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Regarding COVID-19 and Urban Craft Uprising events:

We have unfortunately had to cancel all of our in-person spring & summer shows for 2020. We will be updating this page with any developments, as per Washington State guidelines for future events.

Rest assured that we are closely monitoring advice from local health resources regarding our 2020 fall and winter events, and using that information to decide whether we will be holding these events in-person, or virtually. As with all of our recent cancellations, if we begin to plan an in-perso show that is later canceled, all booth fees will be refunded to vendors. Your health is our biggest concern and we want to reassure you of that.

Apply to be a vendor at our Urban Craft Uprising shows!

Urban Craft Uprising aims to build a local (and beyond) community of artists, crafters and designers by organizing and providing events where indie crafters and artists can connect with their fans.

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Application Fee: $10 per show

Vendor FAQ

We strongly urge you to read this FAQ in its entirety before submitting an application to one of our shows.

Who is eligible to vend at Urban Craft Uprising shows?

The short answer is, crafters who sell handmade products. Additionally, local businesses that make both packaged and prepared foods are welcome to apply. Please see our Makers page for specifics about which shows allow prepared food and/or food trucks.

However, we do not accept vendors selling imported products, or non-profits representing crafters who will not be present at the show. Additionally, if you are applying to represent a collection of overseas artisans, this is unfortunately not the show for you. If your business falls into any of these categories you may be a more appropriate fit as a sponsor of our show. Please contact Kristen for more details.

To apply for the show, we need to see photos of your work.

Do you really need to see photos of my work?

Yes. The only way to jury this show is to see your work. Whether you have vended with us before or are a brand new vendor, we want to see either how your work has changed and evolved, or find a good introduction to your work. So please make sure that these represent the best that you have to offer.
We do contact you with any issues we may have with your photos whether there are too many, if you have submitted composites (not acceptable), or if they are corrupt.

Can I sell something at the show that you didn't see in my photos?

While we don’t expect a photo of every single product you sell, you may only vend with the specific product lines and craft category that you applied with. For example, if you are accepted to the show to sell your line of pillows that you applied with, but two weeks before the show decide to expand your business to include bath salts, you will need to check with us before bringing those along to sell. The reason for this is that UCU is a very small and competitive show, and the curation of vendors is intended to reduce competition between vendors once accepted, to maximize sales for everyone. By introducing brand new products into the mix post-jurying, you may be inadvertently competing with another vendor at the show. If you do create a new product after the jurying process, you can submit photos to the UCU team for potential inclusion.

My photos aren't really that important because you'll look at my website and Facebook page, right?

We only look at a small handful of websites during our jury process, and only when we are confused or don’t feel like we fully understand your work. We make our decisions based entirely upon your currently submitted photos and the information you provide in your application. That’s why we tell you that your photos are really, really, really important. Really.

I've been a vendor with Urban Craft Uprising before. I can just send you the same photos I did last time, can't I?

Technically, yes… BUT: if we see the same photos each time you apply, we can be left with the impression that your work doesn’t change. Our job is to keep the show feeling fresh for our fans, so showing us your newest work is to your benefit.

More info about the application process

Can I apply to share a booth with a friend?

Yes, for our big summer and winter shows at the Exhibition Hall, booth sharing is allowed. You will each need to fill out the application separately, and will be juried separately. If both of you are accepted, we’ll make split booth payment arrangements with you. If one of you gets in, but the other doesn’t, we will offer you a space of your own. Also, booth shares can only be 10 x 10 spaces. There will be a space on the application for you to indicate if you would like to share a booth with a friend.

I've been a vendor with Urban Craft Uprising before. Do I still need to fill out the application?

Yep! We love all our past vendors but each show is a brand new venture, which can’t be accomplished without a brand new set of apps every time.

Will I be penalized for only applying to one of your shows, but not the other?

Your life is up to you and what you choose to apply for is ENTIRELY up to you — each show is juried independently from any other. You may also apply for one show and not get into the other; it just depends on the applicant pool that you’re up against. We jury EACH show as a NEW show so what you apply for makes absolutely NO impact on our jurying process.

I've already submitted my application, but now I want to apply for an additional show, or change something. What should I do?

Just shoot us an email and let us know what you’d like to change. If you resubmit, we will delete the first application and use the second, but this gets confusing if you’re resubmitting days or weeks after your original submission. Much easier to change it on the back end so please just email us your amendments.

If I apply early on, will my application get lost in the shuffle by the time you jury?

Not at all. As long as you’ve paid your application fee, your application will be in the database along with everybody else’s. At jury time we will sort all applications by category and jury each one in turn.

All about the jurying process

What do you mean when you say UCU is a juried show? How do you pick who gets in?

Part of what makes Urban Craft Uprising a successful show is the careful selection of vendors who we think will come together to make the most balanced and high quality show possible. With previous attendee surveys in hand, we sit down as a team to look at application info and photos and make decisions based on originality, aesthetic, marketability to both men and women, general appeal, and price range. We also consider the variety of the show overall, making sure that we don’t have too many similar items or vendors. Take a look at our past vendor list or Instagram to get a sense of the kinds of vendors we’ve had at previous shows.

I've been a vendor with Urban Craft Uprising before so I have a better chance of getting accepted, right?

Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. We love all of our previous vendors but every show is a new show and we believe part of our continued success is that we always, always start entirely from scratch. Every show is curated based on the applicants who apply that go-round, and for that reason, each show has a slightly different feel and personality. In fact, we have made it a point to select at least 30% new vendors to each show to make the show fresh and exciting for our fans which has helped to continue our success.

How will I know if I get in or not?

The notification date will be stated on the Makers page. On that date, you’ll receive an email letting you know whether or not you’ve been accepted to vend. We stick to what we say, so if you haven’t received your notification email by the end of the specified date, please check your spam or promotions folders, as the email may have slipped by! The email will be coming from info@urbancraftuprising.com. If you are expecting a notification email and don’t receive one, email us at the address above and we can re-send it to you. The most common reason for this is that you have mistyped your email address in your application, which means any notification letters or emails we sent to you are not being received.

If I don't get in, will you tell me why?

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, we can’t give specific feedback to each person. When time permits, we will respond to respectful inquiries from applicants with details as best we can.

Details about the business side of applying to UCU

What are the fees and costs involved in the show?

(The following fees pertain to our regular UCU shows at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Details about our other shows throughout the year can be found on the Makers page when these application are open.) (The following fees pertain to our regular UCU shows at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Details about our other shows throughout the year can be found on the Makers page when these application are open.)

Required Fees:

    • Booth Fees ($450-$500 for a 10×10 booth / $350-$400 for a 5 x 10 booth, prices dependent on summer/winter seasons). Vendor provides all tables, chairs and display items.
    • Additional fee of $125 if you choose to participate in the Monday Wholesale Event (summer only)
    • Contribution of $40 (retail value) worth of swag, OR a $50 swag fee
    • Processing fee ($10), added to your booth fee invoice if accepted.
    • If you plan on ONLY selling at the summer wholesale event (and not at the public weekend show), booth fees are $225 / $275, respectively.

Additional/optional costs may include:

    • Inclusion in our umbrella business license if you do not have a Seattle City Business License ($10/day)
    • Table Rental Fee ($18) — includes 2 chairs. Tables are 8′ long x 30″ wide.
    • Electricity at your booth ($75)

I see that you're asking for my Seattle City Business License. What if I don't have one?

A Seattle City Business License is required for all businesses operating in the city of Seattle. If you do not already have one and your business is operational in the city, you should apply for one right away. All the info you need to do this can be found here.

Can I vend at your show if I'm from Canada?

Yes, absolutely! We are happy to have you on our end, but please do your due diligence in researching any issues that may come up with transporting your product across the border and/or generating revenue in the United States.

Details about vending at ucu

Aside from a booth space, what perks do I receive for being a vendor with UCU?

UCU vendors gain exposure to thousands of potential fans, shoppers, and retail buyers. The UCU vendor will have their business name and website listed on the main UCU Vendors page for approximately six months, and archived on our Past Vendors page for the next 3 shows. In addition, you will be eligible to apply for other smaller events we organize throughout the year in partnership with other local organizations, such as the Seattle Street Food Festival, University Place, First Thursdays, Amazon, etc.

What is this Wholesale Event all about? (Summer show only)

Each summer, we organize our own Wholesale Event as part of the Summer Show (beginning in 2020, this will be known as the Handmade Gift Show). We will be inviting shops from all over the great states of Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho to come check out what our amazing vendors have to offer. Buyers from these shops will have a dedicated event, apart from the throngs of excited shoppers, to shop at your booth and speak to you in a less hectic environment. You may choose to vend at both the weekend AND wholesale event, the weekend event ONLY, or the wholesale event ONLY.

What is your refund policy?

Regular UCU Shows, Edmonds Spring Fest, Tacoma Spring Fest, and the Handmade Gift Show: If you are accepted to the show and later decide that you are unable to participate, we will refund your booth fee in full, provided that you let us know six weeks before the show date. No refunds will be offered to vendors who drop out less than six weeks prior to the show.
Co-Hosted Shows (Seattle Street Food Festival, South Lake Union Winter Market, University Place): If you are accepted to the show and later decide that you are unable to participate, we will refund your booth fee in full, provided that you let us know eight weeks before the show date. No refunds will be offered to vendors who drop out less than eight weeks prior to the show.
First Thursday and Botanical Pop-Up Market Shows: If you are accepted to the show and later decide that you are unable to participate, we will refund your booth fee in full, provided that you let us know four weeks before the show date. No refunds will be offered to vendors who drop out less than four weeks prior to the show.
All Shows: You will be notified of the booth invoice due date in the first vendor newsletter you receive. Late booth fee payments will be subject to a late fee of 5% of the total booth fee, compounding weekly. If you have chosen not to participate in the show, simply ignoring the invoice is not the same as letting us know you are withdrawing. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are withdrawing so that we may offer your spot to another vendor with enough time for them to accept.

Is there a penalty for last-minute vendor dropouts?

Regular UCU Shows, Edmonds Spring Fest, Tacoma Spring Fest, and the Handmade Gift Show: Yes, because of the huge time burden and publicity cost that goes along with withdrawing a vendor from the show so close to the show date, there is an additional $50 penalty for any vendor dropouts that happen within four weeks of the show. Please consider your ability to vend carefully before you commit to the show!

Co-Hosted Shows (Seattle Street Food Festival, South Lake Union Winter Market, University Place): Yes, because of the huge time burden and publicity cost that goes along with withdrawing a vendor from the show so close to the show date, there is an additional $50 penalty for any vendor dropouts that happen within six weeks of the show. Please consider your ability to vend carefully before you commit to the show!

For First Thursday shows, the penalty fee will be only $20, and the window is within 72 hours of the show***

I'm an out-of-state vendor. Do I still have to collect and pay sales tax at the show?

Yes. All vendors are responsible for paying their own sales tax for business conducted within Washington, regardless of whether they are Washington residents.

If you are an out-of-state vendor, you must register for a temporary UBI right here. They will send you a form that you’ll need to fill out immediately after the show is over to report your sales tax revenue.

Are there any special conditions for food vendors?

  1. King County Food Handler’s Permit (apply online!)
  2. Temporary Food Service Permit, unless you already have a permit through the county for selling regularly at shows or farmers’ markets. Find out more about this here. Your business may qualify for an exemption, depending on your product. Call our area representative at 206.263.9566 (that is the main Seattle switchboard; ask for Rose Byrne, who is our inspector) and see if your business may qualify for an exemption.

Please note: While we will not be checking for these permits, there is a good chance that inspectors may be at the show to do so; we highly recommend taking care of this early to avoid last-minute scrambling or penalties.

What is swag?

The reason dozens of shoppers line up at our doors for hours before we open is clear: We are known for our great swag bags!
“What are swag bags?” you may ask. Well, all vendors are required to submit no less than $40 worth of merchandise that will be included in these goodie bags, which are given to the first 100 fans through the doors each day. It’s a great way to attract new fans, it creates a huge buzz (hence the lines that go all the way to the Key Arena) and it’s a great promotional tool. The bags are full of a range of items, from a sample of soap to nice jewelry and accessories. We try to allocate each bag with a variety of merchandise that makes it exciting for our fans while also helping you to promote yourselves.
We want these to be bags full of goodies – real examples of unique, hand-crafted arts and crafts that will be fun for the audience and a great way to reach a new market of interested crafting fans.

How much inventory should I bring?

This is a really tricky question, but one that we get all the time. People come out in droves for the Winter Show, and especially in the past few years after adding the Friday Preview Night (which means 3 days of shopping instead of 2), we have had the problem of vendors selling out before the weekend is over.
Even though this might sound like a good problem to have, it’s not! Empty booths look sad, and because we have a strict no early tear-down policy, this is an awkward situation to end up in. If you do find that you are running low on stock mid-show, we encourage you to hang on to a range of items, use them as display samples, and take orders to ship the following week.
However, the best way to avoid this happening is to bring more stock than you think you need. Kristen has a formula that she uses to plan her inventory: If her sales goal for the show is $3,000, then she’ll bring $6,000 in inventory so that she won’t sell out. We had over 13,000 shoppers last winter, and based on our vendor survey, average weekend sales for vendors were around $6,000-$8,000. Again, every business is different so this is not a hard and fast rule, but may help guide you as you plan how much product to make and bring.

I'm a beginner crafter and I'm intimidated about apply to your big biannual shows. Do you have any advice for me?

We realize that these shows can be intimidating and for those who have not vended much it’s great to get some experience under your belt at smaller shows first. For example, our First Thursday shows are a great place to begin your craft show vending journey.

How big are the rental tables?

The rental tables are 8′ long by 30″ wide.

Does a 5x10 booth mean 5' wide, or 5' deep?

The longest edge of your booth will always be the one facing the shoppers.
A few more tidbits you should know

When I applied, I said I didn't want to rent a table, but now I do. Is this possible?

If your booth setup plans change, you may email us with your requests regarding table rentals, electricity, booth size, etc., and we will do our best to accommodate. However, once our service orders have been finalized and the booth map has been set, we will be unable to grant any changes. We highly recommend designing your booth setup BEFORE you apply, so that we’ll have the correct information to place you according to your needs.

I see all kinds of email addresses on your website. Would you like me to sign you all up for my newsletter?

No. Please, please don’t do that. We will absolutely notice you, but not in the way you were hoping for. We are inundated with emails already and if you sign us up for your newsletter without our permission it makes us overwhelmed.

How do I become a sponsor of Urban Craft Uprising?

Being a sponsor gets you in front of a large and growing community of crafters and artists, and their fans. We have sponsorship options for many of our shows, including discounted pricing for sponsoring multiple shows. Please send an email to kristen@urbancraftuprising.com for more details.

I am willing to travel to be a part of a show but would like to talk to other vendors from previous shows to see if it’s worth it. How can I get in touch with them?

You are welcome to review vendors from past shows on our vendor page. We suggest contacting them separately through their individual websites and Etsy shops.

I've read this whole FAQ, but my question isn't here. What should I do?

Double check the FAQ, and if you still can’t find your answer, go ahead and email info@urbancraftuprising.com and ask away!