Handmade Arcade 2018 Vendor Application

Before applying, please read:

If you applied to Handmade Arcade in 2016 or 2017, you should have an ArtCall.org account. Select the Login button button and enter your email and password. If you do not remember your password, request a new one.

 

If you did not apply to Handmade Arcade in 2016 or 2017, select the Register button to open an ArtCall.org account.

Important application info:

  • Applications open on June 15, 2018.
  • Applications close on August 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Late applications will not be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Applicants will be notified September 21, 2018.
  • IMPORTANT: At this time, food vendors are not permitted to sell at Handmade Arcade. This includes chocolates, tea, honey, and candy. If you have specific questions regarding your products, please ask before you apply at info@handmadearcade.com.

Application fees:

  • $10 non-refundable application fee if applying BEFORE July 13, 2018
  • $15 non-refundable application fee if applying AFTER July 13, 2018

Vendor space fees:

  • NEW IN 2018! $350 Expanded Vendor Space (10-by-15-foot display space, with TWO 8-by-2.5-foot tables and two chairs and NO set-up restrictions) There will be approximately 20 expanded spaces. Applicants can request an expanded space. Accepted vendors who have requested this space will be given them in order of payment received. Those who do not pay in time to receive an expanded space will be given a standard 10-by-10-foot space and receive a $100 refund
  • $250 Standard Vendor Space* (10-by-10-foot display space, with one 8-by-2.5-foot table and two chairs and NO set-up restrictions) *Increased from last year’s 8-by-8-foot display space.
  • $150 Craft Corridor Vendor Space (6-by-8-foot display space with one 6-by-2.5-foot table and two chairs and WITH set-up restrictions and application requirements)

Additional fees:

  • Electricity fee: $65 (not available for Craft Corridor vendors)
  • NEW IN 2018! Request an Endcap Space (i.e., the end of an aisle). The cost to reserve an endcap space is $50. NOTE: Accepted applicants can request an endcap space at the time of payment. You cannot reserve them in the application phase. There are 20 endcaps that will be given out first-come, first-served to applicants who pay their vendor fee. Those who do not pay in time to receive an endcap will be given a standard 10-by-10-foot space and receive a $50 refund.
New Hall at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center:
Handmade Arcade is returning to the upper-level floor of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Hall B offers natural light, expanded space, and access to a spacious lobby and balcony with river and city views.


Applicants will be notified September 21, 2018.

Payments must be received by October 12, 2018.

 

If payment is not received by the due date, the accepted applicant’s vendor space will be forfeited and offered to a waitlisted applicant.  

Vendor space fees (including extra fees for electricity and preferred spaces) are not refundable after October 31, 2018.
 


 

New Vendor Opportunities in 2018!
Friday Load-in and participation in The Cutting Edge: A Fundraiser for Handmade Arcade

Handmade Arcade is hosting its first-ever Friday night fundraiser on the evening before our big event. The Cutting Edge: A Fundraiser for Handmade Arcade will take place on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. in our event space at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.

This exciting opportunity will provide vendors and sponsors with the following new benefits:
  • Early load-in on Friday afternoon between noon and 4 p.m. Avoid the hectic Saturday morning rush!
  • Set up on Friday afternoon and be ready to sell your wares to hundreds of Handmade Arcade's biggest fans and supporters. Vendors will be expected to run their space from 5:30 - 8 p.m. during the benefit event.
  • Vendors will be expected to be back at their booths by 9 a.m. Saturday morning to prepare for the 10 a.m. Early Birdie shopping hour.
  • Handmade Arcade is reserving a block of rooms at the The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh -- across the street from the DLCC -- for Friday night, December 7, 2018. Spend the night and be back at the DLCC by 9 a.m. for Handmade Arcade 2018! Rooms will also be available for Saturday night.
Please note: Vendors are not required to participate in The Cutting Edge: A Fundraiser for Handmade Arcade, to be held on Friday, Dec. 7, nor is there any fee for those who choose to set up and sell during this event. If you are accepted as a vendor to Handmade Arcade 2018, all load-in instructions and logistical details for the Friday event will be included in the September 21 acceptance email. 

More about The Cutting Edge: A Fundraiser for Handmade Arcade
At The Cutting Edge, attendees will get a first look at select Handmade Arcade vendors, sip signature spirits from Wigle Whiskey, learn a new craft, and receive a free keepsake tote bag or tumbler. The Cutting Edge event will also feature a cash bar, light bites, Wigle Whiskey tastings, hands-on artmaking activities, raffles and more surprises. Attendees will help create a large-scale, community art installation and see glass-blowing demonstrations led by artists from the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

All proceeds will benefit Handmade Arcade’s free admission, Hands-on Handmade Activity Area, Craft Corridor, and the Youth Maker Scholarship Program.

 

Expanded Vendor Space

Need more space for your set-up? This year, Handmade Arcade has 20 expanded vendor spaces (10-by-15-foot display space, with TWO 8-by-2.5-foot tables and two chairs and NO set-up restrictions.) Applicants can request an expanded space at the time of application submission. Accepted vendors who have requested this space will be assigned one in order of payment received. Those who do not pay in time to receive an expanded space will be given a standard 10-by-10-foot space and receive a $100 refund.

 

Request an Endcap Space  (i.e., the end of an aisle)

The cost to reserve an endcap space is $50. NOTE: Accepted applicants can request an endcap space at the time of payment. You cannot reserve them in the applicant phase. There are 20 endcaps that will be given out first-come, first-served to accepted applicants when they pay their vendor fee. Those who do not pay in time to receive an endcap will be given a standard 10-by-10-foot space and receive a $50 refund.