What are the dates / times for the upcoming spring show?

November 16-18, 2018
Friday PREVIEW 5pm-9pm   |   Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm

Where does Show of Hands take place?

Our upcoming Holiday Show 2018 will take place at the amazing
Artifact Events | aka Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N Ravenswood Avenue in Chicago.

How much does it cost to attend?

SHOW of HANDS is FREE & OPEN to the public!
HOLIDAY 2018 SHOW:  Saturday & Sunday, November 17+18
The Friday Night Preview Event (November 16th, 5-9pm) is ticketed.
PLEASE NOTE: Limited number of tickets available. Tickets will go on sale 3 weeks before the show.

What can I expect from Show of Hands?

SHOW of HANDS is a carefully curated group of independent artists, designers & craftspeope from the Chicagoland area and beyond.  During this amazing weekend, these makers will be setting up shop in the stunning Artifact Events, a North Side Chicago event space that is also home to Architectural Artifacts - a warehouse of upscale architectural salvage & furnishings from around the world.

During SHOW of HANDS, 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!

Will there be food & drinks?

Yes!  Past food & drink vendors include Begyle Brewing, KOVAL Distillery, Ritual Coffeehouse, Puffs of Doom / Doom Street Eats, Dia de los Tamales, Spoken Café, and more!.

SHOW of HANDS, and independently-run events like ours, 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!  The main entrance to the show is at street level with wide entrances to all areas of the space.  Our 2018 Holiday Show will take place on two floors, however there is access to the 2nd floor via both a set 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!

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

Absolutely!!!   Not only is the venue pet-friendly, we at SHOW of HANDS ♥ DOGS!   Please remember, for the comfort and safety of the other shoppers, to 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 shoppers and vendors alike!  If you're interested in helping us out for the upcoming Holiday Show (November 16-18, 2018), please visit our Volunteer Page.


When can I apply?

Applications are NOW CLOSED.
ADD YOURSELF TO THE MAILING LIST to be notified when applications open for future shows!

How do I apply?

Application details can be found by visiting our Application Page!

How much does it cost to participate?

There is a non-refundable $25 application fee when applying to SHOW of HANDS. Standard booth fees start at $500 and there are options for double booth spaces, as well as sharing a booth space with another maker.
You can find more details about booth fees on our Application Page.
NOTE: We do not collect a percentage of our vendors’ sales. EVER.

How big will the booth spaces be?

The majority of the booth spaces for our Holiday 2018 show wil be either 6x8ft or 5x9ft in size, with approximately half of those being backed up to a wall and/or having access to electricity.  You can find more details about booth fees on our Application Page.

Is anything included with my booth fee?

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

Who can apply to your show?

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 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, sweet treats (packaged cookies & confections), home goods, furniture, pet accessories, and more! We also encourage applications from makers and businesses outside of these categories... for example, we had a company at our Spring 2017 Show that writes custom songs!

we highly recommend looking through the vendor list for our most-recent show to see what types of vendors have participated in the past.

How are your vendors chosen?

Our applications are viewed and curated by OrangeBeautiful, the founder & presenter of SHOW of HANDS. We review every application that we receive 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 Designers 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?

Shared booths, where two makers share one standard booth space, are available.  We highly recommend that you make arrangements with another vendor before applying.   While we are accepting shared applications without a pre-arranged partner, those applying alone are at a higher risk of not being accepted if we're unable to pair you with a complementary vendor.

What is your refund policy?

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 this 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?

Of course! 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.
To be notified when applications open for our next show, PLEASE ADD YOURSELF TO THE MAILING LIST.

Can vendors also sponsor Show of Hands?

Absolutely.  Businesses like Bonnie™, Sacred Art Chicago and Neighborly have participated in SHOW of HANDS as both Vendors and Sponsors. This allowed them to not only benefit from the promotion that all of our vendors receive, but they were also listed on all of our print promotions (including our 6-week CTA Ad Campaign!) and promoted directly to tens of thousands of design-savvy shoppers!

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