WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BECOMING A VENDOR At a SPECIFIC HOMETOWN VENDOR MARKET?
Click on the event link/flyer that you’re interested in and you’ll find more information about the event including the Vendor Application link.
What are the key terms, conditions, and policies vendors should know about for Hometown Vendor Market events?
Registration Fees: All vendor registration fees are final and nonrefundable under any circumstances.
Sales Guarantees: Hometown Vendor Market does not guarantee any particular level of sales volume or profitability for participating vendors. All transactions and interactions are solely between individual vendors and customers.
Liability: Hometown Vendor Market does not assume any liability for disputes, theft, vandalism, or any other issues that may occur related to your participation. Vendors are participating at their own risk and are solely responsible for securing their designated booth area and merchandise.
Additional policies regarding setup/teardown, booth restrictions, permits, and other procedural regulations are covered thoroughly in our Vendor Information Packet available after sign-up.
What does my vendor registration include?
The included amenities and services provided for your vendor booth will vary based on the specific Hometown Vendor Market you register for. To view the details of what is included in your vendor registration package for a particular event, please click on that event’s flyer/link from our homepage.
Is electricity included with my registration?
Electricity availability varies depending on whether you are registered for an indoor or outdoor hometown event:
There are a limited number of indoor booth spots equipped with electrical access. If you require electricity, you must submit a request by emailing email@example.com once you register to see about reserving an electricity-inclusive spot. Electricity spots are first come, first served. Please bring your own heavy duty extension cord as a precaution.
Electricity access is not provided for outdoor vending spaces. However, you are welcome to supply your own quiet generator if electrical power is absolutely necessary for your booth setup and operations. We recommend testing your generator ahead of time to ensure it can sufficiently power all that you need for the duration of the event.
What items and equipment am I responsible for providing and bringing for my vendor booth?
To have a successfully equipped vendor booth, please note the following requirements based on event type:
You are responsible for any display items not included with your booth package, as outlined on the event vendor webpage you registered through. Be sure to bring any additional necessities like signage, lighting, inventory, payment processing devices, etc.
Outdoor vendors must supply their own:
- 10×10 pop-up tent
- At least one 6-ft table
- Table covers/linens
- Weights or ties to secure your tent
- Anything else needed to safely and effectively operate for the duration
Feel free to bring customized table covers and signage with your brand logo. Table covers can be any color or design that fits your style.
If you need help sourcing any required vendor booth equipment, we recommend Amazon for convenient ordering. See the list below for direct links to suggested items:
How are vendor booth placements and event layout determined for Hometown Vendor Markets?
We utilize a first-come, first-served basis. Vendors who arrive earliest are able to select their preferred booth spot.
Vendor Needs – During the application process, every vendor can indicate any required accommodations related to electricity, parking, facility accessibility, etc. We take these needs into account.
Booth Neighbors – While we cannot guarantee requests, vendors are welcome to indicate preferred booth neighbors whose offerings complement their products/services well. We make our best effort on strategic vendor mix placement for shopper convenience.
What licenses, permits, or other legal requirements do I need to meet as a vendor?
Hometown Vendor Market aims to create a supportive, hassle-free environment for small business owners and crafters to showcase their products without prohibitive red tape.
As such, you are not required to apply for any special licenses or permits specifically to operate as a vendor at our events. We take care of the necessary event/sales permits on the backend so you can focus more energy on your booth success!
Can I choose to vend for only certain days of a multi-day Hometown Vendor Market event?
Absolutely! As a vendor, you have the flexibility to sign up for as many days of a Hometown Vendor Market event as fit your schedule and staffing capacities.
The registration pricing structure does not change based on the number of vending days selected. For example, if the full event runs for Friday-Sunday, you can choose to just vend on Friday and Saturday while paying the same registration rate as someone vending all 3 days.
Can I split my vendor booth with another seller at a Hometown Vendor Market event?
Sharing your designated vendor booth space with another complementary business is allowed and encouraged to maximize cross-promotion opportunities at our Hometown Vendor Market events!
However, registration limitations only allow one official vendor name per booth package purchase. The additional business splitting the booth will need to check-in under the name of the main vendor contact upon arrival.
If you plan to split a booth, we recommend sorting logistics like payments, staffing shifts, equipment needs, etc. ahead of time between businesses so operations run smoothly. Having an informal agreement in place can help avoid any potential misunderstandings down the line.
What is the payment policy for Hometown Vendor Market registrations?
In order to secure your vendor booth reservation for a Hometown Vendor Market event, full payment must be submitted at the time of online registration. We accept most major credit cards.
We cannot hold or reserve vendor spots without payment. All registrations are finalized on a first-come, first-served basis based on completed form and payment receipt.
Additional payment policies:
- Registration fees are non-refundable for any reason as event planning relies on confirmed vendor counts.
- You can make requested modifications to your registration without additional charges up until 1 week prior to the event start date.
What types of display fixtures, visual aids, decor elements and equipment can I incorporate into my Hometown Vendor Market booth space?
Along with featuring your core products and services, feel free to amplify your booth using display infrastructure like:
- Retail-style fixtures (racks, shelves, bins, slatwalls)
- Printed banners/signage
- Product photos or catalogs
- Decor touches that convey your brand style
- Giveaway bowls, entry boxes, etc. to drive engagement
- Equipment like tablets/TVs, mannequins, or demo products
Get creative showcasing what makes your business unique! All visual merchandising must fit neatly within your allotted booth footprint. Overly intrusive pieces that protrude excessively pose safety risks.
Does Hometown Vendor Market limit how many vendors can register per product category?
To maintain a diverse and well-balanced vendor event mix catering to wide-ranging shopper interests, we do set loose category caps at each Hometown Vendor Market.
While category limitations aim to reduce head-to-head competition, the Hometown Vendor Market does not guarantee any vendor exclusivity rights. All products/services must align with our family-friendly, community-focused standards.