When do applications open for the annual Holiday Market?

Applications will open for the 2024 Holiday Market in late May/early June. The best way to stay informed is to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media.

What does Handmade Arcade consider to be a “handmade business”?

We define a “handmade business” as follows:

  • You, the artist(s), created the original products.
  • You did not use mass-produced, trademarked, or licensed items in your work.
  • You did not use copyrighted designs that you don’t own in your work.
  • Your products are at least 80% of your original creation.
  • Your products are not made with purchased, downloaded, or copied images or designs.

Do I need an online presence or store to participate in a Handmade Arcade market?

While it’s not required for makers to have an online presence to participate in our markets, it’s helpful for jurors and shoppers to view e-commerce or social media accounts for more images and information. If you provide links to your website and/or social media accounts, they should be active and show a representative selection of your merchandise.

How do you decide who sells at Handmade Arcade Markets?

We receive many more applications than we can accept for every market. To keep the products sold at Handmade Arcade within the quality standards our shoppers expect, all of our markets are juried and curated. The jury carefully evaluates each application against the following criteria:

  • Craftsmanship & creativity
  • Skill & technique
  • Traditional handicrafts combined with innovative thinking
  • Durability & functionality
  • Mindful and unique qualities (locally sourced, recycling, upcycling, etc.)
  • Crisp & clear photographs
  • Range of price points

What categories of work do you accept?

  • Accessories
  • Adult Clothing
  • Artwork*
  • Bath & Body
  • Ceramics
  • Children’s Products
  • Glass
  • Housewares
  • Jewelry
  • Paper Goods
  • Toys
  • Wood
  • Other (surprise us!)

Handmade Arcade was founded as an accessible alternative to fine arts markets. Historically, independent makers, crafters, and artists NOT considered fine artists do the best at our events. However, if you make fine art and can reproduce your work into various mediums at an accessible price point, such as prints, on fabric or clothing, as stickers, etc., that’s typically a great fit for our markets.

Do you accept food vendors?

At this time, we do not accept food vendors, including chocolates, honey, and candy. If you have specific questions regarding your products, please ask before you apply by emailing info@handmadearcade.org. We do have a few food trucks each year at our Spring Market at Construction Junction, so feel free to email if you’re interested in bringing your food truck to that event.

Why is there an application fee?

The application fee cover the administrative and associated costs it takes to jury a market with so many applications.

Am I allowed to apply with a friend to share a booth space?

Shared tables are allowed at our Holiday Market, but not our Spring Market. If you decide to apply with a friend for the Holiday Market, we suggest that you pair up with a maker whose work complements your own. That will give you the best show at landing a booth at the Holiday Market. Details about applying with a friend:

  • Co-applicants will be reviewed as one entry.
  • Images must represent both applicants’ products.
  • You are required to indicate a primary applicant who will receive notifications by email.
  • Vendor space will be shared and listed together on the event map (e.g., Vendor 1/Vendor 2)
  • All set-up needs for vendors sharing a space must be decided and planned between the vendors before the day of the event.