Handmade Holidays

Junior Vendor

Art Center East invites artists and makers age 13 - 18 to apply as a Handmade Holidays Junior Vendor. 

Junior Vendors will practice developing and selling their handmade products with support from Art Center East staff while getting a coveted spot at one of La Grande’s most popular holiday shopping destinations. Participation in the Junior Vendor program is free if you are accepted, however each Junior Vendor is responsible for all equipment and supplies necessary to create their product line and set up their display.

There are 3 Junior Vendor spots available for 2020. Apply now! We encourage parents of applicants to support their child through the application process while challenging them to fill out as much of it as they can on their own. ACE intends this program as an educational opportunity for young artist-entrepreneurs. 

Please note, this application is for an opportunity to have a free 4' x 4' (half-booth) space plus coaching from Art Center East staff to make the most of your Handmade Holidays experience. Junior Vendor applicants not selected for one of the three available spots will not be considered for other booth options at Handmade Holidays. If you are 16 - 18 years old, please choose either the Junior Vendor or the regular Handmade Holidays application rather than applying to both. If you are 13-15 years old, please apply to the Junior Vendor program, as you must be 16 years or older to qualify under the regular application. 


What is Handmade Holidays Makers Market?

Handmade Holidays is a popular holiday shopping event at Art Center East. The two-day indoor art sale draws over 1,500 visitors interested in purchasing locally made gift items. 

When: November 13 from 4 - 8pm and November 14 from 9 - 2pm (Note: Junior Vendors will have time to set up on the evening of Thursday Nov 12 so they don’t have a conflict with school)

Where: Art Center East, 1006 Penn Avenue, La Grande

Do you create something that your friends and family ask you to make more of? Do you think you have a product that people would like to buy as gifts for their friends and family? Art Center East wants you to apply as a Junior Vendor! The only rule is that the products you sell must be made by hand (by you!). 

If you are chosen as one of three 2020 Junior Vendors, you will get a free 4 x 4 foot booth space and Art Center East staff will work with you to make sure you are ready to have a great experience as a Handmade Holidays vendor. All the money you make is yours to keep! 

Dates to remember: 

February 1 - July 25, 2020  - Complete the 2020 Handmade Holidays Junior Vendor application 

August 1, 2020  - We’ll let you know if you were selected - you’ll get an email or phone call either way

August - November  - Work with ACE staff to prepare for your Handmade Holidays booth! 

Community Ensembles

Junior Vendor Application

    Making your product(s) better so more people want to buy themFiguring out how much to charge for your product(s)Handling money (making correct change!) and running credit card paymentsHow to get more people interested in buying your product(s) (a.k.a. marketing!)Creating an awesome display for your HH booth

    We love pictures! Please show us how cool your products are by sending up to ten photos to [email protected] with the subject heading “YOUR NAME Junior Vendor Photos"

    By checking the box above, I affirm that I am the parent or guardian of the minor indicated above, and I have legal custody of them. I give my full authorization and consent for my child to enter this online application to possibly be chosen to participate as a Junior Vendor for the ACE Handmade Holidays Makers Market in 2020.