Vendors

Applications are for Show and Sell are closed. 

Applicants will be notified on or before March 11. 

No late applicants will be considered. Email inquiries will not be answered.

Handmade Arcade 2019
December 6 & 7
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

  • Vendors applications to open in early summer.
  • Hands-on Handmade Activity Area and Youth Maker Applications to open in late spring.

Stay tuned for details

HANDMADE ARCADE 2019
FAQs:

WHAT KIND OF ITEMS DOES HANDMADE ARCADE ACCEPT?

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.

HOW DOES THE HANDMADE ARCADE JURY PROCESS WORK?

Every application is reviewed and voted on by our jurors. Every part of your application is important. The jury reviews your products and process description, images, merchandise price and website. 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.

WHAT IF I WANT TO APPLY WITH A FRIEND?

  • 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.

WHEN APPLICATIONS OPEN?

  • Applications will open in early summer 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.

HOW LARGE IS A STANDARD VENDOR SPACE?

  • 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.

HOW LARGE IS AN EXPANDED VENDOR 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.

HOW LARGE IS A CRAFT CORRIDOR VENDOR 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.

OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS

    • Vendors in Standard and Expanded Spaces are permitted to bring tables, fixtures, grid walls and/or custom display items. All racks, display items, extra merchandise

      and personal belongings must fit within the assigned vendor space. No exceptions.

    • Craft Corridor vendors must adhere to all requirements and restrictions listed in the application.

    • Vendors may NOT tape or hang any items to the DLCC walls. Vendors are not permitted to adhere to, hammer on or lean anything against DLCC property.

    • HA will make every effort to accommodate special requests made on your vendor information form.

    • Electricity is available for an additional cost. (Electricity is not available to Craft Corridor vendors.)

    • Vendors may request an Endcap Space for an additional cost.

    •  Parking, and all charges related therein, are the responsibility of vendors.

    •  If you need to leave your table during the event, volunteers will be available to watch your booth for a short time. Volunteers are not permitted to sell your wares or purchase food for you. Food lines at the DLCC can be long. We recommend that you bring food and drinks.

APPLICATION TIPS

  • 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.