TYPES/STYLES OF VENDORS WE LOOK FOR
We always try to have an eclectic vendor mix and try to stick to an artsy flea market vibe. We prefer to have more vintage clothing and decor, antiques, oddities, curiosities, tchotchkes, records etc. as well as art and handmade items that are on the unusual and alternative side . We especially favor artists and makers who incorporate nature, taxidermy, unusual themes and any vendors who have an interactive element. The weirder, quirkier, more out-of-the-box and unique, the better. These are just things we look for, and we do try to make sure we have a variety that appeals to a wide audience as well. We also like to have some spiritual or intuitive vendors, card readers etc. We do also accept food, baked goods, candle and body care, as well as craft style vendors but this is a much smaller percentage of our overall vendor mix. Again, these are simply guidelines for each curation. Every location we partner with has a unique audience and needs. Our selections are often made with these things in mind. There are many very talented vendors out there who may not be chosen simply because they don't quite fit the style and aesthetic we go for or because the category they're in is saturated. As tough as these decisions often are, we believe maintaining our curated vendor mix leads to a consistent experience for patrons and has allowed us to establish a brand and a loyal audience.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR WHEN REVIEWING VENDOR APPLICATIONS
The vendor types and categories mentioned above. A thorough description of who you are, what you plan to sell and what your booth space will look like. Personality, humor and uniqueness. An active social media presence and established audience. Evidence of past promotion and marketing. Photos of previous setups and products that give us an idea as to what your booth space will look like. New vendors! A social media presence is NOT a requirement. We love to have brand new vendors at our events. We rarely accept first-time vendors who do not provide photos or a thorough and detailed description of what their their setup would look like. If these two things are missing, you are more likely to be accepted if you are open to a shared space. We have a select amount of new vendors we add to each flea.
REASONS A VENDOR APPLICATION MAY BE REJECTED
**Please remember that our events are curated to have a particular aesthetic. If your application has been rejected, we assure you it is not personal. There is rarely one finite reason that an application may be rejected, and there are many factors at play. Our #1 goal when making vendor decisions is to create a cohesive and unique patron experience.**
POSSIBLE REASONS: The vendor category you fall into is saturated and we simply do not have enough space. (There is a specific percentage of each category that we try to stick to for each event) You did not provide enough details, links or photos of what you would be selling and/or what your setup would look like. We rely on the information you provide to decide how and where to place vendors in a way that will be attractive to the public and our host partners. Adding a new vendor to the lineup with little to no info on this is too risky for us as a new flea. You are a previous vendor or just participated in a recent flea and we are rotating new vendors in. Your style/aesthetic does not fit into our curation. You are a new vendor and we have already hit our goal # of new/first-time vendors. You are not active or engaged on social media. You did not not promote or market when you vended with us in the past. You did not follow rules or abide by the vendor agreement when you vended with us in the past. Your booth setup/merchandising does not look professional or coherent.
WHY DO YOU HAVE SOME REPEAT VENDORS AT YOUR EVENTS?
If you notice a particular vendor is always on the roster, there are a few reasons that may be: They steadily promote and bring their own unique audience. They help out S-J and/or work or provide a service in exchange for vendor space. They are nice, friendly, helpful, on time, professional etc. They are in a unique category of their own and/or fill one of our preferred vendor categories, especially oddities and curiosities.
SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED AS A FRIENDSHIP FLEA VENDOR
(Full guidelines and event specifics will be sent along with vendor invites) BRIEF OVERVIEW OF NECESSARY SUPPLIES: 10x10’ canopy tent (required for outdoor events). Tent Weights (15-20lb per leg required for outdoor events). We do not supply tents, tables, chairs, etc. and vendors are responsible for providing their own displays. A way to take payments from customers Battery-operated supplies--we do not supply electricity. Suggested supplies: tarps, tent walls, bungee cords, backup battery, charging cords, small bills for change.
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY?
Our events are rain/snow-or-shine and the vendor fee is NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE. Friendship Flea does not have an indoor inclement weather backup plan or backup date for events unless otherwise stated. In cases of questionable weather, we will review the radar and make a decision before load-in on event day. The event will either be pushed to a later start time or, in extreme circumstances, will be cancelled if it appears the weather may be dangerous to vendors and/or their inventory. In the rare case of a full event cancelation, vendors will be entitled to a 50% refund. We do not transfer fees to future dates.