COMING TO DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS:
Markets for Makers is heading to Indianapolis this holiday season! Celebrating not only the the Hoosier State's finest but the best of the best in the region! Once you arrive at the Biltwell Event Center venue, you will be able to enjoy a full bar, local food trucks, discover tons of makers and emerging brands, DIY stations, take photos at our many unique photo walls, enjoy kids play areas, music and more! Below you can find all of the info you will need to apply.
We have a large local following on social media. I haven't opened a brick and mortar store, so the bridge that Market for Makers offers us to our customers is priceless. The buzz and excitement at the events they put on sends both buyers and makers into a stellar mood and atmosphere. Markets for Makers are innovators for innovators, not just about selling vendor spots, the focus is on the entire event and how to create something that makes everyone walk away smiling.
Each market is thoughtfully curated with quality vendors. The team is communicative, takes care of their vendors, and has created a community within their vendors. They do not rely on word of mouth or vendors for marketing, but rather put money into their well-thought-out marketing campaigns to bring in the shoppers. And most importantly, they follow up by delivering an amazing market. Every. Single. Time.
Wild Liberty vended with Markets for Makers at most every market they put on in 2017 in the Tampa Bay area. We kept coming back as I realized how much effort this team was putting in to turn out such great events - not just for the vendors but for the market goers as well. They have a passion for makers and I believe they truly enjoy seeing each of us succeed. Their market vibe is very hip, eclectic & inclusive. My small business would not have seen the success we did this last year if it hadn't been for Markets for Makers!
Buena Vista Candle Co.
The Markets for Makers team continue to exceed my expectations with their level of professionalism from start to finish. From their seamless application process to the flawless day of event logistics and execution, it's evident that the team works tirelessly to ensure their events are always a success. This vision of sourcing quality vendors with unique items while attracting crowds that are excited to support small businesses builds a genuine sense of community even in a pop-up setting. If you're considering visiting or participating in a Markets for Makers event, you won't regret it.
Adrianna Albani Becchi
Markets for Makers focuses on creating a high end experience while supporting and focusing on small businesses and makers. I feel privileged to participate in their events. If they are ever in your town, don’t miss the Market for Makers, they are amazing!
We want to thank Markets for Makers for such an amazing Summer event! The turnout was impressive- it shows how well your marketing works! The venue was beautiful, instructions and social media/marketing support were detailed and practical. We had a great show, great sales and the booth price is very affordable which makes the event a really great opportunity for small businesses like ours to grow and create brand awareness locally.
Booth Sizes + Prices
4 x 6 INDOOR TABLE
$200 Sat • $150 Sun
8 x 10 INDOOR BOOTH
$350 Sat • $250 Sun
Spaces do not include tables or chairs
PLEASE NOTE WEEKEND MAKERS ARE TAKEN AS A PRIORITY OVER DAILY MAKERS.
LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS AT:
BILTWELL EVENT CENTER
950 S WHITE RIVER PKWY W DR
INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46221
If there's one thing our team knows how to do, it is marketing. Our founder's background is in Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing and Branding. With her years of expertise she has been able to successfully launch 6 cities in the past two years with over 60 successful markets under her belt.
Our team strategically utilizes our budget in the areas that have seen the most impact. These areas include:
• Facebook Ads targeted to women 20-45 based on location these are done to drive ticket sales and RSVPs to our event pages.
• When we drive RSVPs to our events, this reminds attendees the week of a market, day of market etc. as well as shows up in Waze and other supporting apps.
• Instagram Ads - both in news feeds and on "stories"
• Influencers are a huge piece of our marketing puzzle. We work with and send tickets and swag to over 20 of the areas highest followed influencers
• Online magazines for cities
Focusing primarily on digital content is not only how the majority of our attendees digest information but is also the best way to track and manage which ads are performing the best, which is why our ads perform 9x better than our competition.
Our makers comment time and time again on how they see our ads everywhere the week of an event. This is due to the fact that we reserve at least 80% of our budget within 10-14 days of the market.
Another key component to our marketing is that we invest in the best types of content that have the highest chances of going viral. This includes professional photography and videography at every event, detail shots throughout the market and short promotional videos we utilize in all of our ads.
We're great at retargeting future attendees. With our new photo booth booth technology, we're able to capture 75% of attendee's contact information which is used to retarget all attendees and their friends for future attendance.
We have now averaged around 3000 attendees for our launch markets due to our strategies.
To find premier spaces and transform them into a market experience. Our markets are carefully curated with Makers who create items you can’t easily find in stores. It’s about the discovery of one-of-a-kind or small batch items you never thought to look for. These Makers specialize in home decor, fashion, art, design, food and more. We aim to forge the relationship between independent artists and their future loyal customers.
Makers are artists, writers, photographers, collectors and designers, they are the creators and dreamers that are driven to create the next great brands of the future.
We accept applications from makers with:
Vintage or Antique collectables
High Quality Craft and Handmade items
Up-cycled or restored salvage
Food Trucks and Tented Food Vendors
We do not accept vendors with:
Direct Sales & Multi Level marketing (Mary Kay, LulaRoe, It Works, LipSense, Scentsy, etc).
Wholesale distributors (This is in contrast to a boutique)
Our aim is to select Makers we feel have the most potential for brand growth and wish to get exposure at our markets to get to the next level.
Vendors are judged on the following criteria:
• Product quality
• Unique products
• Booth display photos
• Online presence in the following categories:
• e-Commerce presence in either an online store, Etsy or promotional website
• Facebook following, growth and activity
• Instagram following, growth and activity
During the market our team is looking for the following qualities in Makers to be invited back:
• General good vibes and attitude
• Engagement and attentiveness with shoppers
• Promotional efforts online
• Booth display
• Adherence to schedules (payment, load-in, load-out)
• Good communication
• Thorough in the Maker's understanding and compliance of our policies (leaving booth space clean, etc.)
Please note: We have a capped amount of Makers per category to ensure the market maintains a standard of high-quality and variety. Participation in a past markets does not guarantee a spot for future markets as we do rotate vendors. A well made, creative and clean display, a good high quality presence on social media, positive attitude and high quality products are all things we look for when we select makers.
No, we will have a variety of makers from various locations around the US and some from around the world. We prioritize emerging brands to create a diverse culture within our doors which creates a unique experience for all attendees and differentiates our type of market from "local" markets.
Our market is for first time makers as well as emerging and established brands. We encourage first time Makers to apply to our markets. Booth displays will be required and we encourage first time Makers to create a test-run display inside or outside of their home to give our team an understanding of what your booth will look like as well as show us you are fully prepared for the market.
Makers have chosen our markets as their favorite markets to attend for many reasons.
• We have a selective jury process and limit the amount of Makers in certain categories. This is to create a diverse collection of Makers.
• Makers who primarily sell online enjoy our markets because they are able to get instantaneous feedback from customers as well as showcase their entire line of products.
• Store buyers are commonly seen attending our markets, thus attendance generates exposure for product lines.
• We give companies a venue where they can invite and connect with influencers in person and create lasting relationships.
• Our markets have been known to be the spark that gets Makers to the next level.
• New Makers enjoy launching their companies at our markets so they are able to get a taste test or test run of their product lines. Seeing what products create the most buzz. Many Makers attribute the development of their product lines from learning what their customers were most interest in at our markets.
We do not issue any refunds or credits. Markets for Makers operates rain or shine! If you have to cancel or simply cannot attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Day of cancellations and no shows without any communication can effect future acceptances. Circumstances regarding major weather systems (such as hurricanes), will be addressed with the venue to secure a rain date but this is not guaranteed.
Electricity is first come first serve and $25/day. Please notify our team at least 2 weeks before the market to buy electricity. Electricity needs may effect your location in the market.
While we try to email every Maker about the status of their application, we do receive many applications daily and are not always able to respond to each one. You will be notified if you have been accepted. If you wish to email us about the status of your application and you have not heard back within 2 weeks, please do so at email@example.com .
Our markets are promoted via Facebook and Instagram. We promote on various event websites and groups. We also have key sponsorships with large promoting outlets and work on creating press releases and getting into magazines, news stations and more.
We all want a great turn out at our markets! This is a group activity and ALL makers are expected to participate and partner with us in helping spread and promote the Market. This includes sharing our promotional ads, providing sneak peaks and doing email blasts to your followers. An active presence on social media is a HUGE plus.
Please note that this indoor facility is not ideal for children and pets are not allowed. While you are manning your booth you are expected to be engaged in your customers. We ask that you keep the kiddos at home for this event and no pets are allowed. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Load in is from 8:00am-10:00am on Saturday and Sunday.
Vendors must be fully set up by 10:30am.
Load out starts at 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
You may leave your items or setup overnight in the space on Saturday night after signing a waiver of liability. Our team is not responsible for items left behind.
There are many parking lots near by, we will be asking vendors to park nearby but not at the closest parking lot to the building so as to leave ample room for shoppers to park and visit.
We will be arranging a hotel for any vendors from out of town in order to get a discount for our vendors.
Once accepted you will receive additional information about schedules, load schedules and other logistics.
There is normally an application fee, but due to the fact that this is our first market in this location, the application fee has been waived and there is no fee.
Do you have more questions? Please feel free to email email@example.com
PLEASE READ THROUGH FAQ BEFORE APPLYING
CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE NOVEMBER MARKET!