Here are some frequently asked questions about the BUST London Craftacular. Please read these FAQs thoroughly before filling out our application form.
What is the BUST Summer Craftacular?
The BUST Craftacular is "London's coolest craft fair" [Time Out], an alternative shopping bonanza that has been taking place since 2008, featuring over 70 designer-makers, DJs and drinks. The popular Summer and Christmas events host DIY crafting workshops alongside stalls laden with the very best in handmade gifts and indie wares – from handbags, clothing and jewellery to cards, screen prints and ceramics. The first 100 attendees through the door score a special goodie bag and shoppers will also have the chance to win in the Craftacular raffle, chock-full of a BUST-load of booty!
When and where will the 2016 BUST Summer Craftacular take place?
The BUST Summer Craftacular will take place on Sunday August 21 from 11am till 5pm at York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London. There is a £3 admission fee at the door; kids 12 and under can enter for free; dogs are not allowed in the venue.
Where is York Hall?
York Hall is located at 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ, just 2 minutes from Bethnal Green Tube Station, opposite the V&A Museum of Childhood. Click here to see a map of the location.
How much does a stall at the BUST Summer Craftacular cost?
A full stall with a 2m x 0.85m table costs £85; a half-table costs £50. In addition to this there is a non-refundable £10 application fee.
When can I apply?
Applications open on May 24 2016; the deadline is Friday June 17 – at midnight GMT!
How do I apply?
1. Fill out our online vendor application, which can be found here. Applications will only be accepted online and must be submitted by Friday June 17. Note: Requested information, including logo files, product images and descriptions will be used on the BUST Craftacular vendor pages if accepted. Please provide web-ready files.
2. You will be asked to pay your whole table fee and a non-refundable £10 application fee in order to submit this application form. Payments are only accepted by PayPal. If you have any problems, please email email@example.com or call Victoria on 07773335428.
3. That's it! We will notify all applicants of their status on Friday June 24.
What happens if my stall application is not accepted?
If you are not accepted as a vendor, your table fee will be refunded by Friday July 1; the application fee will not be refunded.
What if I’m accepted to the BUST Summer Craftacular but have to cancel?
Please let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel by July 8 you will receive a full refund (minus the £10 application fee); if you cancel by July 29 you will receive a half refund (minus the £10 application fee). No refunds will be given after July 22 2016.
How will the vendors be determined?
The BUST Craftacular team members will make the stall selection based on the quality and uniqueness of handmade wares, as well as to gather a good mix of products. If you have taken part before, we will be looking to see if you have any new designs to offer.
Can I share a table?
If you are applying for a half table and wish to share it with a specific designer, please let us know on your application form and – if you are both accepted – we will make sure you are on the same table.
What kind of crafts do you accept?
We’re looking for any and all the handmade crafts you’ve got! That includes silk-screened items, cosmetics, knitwear, jewellery, paper goods, handbags, cards and tons more. If you have a query, get in touch.
How will set-up and closing operate?
Vendors can arrive at York Hall no earlier than 9.30am on Sunday August 21, but must arrive no later than 10.30am. Vendors must be ready to begin sales promptly at 11am and cannot close before 5pm.
Is electricity provided?
Yes, but it is limited. Please outline your needs on the application form.
Is there WiFi in the venue?
Yes, there will be WiFi on the day. You will be supplied with a password in the week prior to the event.
Do I need a vendor’s permit?
You are responsible for registering your small business and collecting tax for the items you are selling.
How will the BUST Summer Craftacular be promoted?
The BUST Summer Craftacular will be promoted on social media, with postcards and posters, email blasts to local and national mailing lists, press releases, advertising placement on craft websites and listings in local press. Previous BUST Craftacular events have been featured in Time Out, The Guardian, Emerald Street, Metro, The Telegraph's Stella magazine, Le Cool and many more online and print publications. BUST will also provide all vendors with banner ads to spread the word.
What kinds of information will be listed on the BUST Craftacular website?
In addition to the online vendor application and FAQs, The BUST Craftacular website will list all participating vendors with links to their websites. Once you are notified of your acceptance, please provide us with a gif or jpeg banner of your craft company logo. Banner ads should be 120 pixels wide x 120 pixels tall. Banners may animate, but cannot be in flash format. No java script. Please keep banners under 50k. And be sure to let us know where to link the banner to. Banner ads should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you have been accepted.
How can I help?
We welcome all volunteers wanting to help spread the word about the BUST Craftacular! Please email email@example.com
How can I contact you?
If you have any questions regarding the application, volunteering, or preparing for this event, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'd like to promote my product/band/hair salon/etc at the Craftacular. How can I do that? Can I give away my flyers at your event? Can I put my products in the goodie bags?
We're always looking for like-minded companies to participate as sponsors in the Craftacular. For more information, contact Victoria Woodcock email@example.com or 07773335428.