FAQ BUST Christmas Craftacular

by Bridgette Miller

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Here are some frequently asked questions about the BUST London Craftacular. Please read these FAQs thoroughly before filling out our application!

What is the BUST Christmas Craftacular?

The BUST Craftacular is “London’s coolest craft fair” [Time Out, May 2015], an alternative shopping bonanza that has been taking place since 2008, featuring over 70 designer-makers, DJs, drinks and dancing. 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 2017 BUST Christmas Craftacular take place?

The BUST Christmas Craftacular will take place on Sunday 3 December from 11am til 6pm at York Hall in Bethnal Green, East London. 

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 Christmas Craftacular cost? 

A full stall with a 2m x 0.85m table costs £85; a half-table stall costs £50. There is an additional £10 application fee which goes towards the administrative costs of running the fair. 

How do I participate as a vendor?

1. Fill out our online vendor application form, which can be found here. Applications will only be accepted online and must be submitted by Sunday 24 September at midnight. 

2. You will be asked to pay your table fee (which includes a non-refundable £10 application fee) in order to submit this application form. This is a new policy and therefore we have instituted two refund deadlines. If you are accepted to the BUST Christmas Craftacular and have to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel by 27 October you will receive a full refund (less the £10 application fee); if you cancel by 17 November you will receive a half refund (less the £10 application fee). No refunds will be given after 17 November midnight. If you have any problems paying online with a credit card or PayPal, please email craftacular-uk@bust.com. If you are not accepted as a vendor, your table fee will be refunded by 27 September; your application fee will not be refunded.

3. If you do not have a website where we may view samples of your products, please email three images of your products to craftacular-uk@bust.com.

That’s it! We will notify all applicants of their status by 29 September.

How will the vendors be determined?

Due to space limitations, vendors will be selected on the basis of quality and uniqueness of wares, as well as to gather a good mix of products. 

What type of stalls will be provided?

Your stall fee of £85 will get you one approx 2m by 0.85m table and two chairs. You can also apply for a half-table space at a cost of £50. There may be floor-standing rack space around your table, but there is no guarantee of this, so please note space requirements on your application. 

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 as as long as you are both accepted we will do our best to make sure you are on the same table. 

What kind of crafts do you accept?

We’re looking for any and all edible/wearable/loveable crafts and design that you’ve got! That includes silk-screened items, cosmetics, homewear, knitwear, jewellery, paper goods, patches, cards and tons more!

How will set-up and closing operate?

Vendors can arrive at York Hall from 9.30am on Sunday 3 December to set up, but must arrive no later than 10.30am. Vendors must be ready to begin sales promptly at 11am and cannot close before 6pm.

Is electricity provided?

Yes, but it is limited. Please outline your needs on the application form. 

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 Christmas Craftacular be promoted?

The BUST Christmas Craftacular will be promoted via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, 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 help get the word out. 

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 logo banners and 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 craftacular-uk@bust.com 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 craftacular-uk@bust.com.

Are we able to bring children and/or dogs to the event?

Children and babies are very welcome to come along to the event. You’ll have to leave your pet pooches/cats/chinchillas at home however as as much as we love them the venue cannot cater for any furry friends (even if they do fit in your rucksack).

How can we contact you?

If you have any questions regarding the application, volunteering, or preparing for this event, please contact us via email at craftacular-uk@bust.com.

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  craftacular@bust.com

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