Here's a list of our most frequently asked questions about the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair. Please read thoroughly before filling out our application!
What is the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair?
From knitwear and jewelry to home décor and specialty foods, the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair is the one-stop shop for the very best in handmade gifts and wares. Now in our 8th year, we are bringing 200+ crafters, vintage sellers, and food artisans together for a two-day shopping, eating, and DIY-ing extravaganza in the heart of NYC’s hip and historic Chelsea ‘hood.
When and where does the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair take place?
The BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair will take place indoors at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues) in New York City. It will be open to the public on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM each day.
How do I apply to be a vendor?
Apply here (but make sure you read this FAQ first!).
What kind of vendors do you accept?
We’re looking for any and all edible/wearable/loveable/handcrafted/one-of-a-kind items and foods you’ve got. They include but are not limited to specialty foods, silk-screened items, cosmetics, knitwear, jewelry, paper goods, handbags, cards, unique vintage items, and more!
Due to space limitations, vendors will be selected on the basis of quality and uniqueness of wares, as well as to bring together a broad variety of products.
Can I share a booth with another vendor?
Yes. If you already know the person you'd like to share with, please indicate their name on the application form. If you would like to share a booth but don’t have a partner in mind, the BUST Magazine Craftacular team will match you up. All vendors must apply separately and provide individual permits; each vendor will be juried individually.
What are the booth/table fees? What are the dimensions of a booth space?
A full booth is a 6' x 6' space on the main floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion; this includes a 6' x 30" table and two chairs, as well as one wi-fi passcode and access to a standard electrical outlet. BUST will provide all tables and chairs, though you are welcome to bring racks or other display setups if you prefer. All displays must fit within this 6’ x 6’ space.
If you are interested in purchasing additional booth space, please contact email@example.com after submitting your application.
If you are sharing a booth, you will split the provided space and table with a partner.
The fee breakdown is as follows:
- Full booth, both Saturday and Sunday: $520
- Full booth, Saturday only or Sunday only: $310
- Shared booth, both Saturday and Sunday: $320 (per vendor)
- Shared booth, Saturday only or Sunday only: $185 (per vendor)
Though we have tried our best to keep the booth fee at 2010 prices, please note that we have had to raise booth fees slightly to cover the cost of providing wi-fi and electricity access to all vendors.
You will be prompted to pay your booth fee via credit card or PayPal at the time of application. Your application will not be considered unless you have paid the booth fee in its entirety when you apply.
Is electricity provided?
Yes, but please bring your own extension cords. Food vendors with extra electricity needs will likely incur an extra electricity cost—we are in the process of determining that cost with the venue and will communicate it to you as soon as possible. Extra electricity is provided at cost.
Is wi-fi provided?
Yes—you will receive an access code for one device. Please note that though we will have tech staff on hand, wi-fi glitches can happen—especially with over 250 vendors using the network at the same time. Please come prepared with low-tech payment and display alternatives!
When is the application deadline?
As of November 1, applications are open to the public on a rolling basis. When you apply, you will be added to the jurying list; the Craftacular team will jury applications as they arrive and notify accepted vendors.
What if I have to drop out of the BUST Magazine Craftacular? What is your refund policy?
We have altered our refund policy for applications received after Monday, November 11. Once you are notified of your acceptance, you have five days after your notification to cancel and receive a full refund of your booth fee. After that five-day period, no refunds will be issued.
If you are not accepted to the BUST Magazine Craftacular, you will receive a full refund of your booth fee.
All refunds will be issued less a $20 non-refundable jurying fee. This fee covers the administrative costs of jurying the hundreds of applications we receive for each BUST Magazine Craftacular.
Can I leave my items at the venue overnight?
Yes, you can leave your items and display setups at the venue overnight if you wish. Although the venue will be secure, we recommend that you take any cash or valuables with you. BUST Magazine and Metropolitan Pavilion are not responsible for any items you choose to leave overnight.
Do I need a vendor’s permit?
New York State requires a Certificate of Authority (COA) for all vendors who accept cash transactions. (This certificate shows that you are legally able to collect sales tax.) If you are selling prepared or packaged food, you need a valid Food Protection Certificate in addition to the COA.
BUST requires that vendors have their COA in hand a week before the Craftacular. If you do not already have it, we highly recommend applying for it the week of October 14th, as this process can take several weeks.If you have any questions about the certificate or the application process, please refer to the How to Register for New York State Certificate of Authority website. Due to the volume of questions regarding the BUST Magazine Craftacular, please check NYS’s website first before contacting firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional inquiries.
How will the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday 2013 be promoted?
The BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair will be promoted with press releases, advertising placement on craft websites and listings in local press as well as postcards, posters, and e-mail blasts to local and national mailing lists.
What kinds of information will be listed on the BUST Magazine Craftacular website?
In addition to the online vendor application and FAQs, the BUST Magazine Craftacular website will list all participating vendors with a link to their company website. Once you are notified of your acceptance, please provide us with a .gif or .jpg banner of your craft company logo.
Banner ads should be 120 pixels wide x 60 pixels tall. They can animate, but cannot be in Flash format. All banners must be under 50k.
PDFs, Word documents, .eps, .tif, and any other file that does not meet these size and format requirements will not be posted on BUST.com.
Do I need to purchase a ticket for the BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday 2013?
Yes. Admission is $3 at the door.
How can I help?
We welcome all volunteers wanting to help spread the word on the BUST Magazine Craftacular. Please email Maggie Carr, BUST Magazine Craftacular Coordinator, at email@example.com to get involved; also, check out the Promote Page to download web-ready promotional images.
I'd like to promote my brand or product at the BUST Magazine Craftacular. How can I do that?
We're always looking for like-minded companies to participate as sponsors in the BUST Magazine Craftacular. If you'd like information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christian Detres (firstname.lastname@example.org, 212-675-1707 x 113) or Maggie Tam Clark (email@example.com).