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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
+ Support and Education
Reach out to us at anytime for help. We also provide a private community for our vendors to network, learn and collaborate. As well as, in-event challenges and contests!
+ No Hidden Fees!
We want to make this is simple as possible. That's why we are very upfront about what it will cost you! The only fees you pay to HMPU are the one-time jury and listing fee.
+ Tons of Resources
Take advantage of our Seller Library and resources. We have created these to help you manage, promote and grow your business, both within the event, and outside of.
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
LET'S GET INTO THE NITTY-GRITTY
+ What the heck is Handmade Pop-Up?
Handmade Pop-Up is a curated semi-annual online-based market featuring handcrafted goods from artists and artisans across the globe. Our goal is to connect shoppers with a high quality collection of goods, so we carefully review all applications to ensure a unique shopping experience for all.
We are looking for innovative artists and makers that take great care in what they do and how they present themselves. Our events take place in the Spring and during the Holidays. We generally open our applications in January and July.
The 2018 Holiday Show will take place November 1-12. Applications run July 2nd to August 31st.
+ What do we look for in a vendor?
To ensure our vendors are diverse, match our aesthetic, and meet our shoppers' expectations, Handmade Pop-Up is juried. Please understand there is more demand than we have room for. Rest assured that we carefully consider every applicant! We review your application in full, as well as your website, social accounts, and product images.
We are looking for innovative makers, artists and artisans. We are looking for original, durable and well-crafted work that is handmade and designed by you. We are looking for a consistent and appealing online presence that represents your current offerings. We are always on the lookout for things being done in a fresh way. We also do consider value and if your offerings are in alignment what is typical for HMPU. Please review our current vendors to get an idea of who we have accepted in the past.
+ What's included?
HMPU offers makers and artists an opportunity to connect with engaged conscious consumers. There are additional benefits to joining, outside of the 12-day pop-up. Here's what we offer:
A platform with an engaged audience to sell your amazing work. We average over 20k visitors to our online shop during our 12-day pop-up event alone!
Inclusion on our website roster. This will be live on our website before and after the event (that means roughly six months). Giving you an ongoing opportunity to be exposed to potential shoppers!
Pro Benefit: Inclusion on our IG roster! If you apply for our upper tier (select 10 listings option on your application), you'll also get highlighted in our stories roster for roughly six months.
Network and collaboration opportunities. You will be invited into our vibrant creative community. This is a chance for connections, collaborations and other exciting activities. We also facilitate and host live educational opportunities leading up to the event to help everyone find success during the pop-up and continued success in their business well after the event.
Potential social features. Between our various platforms we have a thriving following of nearly 200k users. We handpick and showcase select participants on our social media leading up to, during and post-event.
+ What is expected of me?
We have worked hard and are always implementing improvements so we can make this as easy as possible on you! However there are a few things we will ask:
- First off, meeting all deadlines and submission requirements is crucial. Once you are approved as a vendor, you will receive an email outlining next steps and how to submit your products. We will also send you promotional graphics to help promote the pop-up. Although we will be working hard to promote the online market and our fabulous vendors, it only benefits yourself and the group to help spread the word! Just as IRL markets, we can not guarantee sales, despite our best efforts-we can only offer the platform to do so.
- Shipping your items is the responsibility of you, the vendor. All vendors are required to ship internationally. Shipping deadlines will be outlined in the on-boarding email following acceptance, and it is important to honor these to ensure smooth production of the event.
- Item pricing guidelines will be sent to accepted vendors. Vendors will be responsible for setting their own shipping rates, and we can accommodate various flat-rates for different regions, i.e. flat-rate price for USA/CAN/UK/AUS/INTL. We will provide tables/templates to gather this information.
- We have a give-back model built into our event. Every pop-up we choose a cause to support. We ask that vendors are comfortable with us offering 10% off the total cart amount to be donated to this cause.
+ Payment and jury fee?
All fees are collected up-front. Handmade Pop-Up does not take any percentage of your sales. (The only fees that are deducted from your sales are the processing fees (2.9% + 30¢) and the 10% that goes directly to a non-profit.) We collect both a jury fee ($20) and the listing fees. Jury fees are non-refundable. Listing fees will be refunded if not accepted. Let's break this down a bit:
- BASIC TIER
$35 USD + $20 USD JURY FEE
This includes 5 item listings. You will be allowed 5 variants with a maximum inventory of 10, per listing.
- PRO TIER
$65 USD + $20 USD JURY FEE
This includes 10 item listings. You will be allowed 5 variants with unlimited inventory, per listing.
+ What does the application process look like?
It's a great idea to prepare all your application requirements in advance, so you can sail through the process when you're ready to submit. Click here to download our Vendor Application Checklist.
+ What happens after I apply?
We will notify all applicants by September 14th to let them know if they have, or have not, been accepted for the Holiday 2018 Pop-Up. Remember to check your spam/junk, promotions and/or updates folder so you don't miss the email. We send our email via MailChimp so they may get flagged as junk so best practice is to add 'firstname.lastname@example.org' to your safe list.
If you are accepted you will get an on-boarding packages which will include next steps, the prep and event timeline, item submission details, shipping guidelines, and anything else you should know moving forward. You will also be invited to our private vendor group to use as a resource and sounding board the months leading up to the event. Once vendors have been welcomed, we will add the Vendor Directory to our website and begin promotions!
If we do not have the capacity to accommodate all applicants and consequently cannot accept you, your vendor fee (either $35 or $65 depending on the option chosen) will be refunded in full by late September. The $20 jurying fee is non-refundable.
+ What is the refund/cancellation policy?
As we are working on such a tight timeline and have budgeted the number of participants accordingly, cancellations will be non-refundable once acceptance emails have gone out. If you don’t wish to participate after you are accepted, please let us know and we can remove you from the mailing list. Keep in mind, your vendor fees are non-refundable at that point. Your jury fees are always non-refundable. If you'd like to read the entire Vendor Agreement, click here.
THANK YOU TO ALL THAT APPLIED!
A WORD FROM OUR INCREDIBLE VENDORS
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
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