vendor applications are NOW CLOSED!

Vendor Applications for our Spring 2018 Show will open February 2018!

 
 

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 Holiday 2017

 
SHOW DATES  NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017
FRIDAY  Preview Night
November 10, 2017
5pm - 9pm, $10 ticket / admits 2

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 
November 11-12, 2017
10am - 5pm, both days, FREE!

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
MONDAY   August 21st 2017  @ 12 midnight CST
*applications submitted after this date will not be considered

APPLICATION NOTICES SENT by end of day
FRIDAY  September 1st 2017


SPRING 2017 VENDOR LIST POSTED
TUESDAY  September 5th 2017
*the day after the Labor Day hoiday weekend!
 
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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 Holiday Show, we're looking for quality artists, designers & craftspeople to sell their goods to an estimated 6,000+ shoppers. This 3-day show will take place November 10-12, 2017, two weekends before Thanksgiving, 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 show (Spring 2017). 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


We are 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 show will boast a highly-curated group of only 80 or so vendors). The last thing we want is for shoppers to feel like there is too much of any one thing.

*Please note: if you don't see a business like yours represented on our past vendors list, that does not necessarily mean that you're not a business that we would consider including. Many of our favorite vendors are new businesses in categories that are hard to define!

BOOTH FEES + PARTICIPATION LEVELS

  • Vendors applying for a STANDARD BOOTH SPACE will placed in a 45-48 sq.ft. space ( 6x8ft -or- 5x9ft )
    *double booth spaces are also available at an additional cost (see below)
  • Vendors may also apply for a SHARED BOOTH SPACE = 2 Vendors sharing 1 Standard Booth
    *See "PARTICIPATION LEVELS" below for additional information on Shared Booth Spaces.
  • All booth spaces include (1) 6ft table and (1) chair
    *additional tables, 4ft & 8ft tables, and additional chairs available at an additional cost (see below)
  • 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 best to accommodate as many vendors as possible
  • Prior to the show, there will be a walkthrough of the space and an informational Q+A held at Artifact Events (located at 4325 N Ravenswood Ave in North Center) to help vendors prepare (and get psyched!) for the big event.
    The walkthrough for this year's Holiay Show will take place Saturday, October 21st @ 10am.
  • Since our venue is also the home of Architectural Artifacts (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 the months leading up to the show, 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 thousands of 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 long & 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 $450

Early Bird Standard Booth $425

shared vendor booth $225 (SEE BELOW)

Early Bird Shared Booth $200
see note below about sharing booths*

nonprofit vendor booth $300

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

double vendor booth $900

Early Bird Double Booth $850



+ADD SPONSORSHIP $350

Upgrade your vendor participation to include
Shout-Out Sponsorship**
note: Sponsorship cannot be added to "Shared Booth" Applications
NOTE:  Early Bird Applications are NOW CLOSED  (discount applied to applications sent BEFORE 9am CST, Friday August 4th!)
All Vendor Fees include the non-refundable $25 Application Fee (details below).

NEW SHARED BOOTH INFORMATION

This year, we ask that all vendors applying for a SHARED BOOTH SPACE, please apply & submit payment individually.
We highly encourage you to pair up with someone before applying; you'll be asked to enter your boothmate's name on your application.

If you are interested in applying for a SHARED BOOTH SPACE, but do not have a 2nd vendor to share with, we will do our best to pair you up with another, complementary vendor who has also applied for a shared space.

Whether you apply with another vendor, or are paired up by SHOW of HANDS, it is your responsibility to work with your booth mate *in advance of the show* to determine how you will share setup, display space, signage, manning the booth, load out, etc.

IMPORTANT: Applying alone for a shared booth greatly increases the possibility that you will not be accepted if we're unable to pair you up with a complementary vendor.

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 Holiday 2017, you will need to submit the online application and pay your full booth fee by Monday, August 21st, 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 REIMBURSED
LESS THE $25 APPLICATION FEE BY EOD September 5th 2017


  • please do not contact us on or before September 1st to ask whether or not you've been accepted to the show
  • please do not contact us on or before September 5th 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, Facebook pages or Instagram feeds ARE 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 (or are forced to) to cancel, you will receive a full refund, less the $25 Application Fee, if and only if we are notified of your cancellation before Friday, September 29th 2017 (6 weeks before the show).  Any 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: The Early Bird Application discount will be included in the booth prices until 9am CST, Friday, August 4th.  After this date, all booth fees will revert to their full price.

    APPLICATION NOTICES WILL BE SENT FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 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, September 5th 2017.
  • NOTE: If the application deadlines listed at the top of this page have passed, and you still have not received a notification, please let us know!
    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!