Application Guidelines and Event Information

Location and Hours

The Handmade Market dates for 2016 are:
May 6 & 7th
November 4 & 5th

Show hours are 7-9pm Friday night, 10am-5pm Saturday

Specific instructions about set up and other relevant details will be emailed to accepted artists after the application deadline.


About the Selection Process

The Handmade Market is a juried event. The Artist Application for the event on will be open until March 13.

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  March 23rd. Be sure to add and 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.

If you are interested in being a part of The Handmade Market, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on facebook and twitter to get the scoop on the next Call for Artists.


Application Deadline and Fees

The Artist Application for the May 6&7 event will be open until March 13. 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.


Table Space, Fees, and Payment Deadlines


Accepted artists will reserve a 6 feet by 2.5 feet table and 1 chair. 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 opt out of the provided table, bring your own  display, and you MUST stay within your 6ft x 5ft footprint, this means including you and your chair etc. 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. Fee for a table is $100


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. No tables, linens, or chairs are provided with the booth space. Your display must fit within the 10′ wide by 8′ deep booth space. There are no exceptions to this policy. Electricity is available upon request for artists reserving a booth space. Fee for a booth is $150

See this image for an example of table and booth spaces:


Table and Booth Fees

Payment instructions will be emailed to accepted artists. The payment deadline will be March 30th. If payment is not received by this deadline, then the space may be forfeited to an artist on the waiting list. Table and booth fees received late will incur a $25 late fee.



We do not allow artists to share a table or a booth.


Can I submit multiple applications?

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, or 6ft x 5ft footprint if you opt out of the 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.


Sales and Use Tax

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:


Waiting List

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.


Cancellations and Refunds

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 April 13 will receive a full refund.

The $15 application fee is non-refundable.


Terms of Agreement

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.


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