A NOTE FROM CHANDRA
Welcome to the 2021 Third + Bird Spring Market!
We are tackling this year by moving forward, putting one foot in front of the other.2020 taught me a lot but my main take aways were:
Can - Do attitude
Getting comfortable with change!
Grace + Mercy
Despite all the challenges that came my way I was determined to overcome each one and keep my business moving forward, as I know you did too!
Things will continue to look different this year, you can expect that Third+Bird will do everything within our means to create a safe market for our staff, makers + shoppers. There will be more communication as the climate changes daily/weekly/monthly, we will all have to adapt and adjust as a Third+Bird family.
I’m very proud of the farmers markets, Clear Lake Market + Fall Market that the Third+Bird team was able to pull off in 2020. Figuring out the formula and building on it in 2021 will only make our markets that much safer + enjoyable.
I’m truly confident in our game plan for 2021, our team of staff, and our ability to host a SAFE market.
Third+Bird is a family. We are a special community with deep bonds + connection. The Third+Bird family is a safe family, welcoming all folx from BIMPOC and LGBTQIA2S communities. All makers are welcome regardless of race, religion, colour, national origin or sex. We strive to champion + celebrate makers by giving a spotlight to small businesses who are pushing the independent makers industry through modern design, fresh ideas + creative branding.
Thank you for your interest, we wish you success!
Founder of Third+Bird Markets
I understand that climate is ever changing. We will be working towards a spring market and working within the rules laid out by the Province. If we can not produce a spring market due to limitations with COVID / Health + Safety, and forced to cancel the market full refunds will be issued.
RETURNING + NEW MAKERS
Please read the information below before continuing on to the application. Due to COVID, we have new changes and updated info. Please take your time and read this thoroughly. We want you to be fully informed. We will not personally respond or answer any questions that are addressed here. Thank you for respecting this!
SPRING MARKET INFO
@ The Red River Exhibition Place (not to be confused with the Downs)
April 16 // Times TBA - expect longer + full days
April 17 // Times TBA - expect longer + full days
April 18 // Times TBA - expect longer + full days
We will be loading in April 16th - One day only! // Times TBA
Will take place after the Market on:
Sun April 18th // One day only! // Times TBA
Applications close Feb 1st @ 4:59PM CST
No exceptions for late applications
Notifications will be sent by Feb 12th
You will hear from us either way, please check your junk mail folder and your ‘promotions’ or ‘updates’ folder on Gmail.
PLEASE update and note that we have a NEW email address!
Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe list and contacts as our mass emails often get flagged as junk even after you put us on your safe list. Please DELETE email@example.com this email is NO LONGER active.
Kindly get in a habit of checking your junk so you don’t miss critical info.
It is your responsibility to check all of your email folders on this date for notification and how to move forward if you are accepted. If you have not heard from us, then most likely our communications have gone to junk folders.
**** Please Note: You must fit your booth within your space. This means change rooms, extra storage, sand bags to hold your booth up etc. This all must fit within your allotted space. Setting up your booth at home is a wise idea, so you can avoid any hiccups or disappointments.
NEW* - 10x10 booth with storage
This booth features an extra 10 ft wide x 5 ft deep storage space behind your 10x10 booth. It is simply extra space, no side walls/dividers are provided. This does not allow you to build a 10x15 spot. You will still be required to work your booth within a 10x10 space with the ‘hidden’ 5x10 storage in the back.
For vendors who do not pay for extra storage (storage only for 10x10 booth sizes) there will be an unattended storage area free of charge, but you will need to walk to access this space. Third+Bird and Third+Bird staff will not be responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged product.
Corner spots and 10x20 booths are extremely limited, these will be first come first serve, based on date of application + time stamp.
Red River Place provides electrical. Every single maker can have access to it if they wish… YAY! They do however charge the following fees:
$55 per 15 amp
$95 per 50 amp
Upon acceptance, a separate email will be sent for electrical sign up + payment.
**PLEASE note, we will NOT be dimming the lights. They will all be on for a more inviting shopping atmosphere, just like you have experienced in our previous shows.
BOOTH PAYMENT DEADLINE
Feb 12th - 16th @ 4:59pm CST
REFUND FOR CANCELLATION DEADLINE
February 23rd @4:59pm CST
We understand that ‘life happens’ If you need to remove yourself from the sale, refunds for your spot will take place up until February 23rd, less a $50 administration fee. After February 23rd there will be no refunds given.
*** PLEASE NOTE*** BOOTH SIZE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Due applications and time stamps, we may not be able to accommodate your first choice. Please anticipate that your booth size may change. You will know once you are accepted on February 12th what booth size you are awarded. We truly hope we don’t have to change too much.
* If the booth size you are given is bigger or smaller than what you applied for and you do not wish to have that booth (at the time of acceptance, February 12th) you can remit your application and we will give your spot to a vendor on the waitlist. You are NOT forced to take the booth size you are offered. This will not be noted on your file or negatively impact your acceptance into future markets.
If you are interested in being part of our cafe, selling food to be eaten ON site, please apply under CAFE. We have limited booths in our cafe area. Any electrical needs will be an additional cost to your booth fee.
*NEW* Food Trucks
We will be accepting a limited amount of food truck vendors this year. Acceptance is based on space, electrical needs and overall balance to our cafe vendors. Any electrical needs will be an additional cost to your booth fee.
Service Based Booths
Vendors offering a service (braid bar, etc.), please apply under OTHER and provide a detailed description of what your booth will offer including services and any products sold.
If you sell multiple products it’s not a ‘bad’ thing, but it can be hard to categorize you during the jury process. We may accept your application based on a certain product you offer only. For example, if you sell jewelry + candles, we may only accept you as a jewelry maker due to the high saturation of candles. We reserve the right to ask you not to bring certain products due to over saturation.
WHAT THE FEE COVERS
The fee guarantees your spot in the Third + Bird Spring Market with the square footage you were awarded.
Wifi is included in the booth fee. Red River Place provides this to the best of their abilities. We encourage you to have a back up plan with your data for the weekend. Processing companies, such as Square, also allow for transactions offline.
The fee also covers extensive marketing of your brand. We pride ourselves on our top-notch promotion of the market and our amazing vendors. We utilize many forms of traditional advertising and social media marketing to do so. Your company name, description, and a single photo will appear on our website – our shoppers LOVE this feature and will be checking you out so be sure to link to your own social media pages and put your best foot forward. Each and every maker will also be featured on our social media accounts through batching + singular posts. Our social media team reserves the right to build our feed + choose photos for batching and single photos posts. They may chose to use photos submitted or pull a photo from your feed (with permission).
NO TABLES OR CHAIRS are provided. Feel free to bring your own or get creative with your space
We receive more applications than we can accept. Every application is juried by an unbiased panel. We have members of the BIMPOC + LGBTQIA2S+ community on our jury at all times. All applications are reviewed and a decision is made based on several factors listed below. Vendors who have participated in our previous sales are not automatically accepted. By putting everyone on the same playing field, we allow new artisans the opportunity to apply and get in. In the Christmas 2020 market we accepted over 30 NEW makers! This keeps the sale fresh, new and exciting for all to enjoy.
Please note that due to COVID we may not have our regular 150 spots. We will put in as many makers as we safely can, however spots will likely be reduced to roughly two thirds of our normal capacity (unless COVID restrictions change). Also please keep in mind that the city can change their mind and a market can be cancelled at a snap of a finger. Full refunds will be given if a market is forced to cancel.
I can’t stress this enough…. There will be some of you who have been with us for years that may not get in. It’s not because you have done anything wrong, it’s simply lack of space with the new rules / COVID and having a balance of giving NEW makers a shot too. This will be an impossible market to jury this year as you ALL have been hit hard by COVID. If you do not get in, please know that this isn’t personal to you or your craft.
The jury process will not be easy.
For more information on how we jury, please head to the jury information on our FAQ's page.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
Creative + original ideas, independent design OR products crafted by you.
We do not accept applications selling vintage/antique items for re-sale such a furniture + clothing. Though we love this movement, this is a market showcasing independent designer’s work.
Your work is unique. You offer a well-diversified product line, or if you have one product, there are a variety of styles, colours, sizes and flavours.
Lack of similarity to products already in the marketplace. Show us that your work avoids saturated trends and does not copy current, popular maker’s product. We love to see new ideas and we want to see your individuality!
If you fall into a saturated category (currently: clothing brands, kids/baby, beard oil, knitting, calligraphy, bath + body, jewelry + pottery) you need to stand out above the rest.
This could be through the quality, packaging, and uniqueness of your product or your display, branding, and social media accounts. Photo quality is closely looked at when tough decisions are needed to be made. We only accept a limited amount of each type of product.
A cohesive product offering – if you sell a variety of categories, do they all fit within a theme that ties them together
Booth display ties into your overall brand + aesthetic. Jury does look at booth photos from markets past (returning) and designs (new markers).
Please be conscious of recycling photos. We want to see that you are pushing yourself, evolving your product and or photos + keeping things fresh. We do not require you to have paid photoshoots for your application submission. Phones and free editing apps have come a long way!
Applications must include clear information about your products and if part of your product is out-sourced. All out-sourced products must be ethically produced either locally or overseas. Please provide evidence of this in your application if applicable. If this space is left blank or not properly filled out, this could hurt your application. We will not follow up with you, so please be sure you have filled this out properly. All information is held in the strictest confidence and deleted after applications are juried.
***IMPORTANT *** If you have a collection that is not yet in production you may upload past photos (please show us ones you have not yet applied with in the past). However we do ask that you EMAIL us at firstname.lastname@example.org right after you apply showing us your prototypes with a brief explanation so the jury knows what to fully accept. Please put in subject line: COMPANY NAME + SPRING PROTOTYPE
Vendors are allowed to have product manufactured by a 3rd party, but they MUST fall under the following guidelines:
Vendors have to play a role in the original design of the manufactured product. It cannot be “stock” product that the manufacturer designs + sells. For example: A jewelry vendor MAY contract a company to manufacture a necklace, but the pendant is a design original to that vendor.
We understand that not every piece used in the creation of a product will be originally designed by the vendor + we make allowance for assembly pieces. For example: zippers, jewelry clasps, chains, frames, votive candles, clothing for screen print etc.
If you are a NEW vendor to Third + Bird, please email us a photo or drawn mockup of your display SEPARATELY. Do not upload a photo of your booth to this application. In the subject title please put: YOUR COMPANY NAME - Booth Display
Returning makers, if you have made significant changes to your booth, please email us with an update. We have records of all your booths and what they look like.
We understand your vision can evolve and adjustments may occur after acceptance into the market. That's ok, just keep us in the loop! Take a look at our Pinterest page for photos of vendors displays that have "set the bar" and have what Third + Bird is looking for.
Must be SQUARE FORMAT + UNDER 1 MB.
Our application system will allow you to submit SIX photos. These must be SINGLE-PHOTO images, not collages. Please do not submit photos with any watermarks or logos, they will not be considered and disqualify your application. Also, PLEASE LOOK AT OUR INSTAGRAM for photo inspiration for product photos and flat lays. This is the quality and professionalism we are looking for.
Please do not upload photos of product that you will not be selling, or will be out of stock!
Photos submitted can and will be used on social media, in addition to our team using a photo posted to your social media (with permission) Third + Bird newsletters and website. Only submit photos of product that will be for sale at the Market.
ONLY submit photos you have full rights too. We will NOT be giving photo credits.
By applying, you’ll be added to our email newsletter .
PLEASE NOTE MANDATORY RAFFLE DONATION ITEM!!
All accepted vendors are expected to contribute an item/items or gift certificate worth approximately $25 to the silent auction – ALL proceeds of the auction support our Full Circle program. Tax receipts will be provided upon request at the end of 2021, please email us in December 2021 to be added to this list.
Check write up for spelling mistakes
Uploaded social media links correctly. Please check that they work. AGAIN please TRIPLE check that they work! We see countless mistakes when it comes to your social links. Shockingly high amounts! The jury relies on these links and if they can’t see them, it’s a huge disadvantage for your acceptance.
Triple check your email address is entered correctly, this is a VERY common error we see too + you may not receive our notifications if so.
Used high quality, SQUARE, under 1MB photos showcasing your product in the best way
Selected the correct booth size (note that booth sizes can and will likely change)
Check out Third+Bird Instagram + Pinterest pages for photo / maker inspiration.
Out of respect to us + your fellow makers DO NOT apply if have not secured a plan B secured in case you can not make the market. Please do not apply to this market if you do not have someone confirmed who can work your booth for you for the entire weekend in the event that you can not work it yourself. It’s not fair to your fellow makers on the wait list to have you cancel just before the market due to not having a back up plan.
You are applying because you are comfortable with the current state of our city rules + mandates and with the above statements of Third+Bird. You are comfortable with Third+Bird market plans. DO NOT apply if you have concerns.
There are many makers out there who would love an opportunity to participate in a Third+Bird market. Please be considerate towards your fellow small business owners who are comfortable participating in markets. Do not apply if you do not feel confident in participating in a market.
WHAT THE MARKET WILL LOOK LIKE
Shoppers will buy timed tickets. They will arrive at a set time shopping cohort.
In effort to reduce line ups and keep our numbers within the current rules, we are selling timed shopping blocks. For example, someone can buy a ticket for a 9-11am shopping time slot. Once that group’s times slot is over, those shoppers will be asked to leave and the next cohort of shoppers who bought the next time block 11-1pm will come in etc.
We will be extending the hours to accommodate all the shoppers and the shopping blocks.
Please prepare yourself for longer market days. This is the only way we can accommodate all the shoppers while maintaining safe numbers. Get your comfortable shoes on + pack lots of energy bars!
We want to make it very clear that this is not an easy process. We are so appreciative of the ever growing interest in our Third + Bird Markets. If we could wave a magic wand and have all of you in the sale we would. If you do not get in, please know that it’s not a personal thing against you or your product, we VALUE you as an artisan.
Making decisions + plans in COVID is like making decisions in quick sand. There is never ‘sure’ footing. You can plan for one thing and the next day that plan no longer can work. We ask for you to give us all your grace + understanding. Things will change, possibly many times. One thing that will stay the same is our commitment to safety and giving a spotlight to Canadian makers.
Thank you all again for your interest in Third + Bird. We are humbled to have the opportunity to support so many amazing artisans across Canada.