BECOME A VENDOR
We are now accepting vendor applications to participate in the 2019 Festival’s Merchant Mall.
Vendor convenor: Sue Finch Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year vendor feedback reinforces that The Festival is an outstanding investment for businesses targeting the fibre arts or artisanal community. In 2019, the Merchant Mall will once again be housed in the temperature controlled Ailsa Craig Recreation Centre, 155 Anna Ada Shipley Street, Ailsa Craig. It is adjacent to the juried show and the Quilter’s Café. Additional vendor display opportunities are also available in Ye Olde Town Hall; the home of the Ailsa Craig Arts Centre.
Historically, The Festival welcomes between approximately 3,000 guests. This year attendance is forecast to achieve similar levels backed by an expanded advertising budget, expanded workshop & class schedule, more diverse guild and fibre arts involvement and of course, the merchant mall. Our visitors skew female and 35+ years old. They are well educated and often are actively involved with or have experience with various fibre arts practices.
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday* 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Booth Options: Ailsa Craig Recreation Centre
Booth fees include one table, 2 chairs. Advertising mention on the Festival’s Web site and through the social media campaign will be provided. Each booth is divided by curtained walls and the floor is vinyl tiled. The environment is temperature and humidity controlled and well lit. This is your retail emporium! We strongly recommend that you dress this site with the creativity and savvy you inspire your customers with at your own store.
Set Up and Tear Down
Set up is Sunday May 19st from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. There are two exterior entrance doors to this site that allow vendors to park at the side and carry goods inside. It is very convenient. Tear down may not occur before 4:00 pm on Saturday May 25th, 2019.
It is our pleasure to provide free lunch passes for up to two persons per vendor booth. Please accept this as our token of our appreciation for your participation.
The Ailsa Craig Quilt and Fibre Arts Festival and the Ailsa Craig Recreational Centre and/or their personnel will not be responsible for the loss or damage to exhibits, personnel or other properties while such are on the Ailsa Craig Recreation Centre’s property. We request that you obtain personal insurance for the duration of the Festival and submit a copy of this insurance policy by no later than April 15th, 2019.
To reserve your Merchant Mall booth, please fill in the attached application/reservation form and return it by no later than November 30th, 2019. Applications will be reviewed and vendors will be determined based on past support and popularity and with the goal to provide our visitors with a diverse and valuable shopping experience. Many may be aware that in prior years, The Festival subscribed to a two year vendor moratorium. In September 2016, The Festival Board voted on dissolution of this policy.
While every attempt will be made to accommodate booth selection, final placement will be left to the discretion of the Festival’s Merchant Mall committee.
Demonstrations & Show Specials
We invite you to highlight your goods and services by volunteering to conduct demonstrations. We also strongly encourage each vendor to showcase the originality of their business through creation of Show Specials; items that are unique to you and the Festival. Our Festival guests are savvy shoppers and so presentation of unique items and excellent value will serve your business sales well. Show specials may be advertised daily on the entrance Sponsor and Show Specials Board.
Set Up and Tear Down
Set up is Sunday May 19st from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. There is an elevator for vendors displaying in the main auditorium on the second floor.
There is a main entrance exterior door for vendors displaying on the main floor. Both doors and elevator are adjacent to the parking lot and will allow for easy access.
Tear down may not occur before 4:00 pm on Saturday May 25th, 2019.
It is our pleasure to provide free lunch passes for up to two persons per vendor booth. Please accept this as our token of our appreciation for your participation. Vendors will be responsible for picking up meals at main Ailsa Craig Recreation Centre. Volunteers will be available to assist single person vendors.
DOWNLOAD VENDOR APPLICATION
Ailsa Craig Quilt R Vendor Pkg.pdf
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