vendor applications are now closed!

applications for our next holiday will open late summer 2017

 
 

Show of Hands Holiday 2016 Vendors (from left to right): Tytin Jewelry // Real.Soaps // Earth Cadets // Nicolet Candle Co. // Made by Cat Painter // Lilla Barn Clothing


important dates + event details

Show of Hands Spring 2017

 
SHOW DATES  APRIL 28-30, 2017
FRIDAY  Preview Night
April 28, 2017

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 
April 29-30, 2017
10am - 5pm, both days

SHOW LOCATION
Artifact Events  AKA Architectural Artifacts
4325 N Ravenswood Ave • Chicago
*one block east of the Montrose Brown Line El Stop

applications are now closed

APPLICATION DEADLINE
SUNDAY   February 26th 2017  @ 12 midnight CST
*applications submitted after this date will not be considered

APPLICATION NOTICES SENT by end of day
WEDNESDAY  March 1st 2017


SPRING 2017 VENDOR LIST POSTED
MONDAY  March 6th 2017
 
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Our amazing venue since 2015:  Artifact Events | 4325 N Ravenswood Ave. Chicago


 

what to expect from the show

TOO LEGIT TO QUIT

For our 2017 Spring Show, we're looking for quality artists, designers & craftspeople to sell their goods to an estimated 5,000+ shoppers. This 3-day show will take place the last weekend of April - two weeks before Mother's Day! - at the amazing Artifact Events aka Architectural Artifacts (just one block from the Montrose Brown Line El Station), in Chicago.

To get a feel for the type & caliber of vendors we're looking for, please check out our list of vendors from our most recent Holiday Show. These are top-notch designers & business owners who all individually added something amazing and unique to the show as a whole.  While it's certainly not required that applicants sell only high-end items, or have long-established businesses, we are looking for all of our vendors to possess some very specific qualities:

GOOD DESIGN • PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATION • CONFIDENCE IN YOUR WORK

AND THE QUALITY CRAFTSMANSHIP TO BACK IT UP


That said, we're also extremely careful not to over-saturate any one product category at the show. Show of Hands is a smaller event as far as craft shows and art fairs go (our upcoming Spring Show will boast a highly-curated group of 80-90 vendors), and we don't want shoppers to feel like there is too much of any one thing.


BOOTH FEES + PARTICIPATION LEVELS

  • Vendors applying for a STANDARD BOOTH SPACE will placed in one of two booth space sizes:  6x8ft -or- 5x9ft
    *double booth spaces are also available at an additional cost (see below)
  • Vendors may also apply with another maker for a SHARED BOOTH SPACE = 2 Vendors in 1 Standard Booth
    *See "PARTICIPATION LEVELS" below for additional information on Shared Booth Spaces.
  • All booth spaces include (1) 6ft table and (2) chairs;
  • There are a select number of booths with wall space and/or access to electricity.  In the weeks leading up to the show, we will contact vendors regarding these (or other) special requirements;
    *while meeting everyone's requests is often impossible, we will always do our very best to accommodate everyone
  • Prior to the show, there will be a walkthrough of the space and an informational Q+A held at Architectural Artifacts to help vendors prepare (and get psyched!) for the big event.  The walkthrough for this year's Spring Show will take place Saturday, April 8th @ 10am.
  • Since Architectural Artifacts is also a retail store, open 7 days a week (10am-5pm), we encourage you to visit the space on your own time, as well.  Seeing the space in person and browsing their 80,000 sq.ft. warehouse is an experience like no other.
  • Promotional postcards & posters will be provided to all vendors in advance for mailing, handing out + posting all over town!
  • Other promotional tools include (but are in no way limited to) a dedicated Show of Hands website and blog, dedicated Instagram feed (@showofhandschicago), Twitter feed (@showofhandschi) and Facebook Page (facebook.com/showofhandschicago), as well as a 6-week CTA Ad Campaign and printed programs handed out to all attendees of the show.
  • PLUS a SPECIAL FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW EVENT, Vendor Goodie Bags, a Vendor Lounge, free coffee + other refreshments all weekend & much, much more!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES for VENDORS

In addition to regular vendor spaces, we are also offering a handful of VENDOR/SPONSOR spots to those businesses who would like both a booth space and the additional promotion that comes with being a sponsor.  More info below...

participation levels

standard vendor booth $400

Returning (Holiday 2016) Vendor Standard Booth $375

shared vendor booth $400 (SEE BELOW)

Returning (Holiday 2016) Vendor Shared Booth $375
see note below about sharing booths*

nonprofit vendor booth $300

Proof of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status will be requested.

double vendor booth $800

Returning (Holiday 2016) Vendor Double Booth $750



+ADD SPONSORSHIP $350

Upgrade your vendor participation to include
Shout-Out Sponsorship**
note: Sponsorship cannot be added to "Shared Booth" Applications
PLEASE NOTE:  Returning Vendor discounts apply ONLY to those Vendors who participated in our Holiday 2016 Show.

SHARED BOOTH INFORMATION

This year, we are reverting back to our previous policy where we will not be pairing up applicants to share booths.
It is your responsibility to find another vendor and determine how you will share costs & display space.
As a pair, you will be asked to submit one application and one payment, including information for both vendors.
IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that we consider both applicants when deciding if a SHARED BOOTH APPLICATION is accepted or rejected.

NONPROFIT BOOTH INFORMATION

We are offering a select number of discounted booth spaces to not-for-profit businesses, charities and organizations.
This discount is available to eligible 501(c)(3) entities for a standard, non-shared booth space only.
You're more than welcome to apply for a Shared Booth space, however, the nonprofit discount will not apply.
NOTE: Once your application is received, we will contact you directly to request documentation of your tax-exempt status.  Thanks!

wanna be a sponsor, too?

While all participating vendors will be extensively promoted simply by participating in the shop, VENDOR/SPONSORS will receive everything included with our SHOUT-OUT SPONSORSHIP LEVEL > your business info & logo in all promotional print materials (postcards & posters, etc.), logo on all ads for our 6-week CTA Ad Campaign, mention all press releases, a highlighted listing in our show directories, additional press opportunities and much, much more!
Our Holiday 2016 CTA Ad Campaign @ the Merchandise Mart station

Our Holiday 2016 CTA Ad Campaign @ the Merchandise Mart station

Our incredible Holiday 2016 Sponsors!

Our incredible Holiday 2016 Sponsors!


THE APPLICATION

In order to be considered for participation in SHOW of HANDS Spring 2017, you will need to submit the online application and pay the full booth fee by (DEADLINE EXTENDED) Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 12 midnight CST

a $25 application fee is included in all booth costs

* This fee covers administrative costs associated with receiving, managing & reviewing hundreds of vendor applications prior to each show.

APPLICANTS NOT ACCEPTED TO THE SHOW WILL HAVE THEIR BOOTH FEE LESS THE $25 APPLICATION FEE REIMBURSED BY EOD MARCH 3rd 2017

  • please do not contact us before March 1st to ask whether or not you've been accepted to the show
  • please do not contact us before March 3rd asking about the status of a reimbursement
  • any application submitted with incomplete information will not be considered
  • any application submitted after the deadline date/time will not be considered
  • any application submitted without an accompanying application fee will not be considered

  • The online application (link at the bottom of this page) will ask for your company information and contact details. In order to see your work and evaluate whether or not you'd be a good fit for our show, we ask that you provide us with a link to your website*, as well as a brief description of your work.

    *ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A WEBSITE IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR PARTICIPATION IN OUR SHOW.
    Please be sure that the website you submit has clear, easily accessible images & information that represent your most current work, and the work you plan on bringing to the show.
    NOTE:  Etsy shops and other online shopping platforms are acceptable; however, a Facebook page or Instagram feed is not.

    If you have any questions about the application process, please let us know

    left: Simon & Ruby's beautiful display & a crowd of shoppers (Spring 2015)  //  right: Tina from Tytin Jewelry showing off her Vendor Badge

    left: Simon & Ruby's beautiful display & a crowd of shoppers (Spring 2015)  //  right: Tina from Tytin Jewelry showing off her Vendor Badge


    CANCELLATION POLICY

    If you choose to (or are forced to) cancel, you will receive a full refund, less the $25 Application Fee, if and only if we are notified of your cancellation by March 18th 2017.  Cancellations made after this date will NOT receive a refund.
    *Vendors are not permitted to sell, trade or give away their booth space for any reason.

    LICENSES, PERMITS & WAIVERS

    As either a business or an individual selling goods to the general public at this event, you will be required to charge & pay Chicago/IL Sales Tax (10.25%) regardless of where you/your business resides. Don't worry if this is a new thing for you. If accepted, we'll provide further information and answer any and all questions that Vendors have about selling, licensing, paying taxes, etc.

    All participating vendors will be asked to provide one of the following:
  • a Certificate of Insurance for their business, or
  • a signed waiver provided by Artifacts Events (aka Architectural Artifacts) in order to release liability for any damage you may cause to the space, the antiques in the space, if you are injured while in the space, etc.
  • Don't let this scare you... it's common practice for an event space to insure that they're not liable if something unforeseen happens.

    left: Shamus of Real.Soaps talks soap with shoppers //  right: Michelle of Michelle Starbuck Designs completing a sale with a happy customer

    left: Shamus of Real.Soaps talks soap with shoppers //  right: Michelle of Michelle Starbuck Designs completing a sale with a happy customer

    SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

    Please use the links below to begin your application. All applicants will fill out the same application form, which will ask for some information about you, your business, your products, etc. Once you have completed the form, you will be taken to a payment page where you must submit the full booth fee in order to complete your application.
    NOTE: If you participated in our Holiday 2016 show, please be sure to choose the option marked (Returning Vendor) on the payment page.

    APPLICATION NOTICES WILL BE SENT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1ST

    to the email provided in your application

  • If you are ACCEPTED, you will receive follow-up information regarding the show and be included in all updates, events & promotions in advance of, during, and after the show!

  • If you are DECLINED, it either means that we've run out of spaces (in a specific category, or in total) or that we don't feel that your work is the right fit for our show at this time.   Again, those applicants who are not accepted will have their booth fee reimbursed - less the $25 Application Fee - by EOD Friday, March 3rd 2017.
  • ANYTHING ELSE?
    If you have any additional questions or concerns not addressed above, or elsewhere on this site, please don't hesitate to contact us any time. We're here to help!