days left until the online Handmade MarketPlace • Oct 8-12, 2020

Application Guidelines

Before diving into the online application process, please take a few minutes to read below – even if you've read it before. The link to the application can be found at the very bottom of this page.

Food Trucks

**Please note that if you are a food truck, this application does not apply to you. Our food trucks are selected through an invite-only process. If you are a food truck and you want to put yourself on our radar, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

2020 Dates and Deadlines

January 6, 2020 - Application goes live
January 29, 2020 - Spring Market notifications begin / payments processed 5 days after notification
February 12, 2020 - Fall Market notifications begin / payments processed 5 days after notification
March 27, 2020 - Holiday Market notifications begin / payments processed 5 days after notification

2020 Market Dates

10th Annual SPRING Market > May 8+9, 2020 outside at 13th Street Winery, St. Catharines, ON
10th Annual FALL Market > September 11+12, 2020 outside at 13th Street Winery, St. Catharines, ON
12th Annual HOLIDAY Market > November 20, 21 + 22, 2020 inside at Scotiabank Convention Centre Niagara, Niagara Falls, ON

Eligibility & Ethos

The HandMade Market accepts applications from Canadian-based makers, artisans, visual artists and small cottage industry businesses across all creative disciplines that meet our curation criteria and the general ethos of the HandMade Market. It is mandatory that all of our artisans are the creators and designers of their products.

We do not accept or curate applications that include any buy/sell items. No exceptions.

We do not accept or curate applications containing products or work manufactured/produced outside of Canada; products or work imported for resale; products or work where the primary ingredients are manufactured/produced outside of Canada; any Fair trade products or works.

The HandMade Market is artisan focused and in order to ensure that each artisan has a captive audience, we maintain a strict cap on any one ‘type’ of artisan at each market. This cap minimizes sales dilution and provides a more diverse selection for our guests.

Artisans retain 100% of their profits.

2020 Spring & Fall Markets

The 10th Annual Spring (May 8+9, 2020) and 10th Annual Fall (September 11+12, 2020) HandMade Markets will be held OUTSIDE on the grounds at 13th Street Winery in Niagara.

10'x10' Regular Space: $260 + HST SOLD OUT
10'x20' Double Space: $520 + HST SOLD OUT

IMPORTANT NOTES: Exhibition fee is for outdoor space rental only and does not include tent, table(s), chair(s) or other props. You are responsible to supply your own 10x10 tent and all props for this outdoor event. Electricity is not available/not provided. Shared spaces are not allowed. A limited number of corners will be available for an additional fee offered on a lottery basis approx. 3-4 weeks before event date. Free on-site field parking is available.

2020 Holiday Market

Our flagship annual event, the 12th Annual Holiday HandMade Market, will be held INSIDE at Scotiabank Convention Centre Niagara on November 20, 21 & 22, 2020.

5'x6' MarketPlace: $345 + HST SOLD OUT
5'x10': $415 + $60 electrical + HST SOLD OUT
5'x15': $622.50 + $85 electrical + HST SOLD OUT
5'x20': $830 + $110 electrical + HST SOLD OUT
10'x10': $520 + $110 electrical + HST SOLD OUT
10'x15': $780 + $110 electrical + HST SOLD OUT
10'x20': $1040 + $110 electrical + HST SOLD OUT

Exhibition fee for 5'x6' MarketPlace space includes indoor space rental, general overhead lighting, 3ft white pipe & drape behind and 30" x 72" skirted table. No electricity is available. Limited availability.

Exhibition fee for 5'x10', 5'x15', 5'x20', 10'x10', 10'x15', 10'x20' includes indoor space rental, single 15 amp electrical connection (for lights) and white 8ft pipe & drape on three sides.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Overhead venue lights will be dimmed by 66% (operating at 33% capacity) and you MUST light your space/booth (*except for 5x6 MarketPlace which will have general overhead lighting). You are responsible for supplying your own lights and all props, ordering any additional crossbars, etc. Aisles will be carpeted. Shared booths are not allowed. A limited number of corners will be available for an additional fee offered on a lottery basis approx. 4-6 weeks before event date. Electricity is not optional. On site parking available, but charged separately by venue.

"(I) decided to try the HandMade Market because I'd heard so many good things from other vendors ... it has become one of my most financially successful shows with far lower costs than many others. It's probably the best organized show I've ever participated in and you can really tell that the organizers care about not only the show, but each of the vendors and their businesses." JESSICA LIN, JESSICA LIN PHOTOGRAPHY

How to Apply/What to Submit

Applications must be submitted online and you can choose to apply to one, two or all three markets at the same time from the same application. The link to the application will be at the bottom of this page

Before you click the 'apply' button, you'll want to prepare ahead by gathering up your images and text content!

Your product images *MUST* be high-resolution marketing-ready at a min. of 1250px wide / max. 2500px wide (height is irrelevant). Product photos will be used for marketing purposes, so use your absolute best product shots.

To be considered and curated, applications must be completed in full INCLUDING mailing in the signed/dated contract with the required separate cheque(s).

IMPORTANT: Our receipt of your application does not guarantee or imply you have secured a spot regardless of whether or not you’ve been at the HandMade Market previously.

All completed applications meeting our criteria will be curated and notified of acceptance, decline or wait list status by email on or before notification dates outlined below.

Curation Considerations

We get many questions from artisans wondering what they could “do better” to increase their chance of being curated into one of our markets. Curating is a complicated process and often it is not for one reason, but several, that we may decline your application and/or place you on a waiting list.

We hope the following information will help shed some light on our processes.

Product Relevance: This is where we consider how your product will be received by our HMM guests. Will they find it interesting? Does it meet a unique need? Is it satisfying a hankering for a current trend? How does your product align with today’s fashion sense or collective ethos?  Does your product connect with today’s marketplace?

The Right Fit: The HMM has a very distinct clientele. We’d have nothing without our fabulous and loyal guests spending their hard earned cash on your work. To make and keep our guests happy, we select artisans who have the most appeal specifically to them. If you are interested in discovering more about our HMM guests, talk to other artisans who have been to the HMM and/or come and visit an HMM and discover for yourself!

Display: Your display is your calling card. Does it stand out? Does it draw people in? Is it engaging? If you are simply laying items on a table, it’s time to rethink this aspect of your booth design. Those who design a space which is both professional looking and interesting have a better chance of being curated in.

Originality: Originality is important. If you are known to be purposefully copying the creative work of another artisan, the HMM is not for you.

Photography: Your photos must be high resolution. Do they tell a clear story of your product and your process? Details are important. We use these images for marketing purposes, so the better you look, the better we look. Professional shots are not mandatory, but they certainly help the cause.

"My sales at the Handmade Market never disappoint! At the last Holiday Handmade Market, my daily sales were the highest of any other show and at less cost per day. Hands down, my favourite show for the atmosphere and curation." Robin Loewen, Urban Nest Décor

Category Saturation: We can’t control the number of applications we get ‘per category’ and when we have high demand for a fixed number of spaces, the competition can be stiff in certain areas. At times, even the most qualified of artisans won’t be curated into the HMM because of category saturation. We really don’t relish turning down great talent, but at the same time, we feel privileged to be choosing from among the best.

Buy and Sell: We don’t accept artisans who are purchasing and selling through third party sourcing under any circumstances.

We do not accept or curate applications containing products or work manufactured/produced outside of Canada; products or work imported for resale; products or work who's primary ingredients are manufactured/produced outside of Canada; any Fair trade products or works.

Late Applications: Due to high demand, late applicants are not considered in the initial jury process. We will put you onto a waiting list in case a space becomes available within your category.

Host Property Conflicts: Occasionally we have specific additional limitations on selected categories due to conflicts with our host property. For this reason, at times, we won’t accept artisans in a category in which the host property specializes.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have been notified of acceptance, your cheque(s) will be deposited with a 5 days advance notice. Absolutely no refunds or credits for cancellations due to any reason within 60 days of the spring/fall market dates and/or within 90 days of the holiday market dates. All other cancellations will be refunded less a cancellation charge equal to one third of your booth fee. Undeposited cheques will be destroyed.

The Artisan Experience

We spoke with a few artisans who have previously participated in the HandMade Market to get their perspective on what makes the market tick and why it works for them.

Artisan Email Notification List

Are you on our Artisan Email Notification List? If not, be sure to sign up and you'll get advance notice by email when we release our annual applications!



Our 2021 application will be released the first week of January 2021.