FAQs About Handmade Arcade on December 6 & 7, 2019

If your question is not answered below, please contact Handmade Arcade at info@handmadearcade.org.

Handmade Arcade is a juried, curated marketplace. Applicants’ products should be handmade, hand-crafted or represent the artist’s personal creation. Mass-produced merchandise is prohibited at all Handmade Arcade events. Accepted vendors are NOT permitted to bring products from anyone not listed on their original application.

Applications are carefully reviewed by a jury.

Each part of your application is important. The jury reviews your products and process description, images, merchandise price, social media pages and websites. Make sure that your images are of the highest quality and that your website, if you have one, is active. If you provide the URL for an Etsy shop, we suggest that it is currently offering a representative selection of your merchandise.

Handmade Arcade’s jury consists of the planning committee with new and rotating guest jurors from Pittsburgh’s arts, craft, cultural, innovation and small business communities participating every year.

APPLICATION FEES:

  • $10 non-refundable application fee if applying BEFORE June 30, 2019
  • $15 non-refundable application fee if applying AFTER June 30, 2019

VENDOR FEES:

  • Expanded Vendor Space: $400
  • Standard Vendor Space: $275
  • Craft Corridor Vendor Space: $150

EXTRA FEES:

  • Electricity: $65
    • Not available for Craft Corridor vendors
  • Reserve an end-cap: $50
    • Due to the nature of the event, we cannot guarantee where you will be placed. However, there are a limited number of endcaps, if you would like to reserve one, you can do so by paying $50 at the time of vendor fee payment.

  • Handmade Arcade encourages you to apply with a fellow crafter. The application allows you to apply with a second applicant. Both applicants are reviewed at the same time.
  • Make sure that images represent both applicants’ products.
  • The primary applicant is notified by email.
  • Both accepted vendors will share the vendor space and be listed together on the website and event map. (e.g. Vendor 1 / Vendor 2)?
  • All set-up needs for vendors who are sharing a space must be decided and planned between the vendors prior to the day of the event.
  • Vendor Applications open on JUNE 4, 2019!
    • Accepted applicants are required to complete a detailed vendor information form at the time payment is due. Accepted applicants are also required to fill out a vendor survey after the event.
    • Accepted applicants will be sent an information package via email and will be included in a private Facebook group to share event details and updates.
    • Waitlisted applicants will be notified if a vendor space becomes available.
    • Handmade Arcade encourages everyone to apply. In 2018, 88 of the 170 accepted vendors were first-time vendors to Handmade Arcade.
    • Handmade Arcade does not offer vendor critiques.
  • Hands-on Handmade Activity Area applications are NOW OPEN!
  • Youth Maker Scholarship applications are NOW OPEN!
  • Standard vendor spaces are 10-by-10-foot.
  • Each space receives one 8-by-2.5-foot table and two chairs. If you do not need the table or chairs, simply pull them into the aisle during set-up. The DLCC staff will collect unused tables and chairs before the event begins.
  • Vendors must stay within their assigned space and be courteous to their crafty neighbors.
  • All racks, display structures, extra merchandise containers, and personal belongings MUST fit within the 10-by-10-foot space.
  • Expanded vendor spaces are 10-by-15-foot.
  • Each space receives two 8-by-2.5-foot tables and two chairs. If you do not need the table or chairs, simply pull them into the aisle during set-up. The DLCC staff will collect unused tables and chairs before the event begins.
  • Vendors must stay within their assigned space and be courteous to their crafty neighbors.
  • All racks, display structures, extra merchandise containers, and personal belongings MUST fit within the 10-by-15-foot space.
  • Craft Corridor vendor spaces are 6-by-6-foot.
  • Each space receives one 6-by-2.5-foot table and two chairs.
  • Vendors must stay within their assigned space and be courteous to their crafty neighbors.
  • Electricity will NOT be available in the Craft Corridor section.
  • Be sure to upload high-quality, high-resolution photographs that are clear and in focus. Photos should bring out the best in your products, highlight the materials and methods used, and demonstrate originality, innovation and the handmade process.
  • IMPORTANT:  If you are reapplying, use this opportunity to show us something new. Do not use photos that you have submitted in the past.
  • A website is preferred, but an Etsy shop is also acceptable. If you don’t have either, a social media page (Instagram, Facebook, blog) for your business is acceptable. (Please do not share personal social media accounts.)
  • We strongly recommend that your website and/or Etsy shop be live and current during the application process. Have plenty of items listed in your store that best represent what you intend to sell at Handmade Arcade.
  • A well-written description of your products and creative process is vital to your application.

Handmade Arcade is a juried event. Vendors who fulfill Handmade Arcade’s application requirements, and who are screened and accepted by Handmade Arcade, will hereinafter be known as “Accepted Vendors.”

Accepted Vendors must pay vendor space and any additional fees by Friday, October 12, 2018. NO EXCEPTIONS. If payment is not received by the due date, Accepted Vendors forfeit their vendor space at Handmade Arcade to a waitlisted applicant.

Accepted Vendors who are unable to participate in the event must notify Handmade Arcade as soon as possible. If Accepted Vendors cannot attend the event and notify Handmade Arcade by the date stated in the accepted email, vendor space and any additional fees will be refunded. Any requests for a refund, no matter what the reason, after this date will not be refunded.

Accepted Vendors may only bring, sell, promote or display original work as shown or described in their Handmade Arcade Application. 

Accepted Vendors who change their business or personal name, website, contact information or any other information from that submitted in the Handmade Arcade Application before the event date must contact Handmade Arcade with updated information no later than seven days prior to the date of the event.

Accepted Vendors will be assigned a specific load-in time for the event, as well as detailed instructions for this procedure. To facilitate the load-in of multiple vendors, these instructions must be adhered to explicitly.

Accepted Vendors will be assigned a vendor space prior to the event date. Accepted Vendors MUST comply with the parameters of their vendor space, including but not limited to, the placement of tables, chairs, racks, signs, shelves and personnel.

Accepted Vendors must remain set up in their space until the close of Handmade Arcade on Saturday at 7 p.m. 

Accepted Vendors are responsible for their own cleanup following the event.

 Accepted Vendors will pack their displays and products and vacate their space and the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) no later than 90 minutes after event doors close at 7 p.m.

 Music of any sort is prohibited.

 Helium balloons are prohibited in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

 Accepted Vendors consent to being photographed and recorded for Handmade Arcade publicity and promotion purposes.

 Accepted Vendors, Sponsors, Youth Maker Scholarship Vendors, and Hands-on Handmade Activity Area participants may not sell merchandise containing the words “Handmade Arcade;” “Handmade Arcade: The Cutting Edge of Craft;” or depicting Handmade Arcade or Handmade Arcade logos, slogans or signage, unless specifically authorized by Handmade Arcade.

Accepted Vendors are expected to sell products that are handmade, hand-crafted or represent the artist’s personal creation. Mass-produced merchandise is prohibited at all Handmade Arcade events.

 Accepted Vendors are solely responsible for collection and payment of their own taxes (all applicable city, county, state and federal sales and other taxes), licenses, personal and business liabilities and insurance.

Accepted Vendors agree to accept full responsibility for any damage caused by the negligence or volition of the Accepted Vendor, Accepted Vendor family members, employees or guests during event setup, breakdown or event hours. Accepted Vendor responsibility specifically includes payment of all damages and indemnification of Handmade Arcade from any such liability. This shall include personal injury as a result of any negligence of Handmade Arcade and/or any Handmade Arcade agent. Additionally, Handmade Arcade is not responsible and/or liable for any injury or damages to Accepted Vendors as a result of any negligence caused by the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and/or any DLCC employees and/or agents.

Handmade Arcade and Handmade Arcade representatives and agents shall not be responsible for or liable to Accepted Vendors for any loss or damage that may occur to Accepted Vendors or Accepted Vendors’ property from any source or any cause whatsoever. 

Handmade Arcade and Handmade Arcade representatives and agents make no guarantees of any sort to Accepted Vendors including guarantees of Accepted Vendors’ profit, sales, business, promotion, or advertisement opportunities.

Handmade Arcade reserves the right to reject any application for any reason whatsoever.