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Can vendors also sponsor Show of Hands?
Friday PREVIEW NIGHT 5pm-9pm | Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
Architectural Artifacts | 4325 N Ravenswood Avenue, in Chicago.
HOLIDAY SHOW: Saturday & Sunday, November 19-20
The Friday Night Preview Event (November 18th, 5-9pm) is ticketed ($10/admits two)
PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of tickets available.
SHOW of HANDS is a carefully curated group of independent artists, designers & craftspeope from in and around the Chicagoland area. During this amazing weekend, these makers will be setting up shop in the stunning Architectural Artifacts... and for our upcoming Holiday Show, many of our vendors will be launching new products and offering special show promotions exclusively to you!
You will find a wide range of products including - but certainly not limited to - papergoods, jewelry, apparel & accessories, ceramics, art prints, home decor, bath & body products, sweets & treats, carry goods, kids' toys & clothing... and much, much more!
SHOW of HANDS, and independently run events like ours, rely greatly on sponsorship from fellow businesses. If you're interested in learning more about how you can become a Show Sponsor, please contact us.
Absolutely. In the past, we have had some of the most amazing, friendly, helpful people volunteering at our shows. Without volunteers, our events wouldn't run as smoothly or be as enjoyable for shoppers and vendors alike! If you're interested in helping us out for the upcoming Holiday Show (November 18-20), please visit our Volunteer Page.
VISIT THE APPLICATION PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS. Application Page!
There is a non-refundable $25 application fee when applying to SHOW of HANDS. Standard booth fees start at $400; you can find more details about booth fees on our Application Page.
NOTE: We do not collect a percentage of our vendors’ sales. EVER.
If you don't require the table, the chairs, or anything at all, just let us know!
We are open to applicants of all experience levels and from any location. Whether your business is just a few months old, or you've been doing shows for over a decade, if your work is interesting, unique & well-made and you're presenting it in a professional way, you're probably a good fit for our show.
The vast majority of our vendors are from Chicago (or a surrounding suburb) and we've had a consistent group of designers from neighboring Indiana, Michigan & Wisconsin. That said, we've also had out-of-state vendors from as far away as California!
Our applications are viewed and curated by OrangeBeautiful, the founder & presenter of SHOW of HANDS. We review every application that we receive with the show as a whole in mind. In general, we're looking for a high-quality product (or line of products) where the designer has a clear point of view and a passion for what they're doing. And while an excellent product that is presented professionally should be enough, we also have to be careful not to accept too many vendors in the same category*. SHOW of HANDS is a relatively small show, so it's important that our shoppers see something unique and special in each and every vendor.
*We get nearly triple the number of applications for Jewelry Designers as we do for any other category, so we are often forced to pass on amazing designers in this and other "popular" categories.
You're more than welcome to apply with another maker, and share a booth space with them. It is your responsibility to make arrangements with your booth partner and determine how you will share costs & display space. NOTE: Placement in the show will take into account both applicants.
The $25 application fee is non-refundable.
If you are accepted into SHOW of HANDS and are no longer able to attend, you will be reimbursed your full booth fee (less the application fee) if and only if we are notified 60 days before the show's opening date. Any cancellations made after this will NOT receive a refund.
NOTE: Vendors are not permitted to sell, trade or give away their booth space for any reason.
Of course! Just because you weren't accepted to a past show doesn't necessarily mean you won't be accepted the next time around. It's important that we have new, fresh products at every show +plus we'd love to see what you've been working on since the last time you applied!
As always, we encourage you to check out the most recent group of vendors to get a sense of the type of work we're looking for...
Unfortunately, no. Due to the overwhelming amount of applications we receive for each show, we cannot accept late applicants. If, for some reason, an accepted vendor cancels, leaving a spot open, we will choose a vendor from our waiting list.
To be notified when applications open for our next show, PLEASE ADD YOURSELF TO THE MAILING LIST.
Absolutely. Businesses like Bonnie™, Sacred Art Chicago and Neighborly have participated in SHOW of HANDS as both Vendors and Sponsors. This allowed them to not only benefit from the promotion that all of our vendors receive, but they were also listed on all of our print promotions (including our 6-week CTA Ad Campaign!) and promoted directly to tens of thousands of design-savvy shoppers!
Still have questions?Please get in touch with any questions that haven't been answered above.
We're happy to help!
- Emily & the SHOW of HANDS team