COMING TO DOWNTOWN YBOR:
Thank you for your interest in the Tampa Market for Makers! This is our second holiday market where we will be selecting the best of the best makers that show the best potential as an emerging brand. Below you can find all of the info you will need to apply.
Market for Makers was a really rewarding experience. It's always a bit nerve-wracking when you're traveling out of state, but I was quickly put to ease by the organized communication regarding location, lodging, parking, etc. When I got to The Glass Factory (which was really easy to find), I was greeted so warmly by Market for Makers staff! The venue was gorgeous and very well decorated. There was a great crowd all day with enthusiastic shoppers who were really supportive of makers. The other vendors were also very professional and fun to talk to. I would be thrilled to be a part of Market for Makers in the future.
This was our first "pop up" market event ever so we were nervous and didn't know what to expect. The entire process from application to tear down was very seemless. The staff was very responsive and informative pre-event and they were even better during and after the event. We did so well Saturday that we under stock and sold out 100% (around 85% gone by 1pm) and had to get back to the studio to make more treats and stuck up for Sunday when we also did very well even though it was a major holiday. We are now looking forward to the Miami market and future events in Florida.
Natalie and the girls at Markets for Makers have never let us down when it comes to putting on a successful market. I am blown away how each time they exceed my expectations when it comes to the marketing of not only the event, but of the individual makers as well, the amazing venues they find, and the unbelievable crowds they bring in. I believe and trust 100% in the vision they have for the community and the genuine support they have for all of the makers involved!
We can't stop recommending Markets for Makers to our small business friends. Each one that we have attended has had a great turn out, and they just keep getting better. The Markets for Makers team truly works hard to get the word out there about each market, and spends a lot of time and resources in promoting their brand and events. Their markets have become some of our favorites, and we look forward to attending many more in the future!
Maria Luisa Carpintero
The Flying Cactus
Markets for Makers is the best pop-up market so far! The organization team really loves their job, you can definitely tell that they gave their all and that reflects in the overall mood of the market. It was a fun, successful weekend surrounded by good vibes, vendors and customers!
Daddy Daughter Jewelry
The girls who run Markets for Makers are so sweet and professional, constantly checking in to make sure everything is going well, and there in case of any issues. We had a great show and look forward to the next Miami addition, as well as other future shows with the Market for Makers. As a maker a quality show is what we look for and this was exactly that!
Booth Sizes + Prices
4 x 6 OUTDOOR TABLE
$150 Sat • $100 Sun
10 x 10 OUTDOOR TENT
$250 Sat • $150 Sun
Spaces do not include tents or tables.
PLEASE NOTE WEEKEND MAKERS ARE TAKEN AS A PRIORITY OVER DAILY MAKERS.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 pets or children. While you are manning your booth you are expected to be engaged in your customers. We do encourage you keep the kiddos and furry ones at home for this event. Feel free to email email@example.com with any questions.
Load in will be from 7:00am-10:00am on Saturday and 9-10:30am Sunday
All vendors must be checked in from 9:30 and parked by 10:00.
Vendors must be set up by 10:30am
Load out starts at 5:00pm on Saturday or Sunday and you may pull up your car after breaking down and bringing items to the curb.
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 are securing a free parking lot for vendors.
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.
Not at this time!
Do you have more questions? Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE READ THROUGH FAQ BEFORE APPLYING