Unique Markets: D.C. FAQ
The 5 W’s
When is Unique Markets: D.C.?
Unique Markets: D.C. will be Sunday, May 12th, from 11am to 5pm.
Where is Unique Markets: D.C. held?
Who sells at Unique Markets?
Our markets feature independent designers, artists, & emerging brands that sell high-quality, well-designed products in a range of categories including jewelry, clothing, home décor, art, apothecary, mens goods, stationery, kids items, pottery, food & more.
We believe in showcasing diversity, innovation & entrepreneurship, as well as encouraging creativity & community participation. Whether you are just starting off making jewelry on your dining room table or you have a handful of employees & a factory that produces your products, we’re passionate about featuring quality goods & the people & stories behind them.
It must be the actual business owner/designer/maker of the products or brand that sells at our markets. We are passionate about connecting your individual stories & products to buyers, shoppers, & the media. We DO NOT allow third-party shops, agencies, or online stores/collectives to sell at the markets.
Why participate at Unique Markets?
For the past decade our markets have helped close to 10,000 entrepreneurs reach new audiences, increase sales, & connect with a network of creative business owners. The markets provide the rare opportunity to interact with & meet potential customers (plus fans/online customers you already have) in real life - something that is extremely valuable in the age of online shopping. You will reach new customers, your brand will be exposed to thousands of shoppers/buyers/members of the media/influencers, you can grow your email subscribers & social media followers, & you’ll gain priceless knowledge & feedback by speaking to people one-on-one about the products & your story.
We are extremely proud of the consistently positive feedback we receive from our vendors. They say that our communication & organization is the best they’ve experienced; they really appreciate the quality of our production, design & art direction at the markets; they love that we’ve made the markets fun & inspiring for both the sellers & customers; & they say that we invest more in marketing & PR than any other event of its kind.
They also say that because our events are ticketed, customers are invested in discovering items not found at the mall, & more importantly, supporting the small business owners behind those products - we hear time & time again that there is a noticeable difference at Unique Markets because the shoppers genuinely want to hear about the products/company & talk with the vendors.
Application & Payment Information
How much does it cost to participate?
An 8x8 spot is $300
A 6ft table space is $225
How do I apply & submit payment?
Fill out our online vendor application.
Pay the non-refundable $30 vendor application fee that will be collected via secure online credit card payment at the end of the application.
If you are accepted, you will receive an invoice for your booth fee.
When will I find out if I’ve been accepted?
We will notify all applicants via email on March 8th, 2019, about whether they have been accepted or not (please add ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ to your safe list to ensure you get the email).
What is an 8x8 Spot?
You will be given an 8x8 spot that will be marked on the show floor. Vendors are responsible for bringing fixtures, tables, chairs, & decor to define your space.
What is a 6ft table space?
You will be given a 6ft x 3ft table with approximately 2 ft of space behind the table to sit. You will also be provided with two chairs. Vendors are responsible for bringing any desired linens or table decorations to define your space.
Can I sell at other Unique Markets during 2019?
Yes, feel free to apply to as many Unique markets as you want. We’d love to see you at all of the markets across the country!
Cancelation Policy & Refunds
If I need to cancel, do I get a refund?
If you need to cancel you must notify us via email, at email@example.com. To receive a refund (less your application fee) you must email us on or before March 8th, 2018. Any cancellations after this date will not get a refund due to the close proximity of the event date – you will forfeit both your fee & spot.
Jurying & Selection Process
How do you choose the vendors?
To ensure the products found at the markets are diverse, match the aesthetic of the show, & meet shoppers’ expectations, our applications are juried. There is more demand than we have room for, so please understand that we cannot accept everyone – we often get more than double the applications for the spots available.
We look for small businesses & items that are:
Fresh & innovative
High quality products
Ethically sourced products, if you do not make them yourself
Priced accordingly (you can sell earrings at $10 or $500, but we must feel that your items are priced accordingly for the materials used, the genre of goods you’re in, etc.)
Consistent, high-quality branding across all platforms - from website to social media to hangtags & business cards
Essentially, we want our vendors to be successful & have a great event, so we look for products that we think our customers would appreciate & purchase. We also choose businesses that are at the scale to be able to sell at a market our size; in other words, people & brands that have sold at markets before, keep consistent social media feeds, update their websites regularly, understand pricing & strategy (wholesale, retail, online). Rest assured that we review & consider every single application, & the submitted website, social media feeds, lookbooks, samples, etc..
Is it okay if I make products outside of the US?
Yes. Our goal is to support independently-owned, small businesses & designers. We showcase goods that are either made by the company in-house or are designed by the company with production outsourced. An important part of our mission is to connect shoppers with the makers & designers so we require that the owner/maker & their staff be at the show to interact with shoppers in person. We do not accept online stores & businesses that curate great products but don’t actually design & make them themselves.
I’m a previous vendor with Unique Markets, do I automatically get accepted?
We love all our previous vendors! To ensure diversity and a constant rotation of designers/artists for the shoppers, we can't guarantee that past vendors will be accepted into all our markets. However, PLEASE let us know in the 'notes' section of the application that you've participated with us before so our producers take special note and try to rotate you in. :)
Other Important Information
Do I need a sellers permit or business license?
Your business needs to comply with your local tax regulations by registering your business, collecting sales tax, and reporting and remitting sales tax. Unfortunately we cannot offer guidance about business registration and tax compliance (Remember, both local and federal.), so encourage that you consult with an accountant or visit www.irs.gov for more details and help specific to you and your business.
What taxes do I need to collect?
All vendors are responsible for registering with the IRS, & collecting sales tax. When it’s time to do your taxes, you’ll have to pay income tax on items you sold, plus any applicable state or city taxes. We recommend that you contact your state tax offices as well as the IRS for more info: otr.cfo.dc.gov IRS: 1-800-829-4933 or www.irs.gov