When and where is the Renegade Craft fair being held?
London’s 3rd Annual Renegade Craft Fair will take place November 9 + 10 2013, from 11am – 6pm at the Old Truman Brewery.
How do I join?
Applications are open from August 2 – 23. You must fill out the complete application and pay your booth fee by midnight on August 23 in order to be considered for a space at the fair. In the application, you will be asked to provide a link to a website where we can view your work. Provide us with a direct link to photos of your work, such as your shop or gallery. We do not accept samples or individual photos of your work to jury.
What does it mean that the fair is juried?
Because we receive many more applications than we can accept, and to keep the items offered at the fair of high quality, every fair is juried by our staff. We review everyone’s complete application and then make our choice based on several factors (see below). Check out Insider Tips on submitting an all-star application from our Renegade Blog, or check out our Photos to get an idea of what we’re looking for at our Fairs.
What criteria do you us to make your decisions?
- How your items fit in with our vision of ‘Renegade’ or DIY crafts; innovative and original items produced using traditional craft methods but not based on any pre-existing patterns or products.
- The overall cohesiveness and consistency of your work.
- If your items are made by hand, or if some of your designs are produced/manufactured elsewhere.
- If your work falls more into the categories of Fine Art, Fine Craft, Fair Trade Goods, High Fashion or Vintage.
- How your items are represented in your photos/website.
- If a shared application, the cumulative quality of the booth. We do not pick and choose artists off of a shared application.
- If a return vendor, how your work has progressed since participating in or applying to past fairs. We’re looking to see whether or not you’ve produced new items or designs, so we can keep the Fair fresh and exciting year in and year out for shoppers.
- The number and diversity of designs or products you offer. We seek makers offering a well cultivated line of goods or that specialize in one type of product offered in a variety of styles.
- If the average price of your items falls outside of what is typical at The Renegade Craft Fair. We pride ourselves as being an affordable marketplace for handmade goods, with prices typically ranging between $1-$250.
- Our need to diversify the crafts available at The Renegade Craft Fair.
How much does it cost to participate in the fair?
We are happy to offer a variety of pricing options for artist/makers:
For a $400 booth fee, you can apply for a standard 8×8 (2.4 x 2.4 meter) booth. You can apply with your own business, or use this option to apply with others. Please be sure to list everyone in one application, including everyone’s business name(s), website(s), contact info and more. If you’d like to share with another vendor, you have the option to apply in one application or apply separately and note who you’d like to share with.
For a $200 booth fee, you can apply for a shared 8×8 booth standard booth. You can either specify another vendor you’d like to share your booth with (who applies separately), or you can choose to be paired up with artist/maker vendor by the Renegade Gang for a shared 8×8 booth standard booth. We will curate 8×8 booth pairings from our pool of accepted shared booth applicants. Keep in mind that for sharing a booth, you will need to have a smaller display. We will have smaller tables available for rent to accommodate shared booths.
For a $200 booth fee, you can also apply to sell your wares from a small roving set-up, such as a cart, tray, bicycle, or wagon, in lieu of setting up shop in a standard booth. This option offers more spontaneity, and lets you move about the event selling your wares.
For a $800 booth fee, you can apply for a double-wide 8×16 booth. This option is great for those wanting to share space with multiple friends, or accommodating larger items and displays.
How do I submit my application payment?
You will be prompted to pay the fee once your application has been submitted. All fees must be submitted via PayPal, we do not accept personal checks or credit cards over the telephone. You do not need a PayPal account to submit your fee. As long as you have a debit or credit card, submitting payment via PayPal is super easy. If you have any specific questions about PayPal processing or your existing PayPal account, please visit the PayPal Help page. We only review paid applications.
When and how will I know if I’m accepted?
You’ll be notified by email on August 29 as to whether or not you’ve been accepted into the fair. If you haven’t received anything from us by the end of the day on August 29, please email us.
If I am accepted into the Fair, what does my booth fee cover?
First and foremost, your fee goes towards your booth space at the fair. In addition, everyone will receive an icon + link on our popular Makers page through the end of the year. Select artists will also be featured on our blog and via our various social networking sites leading up to and during the fair.
We always advertise and promote the fair and draw tens of thousands of attendees to each event who will see your work in person. This often turns into other opportunities, including future sales, wholesale opportunities, media exposure, networking and more.
Please note that vendors are responsible for supplying their own display items. Tables and chairs will be available to rent through us once accepted.
Is my application fee refundable?
If you’re not accepted, your application fee less $25 will be issued to you as a refund via PayPal by September 5 (processing times may apply). We keep a $25 jurying fee per application to cover the administrative costs associated with jurying each event. Application cycles require web updates, data entry, spending the proper amount of time and consideration when reviewing each and every application, and processing refunds to those not admitted to the event once decisions have been made.
If accepted, what is your cancellation policy?
Once accepted into the fair, you have until October 11 to cancel and still receive a full refund. If you have to cancel after this date you will receive a 50% refund up until October 25 – two weeks before the fair. No refunds will be offered if a cancellation is made within two weeks of the fair.
Once you cancel, you forfeit your spot in the fair and you are not permitted to sell or trade your space. We have a long waiting list and reserve the right to fill spots as we see fit.
Do I need any licenses or permits to participate?
You are responsible for registering your small business and collecting sales tax/VAT for the items you are selling, when applicable. This guide can assist you in deciding if you need to register for a VAT.
Can International vendors apply for the Fair?
International vendors are welcome to apply to the Fair! Remember that your merchandise will be subject to UK customs review and applicable customs charges upon entering the United Kingdom.
If you have questions about traveling to the UK with merchandise in your luggage this guide is helpful.
If you choose to ship your merchandise to the UK, contact your local shipping company for information on customs duties and taxes applied to your package.
For questions about importing goods, traveling to the UK, duty free allowances, or any other customs related matter, email HM Revenue Customs at email@example.com.
What do I need to know about currency conversion?
Because this Fair is being held in the UK, please take into account that cash sales will be in £GBP.
If you are a vendor from the US, EU, or a nation outside the UK:
We recommend you price your goods accordingly in £GBP, or have an up to date currency conversion chart on hand to make it easy to sell your items to attendees. You will also need to be able to make change for your customers in £GBP, so please plan ahead.
If you are a vendor who accepts credit cards please inform your customers if their transaction will be charged using your local currency, and the approximation of exchange rates.
Find information on the most up to date exchange rates here.
Thank you for reading!
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