Queer Craft is in its 5th year of bringing together Queer artists, crafters, healing/witchy arts makers, and treat & snack makers. We started as a winter queer craft sale in Marla's living room and we're excited to build from that sweet living room sale to continue with this years two day event. Queer Craft is a labor love, organized by a small group of folks, building towards our vision of a sweet event that celebrates our communities.
///POC, Working Class, Trans/GNC/NB, and Disabled folks are centered\\\
This years fair will be on Saturday December 7th, 11am-6pm and Sunday December 8th, 11am-6pm. Location will be announced soon.
Applications are due Friday, October 11th by 11:59pm and vendor confirmations will be sent out by Monday, October 21st by 11:59pm. Tabling fee is sliding scale $15-$100, with no one turned away for lack of funds. We are committed to making this accessible for low-income/broke folks.
Queer Craft is a curated market/fair and our selection process takes into consideration a number of factors including; lived experience, quality and diversity of work, variety of work and price points, amplifying new/lesser known makers. Oppressive or appropriate work or offerings is not welcome at Queer Craft.
QC will provide folding chairs and tables. We will have coffee and light snacks available to vendors. Accessibility: Location is still be determined. Once it is solidified we will share accessibility information. We are committed to selecting a location that is accessible and scent free or as scent free as possible.
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If google forms is not an option for you--please email us with answers to the following:
Brief bio (will be shared online during promotion) 150 word max
Description(s) of what you'll be selling and your price range(s). Please be as specific as possible.
Website or links to your work (instagram, website, facebook page. etc). As an alternative, you can email photos to email@example.com. Applications are not complete without some visual representation sent in.
Tabling Day Preference: Sunday 11am-6pm or Saturday 11am-6pm or either (select one)
Table Size--We'll only be selecting 18-20 vendor each day. Table space will be limited. Please indicate below if your work requires a larger table/display space. As an example, in the past half table spaces were 3x3 and full table spaces were 3 x 5. Please indicate: Full or Half table? (please only select full table if it's a necessity).
Do you have any vending arrangement needs? (Seated next to someone, seated away from someone, near an entrance, etc)
Tabling fee is sliding scale $15-$60. Please let us know what you will be able to pay below. If you are unable to pay the minimum amount, please indicate what you can pay. Tabling fees will be due by November 5th.
I identify as (please indicate as many as are applicable): BIPOC (black / indigenous / people of color). Working Class/Poor. Queer/LGBTQ2I. Sick and/or Disabled. White. Trans/GNC/NB
I can commit to setting up by 10:00am and staying the entirety of the day (7 hours) plus cleanup. We will try to have volunteers available to sit in for you to take breaks and help you unload/load if needed. YES/NO
Access needs (if any)? We will try our best to accommodate.
I have read through the event description and understand that priority will be given to poc, working class, trans/GNC/NB, and sick and/or disabled folks. YES/NO
Are you a returning vendor? YES/NO
Are you interested in donating to the bake sale? This year we will continue our bake sale fundraiser with funds to be split between a national and local organization or cause: Yes I wanna donate baked goods to the bake sale! or No I am not able to/do not wish to donate to the bake sale this year.
Send us 3 photos of your work. And please send us an optional photo of yourself for online promotion if selected.
Q: What do I need to bring as a vendor day of? A: We provide armless padded folding chairs (metal) and tables. We will have coffee and tea available with some light snacks available throughout the day. You should bring any table clothes and decorations/display material you may need. If you require electricity, please bring an extension cord as outlets are limited. There will be another bake sale and there may be food vendors again this year which makes meals easier for those who choose that option, otherwise we recommend bringing whatever substantial food you'll need for the day. We recommend bringing plenty of change and a card reader to accept debit/visa cards as there is no close ATM. If are seated near a wall (we will inform if so) please bring anything you'll need to use the wall space like push pins or tape.
Q: What are food options for vendors? A: We will have coffee and tea available with some light snacks available throughout the day. There will be another bake sale and there may be food vendors again this year which makes meals easier for those who choose that option, otherwise we recommend bringing whatever substantial food you'll need for the day. Some vendors in the past have used postmates to have food delivered. There are also options nearby on Killingsworth: Enat's Ethiopian Kitchen, E'Njoni Ethiopian, Pho Jasmine, Los Gorditios, Jamaican Homestyle Cuisine, Thai Food Cafe, KC Food Mart (convenience store), and Flipside Cafe next door etc.
Q: Are new makers considered for the fair? A: Yes! We really believe in giving space to new vendors and first time vendors. It's part of our commitment and politics to deprofessionalize maker fair spaces and to include folks at varying levels of skills, resources, experience, etc. And we recognize that it takes money to make money so that's why we keep the vending fee sliding scale and low to ensure as many folks who have an interested in vending feel welcome and encouraged to apply, regardless of ability to pay the tabling fee.
Q: What is the accessibility of the venue space: We are committed to accessibility for everyone and will always do our best to accommodate all bodies. We are open to ideas and requests to make vending the most accessible for you. DCBC is wheelchair accessible space with a standard door entrance with a small less than an inch lip in the door frame. Space is hardwood and there is a small 3 inch gradual incline leading into back main area. There is one gender-inclusive/neutral ADA bathroom. Location uses unscented cleaning products as much as possible and we'll provide unscented soap during event and ask that vendors and attendees do not where any scented products. Florescent lighting and forced air gas heating. Folding metal padded chairs along with two couches. Wifi available. Spaces between tables will be kept wide enough for wheelchairs and to accommodate a variety of body sizes.
Q: How are vendors chosen? Queer Craft is a curated market/fair and our selection process takes into consideration a number of factors including; lived experience, quality and diversity of work, variety of work and price points, amplifying new/lesser known makers. Oppressive or appropriate work or offerings is not welcome at Queer Craft. We gather multiple times as an organizing group to talk through each applicant and we consider all of the above along with space needs, table spaces available, and how many other people are offering similar things. We have a high volume of applicants and limited tabling spots so we say no to many people. A no is not reflective of how quality or great we think your offerings are. We do waitlist a handful of people in the event that people who apply and selected choose not to vend after all or need to withdraw at the last minute.
Q: Are youth able to apply? A: Yes, we love supporting youth vendors and have made it a commitment to have youth vendors every year of the fair!
Q: How many people attend the fair each year? A: It's hard to say for sure because we don't count but we estimate between 350-450 people each day. It's a pretty busy event and we see each year growing with attendees. Most vendors have shared with us that they've had really successful experiences vending.
Q: Can I vend both days? A: Probably not! We have about 18-20 tabling spots to offer and to ensure that people come back for both days of the event, we made the decision to have majority different vendors each day. We may have vendors from Saturday fill in for anyone who withdraws last minute and we make exceptions in a few cases based on different case by case info. For example: what we know will help draw people to the event, helping out vendors who have expressed pressing financial need for vending both day, or making sure it's a viable option for someone coming from out of town.