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Frequently Asked Questions

 

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the BUST Summer Craftacular in LA, please read the entire FAQ before starting your application--even if you have been a vendor at past BUST Craftacular events. We have changed some of our policies regarding booth sharing and payment as of January 1, 2013.

  

What is the BUST Summer Craftacular?

The BUST Summer Craftacular is a semi-annual juried craft fair and indie shopping event. Our LA summer event will feature over 65 vendors of unique, handmade items: everything from eye-catching screenprints and children's toys to reworked vintage lingerie and one-of-a-kind jewelry, and much more.

In addition to great shopping, the BUST Summer Craftacular will feature all-day DJ sets, delicious food and drink, DIY demos, and an all-around good time.

 

When and where will the BUST Summer Craftacular take place?

The BUST Summer Craftacular in LA will take place on Saturday, June 21st at Mack Sennett Studios in LA's Silver Lake neighborhood (1215 Bates Avenue, Los Angeles, CA). It will be open to shoppers from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

There is a $3 admission fee at the door; kids 12 and under can enter for free.

 

How do I apply to be a vendor? When is the application deadline?

Apply here (but please read this FAQ in its entirety first!). The application period opens on Wednesday, April 16 and closes on Wednesday, May 21. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 30; applicants will be juried on a rolling basis and notified by Monday, June 2 at the latest.

 

How will vendors be determined? What kind of vendors do you accept?

We're looking for great vendors with high-quality, unique handmade items and well-curated vintage collections. Due to space limitations, vendors will be selected by the BUST Craftacular staff on the basis of quality and uniqueness of their wares, as well as to bring together a broad variety of products.

 

How big are the vendor booths?

We are offering two booth sizes at the BUST Summer Craftacular: a full table (6' wide) and a shared table (3' wide). We are also offering food truck parking spaces outside the venue.

All indoor booths are approximately 5'-6' deep (including your 30" deep table) and have a small amount of space on each side to get out from around your table.

 

Are tables and chairs provided?

No. If you need to rent a table and chairs, please indicate it on the application form.

Full-table (6') rentals are $15 and include a 6' table and two chairs. Half-table (3') rentals are $7 and cover your half of a 6' rented table as well as one chair.

Tables and chairs come as a package and will not be rented separately.

 

Can I share a booth?

You can certainly share a booth with another vendor! Please note that each vendor must apply separately and will be juried as individuals.

To apply for a shared table, please select the "half booth" (3') option on the application. You will then be prompted to indicate whether you need BUST Craftacular staff to match you up with another vendor. If you know who you'd like to share with, you will then be prompted to enter their name.

 

What are the booth/table fees for the BUST Summer Craftacular in LA?

Booth fees are as follows:

One shared booth (3'): $160
One full booth (6'): $250
One food truck parking space (outside the venue entrance): $200

If you are interested in an additional full booth space, please email the BUST Craftacular team (craftacular@bust.com) with this request once you've submitted your application. All extra booth spaces will be priced as listed above, less the $20 application fee. (For example, if you applied for a 6' space and would like to expand to 12', you would need to pay an extra $230.) Extra booth spaces are not guaranteed until paid in full.

If you're applying as a food truck, please send your truck's dimensions to craftacular@bust.com once you've finished your application.

If you are interested in an alternative vending arrangement (i.e. a cart or roving setup), please contact Maggie Carr, BUST Craftacular Coordinator (craftacular@bust.com) for pricing and availability.

 

How do I pay my booth fee? Is there an application fee?

You will be prompted to pay your booth fee by credit card or PayPal at the end of the application. You must pay this booth fee in its entirety in order for your application to be considered.

A one-time, non-refundable $20 application fee is included in your booth fee; it does not need to be paid separately.

 

Information on obtaining a refund of your booth fee is below.

 

When will I be notified of my acceptance status?

Applicants who apply by Thursday, May 22 will be notified of their acceptance status via email by 3:00 PM (Pacific Time) on Friday, May 23. Please note that the application deadline has been extended to Friday, May 30; applicants who apply during this extended period will be evaluated on a rolling basis and will be notified of their acceptance status by Monday, June 2 at the very latest.

Please make sure you add craftacular@bust.com to your address book so none of our messages get stuck in spam!

 

What if I'm not accepted? Is there a waiting list?

If you aren't accepted to the BUST Summer Craftacular in LA, your booth fee (and table rental fee, as applicable) will be refunded on Tuesday, May 27. Those who apply during the extended application period and are not accepted will be refunded on Tuesday, June 3.

Some vendors will not be accepted initially due to space limitations; they will be placed on our waiting list and notified as such. If you elect not to stay on the waiting list or we are unable to take you off the waiting list before the event, your booth fee (and table rental fee, as applicable) will be refunded in full. You are welcome to stay on the waiting list as long as you like.

All refunds will be processed less the non-refundable $20 application fee.

Also, please note that once you accept a vendor spot at the BUST Craftacular, all of our standard refund policies and deadlines apply (see below).

 

What if I have to drop out of the Craftacular? What is your refund policy?

We understand that life can be unpredictable, and as such, we have a refund policy in place. Once accepted to the BUST Summer Craftacular, you have until Monday, June 2 to cancel and receive a full refund of your booth fee (and table rental fee, as applicable). If you need to cancel after that, you are eligible to receive a 50% refund until Wednesday, June 11. After that date, no refunds will be given.

Those who apply during the extended application period will have a 5-day period after their acceptance notification to notify the Craftacular staff if they no longer are able to participate. After that period, they are eligible to receive a 50% cancellation refund until Wednesday, June 11th; after that date, no refunds will be processed.

All refunds will be processed less the non-refundable $20 application fee.

 

Is electricity provided?

Yes. Please indicate your needs on the application form. Because the venue does not have a lot of natural light, we advise that vendors bring their own light sources. All vendors are responsible for providing and securing their own power strips and extension cords.

If you have electricity needs above and beyond a standard outlet (i.e. high-voltage outlets for cooking), please inform the BUST Craftacular team ASAP after submitting your application. Vendors will be invoiced for additional outlets/tie-ins at cost.

 

Is wi-fi provided?

Yes. We strongly suggest that vendors come prepared with a non-wireless-based payment system in the unlikely event of a wi-fi malfunction.

 

Do I need a vendor's permit to sell at the BUST Craftacular in LA?

Yes. The state of California requires that all vendors of taxable items register for a seller's permit. This process only takes a few minutes and can be done online or in person. All accepted vendors will be required to complete a BOE-410-D form verifying their seller's permit status, per CA state law.

If you don't already have a valid CA seller's permit, we highly recommend applying for one immediately after completing your Craftacular application. Non-permitted vendors will not be permitted to sell at the BUST Craftacular, and no post-deadline refunds will be given to vendors who neglect to obtain a seller's permit on time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to CA's Board of Equalization website and customer service department before contacting craftacular@bust.com with any additional inquiries. Thanks!

 

How will the BUST Craftacular be promoted?

We employ a professional PR firm to promote each of our BUST Craftacular events. Additionally, we promote the event with advertising placement on craft websites and blogs, listings in local press, and email blasts to local and national mailing lists--as well as good old-fashioned postcards and posters. BUST will also provide promotional banners and web-ready graphics for vendors and fans to use on their online shops and portfolios.

 

Where can I find a list of vendors for this event?

A list of vendors will be posted on the BUST Craftacular website in early June. Accepted vendors will be invited to submit a logo image for this page; the Craftacular team will send image specs at the end of May.

 

How can I help?

We love and welcome volunteers! If you're interested in spreading the word about the BUST Craftacular in LA, would like to help the BUST team with behind-the-scenes operations on the day of the event, or are interested in other volunteer opportunities, please email Maggie Carr, BUST Craftacular Coordinator, at craftacular@bust.com.

 

I'd like to promote my product, business, or brand at BUST Craftacular's Primped. How can I do that? Can I give away my flyers at your event? Can I insert my products into the goodie bags?

We're always looking for like-minded companies to participate as sponsors and partners in BUST Craftacular events--whether this is through product demos, placement in our amazing swag bags, sponsored DIY lounges, banners...the possibilities are endless! For more information, contact Maggie Tam Clark, BUST's Head of Partnerships and Multimedia Sales, at maggietamclark@bust.com.

If you are part of a local media organization or nonprofit and would like more information about participating in the BUST Craftacular as a media sponsor, please contact Maggie Carr, BUST Craftacular Coordinator, at maggiecarr@bust.com.

 

If you have any additional questions about BUST Craftacular's Primped or the application process, please email the BUST Craftacular team at craftacular@bust.com or 212-675-1707 x 104. Happy crafting, y'all!