2016 Fleas, Fairs & Festivals: Shopify's Market Directory Helps You Sell Goods IRL

Flea and farmers markets in 2016 | Shopify Retail blog

The year has already surged past summer solstice (where did the time go?), and 2016’s halfway mark. Outdoor art fairs and music festivals are already in full swing as the winteriest places have long since shed their frost.

If you’re looking to get into the in-person selling game this year, many of the application dates have sadly passed. Fashion retail events like POOL and Agenda typically happen in January and February (keep your eye out now for 2017 applications). Most summer music festival and major craft show submissions open in the early part of the year and close in the spring.

Don’t get your yarn in a knot, though.

In North America, flea and farmer's market season is afoot, and many markets accept vendors year-round, some without an application. Booth or table, one-time or season-long, there are retail opportunities for brands of any size. And we’ve gathered them all in one place.

Introducing the Shopify Flea & Farmer's Markets Directory: an evolving list of markets by state or city.

A few great markets accepting vendors this year include: Folsom Flea in Sacramento, accepting vendors year-round with no application required; and Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg, Chelsea, and Venice, a year-round indoor market accepting long-term vendors. 

Market Directory | Shopify Retail blog

 For the handmade set, we’ve also found a handful of global 2016 craft fairs and art markets still accepting submissions. Hurry, though – deadlines are fast-approaching.

Maison&Objet (France)
Paris, September 2-6
Applications accepted: NOW

Vintage & Made Fair (USA)
Des Moines, Iowa, Sept 24-25
Applications accepted: until August 5

Stitch Rock (USA)
Florida, October 1
Applications accepted: as of June 1

Renegade Craft Fairs Holiday Tour (USA/UK)
London, NYC, San Francisco, Atlanta, Brooklyn, Chicago, LA, Seattle (dates TBA)
Applications accepted: August 12 – September 16

The Finders Keepers (Australia)
Melbourne, October 14-16
Applications accepted: NOW
Brisbane, November 5-6
Applications accepted: NOW
Sydney, December 9-11
Applications accepted: as of July 29th

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair (USA)
Chicago, November 3-6
Applications accepted: NOW

Wintry Market (USA)
Boise, Idaho, November 19-20
Applications accepted: as of July 1st

OOAK Show (Canada)
Toronto, November 24 – December 4
Applications accepted: NOW

Urban Craft Uprising (USA)
Seattle, winter show date TBA
Applications accepted: as of August 1

Cologne, November 26-27
Berlin, December 3-4
Stuttgart, December 10-11
Hamburg, December 17-18
Applications accepted: as of September 1

Detroit Urban Craft Fair (USA)
Detroit, December 2-4
Applications accepted: in mid-July

Got Craft? (Canada)
Vancouver BC, Dec 10-11
Applications accepted: until August 19th

Flea and farmers markets | Shopify Retail blog

There are literally thousands of local events accepting submissions around the globe each year. Get ahead of the game for 2017 – bookmark these handy resources, to search shows by type, location, and deadline: 

Not sure where to start? Read our Guide to Nailing the In-Person Selling Experience, including tactical advice for choosing the right show and crafting your application.


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