Vendor FAQ 2016
- What’s an ST-19 form and why do I need one?
- How much space will I get?
- Can I apply for a larger space?
- Can I share a vendor table with a friend?
- When can I see my space?
- When do I set up for the sale?
- Do I need my own table coverings?
- What if I need an electrical outlet?
- Is there wi-fi available at the event?
- Should I / How do I accept credit cards?
- Have you planned an event like this before?
- How do you plan to advertise/publicize the event?
- What feedback have past shoppers given about No Coast?
- What feedback have past vendors given about No Coast?
- What tips did past participants have for other vendors?
- This is my first show – what about pricing, display, etc.? I don’t even know where to start!
- Whom do I contact with any other questions?
The information below is for the 2016 Holiday No Coast Craft-o-Rama.
For application info, visit our Applications page.
An ST-19 form is a form we are required to collect from each vendor. To fill it out you will need to register for a Minnesota State Tax ID number unless you sell only tax-exempt products (clothing, etc.). You cannot participate unless we have your form on file.
Each vendor space is at least 8′ wide x 6′ deep at the Holiday show. You may set up your space in any configuration within that boundary.
Generally, we do not allot more than one spot per vendor. You may request a special exception in a separate email to the organizers at the time of your application. If your request is accepted, you must pay an additional booth fee (including application fee) for each additional space allocated.
You can apply with a friend (see the Application Information page). Once you are accepted, no additional vendors may be present at your table without express permission from the No Coast Craft-o-Rama organizers.
Sometime before the show, we host a vendor tour. We hand out the initial maps with vendor booth assignments, posters and postcards for distribution, and so on. This is your chance to ask us questions or express any concerns about your space or the event plan.
Yes, you must bring your own table coverings, signage, and other items for your space. We have no coverage or signage requirements, though — just whatever you think works best for you.
Absolutely no use of the walls in the Market is allowed.
Holiday show: Electricity will be provided upon request as available. The application must note the need for electricity. There may be a $25 surcharge depending on demand vs. supply.
Holiday show: Wi-fi is available in some areas of the Market, but coverage can be very spotty.
Absolutely one of the most common pieces of advice experienced vendors give to their colleagues is: accept credit cards! This is a surefire way to boost sales, especially since nearby ATMs may run out of cash. Unfortunately, we cannot make those arrangements for you. A variety of options exist for accepting credit cards at shows; with a phone-based card approval system, you could potentially process the card transaction on the spot. Otherwise, you could use a card imprinter and slips for manual capture on-site, then process the transactions afterward. While we cannot recommend any particular credit card merchant processing system, we know many vendors use Square, ProPay and PayPal, among other processing systems, for their merchant accounts.
Yes, we have been organizing holiday sales for 10 years. Our first sale had over 3,000 shoppers, our second had more than 8,000, and since then we’ve had at least 10,000 over two days each year! In 2015, door counts were over 12,000 over both days of the Holiday show.
We plan to make flyers, distribute postcards, advertise in local media, and keep our fans, friends and vendors informed via good old-fashioned email. We send out press releases throughout the prep season, and work with our host sites on other publicity strategies.
- They love our vendors – the variety, quality, and uniqueness.
- They love the location and atmosphere we provide.
- Over 55% said they made over $1000. 15% made $2000 or more for the day! 70% met or exceeded expectations for the sale.
- Make lots more merchandise than you think you’ll ever need.
- Have a wide range of prices in merchandise.
- Bring a helper, plus snacks/drinks.
- Think through booth layout, including pay station(s).
- It helps if your display has a vertical presence and good signage.
- Bring more business cards & other promo materials.
- Bring gift bags and tissue paper, more shopping bags, receipt book.
- Bring more change.
- Include tax in the price of the items instead of figuring it per sale.
- Market yourself before and during sale, smile, be approachable.
Relax! We plan to have more educational information available to vendors this year than ever before. Look for announcements about seminars, informational emails, and other outlets for learning what you need to know to have the best craft show experience you can!