Renegade Craft Fair

City Season Fair Participation Kit

Congratulations on your acceptance to Renegade Craft City!

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!

GENERAL INFORMATION

CITY
Month X + X
XX am - XX pm


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

Venue Name (Venue Website – New tab)

Address Line 1 (Link to Google Maps – New tab)
Address Line 2

This Fair will be held indoors.

-or-

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

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This Fair will be held outdoors, rain or shine!

Street parking is limited in the area and not guaranteed. -or- Other relevant parking details.

Chicago Winter Only:

Take advantage of our complimentary trolley service between Ashland Ave. Orange Line stop and Bridgeport Art Center! The first run from the CTA stop begins at 10:30 am and the last run from the Bridgeport Art Center is at 5:30 pm.

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

-or-

Service animals are welcome! Sorry, pets are not permitted.

The City Season Fair has on average XXX+ participants.

Historically, approximately XX,XXX attendees visit the Fair.

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!

Please share the eFlyer for the Fair and create an Instagram Story using the graphics provided here! Join our Facebook Event, and find us on Social @RenegadeCraft. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting with ads and promotion, but our collective voices are what make Renegade Fairs so successful.

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, and Facebook @RenegadeCraft.

#RenegadeCraft  ~ #RenegadeCity  ~ #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 X’ x X’ for a shared booth, X’ x X’ for a full booth, or X’ x X’ for a double booth. If you signed up for the mobile option, your set-up should be no larger than X’ x X’ 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 are oriented with the shortest side facing the aisle, so please 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.

(INDOOR FAIRS ONLY)

For indoor venues, participants are no longer allowed to bring in tent structures.

(OUTDOOR FAIRS ONLY)

For outdoor venues, we strongly encourage white tent tops.

(LOW LIGHT VENUES ONLY: XXX)

Given the venue -or- time of the event, 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

Please note that all rental orders are due by Day, XX/XX, no exceptions! If you do not submit a rental request you are responsible for providing your own display items.

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

For Fairs Offering Early Load-In:
NEW! Early Load-In is free with RSVP!
Load-in on Friday afternoon to make Saturday morning easier. Use the Rental Form below to submit your RSVP for Early Load-In.

Head here to request available rentals for this Fair.

PK2:
Sorry, rentals for this Fair are now closed!
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Sorry, furniture rentals for this Fair are now closed. WiFi and Early Load-In are still available until Day, XX/XX! Head here to request available rentals for this Fair.

Friday Before the Fair:
Sorry, rentals for this Fair are now closed!

ROSTER

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

R+R Email:
Our Roster for the Fair is now live on our website and it’s a one-of-a-kind beauty! Check it out, review your profile, and make sure everything looks a-ok including your icon, business name, bio, website, and Instagram.


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.

PK2:
Check out the Fair Page to view your Booth Assignment in the Roster and the Directory.
Please note: Booth assignments are subject to change.

LOAD-IN/OUT

Closer to the Fair, we’ll share details about load-in and out. Check back!

(Toggles are added for PK2)

Load-in will be staggered into two groups between 8 and 9 a.m. on Saturday. Each group will be given 30 minutes to load into Cyclorama and will have until 11 a.m to set-up. Please be set-up by 11 a.m. both days to greet early shoppers. Detailed load-in assignments are shared below!

Group 1 / 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. –  Booth Numbers 1-35 and 64-70
Group 2 / 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. –  Booth Numbers 36-63 and all mobile vendors

We suggest taking the first and closest parking space you can find and using a hand truck or cart to load-in from there. All vendors must load in through the front doors or freight elevator, located at 539 Tremont Street. Only commercial vehicles with commercial plates have permission to use the loading zone located in front of the building, so that area will be off-limits to all Renegade Craft Fair vendors.

There will be staff on-hand to help facilitate load-in. We will have a handful of handcarts available for vendors to use for load-in and out. The handcarts will be available on a first come first served basis and will require a photo I.D. as collateral.

Please note that vendors that arrive late or load-in after their assigned time without notifying the Rc team may have their booth forfeited at event start time. Vendors are also not permitted to spread out into empty booths outside of their assigned booth footprint.

Please know that if you have rented tables, chairs or clothing racks through Rc you will need to pick them up from the Rental Depot, located next to the Info booth. They will be available during load-in. Please return them to the rental depot while loading out on Sunday evening.

(INDOOR FAIRS)

The venue is be secured and closed overnight; however, we encourage you to take anything valuable with you for the night! If you do choose to leave your displays, merchandise, etc., please note that anything you leave overnight is done so at your own risk. Doors will open to vendors promptly at 9 am on Sunday, so please also keep this in mind when considering leaving anything overnight. The venue and Renegade Craft Fair are not responsible for any damages or theft that may occur.

(OUTDOOR FAIRS)

We have security roaming throughout the night, but please note that this is a public venue; we strongly encourage you to take your merchandize and anything valuable with you for the night. If you choose to leave your displays, merchandise, etc., please note that anything you leave overnight is done so at your own risk. The venue and Renegade Craft Fair are not responsible for any damages or theft that may occur. We also recommend you lower your tent in case of any weather.

Breakdown begins at 5 p.m. Please do not pack up early! Load-out will happen the same way as load-in. Help us make this a smooth and easy load-out by packing up your booth before bringing your car around.

Vendors are responsible for disposing of their own trash at the end of the night! Thank you for doing your part, we appreciate it.

FIRE REGULATIONS FOR TENTS IN LOS ANGELES
*REQUIRED*

In California, your tent must have a CA seal of approval for flame retardancy either sewn into the fabric or provided with the literature that is packed with the product. Most tent manufacturers can mail or email this if missing or lost. The Fire Marshal WILL be checking for these, so please ensure you have this ready for inspection at the start of the event.


If you rented a tent through Renegade on the rental form, our production company will ensure that the tent complies with California regulations for outdoor tents.

SF Only: FIRE CODE + BOOTH MATERIAL INFORMATION
*REQUIRED*

All materials and furnishings shall be either made from non-combustible materials or treated and maintained in a flame retardant condition by an approved flame retardant solution process and meet the flame and smoke density ratings as stated below.

All fabrics should comply with CPAl-84 and be labeled or certified as such or be flame treated. Flame retardant treatments shall be renewed as necessary or after each cleaning. Identification showing the date, type of treatment, the firm that treated the material, and Seal of the State of California Fire Marshal shall be located on or affixed to all treated materials or posted in booth approved by the facility Fire Marshal.

Combustible materials having a flame spread rating of less than 225 and a smoke density rating of less than 450, as determined by ASTME 84 (Tunnel Test), and certified as such, comply with the NFPA codes listed below. Please reference NFPA 701 and 101-10.3.1, 10.3.5, and 12.7.5 (all) for more information.

(MUST MEET REGULATIONS AS STATED ON THIS PAGE)

+ Wood that is properly treated

+ Drapes, hangings, curtains, and props

+ Foam core board (PVC) shall be a certified flame resistant type – no exceptions

+ Poster paper and banners

+ Decorative fabrics

+ Motion picture screens

+ ALL other decorative materials, including plastics

+ Cardboard

+ Plywood under 1/4″ thickness

+ Oil Paper

+ Tar Paper

+ Nylon

+ Materials that cannot be flame treated

+ Untreated material

+ Literature on display shall be limited to reasonable quantities (one day’s supply).

+ Reserve supplies shall be kept in closed containers and stored in a neat and compact manner free and clear of electrical cables or junction boxes

+ Exhibitors shall ensure their booths are cleaned of combustible rubbish regularly

+ Storage of empty cartons in exhibit booth area is not permitted

+ Storage of any kind is prohibited behind back drapes or display walls and inside the display area

+ All empty cardboard must be broken down and taken off-site

+ All empty crates must be taken off-site

+ If your booth is along one of the walls, DO NOT place items in the space between your booth and the wall.

Please note these very important restrictions regarding Fort Mason’s fire code regulations.

The Fire Marshal will be inspecting each event and will require that all participants be in compliance. Self-treating or spraying your materials is no longer permitted.

These items must be treated by a certified professional. Fort Mason also requires that storage containers not consist of cardboard, wood, or other highly combustible materials. Metal or plastic containers are acceptable.

The venue recommends that if you must store merchandise and supplies in cardboard or wood, leave those items in your vehicles and retrieve your stock throughout the day as needed.

Please email Kristin@Renegadecraft.com with any questions you may have.

Boston Only: Fire Code + Safety Information
*Required*

Please note this very important restriction regarding the City of Boston's fire code regulations.

The Fire Marshal will be inspecting each event and will require that all participants be in compliance. Cyclorama is a historic building and requires that any fabric used in ones decor or booth design have a flame retardant certificate issued by the City of Boston. You can submit samples of your fabric using the following form. They require a 12" x 12" sample of each kind of fabric you are using and it must be mailed in no less than three weeks before the Fair. Product you will be selling (clothing, tea towels, etc.) is exempt from testing.

If you have any questions regarding a flame retardant certificate, we recommend calling the Boston Fire Department at (617) 343-3527 with your inquiry.

Also be aware the following items are not permitted in the Cyclorama:
+ Helium balloons, glitter, confetti
+ Aerosol/spray paints
+ Drones/unmanned aircraft systems
+ Fog machines, haze machines, Ice Sculptures and/or dry ice, candles and/or any open flames
+ Tape or other adhesive materials cannot be used on grey perimeter walls.
+ Any enclosures (pop tents, ceiling treatments)

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.

R+R Email: 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, coffee, 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.

R+R Email: We strongly suggest bringing plenty of water, coffee, and snacks with you to keep you energized throughout the Fair. Check out the Roster to see the Food + Drink participants that will be at 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.

CALIFORNIA FAIRS ONLY: NEW!
CALIFORNIA SELLER’S PERMIT

The California Department of Tax and Administration is now requiring all participants in the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fairs to register for and provide a Seller’s Permit number. Registering is free, easy, simple, and can be done online. You may electronically register for a seller’s permit here and select "Register a New Business Activity or Location." Seller’s Permits are valid for only 90 days and are location specific.

After you register for your Seller’s Permit, please complete this form so we can add your information to our file. You must register for your seller’s permit and complete our form no later than 7 days before the Fair.

Please keep a copy of your Seller’s Permit on hand during the Fair in case an agent requests to see it.

Please visit the www.cdtfa.ca.gov if you have any questions.

CHI ONLY: State of Illinois Special Event Tax Collection

All exhibitors making sales in Illinois are required to report and pay all tax due based on their total receipts within ten (10) days of the close of the exhibit. The current tax rate for the location of the special event is printed on the coupon to assist you in calculating your tax due.

Renegade Craft Fair does not provide tax advice. If you have questions regarding this process, please call the State of Illinois Department of Revenue at (847) 294-4475 or email Ms. Barbara Wagner at rev.specialevents@illinois.gov

More information can also be found here.

Business Tax + Permitting Information

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

SPONSOR OFFERINGS

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 Gang! Certain rentals require check-in; please refer to the rental section for further details.

We will have complimentary Maker pins available while supplies last.

Please fill out our survey after the fair to share your experience with us! If you have a testimonial or success story to share with us, we’d love to hear it. Thanks in advance!

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 both before and after 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 nearly 300,000 fans and followers online (nearly 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.

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