A NOTE FROM CHANDRA
Welcome to 2023, a fresh new year of market season goodness!
Thank you for your interest in being a maker at the 2023 Spring Market. We love seeing new + familiar faces. In 2022 we welcomed over 130 new businesses throughout the market and pop up season. This keeps things fresh and exciting and also gives new vendors a chance to participate.
At Third+Bird we are champions of makers, giving a spotlight to businesses who are pushing the independent makers industry through modern design, fresh ideas + creative branding and social media.
We look forward to seeing your application.
Founder of Third+Bird Markets
RETURNING + NEW MAKERS
Please read the information below before continuing on to the application. 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 21 // 5pm - 9:30pm
April 22 // 9am - 7:45pm
April 23 // 12pm - 4:45pm
*times subject to change
We will be loading in April 20th - One day only! // Times TBA
Will take place immediately after the Market on:
Sun April 23rd // One day only! // Times TBA
Applications close Saturday, January 21st @ midnight
No exceptions for late applications
NOTIFICATIONS + COMMUNICATION
Notifications will be sent the week of February 13th, 2023.
You will hear from us either way, please check your junk mail folder and your ‘promotions’ or ‘updates’ folder on Gmail.
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.
Kindly get in a habit of checking your junk folder so you don’t miss critical info.
'L' shape. - 20ft x 10ft x 10ft
$2000 + GST
$300 + GST
$350 + GST
10ft x 10ft with STORAGE
$850 + GST
10ft x 10ft CORNER
$750 + GST
10ft x 10ft
$650 + GST
10ft wide x 5ft deep CORNER
$525 + GST
10ft wide x 5ft deep
$425 + GST
**** 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.
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. Only certain booth spots have access to electrical. They do however charge the following fees.
$55 per 15 amp
$95 per 50 amp
Red River acquires 100% of the electrical fees. Upon acceptance, you will need to pay for electrical the same time as you pay for your booth. *Electrical fees are subject to change*.
**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
February 21st @ 5:00pm CST
REFUND FOR CANCELLATION DEADLINE
March 7th @ 5:00pm CST
We understand that ‘life happens’ If you need to remove yourself from the market, refunds for your spot will take place up until March 7th, less a $50 administration fee. After March 7th there will be no refunds given.
Booth selection + payment: Upon your acceptance you will be provided with a date and time where you can login to our vendor platform to select and pay for your booth and/or electrical at the time. It will be a first come, first served process. Once a certain booth size is sold out it is no longer available and you will have to select another option.
* If you are late to the game and are left with a booth size you really do not want you may withdraw your application. This will not be noted on your file or negatively impact your acceptance into future markets.
Accessories (ex. scrunchies, bags/purses)
Art + Print + Stationery (ex. original art work, prints, calendars, journals)
Baby + Kids
Bath + Body (ex. lotion, soap, bath bombs, hair care etc.)
Clothing (ex. sweaters, tshirts, underwear, etc.)
Food + Drink
Food Trucks - We will be accepting a limited amount of food truck vendors this year. Acceptance is based on space and electrical needs. Please note that Red River charges $100 electrical fees for FOOD TRUCKS this will be an additional cost to your booth fee.
Housewares (ex. candles, serving trays, decor, plant stands)
Metal + Wood
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. 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.
due to over saturation.
WHAT THE FEE COVERS
The fee guarantees your spot in the Third + Bird Spring Market with the booth size you select online.
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 2022 we accepted over 130 NEW makers! This keeps the market fresh, new and exciting for all to enjoy.
For more information on how we jury, please head to the jury information on our FAQ 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 as 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 products. We love to see new ideas and we want to see your individuality!
If you fall into a saturated category (currently: kids/baby, candles, coffee, bath + body, jewelry) you need to stand out above the rest.
How do you stand out? 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).
We look to see if you have participated with us in our smaller pop ups and farmers markets.
Returning makers, 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!*** UPDATE due to COVID we understand that photoshoots are limited / not allowed at times. We will accept recycled photos at this time***
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 email@example.com 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 15MB.
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 2023, please email us in December 2023 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 15MB photos showcasing your product in the best way
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.
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 accept all of you, 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.