We are so pleased with the overwhelming response we’ve received since we first started our flea and farmers market in 2016. Because we sincerely appreciate every application we receive, we thought we would outline a few common reasons that applications don’t get accepted for participation. We want potential vendors to understand why they may have not gotten in and how they can make their application as strong as possible before sending it or before reapplying.
(Insight into how we go through each vendor application that is received)
- Some categories of goods are extremely competitive specifically jewelry, art, sweets, ceramics, food, and “women’s accessories”. We generally get upwards of 50 jewelry applications each time around. In an effort to really stay true to our initial vision for the flea & farmers market, we just could not accept all the awesome jewelry, art, and accessories.
- Your website or social media pages didn’t give us much of an idea of what you door what makes you different. If you supplied us a Facebook or Etsy page with one or two images, we’d love to see you reapply next year with a bit more of an identity to help us understand your business better. A vendor with a carefully built website or even social media account is always a good sign to us!
- You have a great product but it does not fit with the aesthetic of the flea. The best way to get a feel for what we are looking for in a vendor is to come out and visit one of our monthly markets.
(A few general tips for submitting the strongest application possible)
Develop your business identity
- While you may be fully committed and selling things already, the only way we will get a feel for that is through nice photos, a website, and/or substantial social media pages.
- If you fall into one of the categories of high competition, try to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack by highlighting one or two items that you do that are unique or concentrate on building your ‘brand’ around your products.
- Participate in as many markets or shows as you can and try to take good photos of how you set up your booth. Many of you are maybe just getting started and we like to feel confident that everyone knows how their whole set up is going to look. However, taking your tent out of the box for the first time on the morning of the flea is not ideal nor is only bringing enough inventory to sell for a two hour time span.
- Engage with other businesses that you admire or are similar to in some way shape or form. Come out and visit one of our monthly markets, talk to the vendors (they’re super nice!) and ask them questions. Most of them will be happy to help steer you in the right direction.