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March 1 & 2, 2019
Spring Old House Vintage Market
Douglas County Fairgrounds, The Events Center, Castle Rock, Colorado
Please make note of our refund policy! Please be ready to commit to being an Old House Vintage Market Vendor BEFORE you fill out your application!
What can I do to increase my chances of being accepted as a Vendor at an upcoming Old House Vintage Market?
If you want to be competitive, as a Vendor Applicant for an upcoming Old House Vintage Market, here are a few things we suggest you do or start doing immediately…and we have to warn you that the below suggestions are very much in the tone of a Business Coach…so get ready:
- Get on social media- you MUST be present and active on Facebook, at the very least. We highly suggest Instagram, as well. You are doing your business a disservice if you are not present/active on social media. **Going forward, we will be requiring our Vendors to have a Facebook and/or Instagram business account associated with the business they are applying under as an OHVM Vendor.**
- Start a website- it doesn’t have to be an involved website, but have something that shows you are committed to your business and to building an audience.
- Photography- we need to see amazing pictures of your merchandise, your display skills and how you would set up your market space, overall. If the pictures you’re sending to us are mediocre, we can only judge your business on those pictures. Cell phone pictures are fine. If you are just starting out- set up a display in your driveway or living room. The worst thing you can do is not include any pictures, at all, in your application. Your application will be disregarded if there are no pictures to be found.
- Build your display skills- go to boutiques, stores, other area markets and study how those vendors do what they do. Research on Pinterest by typing in “Retail Displays” to see countless examples. Approach your efforts towards getting into any market in this way and you will not fail.
- Have a good track record- your history at other markets and how you treat the public, fellow vendors and the market organizers is everything- and we notice. Every market owner/organizer talks and we help each other to avoid vendors that are not a positive addition to our own markets.
- Ask for help- almost every experienced vendor is more than willing to help you be successful. Get their business card and email or call them.
- Be serious- The Old House Vintage Market features serious creative businesses. Each Vendors’ efforts in everything they do is absolutely at a professional level. YOU are running a creative business not a craft or collecting hobby. YOU and your efforts are worth putting the label “Creative Business” on it and being taken seriously. Be serious in your intent and efforts towards building something amazing.
What am I committing to when I sign up for an Old House Vintage Market?
As a potential Old House Vintage Market Vendor, you are committing to:
- Bringing the best possible merchandise
- Creating the best market space and display possible
- Spreading the word about your involvement in the market on social media, your website and email marketing
- Being supportive of your fellow vendors
- Being polite and courteous to our customers
- Acting with integrity
Please make note of our REFUND/CREDITS POLICY! We do not issue refunds once you are accepted to be an Old House Vintage Market Vendor!
Why? Because we are asking for a commitment from you as we are committing to you- as soon as you apply, we immediately get to work on your involvement in our market! When you cancel, we have to wipe your presence clean from every part of our presence online and in the real world. This takes a lot of time, energy, effort and money to do so. We DO NOT issue refunds.
What does my Market Space Fee go towards?
When you pay your market space fee, and commit to The Old House Vintage Market, we are off and running!
We use our PR Guru and Social Media Managers to market you to our Facebook, Instagram and website communities. We market your participation by way of news print, online advertising, social media, our website, email subscribers, postcards which are sent throughout three states and press releases to established and recognized media sources. We use our formidable networking group we have built to spread the word and sing your praises.
When we are planning our market out, it is with our vendors in mind. We take note of what our vendors needs are because we listen to each of you and we make adjustments every step of the way to create the best possible outcome: your success.
At every point in our process, in the weeks leading up to the market and on market day, we will be communicating with you in an ongoing and detailed oriented fashion- you will not be in the dark, we assure you. If you have a question, we will always be accessible to you by email or a phone call. If you have a need (my Square Card Reader won’t work! My customers said it’s too hot in the building), we will be there to help.
Your market space fee also goes towards the facility. Our past facilities include The Ranch Event Complex in Loveland, CO, Parfet Park in Golden, CO and coming up: Clement Park in Littleton, CO. They were picked for reasons that include: high traffic, visibility and exposure of our market, quality settings that promote, as opposed to, detract from the upscale look we strive for, comfort to our vendors and visitors and accessibility to our market.
The foundation of The Old House Vintage Market is our Vendors. We would be nothing without them and are endlessly thankful for each one.
Why do I have to pay the Market Space Fee in order to submit my application?
We ask our potential Vendors to pay our Market Space Fee up front in order to gain a commitment. We have found that when our Vendors are required to pay, as they are submitting their application, they have thought seriously about their attendance at our market and are committing to us as we are to each of our Vendors.
If you aren’t accepted to the market in which you applied, you will receive a full refund of your market space fee.
Do I have to submit pictures with my application?
Short answer: YES! You do have to submit pictures.
If you choose not to, your application will be deleted.
The Old House Vintage Market has become a high demand event with over 55 businesses on our previous wait lists. Since our market is a carefully curated event where we are intent on creating a top notch show from serious creative businesses that have applied, we encourage you to show off your merchandise, your display skills and your overall market space set up.
This is your chance to sell yourself through your pictures to be competitive and create the best chance at being considered for The Old House Vintage Market!
Will I get a full refund if I am not accepted into the market for which I applied?
Yes! If you are not accepted as a Vendor, you will receive a full refund of your market space fee by way of PayPal.
Why wasn't I accepted to The Old House Vintage Market for which I applied?
It is our job to pick the best mix of *serious* creative business vendors for each individual market. We don’t accept every vendor that submitted an application. We also limit the types of vendors we will accept so that we can ensure that each vendor within our Antique, Vintage, Salvage, Upcycled/Repurposed, Handmade, Clothing and Artisan Foods categories can have the best chance at success.
We take care of our vendors and want to create the best chance possible for our vendors to have a show that they consider is a smashing success!
Other reasons for not being accepted:
- The vendor applicant did not submit pictures with their application
- The application was not complete or filled out in its entirety
- The vendor applicant does not have a social media presence
- The vendor applicant has violated past Old House Vintage Market rules
- The vendor applicant has a reputation that has proceeded them from this or other markets that would be detrimental to the Old House Vintage Market.
Does The Old House Vintage Market take checks, partial payments or payment plans?
The Old House Vintage Market does not:
Accept checks- but you can pay, through PayPal (our only accepted form of payment) by way of your bank check card, a credit card or your own PayPal account.
Take partial payments/payment plans- a payment plan, we have found, does not work for us in regards to receiving payments on time, or at all.
**If full payment is not received at the time that a vendor’s application was submitted, the application will be deleted. **
Why doesn't The Old House Vintage Market give refunds or credits if I cancel or no show?
The Old House Vintage Market does not give refunds or credit towards future markets for these reasons:
What kinds of businesses/merchandise does The Old House Vintage Market not accept?
Our short answer is this:
Anything that does not fall into the categories of antique, vintage, salvage, upcycled/repurposed, handmade, clothing or food.
Our long answer is this:
The Old House Vintage Market does not accept the following types of merchandise and/or businesses selling this type of merchandise:
- Any Direct Sales or Multi-level Marketing Businesses
- Any health related items, including but not limited to, vitamins, protein powders, smoothies or health shakes
- Essential oils, make up, unless said Vendor is a verified and approved handmade beauty products seller
- Any illegal drug related products/paraphernalia
- Any type of marijuana related products/paraphernalia
- Any type of pornography products real or implied
- Actual or simulated gun and related products or live ammunition and explosives.
- Any political related products/paraphernalia, real or implied
Have questions? Want to reach out?
Please feel free to email us for assistance.