The 5th Annual Unglued: Craft Fest Feb. 20 & 21, 2015!
Watch for our line-up of vendors coming around Feb 1, 2015 here!
Saturday, February 21, 2015 admission from 9am-4pm is completely free. You can join us also for our Craft Gala for a night of more relaxed shopping, live jazz, a free wine ticket, and appetizers all for $17 advance or $20 at the door. This Gala Ticket will also include $5 Unglued Cash that can be spent at the booth of your choice on Friday only AND includes a free drink, appetizers by Mosaic, and live jazz in a laid back shopping environment!
Our schedule for Sat, Feb 21, 2015 will include free workshops and more – watch around Feb 1, 2015 for details!!
Please read the FAQ’s below if you are a maker or shopper!
Please be sure to check out the Plains Art Museum parking map HERE to ease up any parking frustration! There are quite a few “unknown” lots they list here that can be used on Friday night and Saturday all day. There is also a lot of street parking on nearby streets, too!
Check out our FAQ’s below if you have questions as a vendor or a shopper. Watch for more info and event schedule coming soon!
Interested in helping making this event even greater? Become a sponsor! We are also looking for volunteers to make the day a seamless experience for attendees. Email ungluedcraftfest [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.
Check out our amazing SPONSORS HERE!
You can also see our vendors from the last 3 years HERE!
Applications will open Nov 1, 2014 – Dec 10, 2014 – you can apply any time during these dates. The fest is juried and vendors will be notified before January 1, 2015 of acceptance for a booth space. Thanks so much for your interest and applying!! Read on for some frequently asked questions!
What is Unglued: Craft Fest?
Going on our 5th year as an annual craft fest, Unglued: Craft Fest is an inspired day of creative fun and celebration – and taking care of that cabin fever in February! We feature about 65 carefully curated modern handmade makers, artists, and crafters at the Plains Art Museum along with free workshops for kids and adults, live music, free gallery admission, and more fun in the dead of winter!
When is the next Unglued: Craft Fest?
February 20 5pm-9pm and February 21 9am-4pm, 2015 at the Plains Art Museum downtown Fargo! Saturday is totally free to attend. Friday is a ticketed event to allow for a more laid back shopping environment and includes all kinds of goodness to make the night completely awesome! See more HERE and below!
What’s with the 2 days?
We take our feedback from crafters and shoppers very seriously as we strive make each fest better than the last. We have been getting feedback from both sides for first 2 years on making this a 2 day fest and have been working with the Plains to make it a reality. 3 years ago we started going with two days for the Fest which included a Friday night Craft Gala and we will continue that into this coming year! The Gala includes fancy early shopping, a drink ticket, Unglued cash, appetizers, and more! Fest day Saturday will be from 9am-4pm and will remain totally free with swag bags, Golden Tickets, music, free workshops, and more. Info will continue to be released as we get closer to the fest.
For The Shoppers
Do I need to come right away Saturday morning?
No, but there will be free swag bags with coupons and samples to the first 100 attendees + more TBA. The swag bags will also have 5 Golden Tickets hidden throughout them! If you receive one you are able to spend $20 in Unglued cash at the booth of your choice that day! Throughout the day there will be some pretty amazing musicians, craft workshops, and fun that you should also check out! More info TBA.
Is this going to be awesome?
YES. It’ll be our Fifth Annual Fest. It’s going to be epic.
What should I bring?
A friend and cash – and a recyclable bag to carry home your treasures!
For The Crafters
Booth spaces are 6′x8′ and are $65. Set up will be Fri Feb 20, 2015 11am-4:30pm. You will receive a recommended arrival time based on which floor your booth is, but we totally understand you just need to come when you can, too! Electricity will not be available. Wifi is, but it’s function during the fest cannot be guaranteed. Doors will open again for crafters on Saturday morning at 7:30am to prep for the day. Crafters will need to be fully ready to go again on Saturday by 8:45am.
Vendors are responsible for their own tables and display items. The museum does have a limited amount of 6′ & 8′ tables so be sure to email us at email@example.com if you’d like to reserve one! With the historic museum comes a few special considerations with space so we will host a vendor meet up a couple weeks prior on a Saturday morning. This will be an opportunity to check out your specific booth space & meet other vendors!
You cannot plan to hang anything on the walls. Helium balloons are not allowed and will set off sprinklers!!
How do I get in?
Applications are open November 1 – December 10, 2014. There are between 55 – 65 booths available and last year we had close to 200 applicants! The fest is juried by a group of local business and gallery owners, avid etsy shoppers, art teachers, graphic designers, and more. The main categories that determine booth acceptance are innovativeness, craftsmanship, uniqueness, and ultimately the fit with Unglued’s vision of modern handmade. Certain categories are definitely more competitive such as jewelry and hand sewn items. We also typically do not accept finer art that is better served with our local galleries and other area art events. While there is so much work we love that is submitted, unfortunately we are not able to include it all in the Fest with our space limitations and to keep a good variety for shoppers. You will be notified before January 1, 2015 if you are accepted for a booth.
If you have been an Unglued: Craft Fest vendor before be sure to showcase in your application progress and growth in your work. We absolutely love and appreciate our previous vendors, but if we have the same booths every year we will become more of a traditional fest!
Also – if you are a part of our brick and mortar shop please treat your application as a all applications – our jury will not be aware if your work is carried in our shop so be sure to showcase your best, too! This also means being a part of our shop is not an automatic “in” for the Fest either – we massively appreciate and are stoked you have work with us – the shop wouldn’t exist without you – but this does not give you any brownie points when you apply either as the Fest is separate of our shop!
Why is this happening in the dead of winter?
Because it is the dead of winter! You wouldn’t believe how many attendees are overheard saying this was a perfect time of year to get out and have something awesome going on (and look forward to!). Our first year in 2011 pulled in over 2,000 attendees in the little Legion building and had a line wrapping around the block to get in. In our post surveys, 100% of our vendors do as well as they expected with 75% far above exceeding their expectations! Also, we love and support the fairs going on before Christmas and wanted to offer a sweet, indie fair when not a whole lot are happening to keep the creative community rolling and connected!
In 2012 we had 3,500 attendees and many came back throughout the day for our various free workshops and great live music. In 2013 we started a Craft Gala night to ease some of the pressure off of such a crazy Saturday and between Friday night and Saturday we had over 4,000 attendees. This last year in 2014 we had almost 5,000 attendees on a freezing cold but awesome day! Be sure to make a day of it and watch for more info soon!
Can I apply for a larger space?
It may be possible, but not very likely with the amount of applicants we get. Please indicate in the last question/”other” section – and please explain why. We cannot guarantee this depending on the number of accepted applicants. If your request is accepted, you will need to pay an additional booth fee.
Can I share a booth space?
Yes, but read on! All vendors wanting to share a space must apply together and will be judged on their collective merit. Include on your application photos and descriptions for each individual artist and clearly indicate your intention to share. This can be a great way to test your ideas and work together when you’re not quite ready for a whole space. Each application can have a max of 10 photos.
Do I need to collect sales tax?
Yes, but you can include this with your prices and please don’t freak out. It’s not too scary! You are responsible for collecting sales tax appropriately and submitting it. We are required by ND law to submit all of our vendors names following the fest. Please visit www.nd.gov/tax/salesanduse for further information.
The forms you need are here [click here]:
- One Time Remittance Form - If you literally are selling at this ONE event – including online – this year this is filled out following the event and one check is sent to the state.
- ND Sales and Use Tax Permit - If you plan on selling more than once this year, this is filled out prior. It’s free and takes about 2 weeks to receive. If you live out of state you also need to fill this out. There are probably items on this permit that you’ll find confusing and may not pertain to you, so CALL the number below and they are really, really helpful.
If you have any questions, the ND Sales Tax Office is super helpful. Call them directly at 701.328.1246
This is my first event! Help!
Get as prepared as you can now. Plan on making more merchandise than you think you’ll need.
- Consider accepting credit cards! Be aware wifi is available at the museum, but with a large amount of vendors potentially using it it cannot be guaranteed. And bring change. Be careful if you intend to accept checks.
- Plan your display ahead of time, be creative – you don’t just have to use a table – get vertical! Check out some links below of examples of table displays from other indie craft fairs.
- Bring a booth buddy! You will at some point need to eat and walk away most likely
- Some items to remember – order books/receipts, bags, calculator, tissue paper, business cards.
- Have a wide range of prices to offer.
- Promote yourself with signage, items in our free swag bags, having a website/blog/etsy.
- Have a good time! If you are approachable, people will stop by.
Check out photos on these websites from previous indie craft fairs for inspiration on displays!:
- Flickr’s Indie Craft Fair Guide photos
- Indie Craft Show DIY Displays Archive
- Renegade Craft Fair Photos
- A Great Flickr Called “Show Me Your Booths”