FAQ about Selling at Craft Fairs and Festivals | BUST Craftacular @World Maker Faire

FAQ about Selling at Craft Fairs and Festivals | BUST Craftacular @World Maker Faire

Thanks for your interest in the BUST  Craftacular at World Maker Faire. If you are interested in applying to be a vendor at this event, please read this FAQ in its entirety before filling out the application. 

What is the BUST Craftacular?

The BUST Craftacular is NYC’s longest-running indie craft fair. From knitwear and jewelry to home décor and specialty foods, the BUST Craftacular is the one-stop shop for the very best in handmade gifts and wares. This is the sixth year that the World Maker Faire will host the BUST Craftacular at their New York event.

 What is World Maker Faire?

World Maker Faire is an outdoor fair that brings together science, art, craft, engineering, and music in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. The family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers and celebrates the DIY spirit! For more information about World Maker Faire New York, visit makerfaire.com

Participation in the Maker Faire offers vendors unparalled exposure to an audience with shared affinities. Last Year's 5th Annual World Maker Faire in New York was attended by over 85,000 people and more than 60 sponsors.

When and where does World Maker Faire New York take place?

World Maker Faire New York will take place over two days: Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th. The fair is located at the New York Hall of Science (47-01 111th Street) in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, New York. For detailed directions, visit makerfaire.com. 

Do I need to purchase a World Maker Faire ticket to visit the BUST  Craftacular?

Yes. Since this BUST Craftacular is part of the World Maker Faire, attendees will need to purchase a World Maker Faire ticket in order to attend the Craftacular. Tickets will be available for purchase later this summer.

Do I need to purchase a World Maker Faire ticket if I am a vendor at the BUST  Craftacular?

No, all accepted vendors will receive vendor passes allowing them entrance to the fair on the day(s) that they are selling.

How do I apply to be a vendor?

Fill out our application here! (But please make sure you read this FAQ in full before applying.) There is a $20  non-refundable application fee which is separate from your booth fees if selected.

How will vendors be determined?

Due to significant space limitations vendor placement is juried, vendors will be selected on the basis of quality and uniqueness of wares, as well as to bring together a broad variety of products.

What kind of vendors do you accept?

We’re looking for any and all edible/wearable/loveable handmade goods you've got. They include but are not limited to specialty foods, silk-screened items, cosmetics, knitwear, jewelry, paper goods, handbags, shoes, toys, cards and more! 

Due to permitting restrictions, all food sold at the BUST Magazine Craftacular at World Maker Faire must be pre-packaged. If you would like to sell hot or prepared food at World Maker Faire, please email food@makerfaire.com.

What are the booth/table fees? What are the dimensions of a booth space?

One full booth fee includes a 10' wide by 5' deep space inside a BUST Craftacular tent, as well as 8' x 30" table and two chairs. BUST will provide all tents, tables, and chairs. If you are sharing a booth, you will split the provided space and table with a partner. The fee breakdown is as follows:

  • Two days,  full tent (10' by 10' space): $750
  • Two days, single table in half tent (10' x 5'): $400
  • One day single table in half tent (10' x 5'): $250*
  • One day, shared table: $150 (per vendor)*
  • Two days, shared table: $250 (per vendor)*

You will be prompted to pay your booth fee at the time of application. Your application will not be considered unless you have paid the booth fee in its entirety when you apply. 

What will not be provided?

There is no access to electricity or running water in the BUST area of the World Maker Faire. We cannot guarantee wi-fi access, so please plan accordingly. There will be a central charging station available for personal electronics at the BUST tent.

Can I share a table?

Yes. If you already know the person you'd like to share with, please indicate their name on the application form. All vendors must apply separately and provide individual permits; each vendor will be juried individually.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is Wednesday, July 22nd. We will notify all vendors with our decisions via email by 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday July 29th.

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

Once accepted, you have until Friday, August 14th to cancel and receive a full refund of your booth fee. If you have to cancel after that date, you can receive a 50% refund until Friday, September 4th. After that date, no refunds will be issued. 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 Craftacular.

Do I need a vendor’s permit?

Yes. New York State requires a Certificate of Authority to Collect Sales Tax for all vendors who accept cash transactions. If you are a packaged-food vendor, you need a valid Food Protection Certificate in addition.

BUST and Maker Faire require that vendors have their certificates in hand a week before the Craftacular. If you do not already have this certificate, we highly recommend applying for it the week of August 5. If you have any questions or concerns, 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 craftacular@bust.com with any additional inquiries.

How will the BUST  Craftacular at World Maker Faire be promoted?

The BUST  Craftacular at World Maker Faire 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. Maker Faire will also be promoting the BUST Magazine Craftacular through its promotional channels.

 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 a link to their company website. Once you are notified of your acceptance, please provide us with a square logo image. All logo images must be:

  • 125 pixels wide by 125 pixels tall.
  • JPG or GIF files. (PDFs, Word documents, Flash, .tif, .ai files, etc. are not acceptable.)

Files that do not meet these size and format requirements will not be posted on BUST.com.

How can I help?

We welcome all volunteers wanting to help spread the word about the BUST Magazine Craftacular! Promotional materials will be posted on the BUST Magazine Craftacular website closer to the event. Please contact World Maker Faire directly if you are interested in being part of their volunteer street team or helping out with the event in another capacity. 

If you have any specific questions regarding the application, volunteering, or preparing for this event, please contact the BUST Craftacular team at craftacular@bust.com or 212-675-1707 x 104. 

I'd like to promote my brand or product at the BUST Craftacular at World Maker Faire. How can I do that?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept sponsorships for the BUST Magazine Craftacular at World Maker Faire. If you'd like information on sponsorship opportunities at future BUST Craftacular events, please contact Maggie Tam Clark (maggietamclark@bust.com, 917-679-8328).

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