SHOW of HANDS SPRING 2019 vendor application

APRIL 26-28, 2019 • ARTIFACT EVENTS CHICAGO

• applications now closed •

Vendor Notifications will be sent out on Friday, March 1st... Find more application details toward the end of this page.
 
Past Show of Hands Vendors (from left to right):    Tytin Jewelry    //    Real.Soaps    //    Earth Cadets    //    Nicolet Candle Co.    //    Long Dog Dandy    //    Lilla Barn Clothing    //    Mitandio

Past Show of Hands Vendors (from left to right): Tytin Jewelry // Real.Soaps // Earth Cadets // Nicolet Candle Co. // Long Dog Dandy // Lilla Barn Clothing // Mitandio


important dates + event details

Show of Hands Spring 2019

 
SHOW DATES  APRIL 26-28, 2019
FRIDAY  Preview Night
April 26, 2019
5pm - 9pm, Tickets $5 / available late March 2019

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 
April 27 + 28, 2019
10am - 5pm, both days, FREE & OPEN TO ALL!

SHOW LOCATION
Artifact Events  AKA Architectural Artifacts
4325 N Ravenswood Ave • Chicago
*one block east of the Montrose Brown Line El Stop

applications are now CLOSED!

APPLICATION DEADLINE
WEDNESDAY  February 20th  @ 12 noon CST
*applications submitted after this date will not be considered

APPLICATION NOTICES SENT by end of day
FRIDAY  March 1st 2019


SPRING 2019 VENDOR LIST POSTED
MONDAY  March 4th 2019
 
 
Left to right: Venue entrance Artifact Events Chicago | SoH Spring 2018 Vendors, a.favorite design, Green Beetle Shop and Pennyknot

what to expect from the show

TOO LEGIT TO QUIT

For our 2019 Spring Show (our 10th show ever!), we're looking for a select group of quality independent designers, craftspeople, & shops to sell their goods to an estimated 6,000+ shoppers. This 3-day show will take place April 26-28, 2019, at the amazing Artifact Events aka Architectural Artifacts (just one block from the Montrose Brown Line El Station), in Chicago, Illinois.

To get a feel for the type & caliber of vendors we're looking for, please check out the list of vendors from our most recent full-size show (Holiday 2018). These are top-notch designers & business owners who all individually added something amazing and unique to the show as a whole.  While it's not required that applicants have long-established businesses, sell a certain type or price-point of products, or are specifically located in Chicago, we are always looking for our vendors to possess some very specific qualities:


GOOD DESIGN • PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION • CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WORK

• A CLEAR POINT OF VIEW • QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP •


We are also extremely careful not to over-saturate any one product category at the show.  SHOW of HANDS is a smaller event as far as craft shows and art fairs go (our upcoming show will boast a highly-curated group of only 115-120 vendors). The last thing we want is for shoppers to feel like there is too much of any one thing.

*Please note: if you don't see a business like yours represented on our past vendors list, that does not necessarily mean that you're not a business that we would consider including.  Many of our favorite vendors are new businesses in categories that are hard to define!

BOOTH FEES + PARTICIPATION LEVELS

  • Vendors applying for a STANDARD BOOTH SPACE will be placed in a 45-48 sq.ft. space (either 6x8ft -or- 5x9ft )
    *double booth spaces are also available (see below)
  • Vendors may also apply for a SHARED BOOTH SPACE = 2 Vendors sharing 1 Standard Booth
    *See "PARTICIPATION LEVELS" below for additional information on Shared Booth Spaces.
  • All booth spaces include (1) 6ft table and (1) chair
    *additional tables, 4ft & 8ft tables, and additional chairs are available at an additional cost (see below)
  • There are a limited number of booth spaces backed up to walls and/or with access to electricity.  In the weeks leading up to the show, we will contact all participating vendors regarding these (and other) special requirements;
    *while meeting everyone's requests is not always possible, we will do our best to accommodate as many vendors as we can.
  • Prior to the show, there will be a walkthrough of the space and an informational Q+A held at Artifact Events (located at 4325 N Ravenswood Ave in North Center) to help vendors prepare (and get psyched!) for the big event.
    The walkthrough for this year's Spring Show will take place Saturday, April 13th @ 10am.
  • Since our venue is also the home of Architectural Artifacts (a retail store, open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm) we encourage you to visit the space on your own time, as well.  Our show will take place in the South Side of the space; first & second floors.
  • Promotional postcards & posters will be provided to all vendors in the weeks leading up to the show for mailing, handing out + posting all over town!
  • Other promotional tools include (but are in no way limited to) a dedicated Show of Hands website, dedicated Instagram feed (@showofhandschicago), Twitter feed (@showofhandschi), Facebook Page (facebook.com/showofhandschicago), and Facebook Event Page (TBA), as well as a 6-week CTA Ad Campaign and thousands of printed programs handed out to 6K+ shoppers at the show.
  • PLUS a SPECIAL FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW EVENT, Vendor Goodie Bags, a Vendor Lounge, free coffee + other refreshments all weekend long & much, much more!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for VENDORS

In addition to regular vendor spaces, we are also offering a handful of VENDOR / SPONSOR spots to those businesses who would like both a booth space and the additional promotion that comes with being a sponsor.  More info below...

Left to right: SoH Spring 2018 Vendor Flora Botanical Skincare, Our venue Artifact Events, SoH Spring 2018 Vendor No Kitchen Sink

participation levels

• standard vendor booth $500

Early Bird Standard Booth $475

• shared vendor booth $275*

Early Bird Shared Booth $250

• double booth $1000

Early Bird Double Booth $950

+ADD SPONSORSHIP $400

Upgrade your vendor participation to include
Shout-Out Sponsorship**
note: Sponsorship cannot be added to "Shared Booth" Applications
*Early Bird DISCOUNTS valid on applications sent
BEFORE Thursday, February 7th @ 9am CST ONLY!
NOTE:  All Vendor Fees include the non-refundable $25 Application Fee (details below).
NOTE:  Charges will display on your bank statement or PayPal receipt as ORANGEBEAUTIFUL LLC > the company that owns/operates SHOW of HANDS Chicago!

*SHARED BOOTH INFORMATION IMPORTANT

For our upcoming show, we ask that all vendors applying for a SHARED BOOTH SPACE apply & submit payment individually.   We highly encourage you to pair up with someone before applying.   You'll be asked to enter your booth partner's name on your application.

If you are interested in applying for a SHARED BOOTH SPACE, but do not have a 2nd vendor to share with, we will do our best to pair you up with another, complementary vendor who has also applied for a shared space.

If you are accepted to participate in the show with a SHARED BOOTH, it is your responsibility to work with your booth partner in advance of the show to determine how you will share setup, display space, signage, manning the booth, load out, etc.

Please keep the following in mind when applying as a Shared Booth:
  • Less than 10% of our total vendor spaces are allocated for Shared Booths; usually 6-8 booths total.
  • We consider both vendors as a pair when deciding if a Shared Booth application is accepted or rejected.
  • Applying alone (without a prearranged booth partner) may increase your risk of not being accepted if we're unable to pair you up.

wanna be a sponsor, too?

While all participating vendors will be extensively promoted simply by participating in the show, VENDOR/SPONSORS will receive everything included with our SHOUT-OUT SPONSORSHIP LEVEL >

  • your business info and/or logo on all promotional print materials (postcards & posters, etc.)
  • logo on all ads for our 6-week CTA Ad Campaign
  • mention in all press releases
  • your logo on feature signage at the show
  • a highlighted listing in our show directories
  • permanent listing on our website's Sponsors Page
  • additional promotional opportunities (press, giveaways, social media mentions, etc.) leading up to - and following - the show, available only to sponsors!
Spring 2018 Sponsors

Spring 2018 Sponsors

Spring 2018 CTA Ad Campaign @ the Montrose Brown Line station

Spring 2018 CTA Ad Campaign @ the Montrose Brown Line station


THE APPLICATION

In order to be considered for participation in SHOW of HANDS Spring 2019, you will need to complete the following by Wednesday, February 20th at 12 noon CST:

  1. SUBMIT THE ONLINE APPLICATION and
  2. PAY YOUR FULL BOOTH FEE

a $25 application fee is included in all booth costs*

*This fee covers administrative costs associated with receiving, managing & reviewing hundreds of vendor applications prior to each show.

APPLICANTS NOT ACCEPTED TO THE SHOW WILL HAVE THEIR BOOTH FEE REIMBURSED
LESS THE $25 APPLICATION FEE BY EOD March 1st 2019
*
*please allow 5-7 business days from this date for refunds to process with your bank or credit card.
  • please do not contact us on or before March 1st to ask whether or not you've been accepted to the show
  • please do not contact us on or before March 4th asking about the status of a reimbursement
  • any application submitted with incomplete information will not be considered
  • any application submitted after the deadline date/time will not be considered
  • any application submitted without the accompanying application fee will not be considered

The ONLINE APPLICATION (link at the bottom of this page) will ask for your company information and contact details. In order to see your work and evaluate whether or not you'd be a good fit for our show, we ask that you provide us with a link to your website*, as well as a brief description of your work.

*ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A WEBSITE IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR PARTICIPATION IN OUR SHOW.
Please be sure that the website you submit has clear, easily accessible images & information that represent your most current work, and the type of work you plan on bringing to the show.
NOTE:  Etsy shops and other online shopping platforms are acceptable;  Facebook pages & Instagram feeds WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

NEW!  YOU WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO PROVIDE A LINK TO AN IMAGE OF A PAST BOOTH/TABLE DISPLAY.
This can be a link to an Instagram post from your feed, a webpage, or a file/folder on Dropbox or Google Drive.

If you have any questions about the application process, please let us know

right : Jenny from  Three Letter Birds  showing off her Vendor Badge //  left : a shopper browsing  FuzedProducts  booth (Spring 2018)

right: Jenny from Three Letter Birds showing off her Vendor Badge // left: a shopper browsing FuzedProducts booth (Spring 2018)


CANCELLATION POLICY

If you choose (or are forced) to cancel, you will receive a full refund, less the $25 Application Fee, IF AND ONLY IF we are notified of your cancellation before Friday, March 15th, 2019 (6 weeks before the show).

Any cancellations made after this date will NOT receive a refund

NOTE:  Vendors are not permitted to sell, trade or give away their booth space for any reason.

LICENSES, PERMITS & WAIVERS

As either a business or an individual selling goods to the general public at this event, you will be required to charge & pay Chicago/IL Sales Tax (10.25%) regardless of where you/your business resides. Don't worry if this is a new thing for you. If accepted, we'll provide further information and answer any and all questions that Vendors have about selling, licensing, paying taxes, insurance, etc.

All participating vendors will be asked to provide one of the following:
  • a Certificate of Insurance for their business, or
  • a signed waiver (which we will provide to participating vendors at a later date) in order to release liability for any damage you may cause to the space, the antiques in the space, if you are injured while in the space, etc.
  • Don't let this scare you... it's common practice for an event space to insure that they're not liable if something unforeseen happens.

    left : Shamus of  Real.Soaps  talks soap with shoppers //  right : Michelle of  Michelle Starbuck Designs  completing a sale with a happy customer

    left: Shamus of Real.Soaps talks soap with shoppers // right: Michelle of Michelle Starbuck Designs completing a sale with a happy customer

    SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

    Please use the links below to begin your application. All applicants will fill out the same application form, which will ask for some information about you, your business, your products, etc.  Once you have completed the form, you will be taken to a payment page where you must submit the full booth fee in order to complete your application.

    NOTE: The Early Bird Application discount will be included in the booth prices until 9am CST, Thursday, February 7th.  After this date, all booth fees will revert to their full price.

    APPLICATION NOTICES WILL BE SENT FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST

    to the email provided in your application

  • If you are ACCEPTED, you will receive follow-up information regarding the show and you will be included in all updates, events & promotions in advance of, during, and after the show!

  • If you are DECLINED, it either means that we've run out of spaces (in a specific category, or in total) or that we don't feel that your work is the right fit for our show at this time.   Again, those applicants who are not accepted will have their booth fee reimbursed - less the $25 Application Fee - by EOD Tuesday, March 1st, 2019.*
    *please allow 5-7 business days from this date for refunds to process with your bank or credit card.
  • NOTE: If the application deadlines listed at the top of this page have passed, and you still have not received a notification, please let us know!
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    If you have any additional questions or concerns not addressed above, or elsewhere on this site, please don't hesitate to contact us any time. We're here to help!