Safety Policies & Procedures

Not Your Mama’s Craft Market is excited to announce the revised plan for our 2020 Holiday Craft Markets! 

Sat. November 21st | Noon – 8pm

Sat. December 5th  | Noon – 8pm 

Indoor/Outdoor at Via Vecchia Winery 

2108 S. High Street | Columbus, Ohio 43207

Why we decided to make this change.  

It was an incredibly difficult decision for us.  We agonized for months over what we should do in these unprecedented times.  First and foremost our number one concern was for the safety of our vendors and patrons.  We knew we couldn’t move forward with a plan if there was any concern for safety.  Our second concern was providing much needed support to our local community of small handmade businesses. NYMCM is a family and right now so many of our family members are facing life altering financial struggles. Our vendors depend on events like ours and brick and mortar shops to get by. The holiday season is a crucial sales time for handmade businesses.  With so many shops closing, and events like Village Lights not happening in person this year, many small local businesses are in serious trouble.  Many local handmade markets have found it necessary to go virtual this holiday season as well.  We judge no one for the difficult decisions they must make for themselves and their vendors as we know what a painstaking process it is.   We feel we have a very unique opportunity to host a Farmers Market style handmade event.  It might be a bit smaller, and it might be a bit colder but we definitely feel it will be a safe opportunity for our community of vendors and patrons to shop local this Holiday season.  We have worked tirelessly to select the perfect venue and put together safety protocols to make this market happen. 

Why Via Vecchia Winery (VVW)? 

VVW offers over 6,000 square feet of open indoor space with large doors and a double filtration HVAC system,  as well as a very large outdoor space where vendors and patrons can safely spread out.  This indoor/outdoor component  gives our market the same capabilities as a farmers market outlined by the CDC.  Not only does it offer many safety features,  but it boasts a beautiful backdrop for our holiday markets both inside and out.  It is equipped with a large bar which will be in operation during the events, plenty of space for parking and for food trucks and is located just minutes from downtown Columbus.  

What will NYMCM be doing during the Markets to keep everyone safe? 

NYMCM, with the assistance of the Franklin County Health Department and Via Vecchia Winery have put into place multiple precautions for the safety of vendors and patrons alike. NYMCM will be following the guidelines on Farmers Markets laid out by the CDC and the recommendations of the Franklin County Health Department. 

  • Vendor spaces will be spaced at least 6 feet apart. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed strategically around the venue. 
  • Each vendor is required to have a hand sanitizer at their booth. 
  • Patrons will be required to reserve their time slots for shopping in advance and present their reserved e-ticket at the entrance.  This will ensure that we do not exceed the safe number of patrons in the venue, as determined by the Franklin County Board of Health, at any time.  Reserved ticket reservations will be offered in 1.5 hour increments.  More information coming soon. 
  • Patrons are asked to move from vendor to vendor with the same group that they reserved their tickets with practicing safe social distancing.
  • Aisles have been widened to accommodate social distancing. 
  • Face coverings are mandatory for everyone in attendance including patrons, vendors, volunteers and staff.  Proper wear of face coverings will also be enforced. 
  • A traffic flow pattern will be clearly laid out for patrons. 
  • There will be dedicated staff for sanitizing touch points and opening doors for the duration of the event.  
  • Vendor setup will be staggered to ensure social distancing. 

What does this mean for Vendors who have already applied and Vendors who want to apply? 

Because one of the markets has a date change and both markets have a location change, we will be reopening our application process through midnight October 9th.  Vendor selection emails will be sent no later than October 14th.  Our new application can be found for Makers here: https://form.jotform.com/202447446696162 & for Food Trucks Here: https://form.jotform.com/202455978402156 

If you have already applied for the original dates as a Maker or Food Truck, you will be emailed a Vendor Acknowledgement Form  with the option to automatically move your application to one or both of the new markets or to pass on this year’s markets and receive a refund of your original application fee. We have also decided to lower vendor booth fees to help our struggling vendors.  Regardless of your choice, this quick form must be filled out to confirm your acknowledgement of the market changes. 

Click Here for Vendor Acknowledgement Form 

How about Kid Makers?

Our in person Jeni’s Made Stand Mini Market is being postponed until the Spring.  We hope to offer an alternative for our amazing kid entrepreneurs.  More information on that to come. 

Things Vendors should consider before applying

  • Masks must be worn properly for the duration of the market including set-up and tear-down. 
  • Vendors must stand behind their table during the Market to allow social distancing from patrons. 
  • Vendors must provide hand sanitizer at their booth for self and patrons. 
  • Vendors must follow the Employee, volunteer and vendor policies laid out by the CDC.
  • Vendors must set booths up in a way that is conducive to social distancing for patrons.  
  • Vendors may not provide any samples or testers.
  • All ready-to-eat foods must be pre-packaged before arriving at the Market.
  • Pre-order for pick up at the market is encouraged. 
  • Outdoor Vendors take on the risk of inclement weather but receive a discount on a larger space. 
  • Outdoor Vendors must provide their own 10×10 canopy and canopy weights. Battery operated lights are also strongly encouraged. *There is moderate outdoor lighting at the venue but your tent may need additional light. We suggest camping lanterns. 
  • All Vendors and Shoppers are encouraged to dress for the weather even when inside as doors will be open to allow air flow. 
  • Our cancellation policy has changed.  Please read below. 
  • As always, vendor fee payment serves as your digital acceptance of our vendor agreement. The Vendor Agreement includes a waiver and release of liability agreement as well as an agreement to the terms of our cancellation policy. 
  • Upon acceptance, vendor fee payment / Vendor Agreements are due no later than midnight Oct. 19th. 
  • Vendors are asked to have only 1 helper with them and only if needed during the event. The NYMCM hosts and volunteers will be around to stand in for Markers in need of a quick break. 
  • Vendors will not be permitted to share a booth with any other Vendor. 
  • Per the usual, Vendors must provide their own table and chairs. 
  • NYMCM will not be offering Vendor swag this year, but Vendors may offer swag items at their booth if desired. 
  • We have decided as a courtesy to our struggling Vendors to lower the vendor fees that were intended for our 2020 Holiday Markets. 

Indoor: 

6×6 – $100

8×6- $115

10×10 – $175 

*all indoor vendor spaces are very limited,

especially 10×10 

Outdoor: 

10×10 – $130 

*(outdoor vendors must supply their own 10’x10′ canopy)

Foodtruck:

$100 

Cancellation Policy

Please be aware that NYMCM never plans a Market with the intention of canceling it at a later date.  Please note that if there is a concern about whether a Market might have to be canceled, NYMCM will make every effort to do so before collecting any booth fees.  Canceling a Market would happen only if we determine it is in the best interest and safety of any and all persons who may be in attendance.  Uncontrollable circumstances may include but are not limited to:  extreme weather conditions, pandemics, gas leaks, water and/or power outages, local public health disturbances.  In the event that NYMCM must cancel a Market due to uncontrollable circumstances NYMCM will refund 50% of any booth fees paid for that Market.  Application fees are non-refundable.

We understand that, for many reasons, vendors must sometimes cancel their participation in one of our markets.  In the event a vendor must cancel their participation in a NYMC Market, the vendor forfeits their vendor fee and their vendor spot in that Market.  The vendor is not permitted to sell or trade their space.

Important Dates

Applications close | Midnight October 9th *application fees are nonrefundable

Acceptance Emails go out | October 14th 

Booth Payment due  | Midnight Oct. 19th

Setup for Market #1 | Fri. Nov. 20, 5pm-7pm & Sat. Nov. 21, staggered from 8am-10:45am

Setup for Market #2 | Fri. Dec. 4, 5pm-7pm & Sat. Dec. 5, staggered from 8am-10:45am

Important Links

Find Application for Vendors here: 

Find Application for Food Trucks Here: 

COVID-19 and Farmers Markets/ Employee, volunteer and vendor policies: 

https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/food-safety/resources/covid-19-and-farmers-markets

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For announcements, events and status updates follow us on social media: 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/notyourmamascraftmarket/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NotYourMamasCraftMarket/ 

Caraftin Outlaws is another great local Craft Market that is supporting local Vendors with a  Virtual Market. Find links to their amazing Vendors on their website: 

2020 Holiday Market FAQs

Will there still be Holiday Markets? 

Yes.  Our current plan is to move forward with two Holiday Markets. We have implemented many changes in an effort to keep everyone safe.  Our events will now be held “farmers market” style. This means that the majority of our Vendors will have booths outside.  Embrace it – it’s a Holiday Market after all!  Shoppers will also need to reserve a one and a half hour shopping period in advance to attend the market (more info coming soon).  In addition, we have a new location for both markets and one of the dates has changed. 

Sat. November 21st | Noon – 8pm

Sat. December 5th  | Noon – 8pm 

Indoor/Outdoor at Via Vecchia Winery 

2108 S. HIGH STREET,  COLUMBUS, OHIO 43207

COVID-19 

To read about all Covid-19 adjustments, policies and re-opening choices please visit: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CghTKg-fB9QPlSwoYeaIigowzSO3tVlCJzVeXJn9R6U/edit?usp=sharing

 We have also highlighted covid addition on this page in orange. 

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. 

WHEN CAN I APPLY?

Because of the changes NYMCM is reopening applications for our Winter Markets through midnight October 9th. 

Find Application for Vendors here: 

Find Application for Food Trucks Here: 

Acceptance Emails go out | October 14th 

Vendor Fee due  | Midnight Oct. 19th

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

WHAT DOES THE VENDOR 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 website leading up to and during the market. 

ARE TABLES, CHAIRS, LIGHTS or TENTS PROVIDED?

Tables, chairs, lights and tents are not provided. Outdoor Vendors must provide their own 10×10 canopy and canopy weights. Battery operated lights are also strongly encouraged. *There is moderate outdoor lighting at the venue but your tent will need additional lights. We suggest camping lanterns. 

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 selected 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 demonstrate 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 handmade 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 the previous answer, we are always looking for new Makers. We have to turn down so many fantastic Makers simply due to space constraints at each market. This year there are twice the opportunities for Makers to be selected! 

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 from 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?

Due to Covid-19 we will not permit booth sharing at our winter events. 

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. 
  • Carefully read and make a plan to put our safety policies and procedures in place. 
  • Prepare your booth space. We are known for showcasing Makers with the most outstanding booth displays. Don’t get lost in the crowd by not 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! As part of our COVID-19 Safety Policy we are requiring all vendors to be behind their tables to help with social distancing.  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 across their social media accounts.

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

FIRST read over our COVID-19 Safety Policy 

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 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. 

Questions not answered above are welcome at: notyourmamascraftmarket@gmail.com

2 Holiday Markets, Apply now!!!

Let’s do this!

Not Your Mama’s Craft Market is excited to announce the revised plan for our 2020 Holiday Craft Markets! In order to keep everyone safe, these markets will be indoor/outdoor in a new location, social distanced and will require reserved shopping tickets. More information on reserving your shopper’s time slot coming soon. 


We have been working with the Franklin Co. Health Department and Via Vecchia Winery (VVW) to develop and implement a comprehensive safety plan for these markets. This plan is outlined under Step 1 below. With all these changes, we will be extending our application date! Makers interested in participating should follow the steps below. Makers who applied for our Holiday markets before these changes were made do not need to reapply but should watch their inbox for information and a mandatory form of acknowledgment and intent.

Sat. November 21st | Noon – 8pm

Sat. December 5th  | Noon – 8pm 

Indoor/Outdoor at Via Vecchia Winery 2108 S. HIGH STREET,  COLUMBUS, OHIO 43207   
*Next to The Fort 

How to APPLY
STEP 1.)
Read over our Policies and Guidelines and FAQs. 

Policies and guidelines  for safety. 

NYMCM have been working tirelessly with our venue and under the guidance of the Franklin Co. Health Department to put procedures into place for Makers & Shoppers alike. Hopefully Makers are required to follow these procedures. 

Read over what we are requiring of Makers and shoppers here»

Still have questions? 
We have laid it all out in our Frequently Asked Questions page. Unlike the Policies and Guidelines page, the FAQs page answers more general Maker questions. If you still have questions please email us at NYMCMCbus@gmail.com 
Visit FAQs page »

STEP 2.)
Read over our Cancellation Policy

STEP 3.)
Fill out application by Midnight October 9th. 

https://form.jotform.com/202447446696162
https://form.jotform.com/202455978402156

STEP 4.)
 Wait for your acceptance email. 

Applications close |Midnight October 9th
*application fees are nonrefundable

Acceptance Emails go out |October 14th 

Booth Payment due |Midnight Oct. 19th

Join the HandMAKE My Day Movement!

HandMAKE MY DAY is back Baby!

Lets face it, times are tough. NYMCM is bringing back our HandMAKE My Day movement to help brighten these darker days in our community!

Our goal is to bring our community together to unexpectedly make someone’s day! We want to remind people that YOU MATTER, YOU ARE SEEN and WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

The idea is to combine random acts of kindness, creative talents and free gifts to make one big, city wide, not so old fashioned scavenger hunt. Sharing and documenting the hidings and findings all on Instagram. All with the added benefit of bringing awareness to local handmade small businesses who so desperately need our support!

Kindness is free.

So do what your mama told you and BE NICE. Help us spread kindness like confetti and join our kindness movement today.

This movement is not limited to our Makers! Anyone can make and share! 

You don’t even have to leave your house! You can hide a gift during a neighborhood walk or even leave something in your front yard! If you are out at the grocery store leave something in your cart. If you are picking up food from a small local restaurant, leave a gift out front! 

Here is how it works: 

No 1.) Make something amazing to give! It doesn’t have to cost you a lot, it just needs to be made with love. It can be art, jewelry, decor, whatever your passion is! Document your creation as it comes to life on social media by tagging @notyourmamascraftmarket and using #HandMAKEmydayCbus

No 2.) Print off the FREE Gift postcards below and attach it to your handmade gift.  Then fill in your name and other information you would like to share. For example: Website, Social Media Handle, Email…. You choose!

No 3.) Find the perfect spot to hide your handmade gift. Parks, sidewalks, in front of restaurants, hospitals, shops, bus stops, you name it! Remember to “hide it in plain sight” and practice Safe Spacing while in public!

If you attach your gift to a post, tree, building, etc. please make sure you attach it with something non damaging like string, tape, or magnets – we don’t want to ruin someone’s day:)

No 4.)  Post a photo of your handmade gift tagging @NotYourMamasCraftMarket and using #HandMAKEmydayCbus and the caption “Find me, I’m Free!”. Include a clue or two as to where it can be found. We ask that you encourage your followers to look through the NYMCM feed to find local handmade small businesses to support during these unsure times.

No 5.) Sit back and follow us on Instagram and  #HandMAKEmydayCbus to see who’s day you made.

NYMCM will be following along closely so we can repost your pics and direct followers directly to your pages! Feel free to send us an Instagram message with your pics so we don’t miss them! 

Thanks for being so stickin’ nice.

Print your HandMAKE My Day postcards here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/10WMlliMAYt5bX0DupP9qLN0FBz7Mq9l8CR1dqvUi0uE/edit?usp=sharing

HandMAKE my day Printable 4 Card Sheet