How To Become A Festival Vendor
If you agree that nothing could be better than being outside, making new friends, and making some money as your own boss then you are ready to become a festival vendor. Becoming a festival vendor can be easy or difficult; it really depends on the festival you want to sell your wares at. Below are some useful tips on how to get your foot in the festival door. There are many different ways to start out as a festival vendor. If you can’t get in the first time around, then check out some of these additional hints to help you figure out a way.
So You Want To Be A Festival Vendor?
If you’ve been to a few festivals, flea markets, or craft show and want in on the action then you’ll have to get busy – early. That’s right, most of the festival vendors you see at your local festivals have signed up for their spot up to a year in advance. Some festivals are more competitive than others. If you have some prior experience being a festival vendor, but you’d like to join a well-known or traveling festival than you know how hard it can be to get a coveted space to sell your wares.
The Early Bird Gets The Worm
The first thing to do no matter what festival you want to be a festival vendor at is to find out who is in charge. Try to speak directly with them about signing up. If you are lucky you will just need to pay up front to reserve your spot and then show up on the first day of the festival. Sometimes you won’t have to sign up until the day of the festival, but most will require you to put down a deposit ahead of time. This means that even if you are signing up for a hot festival a year in advance you still might need to lay down a hefty deposit now. This also means that if you can’t make it at the last minute it you will probably lose your entire deposit. Unfortunately, this is just how things go in the festival circuit and if you want to become a festival vendor you will have to shell out some cash before you’ve made a penny.
What To Do If You Can’t Get In
If you have chosen to become a festival vendor at a more competitive show and there are no available spots left, then you can try a few things. You can always ask to share a space with an established vendor. This is an especially good move for a festival vendor that has a small set up or someone just starting out. If the booth fees are high, another festival vendor might be happy to let you set up inside their booth. Ask whoever is in charge or approach a friendly festival vendor yourself. You can also see if there are any cancellations that day or the day before. This can be a real pain since you have no guarantee, but things happen and this could get you in. Negotiating with another festival vendor to hold their spot for them if they need to be away for a day or two is another way to get in on a temporary basis. If you want to be a festival vendor, then you are surely a creative type, so use those skills and figure out a way to get in there.
Playing The Game
The more experience you have as a festival vendor, the easier it becomes to get a space or a better one. Like almost anything in life, who you know matters. Being connected with the organizers and other festival vendors can help you out a lot when it comes to getting a prime space at a festival. This doesn’t mean you need to try to get the management’s attention every chance you can. In fact what it means, is try to be a festival vendor who is easy to get along with and pays attention to the people running the show. It may sounds simple, but you will see many festival vendors put up quite a fuss when it comes to their space or a variety of things. Be the kind of festival vendor that people want at their festival. People will take note of this and this it will help ensure you a place at the festival or make sure that the your favorite space is vacant when you arrive.
By Maureen Petito on January 26, 2011
By Scott Hood on February 15, 2011
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By Big Dave on September 17, 2011
By Sheilah Hobgood on September 19, 2011
I am a jewelry artisan in Columbia,SC. I would love to participate in any fair in the Southeast region that accepts jewely artisans who make Hand made jewelry. My website is uniquecommodities.etsy.com
By Terronda Clarke / uniquecommodities on October 29, 2011
I’m new to the festival vendor world and would love to get a chance in at any festivals around northwest florida, alabama, or southwest georgia. I make fast gourmet all beef products. I’m totally self contained and have all of my permits :).
By Justin Allen on October 30, 2011
By Varona Rosen on August 15, 2012
We are the owners of a very busy hamburger restaurant and would like to spread our Hamburger business to other parks of the country Please let us know if you know of any vendor shows available for us Thank you 865-250-8112 Bennie Boggs
By Bennie Boggs on December 19, 2012
I found this very helpful thank you! I am planning on vending for my first time at Photosynthesis Festival in Neah Bay Washington (:
By Raquelle on January 13, 2013
I would like to be informed of festivals in South and North Carolina
in advance for furter planning and preparation before the events.
By Debra on March 5, 2013
I’m new to the festival vendor world and would love to get a chance in at ANY festivals espically CAR shows, Tractor Shows & Pulls, Rodeos, Horse, or Dog Shows from California Nevada,Utah,Idaho & Montana . WE DO POPCORN (JUST POPCORN) ! We had a traveling embroidery business for many years and now are selling popcorn. (just popcorn~~not kettlecorn)
thank you I have found your site very helpful!
March 6, 2013
By Lucy on March 6, 2013
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By Leta Lagaunda on March 13, 2013
Thank you kindly,
By Diana cordero on April 28, 2013
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By Jennifer Roberts on May 7, 2013
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By james sheppard on January 23, 2014
Hi, my name is Lynette James. I sell Caribbean Foods and American dishes. I would be very interested in becoming a vendor for the 2014 Blue Plum festival. I have been vending for 20 years and would like to experience vending at the Blue Plum Festival. I can be reached at 678-435-5663.
By Lynette James on January 28, 2014
By lynette james on January 28, 2014
I’m new and would love to sell my jewelry at any of you’re festival. thank you
By judy on February 20, 2014