We have a new process for applying to sell at the 2013-2014 Handmade Market season. Incredible demand from interested sellers has made it necessary to move to a jury process for shows this year. The application is available now and will be accessible until the end of July. All applications will be juried at the beginning of August. Sellers who are invited to sell this fall will book tables through the same process where you book through the website are able to choose which space you would like. I will be traveling for 3 weeks as of August 10th so my goal is to get all the fall shows booked before that date. Willingness to be in either a 4 or 6 foot spot will increase your chances of being selected, as there is always more demand for 6 foot spaces.
The application can be found here: http://www.handmadechicago.com/seller_application
There are a couple of other changes for this season. In order to support the jury process and some additional promotional support, I need to raise the cost of tables. I am only increasing prices by $2 a table so 4 foot spaces will be $32 and 6 foot spaces will be $37. As always, I am trying to keep costs low and manageable for sellers.
There will also be a change in the cancellation policy. I will maintain a waiting list from the juried applicants and all cancellations will have to be through me. I will do my best to find a replacement from the waiting list for cancellations that I receive in a reasonable time frame. The cancellation fee this year will be $10. While I understand that emergencies occur, please do not book a space unless you are sure you are available for the show.
I know that there will be mixed reactions to these changes. Some of you have requested juried shows and others of you like the open to all old way. I have mixed feelings about the change as well, but am making the change to keep the Handmade Market strong and viable for years to come.