Renegade Craft Fair

Austin Spring Fair Participation Kit

Congratulations on your acceptance to Renegade Craft Austin!

We are so excited to have you as a part of our community! We’ve created this handy Participation Kit to get ready for the Fair. Please take a moment to click through and read each section, which has detailed and important information.

A friendly note from Renegade: Keep in mind that we cannot be held accountable for mishaps or misinformation that may arise as a result of participants not reading through the content provided, so please read carefully!

FAIR INFORMATION

AUSTIN
May 9 + 10
11 am - 6 pm


Please click here to visit the homepage for this Fair, and share your participation with your friends and fans!

Fair Market

1100 E. 5th St.
Austin, TX 78702

This Fair is indoors with some outdoor food trucks and features, and will go on rain or shine.

  • Street parking is available along E. 5th St., but not guaranteed, and the following times and rates are subject to change by the city at any time:
    • $1.00 per hour with a 5 hours maximum. Saturday: 11am-midnight. Sundays are usually free.
  • Additional parking can also be found at these locations (subject to change):
    • Garage parking west of the venue at Corazon – $5.00 per hour
    • Metered lot right behind Fair Market on 6th St. – $5.00 per hour
    • Parking lot on the corner of 7th and Medina St. – public parking on weekends – $5.00 per hour
  • Please observe all posted signs regarding parking.

Leashed pets and service animals are welcome to join in on the fun!

The Austin Spring Fair has on average 130+ participants.

Historically, approximately 7,000 attendees visit the Fair.

Prior to the Fair, send us your questions and ideas through our contact form! We’ll email you back asap.

During the weekend of the Fair, you can call or text our on-site crew on the Rc hotline phone!

That number is: 312-342-0687.

PROMOTE YOUR PARTICIPATION

We’re so excited that you are participating, and hope you are, too! Let your friends, family, and followers know by spreading the word and generating excitement for the Fair so we can make it as bustling, successful, and vibrant as can be!

Find all our promotional assets in the toggles below, yours to use!


Find us on social @RenegadeCraft to follow along, and join our Facebook Event and invite your community.

You can also let your friends and followers know you’re heading to Renegade by posting these graphics that come in multiple color variations to match your feed.

We love to see what you’ve been up to you–share your #RenegadeProcess with us, we always repost our faves. Be sure to use our hashtags when promoting your involvement in the Fair, so we can find your post! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook @RenegadeCraft.

#RenegadeCraft  ~ #RenegadeAustin  ~ #RenegadeProcess

Tweet, DM, and share our Facebook Event with your community! Anyone you think we should be talking to or advertising with? Let us know in the Contact Form below!

SET UP + SALES

We encourage you to accept credit cards and cash at the Fair. Many mobile card readers now provide offline mode capabilities for your device or tablet, which allows you to accept swiped card payments when Internet service or your connection is giving you trouble.

If you are using a processing device without WiFi, still keep in mind that the network sometimes gets a little crowded. If you’re having trouble, we recommend taking down the customer’s credit card information/telephone number and running the charge later when you have a stable connection.

Depending on which size booth you applied for, your footprint at the Fair measures 3’ x 6’ for a shared booth, 6’ x 6’ for a full booth, or 12’ x 6’ for a double booth. If you are a mobile vendor, your set-up should be no larger than 3’ x 6’ and should be maneuverable throughout the venue.

If you signed up for a shared booth, we will email an introduction to your boothmate soon. Make sure to contact and coordinate with your partner on your booth set-up and rental needs. Please note that shared booths most typically are oriented with the shortest side facing the aisle. Please work with your booth partner and plan your booth accordingly.

Your booth display is entirely up to you, and we encourage you to make your set-up just as creative as the goods you are selling.

For indoor venues, participants are not allowed to use tent frames due to fire code restrictions.

Given the venue, consider whether your display may need additional lighting. If so, we recommend battery-powered lights as access to power outlets cannot be guaranteed.

If you have chosen a shared booth option please be sure to reach out to your booth partner to discuss how to best orient your booth for the best display.

 

 

RENTAL OFFERINGS

All rental orders are due by Sunday, 4/26, no exceptions! If you do not submit a rental request you are responsible for providing your own display items and furniture.

Make sure to consider your booth size and display when requesting rental items.

Note, WiFi is not available for rent and is not provided at this Fair. Please plan accordingly.

We are excited to offer (and strongly encourage utilizing) free early load-in on Friday, 5/8 between 3–5 pm, no RSVP required.

Head here to request rental items for this Fair.

ROSTER

We’ll be posting our Roster for the Fair to our website soon, you’re in good company!

BOOTH ASSIGNMENT

Booth Assignments will be announced soon, once curation is complete. Stay tuned! You’ll receive another email in the coming weeks when this Participation Kit is updated.


LOAD-IN/OUT

Closer to the Fair, we’ll share specifics about load-in and out, rentals, and overnight security.

We are excited to offer free early load-in on Friday, 5/8 between 3–5 pm, no RSVP required. We strongly recommend taking advantage of Friday load-in to make Saturday morning a breeze.

Check back later for more details!

EXCELLING AT THE FAIR

It’s an exciting experience to come out of the studio and into a vibrant marketplace, so we’ve come up with a few tips that can help you make the most of your participation.


Give a smile, say hello, tell attendees about your products, offer samples, and make a connection! Shoppers might be put off if you’re on your phone or iPad, so keep that in mind when trying to make the most of your participation.

Business cards, buttons, postcards, catalogs, and other promotional materials are a great way to start the conversation with your potential buyers.

Include a mailing list sign-up at your booth, with signage to let folks know how to get in touch with you after the Fair, or how to follow you on social media.

Let buyers know that your business bio and links to your website and Instagram are also on the Renegade Craft website, in case they lose your information. Renegade reserves the right to select roster images and photos provided by the links submitted in your Participation Application. Once our Roster is live, please check your business name, bio, and links are accurate.

Most people’s priority is to sell their work at the Fair, but also remember your work is being seen by thousands of attendees. This is your chance to make a lasting impression on a large audience, which often leads to future online sales, wholesale orders, editorial features, and other amazing opportunities.

We strongly suggest bringing plenty of water, refreshments, and snacks with you to keep you energized throughout the Fair. It is also helpful to bring a friend along to help run your booth and hold down the fort so you can take a couple of breaks throughout the day.

BUSINESS TAX + PERMITTING INFORMATION

For Business Tax + Permitting Information, please visit our FAQ page.

Rc Staff Contact Information

During the weekend of the Fair, you can call or text our on-site crew on the Rc hotline phone!

That number is: 312-342-0687.

There is not an official Fair Participant check-in, but please feel free to pop by our Information Booth at the Fair to introduce yourself, ask a question, share ideas, or meet the Renegade Team! Certain rentals require check-in; please refer to the rental section for further details.

We will have complimentary enamel pins available while supplies last.

Participation Perks

Renegade offers creatives an opportunity to connect with engaged fans and enthusiastic shoppers. There are many additional benefits that come along with joining our events! Here’s what we have to offer:

  • Your Booth space. Create your own pop-up shop to showcase and sell your work to an engaged audience!
  • Inclusion on our roster. Our website’s 150K+ unique pageviews per month will put your linked site in front of a variety of buyers and shoppers leading up to the Fair.
  • Wholesale opportunities. Buyers head to Renegade to discover unique makers and products like yours, and many reach out during and after the show to set-up accounts with their store.
  • Networking and collaborations. Tap into our vibrant creative community by connecting with neighboring makers for potential collaborations, resources, and other exciting opportunities.
  • Potential social features. With a thriving following of over 300,000 fans and followers online (over 200k on Instagram alone), we handpick and feature exceptional makers and participants on our social media.

Fun Facts*:

  • 97% of attendees return to Renegade Craft.
  • Attendees spend around 2 hours and $50–$300 at the Fair.
  • 50% of vendors make sales before and after the Fair due to their inclusion on our roster.
  • Annually, Renegade works with 3,000+ participants and attracts 300,000+ attendees.

*Based on responses from our annual survey.