+ What is Handmade Pop-Up?
Handmade Pop-Up is a curated online market featuring goods from independent artists around the world. Our mission is to break down geographical barriers in the artist community and increase overall accessibility to high-quality art and handcrafted goods.
We operate on a pop-up basis, meaning the event is live and shoppable for 1 month in the spring and winter of each year. Our Winter '19 event will take place November 1st - 30th, 2019. We are currently accepting artist applications, and the deadline to apply is September 15th, 2019.
+ What do you look for in a vendor?
Handmade Pop-Up is a juried show, which helps us ensure that our shop offerings are diverse and varied, yet cohesive enough to consistently meet our customers’ expectations surrounding quality and aesthetic. We would recommend that you familiarize yourself with our online platforms to get a feel for what kind of artists we’ve worked with in the past. As the first to blaze the path for online pop-ups in the art industry, we’re always on the lookout for things being done in a fresh way!
We are looking for innovative artists, designers, and craftspeople. We’re after original, thoughtfully designed, well-crafted work that is designed and made by you, or by a collective that you’re directly part of. While it’s not mandatory, we consider it an asset to have a consistent online presence that represents your current offerings. It doesn’t matter how established you are, it just helps us better assess your work and if it would align with our audience. A lot of time is spent reviewing each and every applicant, with special attention to your application responses and the online links you provide. We of course want to work with artists who value the same things we do, and who are excited about participating in group activities and connecting with like minded artists.
Please understand there is always more demand than we’re able to accommodate. Despite being an online venue, we do still establish a strict capacity to ensure we’re able to provide our artists with marketing opportunities and support them in the best way we can!
Our Winter '19 event will take place November 1st - 30th, 2019. We are currently accepting artist applications, and the deadline to apply is September 15th, 2019.
The first time I participated in Handmade Pop-Up I had zero experience selling my work online. The HMPU community energized and supported me through the new territory and the experience blew me away. I felt motivated by my fellow makers to share my work in a meaningful and intentional way and learned so much about delivering a quality experience to new customers. I formed relationships with fellow creatives and we have continued to support each other over the past year. That support in itself has been invaluable and the guidance delivered by Sam + Grace was priceless, what an incredible platform! Personally, the best part was the confidence it gave me to continue to share and sell my artwork... I owe a lot to the Handmade Pop-Up for that, truly.
- MONIKA KRALICEK, MONIKAKRALICEK.COM
+ What's included?
Handmade Pop-Up offers artists the opportunity to connect with customers who are passionate about art and handmade, while selling their work alongside an incredible roster of artists. It’s a unique collaborative experience, and as far as online pop-ups go, we’re the only one of its kind!
Here’s what we offer to participating artists:
▷ An online platform to market and sell your work to a global audience who realizes the value of handmade goods, and who is passionate about supporting small businesses. We average over 20,000 visitors to our online shop during our 12-day pop-up alone.
▷ 8 product listings in the shop for the full month-long event. Each product is allowed up to 3 types of variants (Color, Size, etc.) and unlimited stock count (so long as you are able to fulfill all orders by the shipping deadline provided).
▷ Inclusion in our website and Instagram artist directory. This will be live leading up to the event and following the event (roughly 6 months), giving you ongoing exposure throughout the year. The website directory will showcase one of your photos and link to your website, and the Instagram directory will spotlight you via our highlighted stories.
▷ Education and resources. We provide educational resources, live orientation sessions, and office hours to help you get your work prepped for the big event and also some great advice to bring forward into your business well after the event.
▷ Networking opportunities. You will be invited into our vibrant and growing creative community. This is a fantastic opportunities for connections and collaborations. While we do facilitate a bunch of event challenges and contests leading up to and throughout the event, it’s largely up to you to actively participate in order to make the most of your experience!
▷ Marketing opportunities. We’ll handpick and showcase select participants across all the Handmade Pop-Up platforms: Instagram, Facebook, newsletter. This happens leading up to and following the event. We try our very best to promote our artists, but please note, this isn’t a guaranteed or paid feature.
+ How much does it cost to participate?
Handmade Pop-Up collects a non-refundable jurying fee of $25 USD. Whether or not you are accepted to participate in the event, this fee is non-refundable and covers the time and resources spent carefully reviewing all applications.
Handmade Pop-Up also collects a 9% commission on each sale you make.
*A note for returning artists: We have switched up our model, so please make sure you read this entire page to stay up to date! We felt our recent switch to a commission-based model would better serve our artists. It’s a low risk investment for your small business, and it means beyond the base jurying fee, you only have to pay when you make a sale.
+ What is expected of me?
We’re always working hard to elevate the seller experience so we can make this as easy as possible on you. There are a few foundational things we expect from you to help make this a smooth and successful event:
▷ Deadlines. Meeting all deadlines and submission requirements is crucial. Once you are accepted as a selling artist, you’ll receive an email with our event timeline, next steps, and all the resources you need to start preparing your product listings.
▷ Attention to detail. It’s small but so important to the overall operational flow of the event. Please read the resources we provide in full to ensure you’re prepping your product listings as per the mandatory formatting provided.
▷ Shipping is the sole responsibility of the seller. All sellers are required to ship internationally. As a global online market, we don’t want to limit the shopping experience for any regions. Shipping deadlines will be outlined in the onboarding email following acceptance, and it is important to honor these to ensure smooth production of the event.
▷ Pricing for product and shipping. Please note, we charge in USD. Full guidelines will be sent to accepted sellers, but you will be responsible for setting your own rates in USD. As shipping rates are different in every country, we are not able to offer guidance on individual pricing.
▷ Marketing & participation. Although we will be working hard to promote the online market and our incredible artists, it only benefits yourself and your peers to help spread the word. Just as with in-person markets, your participation doesn’t guarantee sales, so we’ll all be working hard to encourage one another! We will be facilitating sharing challenges and giveaways, and while it’s not mandatory, there is a level of expectation that sellers will participate in all facets of the event. We’re founded on the belief in community, and we’re always eager to work with artists who will put in the work to be part of that.
+ What happens after I apply?
We will notify all applicants by the end of September to let them know if they have, or have not, been accepted for the Winter '19 event. We send our emails via MailChimp, so please remember to check your spam/junk/promotions/updates folder so you don't miss the update. The best practice is to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe list.
Please remember, whether or not you are accepted to participate in the event, the $25 USD jurying fee is non-refundable and covers the time and resources spent carefully reviewing all applications.
If you are accepted, you will receive an onboarding package that will include the event timeline, next steps, and resources to start prepping your work, and anything else you should know moving forward. You will also be invited to our private vendor group, which is the go-to resource and sounding board in the weeks leading up to the event. Once vendors have been welcomed, we will add the Vendor Directory to our website and Instagram, and then our promotions will commence!
+ What is the refund/cancellation policy?
As we are working on such a tight timeline and have budgeted the number of participants accordingly, the $25 USD jurying fee is completely non-refundable once your application has been submitted. If you do not wish to participate after you are accepted, please let us know and we can remove you from the mailing list.
Grace and Sam are somehow able to bring a high-bar professionalism and keep reachable accessibility to the Handmade Pop-Up. Cabal Crafted has never felt like it was just 'another vendor', nor has it ever felt like I was participating in some low quality vanity project. I’m convinced that they don’t just want to grow the maker community with the HMPU, but that they also want to grow with it. No one else that I know of is doing something as sustainable or intimately innovative for makers in this way. I’m glad they evaluate which vendors make sense for each pop-up. Participating with them has helped Cabal Crafted observe how its approach to design and craft interacts with a global audience without the risk of being drowned beneath thousands of other vendors' 'stuff'.
- WALTER CABAL, CABALCRAFTED.COM
My name is Ellen and I’m the hands behind FIBROUS, a woven goods and fiber accessory brand in Austin, TX. As someone who already does most of my business online, I‘ve always felt right at home as a vendor for the Handmade Pop-Up.
Sharing my work alongside dozens of incredible women-run businesses all over the globe has not only been inspiring, but challenging and unifying in all the right ways. I find it creatively re-energizing to meet other women who are working in vastly different mediums, yet share the same passion for their process. Connecting with them throughout the market has sparked friendships and conversations that have pushed me forward as both an artist and business person-not to mention my collection of handmade goods is growing exponentially! Moving forward, I hope to be able to foster that space for others as Grace and Sam both have for me and I’m incredibly thankful to take part in this community as both a vendor and customer at The Handmade Pop-Up.
- ELLEN BRUXVOORT, FIBROUSATX.COM
Handmade Pop-Up is one of my all-time favorite selling opportunities out there…and I’ve tried a lot of them! Not only is it curated so well, which makes my own product feel more high-end, it’s also low-risk and high reward!
Sam and Grace make it so easy and simple to participate, it’s almost too easy, but it always ends up a huge success! My customer base and social following always grows during and after each event, and I feel like without the opportunities and the encouragement from The Handmade Pop-Up I would be several steps behind in my creative business. I not only love being a part of the event itself, I love the community they build—it’s always so validating to see so many makers support and encourage one another!
- LAURA WAGNER, LAURATHEMAKER.COM
I love participating in Handmade Pop-Up online because as a Los Angeles based artist, the majority of the events are near me. This allows people the opportunity to purchase my work from all over the world. HMPU has helped me reach a new audience that might not have found out about me otherwise. I always enjoy being part of a curated event because it becomes a one stop shop for people!
I now have new customers and friends because of the pop-up. I am such a studio rat and getting out can be challenging with my work schedule. This has been a fun way of connecting with new people that I wouldn't have time to meet otherwise.
- DEBBIE BEAN, DEBBIEBEAN.COM
I first heard of Handmade Popup from Maker's Movement. This was in the very beginning of my journey as a maker so I didn't know what to expect. I'm happy to say that it couldn't have been a more positive experience! Sam and Grace were both so sweet when facilitating such a large number of vendors. The vendor packet was very thorough and I knew exactly what I needed to do without any confusion.
Being a part of the HMPU has put me in front customers all over the world that wouldn't have found my work otherwise. Many of these customers have continued to support my work throughout the years! The vendors continue to surprise me with their level of support of one another, whether it's through the vendor Facebook group or sharing fellow vendors when the shop goes live.
- BENH PHAM, YEAR901.COM
Being featured in two rounds of Handmade Pop Up this year has been such a boost for my growing business. Having my work recognized and featured alongside the work of so many other makers I have admired for a while has been such a thrill. What people who shop the pop-up may not realize about the experience, is that behind the scenes a little community of makers forms to share advice, to talk about the challenges of running their handmade business - and helping to give each other support. In the busy landscape of social media, it's easy to get lost among the many other creatives out there, but the Handmade Pop-Up really tries to promote the makers it showcases using its platform to share your story - not only when the Pop-Up is open, but year-round. Being part of the Pop-Up has brought so many unexpected gifts my way - from bringing new customers and social media followers, to connecting with new shops around the world who now carry my work - to connecting me to other designers who have become friends and sources of support.
- JEN NEAL, JENNEALSTUDIO.COM
I applied to be a vendor at Handmade Pop-up on a whim. I drooled over photos of past pop-ups and was unsure Frandles would make the cut. Although, once accepted, Handmade Pop-up turned out to be more than just pretty pictures.
I was surrounded by hundreds of vendors who were kind, helpful, and excited for one other. Without The Handmade Pop-up, I may have never connected with so many talented artists and small business owners who continue to support each other!
- KATIE SCHIK, FRANDLES CANDLES