ready to leave!
Liability / Agreement
Art Center East is not responsible for loss or damage to any work exhibited at Handmade Holidays. Accepting entry into Handmade Holidays grants Art Center East permission to use images of you and/or your artwork for publicity purposes and constitutes agreement with all conditions set forth in this prospectus. Artists are encouraged to provide their own insurance for their artwork.
Vendors must submit a Certificate of Liability Insurance naming Art Center East as additional insured for the date of November 13 & 14, 2020.