FAQ BUST Summer Craftacular

by Bridgette Miller

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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, 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 Summer Craftacular take place?

The BUST Christmas Craftacular will take place on Sunday 4 June from 11am till 5pm at York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London.

Where is York Hall?

York Hall is located at 5-15 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJjust 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 cost at the event?

A full stall with a 2m x 0.85m table costs £85; a half-table stall (1m x 0.85m) costs £50. There is also a non-refundable application fee of £10. 

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 April 20. 

2. You will be asked to pay your whole table fee (which includes a non-refundable $£10 application fee) in order to submit this application form. If you have any problems paying online by PayPal, please email [email protected] or call Victoria on 07773335428. 

3. That’s it! We will notify all applicants of their status by April 27. If you are not accepted as a vendor, your table fee will be refunded by Friday May 5; your 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 May 5 you will receive a full refund (less the £10 application fee); if you cancel by May 12 you will receive a half refund (less the £10 application fee). No refunds will be given after May 12 2017.

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. 

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 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 you’ve got! That includes silk-screened items, cosmetics, knitwear, jewellery, paper goods, handbags, cards and tons more!

How will set-up and closing operate?

Vendors can arrive at York Hall no earlier than 9.30am on Sunday 4 June, 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. 

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 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 Craftaculars have been featured in Time Out, The GuardianEmerald StreetMetroThe 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 and workshops. 

How can I help?

We welcome all volunteers wanting to help spread the word about the BUST Craftacular. Please email [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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 on [email protected] or 07773335428. 

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