If your question is not answered below, feel free to contact the member services coordinator.
How much does it cost to participate in a market?
The cost varies depending on when you sign up for a market and the size of the space you want. Generally, only members of the Guild can apply for a market up to 6 weeks before the market date. Spaces are very affordable and each market has its own price structure. Please consult the individual market applications for exact prices.
Does the price include a table?
No, but tables can be rented for an additional $9 for a 6-foot table, and $10 for an 8-foot table.
That seems expensive. Why these prices?
The markets make absolutely no profit for the Guild. All the money is spent on the market itself for rental of the space, custodial charges, decorations, etc. Also, the Guild spends about $2,000 on newspaper ads, road signs, postcards, TV appearances, and radio ads, etc. A large part of the budget is spent on advertising.
Are the shows well-attended?
Yes, particularly our fall shows. The Tradition show in Orléans usually attracts 1,200 to 2,000 visitors. The New Trend show in Nepean attracts 1,000 to 1,200 people. The Last Minute show at the Pineview Golf Club is still in its first year. The location was first selected for our Spring Craft Show, and the response was so positive that we decided to return for our Last Minute show.
Can I sell anything I want?
No. You can only sell hand-made articles that you made yourself. Every type of item you bring to a show has to be juried in for you to be able to sell it. For example, if you make candles, greeting cards, and Christmas decorations, but only get the candles and greeting cards juried in, it means you can't bring your Christmas decorations to the show.
How do I get my craft juried in?
The preferred method of jurying is by photo. Send at least two good quality photos of each type of craft you would like to bring to a market to our Market Services Coordinator (see the Executive link). Additionally, if you have displayed at a public show before, one or two photos of your table or display is required. You can also bring your crafts to one of the Guild meetings to have it juried.
How do I sign up for a market?
Select the Markets tab above and click on the market in which you would like to participate. Fill in the application form and send it in, along with your payment and jurying photos to the Member Services Coordinator (see the Executive link).
Can I sign up for just one day of a two-day market?
No, artisans have to sign up for the whole weekend.
How much does it cost to join the Guild?
Joining the Guild costs $40 for a single person or $45 for a family.
Why do members get first dibs on the market spaces?
It is one of the privileges of being a member. Other privileges include access to a credit card account, larger market spaces, fun meetings that include raffles and pot-luck dinners, and a say in the direction the Guild is taking. If you do your math accurately, you will also see that you can offset your membership fees by participating in only a few markets. Members also have responsibilities. They are expected to participate actively in the Guild and in the functioning of the market. For example, some will tape the floor prior to the shows to delineate the various booth spaces. Others will be assigned to staff reception for an hour or two during the market. These tasks are assigned by the Market Coordinator and are an integral part of the success of a market.
How many spaces are there in each show?
The Tradition show in Orléans can hold up to 100 vendors, depending on the configuration we use. The standard configuration allows for up to 80 marketers. The New Trend show in Nepean is the same. Depending on configuration, it could accept up to 65 vendors. The standard configuration allows for 45-50 marketers. The Last Minute showcan take a maximum of 40 marketers.
Are there any special rules?
Yes, there are actually a fair amount of special rules to the markets. For example, all tables must be covered with a fabric tablecloth that extends to the floor on all sides. There are also rules about eating and drinking at the markets depending on the location of the market. There are regulations about who can staff your booth or table and when they have to be there. All these rules have been put in place to ensure a pleasurable and memorable experience for our visitors. Please see the market regulations for any market by clicking on the Markets link and selecting the market you want.
Can anyone market at one of your shows?
Well... yes and no. Yes, anyone who makes hand-made crafts and artisans' pieces can participate in the shows once they are juried in. But there are also quotas on the numbers of crafters that make the same type of craft. For example, in a show that has 50 artisans, we would not accept that there be 10 woodworkers, or 15 jewelers. This would limit the success of each woodworker, and provide less of a varied experience for our visitors. These caps are therefore applied to every show based on the number of artisans participating. The Market Coordinator has the final say on these quotas. The spaces to fill the quotas are, as always, first come first served.