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.
MAKERS, WORKSHOPS + FOODIES
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, creative folks looking to host a hands-on workshop, and creators of fine pre-packaged artisan foods.
If you fall under one of these categories, you can apply using our standard application per city. Please read our FAQ below before applying.
FOOD + DRINK MERCHANTS
We’re on the lookout for exceptional food trucks, stands, and carts 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. 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.
We are looking for artists and designers to help make our Fairs and venues beautiful through creative, large-scale installation pieces and cozy seating areas. If you have an art installation you’d like to show off, or want to provide a cool seating area or vignette, 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 installation artists and seating providers to try and sell their work, in addition to showcasing their work 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 an artisanal food 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?
Listed below are general explanations of our booth options. The exact booth sizes vary per fair due to capacity and venue constraints, so please be sure to check our fair-specific apply pages to get the exact dimensions of the booth options available. Please note that booths do not come with partitions to separate the booths from one another, and your entire booth display is up to you. Some rental items are available thru us once accepted into the fair.
Standard Full Booth ~ Full Booths are typically square in shape. A great option for folks interested in having a decent sized display or inventory at the Fair. Also ideal for friends who would like to share a booth.
Half Booth ~ Half Booths are half of our standard booth sizes, and are typically rectangle in shape. These booths may sometimes be oriented vertically and sometimes horizontally to the aisle, depending on the venue layout. A good option for vendors who have a small set-up.
Double Booth ~ Double Booths are two standard booths side by side. Double Booths are an excellent way to showcase larger work and complex displays, or share a booth with multiple friends.
Mobile Booth ~ Mobile Booths are moveable (for example, on wheels) booth displays that roam throughout the event. Mobile booths are not trailers, food trucks, or large stationary set-ups.
Trucks + Trailers ~ We offer limited space for Trucks and Trailers at our Fairs. This option is most suitable for Food Trucks and folks with a large Trailer-sized set-ups.
Before applying, please contact us if you have further inquiries about the description of your chosen booth size. We’re happy to help!
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, 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 email at firstname.lastname@example.org.