FAQ

Have a question about the Traverse City Makers Market? We’ve got answers! If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, please feel free to contact us.

GENERAL FAQ

Who is this event for?
Traverse City Makers Market is for independent artisans and anyone interested in purchasing handcrafted goods. Traverse City Makers Market will feature the best handmade art in the region, and all Michigan crafters and artisans are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. We invite the public to attend this event and enjoy high quality crafts, local food, and getting to know the artists in their community.

When is this event?
Saturday, September 13, 2014 — from 10am-4pm.

Where is this event?
Traverse City Makers Market is being held in downtown Traverse City, on the Piazza at The Village of Grand Traverse Commons (map)

Where can I park?
There is ample parking on the Village grounds, all within walking distance of the Piazza. The grounds are currently under construction (roads, parking lots, etc.), and we will have more details regarding parking as the work is completed..

Is the event handicapped accessible?
Yes! The event is outdoors and will be handicapped accessible. Volunteers will also be on hand to assist should the need arise.

What can I expect to see?
At Traverse City Makers Market, you’ll find the best handcrafted goods in the following categories: 2D Fine Art (prints and originals) / 3D Fine Art (ceramic, glass, wood, metal) / Fiber Art (felted, knitted, crocheted, woven) / To Wear (jewelry, clothing, purses, hair accessories) / Paper Goods (stationery, handmade books, paper crafts) / Everything Else (toys, pet accessories, home goods, garden). There will also be live music and local food on site, so come ready to have a good time!

Is there a cost to attend?
Admission is free all day. Bring the whole family!

Are credit cards accepted?
Sometimes, but do come prepared to pay with cash. Though software does exist that allows vendors to take payments via credit card and some may have that ability at the Market, it’s safest to assume this is a primarily a pay-with-cash event.

Is there an ATM if I forget my cash?
An ATM is installed at The Village. There are also a handful of bank ATMs within a half-mile radius of the Market.

Can I volunteer to help?
Absolutely! Contact us to find out more.

Who is behind this event?
Traverse City Makers Market is directed and organized by Kelly Nogoski and Ron Olrich with the help of numerous volunteers. Kelly is a freelance artist and crafter who believes in the power of quality handmade art and wanted to share this passion with her community, as well as promote both experienced and new artisans. Thus, in 2009, the  Traverse City Makers Market was born. Ron, her husband, signed on to lend a hand in 2013.

PARTICIPANT FAQS

Who can participate?
Anyone from Michigan who designs or makes high-quality goods. Traverse City Makers Market focuses on local handmade items, so if you sell antiques or consignment clothing, this isn’t the right venue for you. But if you remake vintage aprons into avant-garde couch pillows, then you’ve got the right place! To maintain our regional focus, we will only be accepting applications from artists who live in Michigan.

Have you hosted events before? How many people attended?

The Traverse City Makers Market started in 2010 and has hosted seven events since. After two events in Traverse City’s Warehouse District, the Market grew into a larger downtown space for 2011 and hosted a two day mini-market for the holiday season. Last year, in order to get even bigger, we moved outdoors to the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. We had such a great experience there, we decided to stick around.

We have had great foot traffic for all events (last year’s fall event being the most well-attended since our inception) and many sellers reported record sales days. In 2011 we estimate around 1,000 people visited our October event throughout the course of the day. 2012 was even better.

This year, we have both a central (not to mention beautiful) location and are counting on not only increased foot traffic due to more advertising and momentum, but also lots of walk-ins as well.

As you may or may not know, Traverse City is a tourist destination during the fall. Many folks wander up for color tours and wine tasting and make their way to the Village at Grand Traverse Commons—the beautifully renovated former State Hospital grounds—to take advantage of the boutique shops, tasty restaurants, art galleries and wineries.

We’re looking forward to again being part of the Village happenings during this beautiful time of year in northern Michigan.

What types of crafts will you accept?
We accept crafts in a number of categories, including 2-D Fine Art, 3-D Fine Art, Wearables, Housewares, Paper Goods and Everything Else (pet goods, baby gifts, etc.). In order to ensure that Maker’s Market features the best work in the area, our jury will review all applications and choose the best submissions for the event. Artists will be chosen according to the quality, innovation and uniqueness of their work.

What if I’ve just started my business?
No problem! At Traverse City Makers Market, years of experience isn’t relevant. The most important factor is the quality of your work. So if you create the most amazing handmade goods, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been doing it for 3 years or 3 months! Plus, exhibiting at Traverse City Makers Market is a great way to boost your business and gain exposure.

How much does it cost to exhibit?
There is a non-refundable $10 application fee. Once accepted, 10′ x 10′ spaces are available for a $65 fee. Optional 8′ tables can be provided for an additional $10 rental fee. Since we are outdoors for 2014, vendors will be responsible for their own 10′ x 10′ covered tent. Tents may be available for rental at GJs Rentals. We do recommend you call for tent availability.

How do I send in payment?
Payment can be made through Paypal (you can pay via credit card or Paypal account).

What is the money from my exhibition fee used for?
Your exhibition fee helps TCMM cover the cost of facility and other rentals, advertising costs, insurance and other promotional spending.

Your vendor fee covers your 10′ booth space, an optional table, and electricity (if requested).

Can I share a booth with another business?
Yes! Up to two businesses can share an 10′ x 10′ space. Just make sure to indicate to us that you are applying as a pair and submit photos that represent the work of all artisans involved.

Can I bring additional setup materials?
You can set up your booth space however you’d like! Spaces will be marked off and we ask that you respect those boundaries. We also ask that you respect the space of your adjacent vendors and refrain from setting up in a way that hinders or obstructs traffic to their booth space.

What if something happens and I can’t make it? Will I get my money back?
Since your money will be spent to host the big day, we won’t be able to guarantee a refund. However, we will have a waiting list of participants that weren’t able to make it into the first round, so depending on how much notice you give, we should be able secure a replacement for your spot.

Will I get time to set-up or tear down?
Of course! There is ample loading space around the Piazza, and we will be there at 8am to insure adequate setup time for everyone. The event closes at 4 pm, and we ask that everyone be torn down by 7pm.

What does the space look like?
The Village at Grand Traverse Commons is one of the largest, historic preservation and adaptive reuse redevelopments in the country.

The Village is the unique renovation of dozens of historic buildings formerly known as the Traverse City State Hospital, and previously, the Northern Michigan Asylum. The auspicious location of this 63-acre site, centered in one of the Midwest’s most desirable locations, underscores the unparalleled beauty of magnificent, century-old Victorian-Italianate architecture and is surrounded by an historic arboretum, gorgeous hiking and biking trail, and 480 acres of preserved parkland.

Maker’s Market will be held on what’s known as the Piazza. This partially shaded grassy area offers a lovely landscape for both vendors and patrons.

What are my responsibilities for helping to get the word out?
If you have a website, we’ll ask you to mention the Traverse City Makers Market. You can also download a Traverse City Makers Market banner for your website, or print this great TCMM postcard. Mail them to your own mailing list or place them around your town where shoppers might find them! We’ll be working hard to advertise, but word-of-mouth is still the best marketing around. So tell your friend, your sister-in-law, and your dentist to come see you at Traverse City Makers Market!