Are you a maker, a creator, a crafter or an artist? Apply to be a vendor at the first ever BlogPodium Handmade Market.
At BlogPodium, we understand that it takes more than a great product to make your business a success. Small business owners rely on social media marketing to share their work and engage an audience. We all know that connecting with the right influencer can get your product the attention it deserves so this year, we have created a venue for makers and bloggers to interact, have conversations, explore collaborations – and shop, of course!
BlogPodium is a conference run by bloggers for bloggers. Founded in 2011, BlogPodium attracts a rich variety of participants who are highly engaged, tech-savvy, and passionate about design, fashion, décor, DIY, crafts, food, parenting and healthy lifestyle. Have a look at our video channel to get a sense of our events and see what we’re all about.
Our attendees are 99% female, 73% between the ages of 25-44. Attendees come to BlogPodium to gain knowledge about blogging and social media; to network with their peers; and to connect with businesses that want to work with bloggers. BlogPodium happens on Sept.26, 2015 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.
About the Handmade Market
New this year, we are introducing a highly-curated handmade market that will be open for the duration of BlogPodium, from 8am to 5pm on Sept.26th. This market will feature vendors of stylish handmade goods, crafts, and creative services. Vendors of the following types or products or services that appeal to a discerning lifestyle blogger audience are encouraged to participate:
- baby or child clothing
- party or craft goods
- home decor items
- fashion accessories
- creative workshop providers (photography, crafts, baking)
- artists, printmakers
Benefits to Vendors
This is not your average craft show. The market is intended to help vendors generate sales, increase awareness of their products, and to connect small business owners directly with hundreds of lifestyle influencers. BlogPodium provides Vendors with significant pre-conference marketing in addition to the booth space.
As a vendor, you will enjoy the following benefits:
- a 6’x2.5′ table, tablecloth, 1 chair in the Handmade Market
- continental breakfast, hot lunch, and coffee breaks
- a mention in the Handmade Market post on the BlogPodium blog
- a mention in the BlogPodium newsletter
- a feature in our Handmade Market lookbook including one product image, your site name and url, and brief bio
- a listing in our printed BlogPodium event guide (distributed to all conference attendees) including your site name and url
- the option to provide an item to be included in the BlogPodium gift bags
Booth fee: $350 + 5% GST
How To Apply
To apply, send an email titled Handmade Market Application to firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the following information:
- Name of Business
- Business Address
- Contact Name
- Website address
- Instagram, Facebook or Twitter handles
Vendor spaces are limited so apply now.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the hours of the Handmade Market?
The Market will run the same hours as BlogPodium, from 8am-5pm on September 26, 2015 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver.
How many vendors will be selling at the Market?
There will be no more than 20 vendors at the Market
When is my booth deposit due?
Booth deposit of $175 is due upon selection to be a Handmade Market Vendor. We accept payment via Paypal. Space is not reserved officially until we receive the deposit. The deadline to pay the remainder of the booth fee is September 14th.
What is your refund policy?
If you are accepted as a Market Vendor and are unable to participate, you will get a 100% refund of your deposit if we are notified on or before July 26th. If you notify us on or before August 12th, you will receive a 50% refund of your deposit. After August 12th there will be no refunds issued. Our refund policy is put into place to ensure that all of our booths are filled and so we have adequate notice if you are unable to participate in order to find a new vendor from our waiting list to take your place.
What time is set-up and tear-down for vendors?
Vendors may set up in the market venue between 6am-8am on September 26th. A limited number of vendors may set up the night prior on September 25th (exact timing and number to be determined). Tear down can start at 5pm on September 26th.
Are tables and chairs provided? Do I have to bring my own tablecloth?
A 6’x2.5′ table and one chair is provided. A floor-length tablecloth is also provided. Booths are open-concept and there is no draping or partitions between booths.
How can I decorate my booth?
You are free to decorate the table top as you wish – use garlands or banners to overlay the tablecloth; create eye-catching and attractive displays. All decor must be free-standing; you cannot affix anything to the ceiling or walls.
What should vendors bring to accept payment from market patrons?
It is highly recommended that vendors bring some form of method to accept credit card payments as well as cash. Wifi will be available within the conference space for all vendors and there is an ATM on the hotel premises.