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What are the dates / times for the next shows? +

SHOW of HANDS Holiday
November 22-24, 2019
Friday Night Preview • 5-9pm
Saturday & Sunday • 10am-5pm

SHOW of HANDS Last-Minute
December 19, 2019
Thursday Night • 5-10pm

Where does Show of Hands take place? +

Our upcoming Holiday Shows will take place at the amazing
Artifact Events (aka Architectural Artifacts)
4325 N Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago

How much does it cost to attend? +

SHOW of HANDS Holiday 2019
Friday Night Preview TICKETS will go on sale Oct 2019
Saturday & Sunday FREE & OPEN TO ALL!

SHOW of HANDS Last-Minute 2019
TICKETS on sale late November 2019

What can I expect from Show of Hands? +

SHOW of HANDS is a carefully curated group of independent artists, designers & craftspeople from the Chicagoland area and beyond.

During our 2½ day flagship shows, you will find a wide range of vendors selling products including - but certainly not limited to - papergoods, jewelry, apparel & accessories, ceramics, art prints, home decor, furniture, bath & body products, sweets & treats, carry goods, kids' toys & clothing... and much, much more!

At our 1-night Last-Minute Show, vendors will be offering seasonal products, limited edition gift sets, and special holiday promotions. There will also be festive holiday brews & cocktails and FREE GIFT WRAPPING on all purchases from the show!

Will there be food & drinks? +

Yes!  We will announce participating food & drink vendors as we get closer to the show.
*If you are a local food/drink business interested in participating in a future event, please let us know!

Past food & drink vendors include Begyle Brewing, Union Horse Distilling Co., Littlefoot Coffee Roasters, Doom Street Eats, Dia de los Tamales, Spoken Café... and more!

Can I sponsor show of hands? +

Independently-run events like SHOW of HANDS rely greatly on sponsorship from fellow businesses.
If you're interested in learning more about how you can become a Show Sponsor, please contact us for more information!

Is the show wheelchair & stroller accessible? +

Yes! Our 2019 Holiday Show will take place on two floors, with access to the 2nd floor via two sets of stairs and a passenger elevator.
If you have any other questions regarding accessibility in the space, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
*The Last-Minute Show will take place on the first floor ONLY.

Is my (well-behaved) dog welcome at the show? +

Yes!  SHOW of HANDS and our venue, Artifact Events are both dog-friendly!
For the comfort and safety of the other shoppers, please have your pets on a leash at all times while shopping at the show.

Can I volunteer at show of hands? +

Absolutely.  In the past, we have had some of the most amazing, friendly, helpful people volunteering at our shows. Without volunteers, our events wouldn't run as smoothly or be as enjoyable for the shoppers or the vendors!
*If you're interested in helping us out at an upcoming event, please get in touch!


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When can I apply? +

Vendor Applications for our upcoming Holiday 2019 Shows are NOW CLOSED.
If you would like to be notified when applications open for future shows, please add yourself to our Maker Mailing List.

How do I apply? +

Vendor Applications for our upcoming Holiday 2019 Shows are NOW CLOSED.
If you would like to be notified when applications open for future shows, please add yourself to our Maker Mailing List.

How much does it cost to participate? +

There is a non-refundable application fee when applying to any SHOW of HANDS event. (The current fee is $25.) Standard booth fees start at $525 for our flagship 2½ day shows, and $200 for the 1-night Last Minute Show.

NOTE:  We do not collect a percentage of our vendors’ sales. EVER.

*booth fees are subject to change

How big are the booth spaces? +

The majority of the booth spaces for our 2½ day shows are either 6ft x 8ft or 5ft x 9ft in size, with approximately half of those being backed up to a wall and/or having access to electricity.

The Last-Minute Show is made up of 6ft Table Spaces; Booth displays for this event are table setup only (meaning, no free-standing shelving, additional further, hanging racks, etc).

What's included with my booth fee? +

One (1) 6ft. table (30"x72") and one chair are included with your booth fee.
*Additional 6ft tables, as well as 4ft & 8ft tables, and additional chairs are available at an additional cost.

Who can apply to a SHOW of HANDS event? +

We exclusively accept independently-owned small businesses (makers/artists/designers), ethically-sourced/curated brands and local brick & mortar shops as vendors at our events.

NO MLMs • NO PYRAMID SCHEME BUSINESSES • NO DROP-SHIPPERS • EVER

We are open to applicants of all experience levels and from any location. Whether your business is just a few months old, or you've been doing shows for over a decade > if you have a strong point of view, your work is interesting, unique & well-made and you're presenting it in a professional way, you're probably a good fit for our show.

The vast majority of our vendors are from Chicago (or a surrounding suburb) and we've had a consistent group of designers from neighboring Indiana, Michigan & Wisconsin. That said, we've also had out-of-state vendors from as far away as California!

Common categories represented at our show are jewelry, women's apparel & accessories, ceramics, bath & body products, candles, papergoods (cards, art prints, etc.), kid's toys & apparel, packaged goods (food items, sweet treats, etc.), home goods, furniture, pet accessories, and more!

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND LOOKING THROUGH THE VENDOR LIST FOR OUR MOST-RECENT SHOW TO GET A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR

How are your vendors chosen? +

Our applications are viewed and curated by OrangeBeautiful, the founder & presenter of SHOW of HANDS.
Every application is reviewed with the show as a whole in mind. In general, we're looking for high-quality products where the designer has a clear point of view and a passion for what they're doing.  And while an excellent product that is presented professionally should be enough, we also have to be careful not to accept too many vendors in the same category.

SHOW of HANDS is a relatively small show, so it's important that our shoppers see something unique and special in each and every vendor.

*For example, we get nearly triple the number of applications for JEWELRY as we do for any other category, so we are often forced to pass on amazing designers in this and other more popular categories.

Can I share a booth with another vendor? +

NEW for Holiday 2019 Shared booths are ONLY AVAILABLE to those vendors who are NEW to SHOW of HANDS.
Only those applicants who have not previously participated in any Show of Hands events will be eligible to share a booth space.

If applying for a Shared Booth space, we will pair you up with another vendor also accepted for a Shared Booth space.

If you would like to be paired with a specific vendor, BOTH APPLICANTS must name the other in the notes of their application.
**REMEMBER that both vendors in a Shared Booth space must be NEW to the show.

What is your refund policy? +

The full booth fee is required in order to complete your application to the show.  The $25 application fee is non-refundable.
All applicants not accepted to the show will be reimbursed the full booth cost less this fee.

If you are accepted into SHOW of HANDS and are no longer able to attend, you will be reimbursed your full booth fee (less the application fee) if and only if we are notified 6 weeks before the show's opening date.

Any cancellations made after 6 weeks before the show opening date will NOT receive a refund.


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

I’ve applied to past shows, but I didn't get in...
should I apply again? +

Absolutely!  Just because you weren't accepted to a past show doesn't necessarily mean you won't be accepted the next time around.  It's important that we have new, fresh products at every show +plus we'd love to see what you've been working on since the last time you applied!

As always, we encourage you to check out the most recent group of vendors to get a better sense of the type of work we're looking for...

I missed the application deadline! Can I still apply? +

Unfortunately, no.  Due to the overwhelming amount of applications we receive for each show, we cannot accept applications after the deadline posted.  If, for some reason, an accepted vendor cancels, leaving a spot open, we will choose a vendor from our waiting list.

Available spots will never be given out to vendors who did not apply during the open application process for that particular show.
DO NOT EMAIL ASKING ABOUT AVAILABLE BOOTH SPACES IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY OFFICIALLY ON OUR VENDOR WAITING LIST.

Holiday 2019 Applications CLOSED on SATURDAY, August 17th @ 12noon CST.

If you missed the deadline, and would like to be notified when applications open for future shows, PLEASE ADD YOURSELF TO THE MAILING LIST.

Can vendors also sponsor Show of Hands? +

Absolutely.  Local/independent businesses, brands and shops like Bonnie™, Sacred Art, Neighborly, Edgewater Candles and Begyle Brewing have participated in SHOW of HANDS as both Vendors and Sponsors. This allowed them to not only benefit from the show sales and exposure/promotion that all of our vendors receive, they were also listed on all of our print promotions (including our ads in Newcity and RedEye Chicago) and promoted directly to tens of thousands of design-savvy shoppers before, during and after the show!

Are you still looking for sponsors? +

Yes.  Even though Vendor Applications are closed, we are still looking for additional local/independent businesses, brands and shops interested in promoting themselves at one or both of our upcoming holiday events.

If you're interested in talking more about the possibilities of sponsorship, please don't hesitate to get in touch!


Still have questions?

Please get in touch with any questions that haven't been answered above.

We're happy to help!
- Emily & the SHOW of HANDS team