Q: When is it held?
A: Friday + Saturday of September 28 + 29, 2018 — from TBD on Friday, September 28 + from TBD on Saturday, September 29.
Q: Where is it located?
A: The Accord Outdoor Annex Lot
@ N Market St & Main St
In Downtown Champaign, Illinois
Q: What is The Made Fest?
A: The Made Fest is a two-day, outdoor curated marketplace featuring handmade and vintage sellers. It was created in collaboration with PYGMALION. It is not only exclusive to the 5,000+ PYGMALION attendees, but the 180,000+ community members in which it resides, and is free to attend.
PYGMALION is considered to be one of the foremost boutique indie rock music festivals in the world. It is based in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (two hours south of Chicago, two hours west of Indianapolis, and two and a half hours from St. Louis). Bands from all over the world come to play our stages each year. We’ve also started a Food, Lit, + Tech component — so, we are continuing to grow in different ways.
Q: Who can attend?
A: The fest will be open to the public, as well as to the thousands of PYGMALION attendees.
Q: How do I apply?
A: Applications open March 16, 2018. In order to be considered to be a vendor, fill out the application form in its entirety and pay the $15 application fee. Providing a link to your website will also be required for your work to be viewed. If you do not have a website, please send along a link to a photo gallery. Physical samples of your work will not be accepted as a submission.
Q: Where is the application?
A: The application can be found by clicking here.
Q: When is the deadline to apply?
A: First Round Applications will close May 15, 2018.
Q: How will you make your decision for which vendors are accepted?
A: The fest is juried, and unfortunately not all applicants can be approved. We will choose the vendors based on how well the handmade and vintage items fit in with the aesthetic of The Made Fest and PYGMALION. We are looking for items that are original, well made, and somewhat affordable. We will notify applicants of their status on June 15, 2018.
Q: Is there electricity? Is there lighting?
A: NO, electricity. YES, lighting!
Q: What is the cost to be a vendor at The Made Fest?
A: $125 includes: the application fee and a full 10×10 space. (Tables + chairs rental and setup will be available for additional $)* You must pay for the space at the time of the application. Refunds (minus the application fee of $15) will be provided if not accepted into the fest. You will also be listed on our The Made Fest 2018 vendor page with a link to your website.
$75 includes: the application fee and half of a 10×10 space. (Tables + chairs rental and setup will be available for additional $)* We will pair you up with another accepted applicant. You must pay for the space at the time of the application. Refunds (minus the application fee of $15) will be provided if not accepted into the fest. You will also be listed on our The Made Fest 2018 vendor page with a link to your website.
*After accepted, we will e-mail you with rental information. You must have a 10×10 tent with sides and weights (don’t forget the weights for the safety or your tent + other humans!). You will have until September 1, 2018 to rent tables and chairs through us.
Q: If I choose a half 10×10 space, how will I know who I’m sharing it with?
A: We will partner you with another vendor and e-mail you with their information after you’ve been accepted. Make sure to discuss with them how you’d like to handle the tent situation. You and your booth partner should also decide how you will be dividing the space. Drawing an imaginary line down the middle of the space and each having a table and chair usually works best.
Q: How can I pay?
A: After you complete the application, you will be prompted to pay through PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account to pay as long as you have a debit or credit card. We will only view paid applications. If you are not accepted, your payment will be refunded to you, less the $15 application fee.
Q: Do you offer refunds on the $15 application fee?
A: We don’t refund the $15 application fee. It goes towards all the items of which we incur costs: site to host applications, receiving payments through PayPal, and other fees.
Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: You have until July 1, 2018 to be refunded. If you must cancel after that date, we cannot refund you.
Q: How will I set up my space?
A: We will e-mail you a couple weeks before the fest to let you know what time you’re able to begin loading in your belongings the morning of the festival. If you rented a tent through us, that tent will already be set up and ready to go for you. We will be including a map of the space with your booth number and location. Please be creative in setting up your area. Check out our booth display board on Pinterest for inspiration!
Q: How can I accept payment from customers at the fest?
A: We highly recommend that you accept credit cards, as well as cash (you’ll make so much more money than if you were just to accept cash!). Check out Square or PayPal card readers. WiFi will be available on site, too.
Q: Do I need to have any licenses or permits to participate?
A: All vendors must have a tax ID. Please register your small business with the IRS for the items you’re selling.
IRS: 1-800-829-4933 or www.irs.gov
The Made Fest crew