How to start a small shop with us.
Hello and thanks for checking out Makers Market! We’re honored you would consider us as an avenue for selling your product and growing your small business. Since our inception in 2010, we’ve been dedicated to offering a high-traffic storefront for more than 150 local vendors to sell their unique products!
There are many perks to being a part of Makers Market! Here is what we offer:
- Trained sales staff
- Open 7 days a week
- Competitive rental pricing
- Growing customer base
- Central and accessible locations
- Carefully selected vendors
- Quality products
- Daily sales alert emails
- Strategically organized spaces
- Opportunities for training and education
Please read through our frequently asked questions below. Additional questions can be submitted through the form. Please use the application below to apply to become one of our vendors.
Frequently Asked Questions.
What’s the first step?
The first step in our process is to fill out a vendor application. Click here to get started now.
What happens after I submit my application?
After you submit your application, you will receive an automated response notifying you that we received your application. If this doesn’t arrive in your inbox within 10 minutes, check your spam folder. This email is confirmation that we received your application and it has been filed for review.
I’m having trouble submitting my application. What should I do?
First, make sure your pictures are the correct file size. There is a link on the application that can help you do this. If you do this and your application still does not send, you can send the requested information to firstname.lastname@example.org
How long does it take for my application to be reviewed?
Applications are reviewed based on available openings, which may be immediately or may be 6 months from now. If your product is a great match for Makers Market, we will contact you when we have the appropriate opening.
I haven’t heard anything conclusive yet about whether or not I’ve been selected–does this mean I haven’t been selected?
We will contact you if we decide to move forward with your application and set up a personal meeting. If you haven’t heard from us it could mean one of several things: your product may not be the best fit for Makers Market, or your product may not be the right fit for our store at the present moment, or we may not currently have the proper space available for your product.
Which spaces are available now?
Space availability is always changing, and each space is designed for a specific type of product. We work to place vendors strategically within the store for the benefit of both vendors and shoppers. Only once we’ve reviewed an application and set up an appointment to move forward will we disclose the spaces that are a good match for a specific vendor and product.
How much does it cost to rent a space?
Vendors in our mall locations pay a monthly rental fee as well as a commission on sold items. Pricing varies throughout the store depending on the size and location of the space. Only once we’ve reviewed an application and set up an appointment to move forward will we disclose the pricing on the spaces that are a good match.
Does the store keep a commission as well?
Yes, the store keeps a small commission in addition to the monthly rent payment. This commission pays for things like the trained staff, advertising, and the materials necessary to operate the front desk and sell vendors’ products. In addition to the store commission, a portion of that commission is remitted to the mall per our agreement with them.
How long are the contract commitments?
The initial commitment required is 6 months, and then continues on a month-to-month basis.
What’s required of vendors?
Vendors are required to abide by their contracts, manage an attractive appearance of their booth space, engage in communication with the staff when necessary, and take responsibility for their product and sales.
Are vendors required to work the registers?
No, vendors are not required (or ever expected) to work the registers because we have trained staff who work the floor and manage the sales at the register. Our philosophy behind this is two-fold:
- Offering higher quality customer service to our shoppers by improving product knowledge and communication among workers, customers, and vendors
- Allowing vendors the necessary time to focus on what they love doing: making awesome product and creating gorgeous displays to sell their product
Can I be a vendor for your special events only?
Out of fairness to our vendors who rent on a monthly basis, we do not accept vendors for events only.