Application Guidelines and Event Information
- When and where is The Handmade Market?
- How are designers chosen to participate in the show?
- When is the application deadline?
- What is this “Statement” you ask for in the application?
- How big is a space and how much does it cost?
- Can I share a space with a friend?
- Can I submit multiple applications?
- What do I need to do to get my Sales and Use registration?
- I applied and was put on the Waiting List. What does that mean?
- If I can’t do the show, can I get a refund?
- What’s the fine print?
Specific instructions about set up and other relevant details will be emailed to accepted artists after the application deadline.
The Handmade Market is a juried event. The Artist Application for the event on November 8 will be open from early July until September 14 midnight EST.
Because we receive many more applications than the venue can accommodate, we cannot accept every artist who applies — sometimes as few as 20%. After the deadline, the applications are reviewed and voted on by each of The Handmaidens. Status notifications will be sent via email starting on September 22. Be sure to add @thehandmaidens.com and @thehandmademarket.com to your acceptable email addresses list / spam filter to ensure that you receive all emails regarding the event.
Participating artists are chosen according to how well their work fits into the scope of The Handmade Market, how well the business and products are represented in the application, and the quality and originality of the products. Only accepted artists may participate in the show.
The Artist Application for the November 8 event will be open from from early July until midnight on September 14. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. There are no exceptions to this policy.
You will be prompted to pay the $15 application fee via Paypal after submitting your application. Your application is not considered complete until we receive the application fee.
If you have applied and were unable to complete the application fee at that time, here is a direct link to the Application Fee.
During the application process you will be asked to provide a “Statement.” This is where you enter a brief Artist Statement, which is a description of your process, materials, inspirations, etc.
Accepted artists will reserve a 6 feet by 2.5 feet table and 1 chair for $85. Artists reserving a table MUST limit their display to the table provided. NO additional floor displays are allowed. If your display requires anything other than the 6 feet wide by 2.5 feet deep table — for instance, a clothing rack or a separate shelving unit — then you need to apply for a booth. There are no exceptions to this policy. Please note that due to space limitations, we can only offer electricity to artists reserving a booth space.
There are a limited number of booth spaces available, making this a more competitive option. Accepted artists will reserve a 10 feet wide by 8 feet deep booth space for $125. No tables, linens, or chairs are provided with the booth space. Your display must fit within the 10 feet by 8 feet booth space. There are no exceptions to this policy. Electricity is available upon request for artists reserving a booth space.
See this image for an example of table and booth spaces:
Table and Booth Fees
Payment instructions will be emailed to accepted artists starting September 22. If payment is not received by the September 29 deadline, then the space may be forfeited to an artist on the waiting list. Table and booth fees received after September 29 will incur a $25 late fee.
We do not allow artists to share a table or a booth.
Yes you can. As an applicant you can submit up to two applications for each show, but you will need to pay a separate application fee for each. But we limit it at two, so it’s up to you to submit those two applications based on space size or categories.
If you submit two applications based on categories, and both categories are juried in, you will be offered one space but will be able to sell both categories. Be aware that if you submit two category applications and only one is juried in, you have to be able to fill your space with goods from just that one category. If you don’t think you could, we suggest applying in the “multiple categories” category instead and be sure to represent both categories well in your application images and description.
If you submit two applications based on space size, you will be juried into and offered only one space. Be aware, if you are offered a table space, you MUST be able to fit your display on top of a 2.5 feet by 6 feet table. There are no exceptions.
If it sounds like we are being too stringent on applying across categories or sizes, let us explain. We are a relatively small sized show in terms of artist count. We try to ensure that every artist at our show stands out in his/her own right, and that the mix of artists creates a body of unique creations, instead of you having to compete with lots of other artists who who make similar items.
The state of North Carolina requires event organizers to maintain a list of sales and use registration certificates for all artists selling wares at The Handmade Market. This is true whether you live and/or are licensed in North Carolina or another state. Upon acceptance you will be required to supply us with your certificate of registration number and business information.
You will need to bring a copy of your registration certificate to the event on and be prepared to display it to a state or county official (if requested).
If you don’t have a certificate of registration, this site has info on registration and filing requirements:
And you can register online at this site:
If you have any other questions about the process or requirements:
Department of Revenue contacts: http://www.dor.state.nc.us/aboutus/phones.html
During the jurying process, a waiting list is created to fill spaces opened when an accepted artist cancels or forfeits his/her space. If you’re placed on the waiting list, you’ll be notified via email (and if you’d rather not be on the waiting list, just let us know). If you’re admitted to the show from the waiting list, we’ll notify you by email ASAP, and you’ll have three days from that time to confirm your participation and an additional two days to pay your table / booth fee. If your confirmation and payment are not received in time, then the space may be forfeited to the next artist on the waiting list.
Though we hope you won’t have to give up your spot in The Handmade Market, we understand that conflicts do arise. Cancellations submitted before October 11 will receive a full refund.
The $15 application fee is non-refundable.
By applying to and participating in The Handmade Market, the Artist agrees to accept full responsibility for his / her booth, display, and merchandise. The Handmaidens, The Handmade Market, and Cobblestone Hall/Showtime Events will not be liable in any way for loss or damage to merchandise, display, or personal injuries.