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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Information for Market Traders

We want our traders to be prepared to have busy and successful experiences at the market. Our goal is to make the market a desirable shopping destination, packed with high quality local makers. We want to establish a regular forum that gives local makers the opportunity to have an affordable, temporary retail outlet. This provides the chance to interact with their customers and gain exposure without the prohibitive costs of a bricks and mortar store.


We pride ourselves on the quality of work selected for the market, and the density of talent that will be available for shoppers to discover each week. The information on this page will help you get the most out of your stall and make for a great shopping experience for our customers.


When will I know if my application was successful?
​We will review and respond to your application within 14 days. If you do not receive a response within this time frame, please email holler@mplscraftmarket.com

If your application is approved, you will be sent an approval email containing the following:


  • A request to submit your ST19 form (Operator Certificate of Compliance) as evidence that you have a valid MN tax ID number, or do not need to have one per MN Dept. of Revenue rules. This form must be completed and returned to us before you will be able to participate in the market. 
  • A link to register and pay for upcoming market dates.


Once you are an approved market trader, you will be eligible to register for any future market days within the same calendar year without having to submit an application form. 


What is the stall fee?:
January-April indoor market: $65. Your stall fee includes the following:

  • a five-hour market stall rental (typically 12:00pm - 5:00pm)
  • a 6' table
  • a 6x4' space
  • listing in our online maker directory
  • social media features

May-December market: $95. Your stall fee includes the following: 

  • a five-hour market stall rental (times vary per venue, see Eventbrite registration pages for details)
  • a 10x10 space outdoors/ a 6x4 or 6x6 space indoors (varies by venue)
  • a 6' table
  • listing in our online maker directory
  • social media features


What do I need to bring?
Traders should bring the following items:

  • *A table cloth
  • *A sign clearly listing your business name
  • Chair(s)
  • *Display materials for your work 
  • *Business cards
  • *Packaging materials and bags for sales
  • *Checkout items (change float, card reader, receipt paper, etc)
  • Tent (for outdoor market dates). Note that your tent must be weighted by at least 40lb weights on each leg for safety reasons. Any tents without adequate weights will not be allowed.

*Required items


How many markets can I participate in?

Once your application is approved, you may sign up for an unlimited number of markets. You just register and pay for each date as you go. Details of how to sign up for your stall will be sent in your approval email. 


When will I know my stall allocation?

Your stall number will be issued by noon on Tuesday the week of your market date, along with a site map for the venue.


​When can I set up?

Generally, load-in and set up begins 90 minutes before the market opens, but this may vary from venue to venue. Confirmation of load-in times will be sent via email, along with confirmation of your stall number.


Can I have a double stall?

Double stalls are subject to availability. Please email holler@mplscraftmarket.com with your preferred dates to check availability.


How big are the stalls?

Stall spaces are 6x4-6x6'' indoors (varies by venue), and 10x10' outdoors. Your space can be configured any way you choose within your stall boundary. 


Is electricity available at my stall?
​Sites do not include electricity, so you should plan to bring electronics and devices fully charged, or have a battery-run charger and lighting available.

How can I let my customers know I'm participating in the market?
We encourage you to tweet, 'gram and 'book using the hashtag #mplscraftmkt. Follow us using the links at the top of this page, and include your social media handles in your application to be featured in our promotion of the market.


Is there food at the market?

​There will be food trucks in or near the market when possible. You should plan to bring snacks and drinks, and of course, drinking delicious beer from our host brewery is encouraged!


I'm a food vendor, can I trade at the market?

We currently do not accept food vendors at the market, as we want to differentiate our market from the numerous farmers markets in the twin cities that have both food and craft vendors. If you're a food vendor, we would encourage you to look at the farmers markets as an avenue for your products instead.


I'm a vintage seller, can I trade at the market?
While we love vintage items, we don't allow straight vintage resellers, as we would like to keep the goods at the market handmade. We do allow upcycled and repurposed vintage pieces, as long as they have been reworked by hand to make a new item.


How many traders will be at the market?

Depending on the configuration of each venue, we usually have between 15-25 traders at each market. Our goal is to make the market a shopping destination in itself, packed with high quality local makers. We want to establish a regular forum that gives Northern makers the opportunity to have an affordable, temporary retail outlet. This provides the chance to interact with their customers and gain exposure without the prohibitive costs of a bricks and mortar store. We pride ourselves on the quality of work selected for the market, and the density of talent that will be available for shoppers to discover each week.


What if I can't afford the stall fee?

A Scholarship Stall is available each week for students currently enrolled in art and design educational courses and artists without means to pay. Read more about the scholarship stall here.


Who runs the market?

Hayley Matthews-Jones is from London, where market squares are a way of life. Her local market in Greenwich is a World Heritage site, and hosts some of London’s most creative designers and makers every weekend.

She received her Foundation in Art & Design from Central Saint Martins, and her BA in Silversmithing & Metalwork from Camberwell College of Arts (both colleges of University of the Arts London). While pursuing her degree, she coordinated fundraisers and art exhibitions to sell her work, and her professional career as an event planner was born. She moved to Minneapolis in 2008, and now owns her own company -- Vanishing Point Events -- which she started with the vision of bringing a weekly craft market to Minneapolis.


What are your refund and transfer policies?

TRANSFERS: Date transfer requests must be received via email at least 10 days before your scheduled market date to be considered (by midnight on Wednesday the week before your reservation date). Please email holler@mplscraftmarket.com with details of your requested date change. Date transfers are subject to stall availability.

REFUNDS: Refund requests must be received via email at least 10 days before your scheduled market date to be considered (by midnight on Wednesday the week before your reservation date). NOTE: All refunds are subject to a $25 processing fee. Please email holler@mplscraftmarket.com if you need to request a refund. Refund requests received within ten days of your market date will not be considered. 

INCLEMENT WEATHER/FORCE MAJEURE: Minneapolis Craft Market will be held rain or shine. Refunds will not be issued because of weather forecasts unless the market organizers cancel the event due to unsafe or extreme weather conditions. In the event of snow, market organizers will monitor weather forecasts, snowfall predictions and conditions at the venue and will inform artists as soon as possible of any delayed openings or cancelled markets. 

Organizers will make every effort to notify registrants as soon as possible in the case of a cancelled or delayed opening to an event. In the event that the market is cancelled by the organizers, registration fees will be partially or fully refunded (depending on whether the market was able to be held at all) or transferred to alternative dates as artists wish. Minneapolis Craft Market is not liable for any costs incurred by artists beyond registration fees, and is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items or work. 


Still have questions?

Give us a shout! holler@mplscraftmarket.com.