Hi there! We are so pumped that you are considering applying to the HHM! We'd love to review your application and hopefully see you this Fall. However, we want you to go into this thing fully informed. We take great pride in keeping communication between organizers + vendors open and in our totally rad organizational skills. Before applying, please review all of the information below to make sure that we are the right fit for you.

Please read the vendor information below FIRST to learn about The Hip Handmade Market application process. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, inquiries, or comments via social media or contact Emma directly at emma@thehiphandmademarket.com if your questions are not answered here. Please note that in order to be reviewed for The Hip Handmade Market, the $10 application fee AND a $40 booth fee deposit is due. Your application will not be considered until the application fee is sent via PayPal to The HHM. The remainder of your booth fee will be due upon acceptance. Booth prices are listed in the information below where you will also find more information on what these fees cover and why we charge them.

Event details:

  • Saturday November 10th, 2018
  • 9am to 4pm on Saturday
  • The Joplin Empire Market - 931 East 4th Street in Joplin, Missouri

Where can I apply?
We will only be accepting applications for the 2018 Spring market via this website from Sunday July 15th, 2018 through Tuesday July 31st, 2018.

Who can apply to your show?
Anyone! There is no demographic or age limits. The intention of our show is to bring a unique shopping experience to our community, while giving a place for artists and crafters to exhibit their work and meet like minded people. We're here to edify each other and the growing local hip handmade community. To see more about this little thing we're a part of, find us on Instagram.

How do I know if I'm a good fit for The Hip Handmade Market?
At The Hip Handmade Market, we look for innovative, unique, and hip goods. We love the timeless crafts and arts such as quilting, painting, crochet, needlework, knitting, woodworking, print making, etc.. We especially look for those of you who can take these handed down skills and bring them to us in a modern way. You can check out our inspiration boards on Pinterest to get an idea of what we are looking for at our event. You should also check out The Little Craft Show (our hero!) to see where we got our initial bump from.

What if I’m just getting my business started?
Well, we love to shine a spotlight on new makers + artists! We don’t judge our applicants on how long they have been making, instead we focus on the quality, originality, and cohesiveness of their work. Anyone + everyone is welcome and encouraged to apply! Last Spring we were happy to introduce the HHM Scholarship + hope to continue it . The recipient of this scholarship is someone that has never done a show featuring their current work or medium. Just fill out the application at the bottom like everyone else, but check where it says that you'd like to apply for this. Winning the HHM Scholarship entitles you to having your booth fee of $100 waived. You still need to pay the booth fee deposit when you apply, but if you win then we'll refund the deposit to you.

Can I share a booth with a friend?
You are more than welcome to apply with a friend! Just please understand that when the jury is reviewing applications, we will consider both parties and their overall aesthetic and quality of work. We do not, however, allow vendors to have products at their booths from outside crafters that have not jointly applied to the show. If applying jointly, please be sure to list everyone in ONE application, including all business names, websites, contact info, and other details. Note that both businesses will need a license (provided by the HHM), more details below. (HHM Scholarship recipients may not share a booth.)

What does it mean that The Hip Handmade Market is juried?
Our event is juried by a selection committee because we will receive more applications than we can accept. This also helps us keep the items offered at The Hip Handmade Market of high quality and allows us to provide an assortment of goods. 

What criteria will you use to make your decision?
We give you our word that every application will get looked at! Our goal is to have a unique market with different types of handmade vendors. Because of this, we cannot accept everyone that applies. The selection committee will review everyone’s complete application and then make our choice based on several factors (see below). Because "Handmade" is in the name, we do not accept multi-level marketing, direct sales, or vendors that do not have the majority of their items handmade or self designed.

Each artist is juried & chosen from among many talented applicants to appear at The Hip Handmade Market. A high priority will always be given to the most innovative, emergent, and unique do-it-yourself driven artists that have imaginative products. We work hard to find vendors that are fresh and offer current trends. We take the following into consideration:

  • Your products are made by hand, not outsourced or manufactured somewhere that isn't local to our community and its surrounding region.
  • Your products fit into our vision for The Hip Handmade Market. (see our about section)
  • Your work is innovative and original, even when produced using what is considered traditional craft methods.
  • We'll look at how your items are presented in their photos/website and the cohesiveness of your work.
  • The prices of your items fall inside what we envision for our event. We want to be an affordable marketplace for handmade goods with prices ranging form $1-$500.
  • Our need to diversify the crafts at The Hip Handmade Market. We do not want 20 booths of the same types of items.
  • Your inventory avoids saturated trends, such as - hair bows, tutus, and other things that customers could pick up at a local shop or boutique. This being said, these items made different/fresh/new would be welcome.

Who is part of your selection committee?
Our event is juried by the The Hip Handmade Market's selection committee. The committee consists of Emma Ball, curator and founder of this lovely event, you can find her contact information on our "about" tab. The rest of the committee is constantly changing to keep it fresh and is made up of local artists, community members, and business owners that we share a vision with.

When do we find out if we made it into the show?
All applicants will be notified via email after applications have been processed. No later than August 15th. We need a little bit of time to get the applications process and scored.

How much does it cost to participate as a vendor?
There is a $10, non-refundable application fee AND a $40 booth fee deposit. We do not collect any percentage of our vendors’ sales. If you are not selected to be a vendor at the Fall HHM, the $40 booth fee deposit will be refunded to you by August 20th. Your application will not be considered until the application fee is paid via PayPal. You WILL need to pay at the same time that you submit your application. The remainder of your booth fee will be due upon acceptance.

Booth Fees are generally 8x6 - $100, 8x8 - $150, and 10x10 - $200. YOU WILL NOT BE INVOICED FOR THE FULL BOOTH FEE UNTIL YOU ARE ACCEPTED. This time we are trying to optimize space so we're not 100% sure what the booth sizes will be yet but would love to hear what you think! Email us if you have any suggestions or if you think square booths are the only way to go.. we're trying a few new things here but want to hear from your experiences! 

We strive to be organized and make sure you know everything you need to know ahead of time. We provide a little break room for you with snacks and coffee all day on Saturday. Not to mention the friendships we have seen blossom out of this event and the opportunity to be showcased in local shops. We think we do a great job and are totally worth the investment.

The City of Joplin requires you to obtain a merchant's license for $5. The $5 license for the two day event will be obtained for you. This is an additional service we provide by working together with the City of Joplin. This fee will be added to your final invoice after acceptance and your license will be waiting for you at check in on the day of the HHM. If you are sharing a booth, all parties will need a separate license. In order to obtain a license you will need a MO Tax ID number. If you don't have one, we'll point you in the right direction once you are accepted into the market.

Once accepted, both your booth and license fees are due by August 31st. NO EXCEPTIONS.

All vendor fees go directly back into the show. We also promise that every vendor will feel the love. We will make you feel like a rock star and promote the crap out of you and your lovely work. We couldn't do this without you! As we did with past Markets, we are partnering with Art Feeds and will be taking a donation at the door. Our vendors will not be charged this fee but are encouraged to check out Art Feeds and consider donating time or money to this creative organization.

What is your refund policy?
All $10 application fees are non-refundable. The application fee covers the expenses associated with jurying and selecting vendors, as well as the administrative costs, processing applications, and approvals, etc.

If you are accepted into The Hip Handmade Market and are suddenly unable to attend, you will get a 100% refund of your booth fee if we are notified on or before September 15th. If you notify us on or before September 30th, you will receive a 50% refund of your booth fee. After September 30th there will be no refunds issued.

License fees are only refundable if the licenses have not been purchased by the time you request your refund. 

Our refund policy is put into place to ensure that all of our booths are filled. We will need adequate notice if you are unable to participate in order to find a new vendor from our waiting list to take your place.

I don’t have a PayPal account. How do I pay my vendor fees?
If you don’t have a Paypal account, you can still pay with your credit or debit card through the Paypal website. Please email emma@thehiphandmademarket.com with any questions about this.

What does my booth fee cover?
We provide the space, you bring all your lovely goods to fill up the space.  Remember that we are different from a country craft fair. We put a strong emphasis on staging your booth. Our event is not a show up and throw your stuff on a table type of show. Presentation means a lot and we expect to have the hippest booths around. You can find a "booth inspiration" board on our Pinterest page. More information is given upon acceptance to the Market. Each vendor will also get a free lunch, endless publicity, lots of help from our volunteers, and a great event to look forward to year after year. 

What if I need electricity?
If you need electricity, we can place you against the wall by an outlet. Just please indicate that where noted in the questionnaire that you will be sent after your acceptance into the show so that we can plan ahead. Booth placement will be assigned on a first come first served basis in order of receiving the questionnaires.

Do I have to have any licenses or permits to participate?:
You will need a merchants license from the city of Joplin. This is a $5 fee and we will have this for you at check in on the day of the event. If you are sharing a booth, BOTH parties will need one of these!

You are responsible for registering your small business with the IRS and collecting sales tax for the items you are selling. When tax time comes around, you will have to pay income tax on the items you sold and pay the sales tax to the state where the event is held. We recommend that you call the Missouri Department of Revenue and the IRS  for more information. We will ensure that each vendor receives a packet through us from the Missouri Department of Revenue with information and forms on this.

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