Unique Markets

Interested Vendor FAQ - Summer 2017

INTERESTED VENDOR FAQ - SUMMER MARKET 2017

When is the Unique LA Summer Market?
Summer Market is August 19 & 20 in Santa Monica at the Santa Monica Air Center inside the Barker Hangar.
The summer market will be held on a Saturday and Sunday, from 11am-6pm, with our vendor set-up and move-in day on the Friday before.

How much does it cost to participate?
Prices for the summer market spaces are below. The summer market is a much smaller show than those held at the California Market Center both in terms of the number of vendors and the square footage of the venue, but, in years past, we have seen a similar number of shoppers turn out. The summer market is a great opportunity to stand out.

Please note that there are only 20 Table Spots at the summer market. You have a higher chance of being accepted if you apply for a Booth Spot. Additionally, there is a limited number of Premium Corner Spots available for additional fees (see below). 

  • Table Spots - $385
  • 10' x 10' Booth Spots - $585
  • 10' x 10' Booth Corner Spot - $785
  • 10' x 20' Booth Spot - $1180
  • 10' x 20' Booth Corner Spot - $1460

What is a 10X10 Spot?
These spots are similar to a traditional booth space but there are no walls, creating a more open atmosphere and community-minded environment! Spaces are marked for you on the floor and we provide a 6' banquet table and 2 chairs. Vendors are responsible for bringing signage, fixtures etc. to define their space, and are free to not use the provided table and chairs. Please note, your fixtures cannot exceed a height of 6'. 

What is a Table Spot?
These spots have a smaller footprint of about 6' long and 5' deep. Spaces are marked for you on the floor and we provide a 6' banquet table and 2 chairs. Vendors are responsible for bringing signage, fixtures etc. to define their space.

How do I apply and submit payment? 
All interested sellers, including past vendors, must fill out an application and send two required payment checks. Applications will not be considered unless we receive the 2 payment checks. One check is for the non-refundable $30 application fee (shared booth vendors must send two separate $30 checks). The amount for the second check is for the space you are applying for. CHECKS MUST BE PAYABLE TO ‘UNIQUE INC.’ (not Unique LA) and should list your corresponding Business Name in the memo area, so we know who it’s from. Payments should be sent to Unique Inc. at 1275 E. 6th Street #206, Los Angeles, CA 90021.

The deadline for applications and payment is June 22.

I want to share a booth, how should we apply?
Table spots may not be shared. Two businesses may decide to share a Booth Spot. Both businesses applying to share the booth (maximum of two vendors) must each fill out an application. PLEASE NOTE: We do not match you up with a booth partner. You must apply with the business you want to share with. Once you have completed your application, send in your checks in one envelope - two $30 application fee checks and one booth payment check. Please list both vendor business names in the memo area of the checks.

Is my application fee refundable? What do you do with my checks if I'm not accepted to the market? 
The $30 application fee is non-refundable, and is used to cover the growing admin and staff costs associated with reviewing the hundreds and hundreds of applications for each show. If you are not accepted to the market, we will shred your table/booth check or you can choose to pick it up from The Unique Space in DTLA. 

How do you choose the vendors?
To ensure the vendors are diverse, match the aesthetic of the show, and meet shoppers’ expectations, Unique LA is juried. There is more demand then we have room for, so please understand that we cannot accept everyone – about 250 vendors will apply for less than 125 spots at the summer show. Rest assured that we review and consider every single application, and the corresponding website and product images. Your website, social media channels, submitted photos and application are the only things we have to determine whether or not you are accepted. 

When will I know if I’m accepted or not?
We notify applicants via email on June 29 whether or not they have been accepted for the 2017 Summer Market. Remember to check your junk mail folder, your 'promotions' folder and/or 'updates folder' on Gmail. Also, please add ‘info@uniquemarkets.com’ to your safe list, as we send our emails through MailChimp which may get flagged by your email provider as junk!

What if I need to cancel?
If you need to cancel you must notify us via email. To receive a FULL refund you must email us within one week after you are notified of your acceptance. If you cancel after this point we will apply 50% of your Table/Booth Fee as a credit for the next show and you forfeit the other half of the payment. Any cancellations within two weeks of the event will not get a refund – you forfeit your fee and your spot.

Do I need any permits to participate, what taxes do I collect?
No, sellers do not need any temporary permits to participate in Los Angeles County, unless you are a food vendor (selling either hot food or packaged food). If you are a food vendor, you will need to obtain a temporary event health permit (will cost you $71-160), which we will help secure if you are accepted.

All vendors are responsible for registering with the IRS, and collecting sales tax. When it’s time to do your taxes, you’ll have to pay income tax on items you sold, plus pay California sales tax and possibly a City of Santa Monica tax. We recommend that you call California’s department of revenue and the IRS for more info: California Dept. of Revenue: 1-800-852-5711 or www.ftb.ca.gov IRS: 1-800-829-4933 or www.irs.gov

Do I have to live in LA to participate?
No, our goal is to get people to buy and support independent design and small business owners, 85% of the vendors reside in California, but we accept people from all over the country and Canada, and love sharing great talent from all around!

Still have questions? Email Janna, Unique LA's Event Producer.