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Application Guidelines and Event Information

When and where is The Handmade Market

The Handmade Market dates for 2018 are:
May 5th
November 10th

Venture Hall at Marbles / IMAX
201 E Hargett St,
Raleigh, NC 27601
For directions and parking information see here.

Show hours are 10am – 6pm

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


How are designers chosen to participate in the show?

The Handmade Market is a juried event. The Artist Application for the November 10th event is open and will remain open until September 13th.  ****EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 16TH DUE TO HURRICANE FLORENCE****

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 after the application deadline. Be sure to add 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, how many in their category are accpeted, 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.


What is the application fee and deadline?

The Artist Application for the November 10th event is open and will remain open until September 13th. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. There are no exceptions to this policy.

You will be prompted to pay the non- refundable $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.


What is this “Statement” you ask for in the application?

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.


How big is a space and how much does it cost?

We offer two vendor space size for The Handmade Market. Please review the new information below.

Vendor Spaces

Indoor spaces are 5 feet deep by 8 feet wide. Artists reserving space MUST limit their display to this footprint, including the space to get around your tables. We will be tight on space, and NO displays will be allowed beyond the footprint, to allow ample room for shoppers to move around the event. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Outdoor spaces are 10 by 10 feet and you are able to bring a tent as part of your setup. There are only 10 outdoor spaces available, and the event is rain or shine, so keep this in mind

Please note that due to space limitations, we can only offer electricity to artists reserving it at the time of confirmation for an additional fee of $10.

Vendor Fee for either space size is $150.

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


Payment instructions will be emailed to accepted artists at time of acceptance. The payment deadline will be within a week of acceptance (5pm September 27th). 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.


Are tables and chairs included in my fee?

At the time of application you can select if you’d like a 6 foot table and/or chairs in your booth. Tables and chairs are complementary.

Can I share a space with a friend?

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.

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 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.


What do I need to do to get my Sales and Use registration?

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 can not participate in this show if you don’t have a NC certificate of registration number.

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:


When will the jury notifications be sent?

Jury notifications will be emailed starting September 20th.


I applied and was put on the Waiting List. What does that mean?

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 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.


If I can’t do the show, can I get a refund?

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 13th will receive a full refund.

The $15 application fee is non-refundable.


What’s the fine print?

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 Traine/Showtime Events will not be liable in any way for loss or damage to merchandise, display, or personal injuries.


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