F.A.Q.s | Winter 2020

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FAQ’s (and answers)

Will there still be Holiday Markets?

Our current plan is to move forward with the Winter Markets as planned. If we will reassess our plans plans as time gets closer to make the best plan of action for the safely of our Makers and shoppers. Again, as of now the plan is to have the Winter Markets.

  •      Nov. 21st in the Short North and Dec. 6th in German Village.
  • Winter applications open on May 23rd and Close on Aug. 31st.

 

More FAQs ABOUT NYMCM in general:

What is the History of NYMCM?

NYMCM has been around since 2012.  Starting in Marysville, Ohio then moving to Columbus in 2014 NYMCM quickly became a beloved Holiday staple in the city.  NYMCM continues to be voted one of the top 10 shopping events in Columbus year after year. 

HOW MANY SHOPPERS ATTEND YOUR EVENT?

Each and every year we have been blessed to see incredible growth. We estimate our attendance at 2,500 – 3,500 shoppers at this event. 

WHEN CAN I APPLY?

Applications for our Winter Markets on Nov. 21st in the Short North and Dec. 6th in German Village are open.

* Interested in being a sponsor? Email us at notyourmamascraftmarket@gmail.com

WHAT DOES THE BOOTH FEE COVER AND INCLUDE?

Your fee covers venue costs, promotional materials including posters, digital and print ads and other costs required to put on a Market. Many  Makers will also be featured and tagged on our social media pages and on our website leading up to and during the market. 

ARE TABLES AND CHAIRS PROVIDED?

Tables and chairs are not provided. 

Application Process: 

HOW DOES YOUR JURY WORK?

The NYMCM jury consists of 5 members, each of whom is active in handmade small business.  After the application period closes, application fee payments are confirmed. If the fee has not been paid the application is considered incomplete and discarded.  All paid applications are then sorted by genre and individually scored according to the criteria outlined below. The top scorers are compared within their genre and chosen to join the markert.  A number of vendors in each category are offered a spot on our waitlist as cancellations often happen for personal reasons.

WHAT CRITERIA AND QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU LOOK FOR IN YOUR APPLICANTS?

Our market is juried by select members of our staff and other individuals in the local makers scene, whose opinions and tastes we value and trust.  Together we review the pool of applications thoroughly and handpick the artists that are the best fit for NYMCM. We thoughtfully and carefully choose applicants based on a number of criteria, listed below.  Also, check out our social media pages to see what Makers we have chosen in the past. 

  • Your work is designed and made by hand.  Please provide information in your application if your products aren’t entirely made by you or by hand.
  • Your work overall is cohesive and consistent, and you provide clear examples for us to view.
  • Your work is unique. If you are a returning vendor, your work has progressed since participating. We always want to offer our customers fresh ideas.
  • The average price of your items typically range between $1-$150 and reflect a good value/price ratio.  Typically, you know what your work is worth!
  • Your web pages provide clean and clear photos that are cohesive with the quality of NYMCM and can be easily shared for media purposes. 
  • You show that you are good at following directions and reading provided information. Like this list:)
  • If you are a pre-packaged edibles Vendor, you offer unique packaging and flavors and have a well designed booth. We expect artisanal food vendors to live up to the same levels of integrity and quality with their products and displays as our other craft participants.

I WAS A NYMCM MAKER IN THE PAST.  DOES THIS MEAN I’M GUARANTEED A SPOT THIS YEAR?

What makes NYMCM such a unique market is our desire to bring our customers the newest and most current trends in handmade every year. To do this we need a vast variety of Makers at each market along with new merchandise. This is why we hold such a rigorous application process. We LOVE having return vendors but we give them the same jury process as everyone else. We check to see what new products they are offering and also discuss what kind of Maker they were in the past. Did they help share Market info online? Were they easy to work with? Did they follow all of our rules and deadlines? 

I APPLIED IN THE PAST AND WAS NOT ACCEPTED. SHOULD I EVEN TRY APPLYING AGAIN? 

Heck yes! As stated in previous answer, we are always looking for new Makers. We have to turn down so many fantastic Makers simply due to space each market. This year we have twice the opportunities for Makers as we have ever had! 

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A WEB PAGE OR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE FOR MY BUSINESS? 

As much as we love to accommodate all Makers we highly depend on digital exposure for the all around success of our markets. We do not require an expensive website or thousands of posts or followers of our Makers but we do require some sort of internet presence. This makes promoting, collecting promotion material and communication much easier on our end. A simple Instagram or facebook account or Etsy page is perfect! If you do not have an active online page, NYMCM may not be the right fit for you. 

Do you allow Direct Sales Businesses? 

No we do not. No exceptions made. If you pay the application fee and apply with a direct sales business you will not be refunded. 

CAN I SHARE A BOOTH WITH ANOTHER MAKER?

Yes. BUT we require that each Maker apply and be approved individually by our jury. Any vendors who have not been approved and still set up at the Market will be asked to leave. This will be outlined in the Vendor’s Agreement and will be rigorously enforced. 

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF ME IF I AM CHOSEN TO BE A VENDOR?

  • Watch your inbox! We try not to overload Makers on emails.  When we do email you it is usually full of lots of important information. Please take the time to read these emails and file them to refer to later. It is very time consuming for us to respond to questions already addressed. 
  • Prepare your booth space. We are known for showcasing Makers with the most outstanding booth displays. Don’t get lost in the crowd by preparing the look of your display early. Presentation is just as important as your products. We highly suggest making a tape outline of your booth dimensions on the floor and doing a mock up of your space. Remember YOU have to fit in the space too! No extra room outside of your booth is available for your display. All vendors must bring their own table and chairs. A floor-length table covering is required for all tables. Check out our Pinterest Board for ideas. 
  • Vendors will be given digital marketing tools for social media use. We require vendors to share these marketing materials on their social media.

I HAVEN’T DONE MANY MARKETS. HOW DO I PREPARE? 

Do your research! There are many great books, blogs and networks out there to help you move forward with your business. We would love to have the time to help each Maker personally figure out how much product to make, how to set up their space, and how to price their items but with over 100 Makers and 100s of hours it takes to put on a market, unfortunately we cannot. We can, however, direct you to our Pinterest Page that has many resources for Makers. Upon acceptance we can also add you to our private Makers FB page where you are welcome to post questions. 

More questions are welcome at: notyourmamascraftmarket@yahoo.com

HOLIDAY MARKETS 2020

 

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