Thank you for your interest in participating with the Renegade Craft Fair! Below we have outlined various opportunities with RCF, including information for Makers, Workshops, Foodies, Sponsors, Installation Artists and more.
We have combined the Maker Application so that you can apply to multiple Fairs in one go! Acceptance and jurying will still be considered on a city-by-city basis. You can apply for the Holiday Fairs here.
MAKERS + WORKSHOPS
We’re seeking the best and brightest individuals who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in DIY handcrafted goods. This includes Makers of innovative and original products and creative folks looking to host a hands-on handmade workshop.
We love having Workshops participate so much and love that it provides an active way for attendees to get inspired and learn how to get involved in the DIY community as Makers themselves! With this gratitude, we provide a few extra promotional perks to those purchasing a Workshop Booth. In addition to the Roster Icon in our Special Features section, we will also provide all participating Workshops with additional promotional support including: mentions in up to three e-blasts to our extensive mailing list, special shoutouts in our Press Release, and a mention on the Fair Details page as a Special Feature to help get the business name out there!
You can apply for the any of the Fairs in the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday tour here. Please read our FAQ below before applying.
FOOD + DRINK MERCHANTS
We’re on the lookout for exceptional food trucks, stands, carts and pre-packaged edibles to make each Fair a destination for delicious food + drink, as well as the best in indie-craft and design. We’re looking for savory and sweet offerings, as well as coffee, tea, and other refreshing drinks to keep our crowds fed and happy! At some events we can host a bar serving Spirits. If you are looking to get involved in that capacity, please contact us.
If you wish to serve food that’s prepared or cooked on site, additional permits and licensing may be required, depending on which event you are applying to. To learn more about these requirements, please choose from the links below for city specific information and applications.
SPONSORS + PARTNERS
We could not host these fairs without the generous support from our Sponsors and Partners! We have many participation options, including: booth presence, furnishing an activity, connecting with our artists, and several other promotional opportunities. If you are interested in partnering with RCF, please read our Sponsorship info to learn more. You will be asked to fill-out our Sponsor inquiry Form from there, and we will be in touch if we feel it’s a good fit.
At each Fair we strive to make the experience lively, dynamic and beautiful through creative, large-scale installation pieces, cozy seating areas and fun activities. Want to set up a Vintage Showcase, a Gift Wrap Station, or a Photo Booth? We’d love it! If you feel like you could bring something fun, beautiful, or exciting to the Fairs please fill out our form and we’ll be in touch if we have the space and feel it’s a good fit for the venue. We encourage Special Features presenters to try and sell their work, in addition to showcasing what they do to a widespread audience.
Frequently Asked Questions + Answers
WHAT CRITERIA AND QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU LOOK FOR IN YOUR APPLICANTS?
Each fair is juried by select members of our staff, who review the pool of applications thoroughly and handpick the artists that are the best fit for RCF, as we envision it. We thoughtfully and carefully choose applicants based on a number of criteria, listed below.
- Your work is designed by you, made by hand, and not outsourced in an unethical way. Please provide information in your application if your products aren’t entirely made by you or by hand.
- Your work overall is cohesive and consistent, and you provide clear examples for us to view.
- Your work is innovative and unique and you avoid saturated trends. We encourage you to expand your work into new and dynamic places!
- If you are a returning vendor, your work has progressed since participating. We’re always on the lookout for fresh ideas.
- The average price of your items falls within what is typical at the Renegade Craft Fair, with prices typically ranging between $1-$250.
- If you are a pre-packaged edibles Vendor, you offer unique packaging and flavors showcased in a thoughtful, well designed booth. We expect artisanal food to reach for the same levels of ingenuity with their products and displays as our other craft participants.
- If you are a concessions vendor you offer fare that goes above and beyond what’s found at a typical festival environment.
- If you are applying with a workshop, it should be engaging and well-planned, while also appealing to our shoppers. We want to know all of the details; so be sure to include your timeline, set-up and list of materials you will be using.
Want to see our criteria in action? Check out our guide for submitting an all-star application here.
WHAT ARE MY FOOTPRINT OPTIONS?
We’ve listed all of our Booth Options here to give you a detailed sense of the different kinds of footprints you can have at the Fairs! Please check it and feel free to contact us if you have further questions.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FAIR?
We are happy to offer a variety of pricing options for our vendors. Our standard fees for independent artists range from $125 to $1,000 at each fair, depending on your footprint. Fees for food + drink vendors, sponsors, and other select participants varies.
WHAT DOES THE BOOTH FEE COVER AND INCLUDE?
Your fee covers your booth space at the fair. Please note that vendors are responsible for supplying their own display items. Limited equipment and amenities will be available to rent through RCF once accepted into a Fair.
Your fee also includes an icon and link to your business website on our event Roster for that year, and in our Roster Archive after the Fair is complete. which remains up until the end of the year. Select artists will also be featured on our blog and our various social networking sites leading up to and during the fair.
Workshop participants receive a link and description of the workshop on our website, press release, and newsletters leading up to and after the Fair. A perk we offer for creating a fun hands-on experience at our Fairs!
We always advertise and promote the Fair itself, which draws tens of thousands of attendees to shop your booths at each Fair. This often turns into other opportunities including future sales, wholesale orders, media exposure, networking, and more.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY APPLICATION PAYMENT?
You will be prompted to pay your booth 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 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.
IF I DON'T GET IN, IS MY BOOTH FEE REFUNDABLE?
Yes. If you are not accepted as a vendor, we’ll refund your booth fee less a $25 jurying fee that covers the expenses associated with jurying candidates, as well as the administrative costs required to process applications and approvals.
WHEN AND HOW WILL I KNOW IF I AM ACCEPTED?
You’ll be notified by email from one of our Vendor Coordinators as to whether or not you’ve been accepted. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of feedback requests, we cannot provide individual feedback to all applicants not accepted as vendors.
IF I AM ACCEPTED, WHAT IS YOUR REFUND / CANCELLATION POLICY?
We offer full refunds less a $25 jurying fee on cancellations up to one month prior to the Fair. After that, we offer a 50% discount on cancellations until two weeks prior to the Fair. If you cancel within two weeks of the date of the Fair, we do not offer refunds of any amount due to the proximity of the event, but we will however keep your icon listed on our Roster. 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 HAVE TO COLLECT SALES TAX?
You are responsible for registering your small business with the IRS and collecting sales tax (if applicable) for the items you’re selling. When tax time comes around, you’ll have to pay income tax on all the items you sold and pay the sales tax to the state where the fair is held. We recommend that you call the IRS for more info.
IRS: 1-800-829-4933 or www.irs.gov
ARE THERE ANY OTHER CONDITIONS AS PART OF MY ACCEPTANCE?
All accepted vendors will be added to our mailing list, so that we may send important correspondence to you via e-blast. Those wishing to be removed should do so themselves once the event is over. Renegade Craft Fair will create an icon for each accepted vendor for display on our Roster, using an image of our choosing from the accepted vendor’s website. Still have questions? Shoot us an e-mail.
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