WHAT IS Hover Craft? an annual holiday shopping extravaganza. This year we will host over 100 artists, crafters, makers and creatives of all sorts selling orignal creations they have designed and made with their own hands. Come and support our creative community while you buy unique gifts for everyone on your list.

05 September 2011

2011 Interested in VENDING? Here's your info.

Hover Craft is now in her sophomore year!  We are very excited to announce some 2nd year type information we recently created to further define the event while providing you with information on how to apply.  Read on, friend.

What is Hover Craft?
Hover Craft is a one-day marketplace event in Milwaukee featuring a diverse assortment of local artists, crafters, designers, makers and performers.

What makes Hover Craft unique?
Hover Craft promotes a buy-local mentality for our neighborhoods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and aims to encourage creativity.  Our goal is to offer a venue for makers of all sorts.  The inaugural year brought vendors who told fortunes, made one-of-a-kind objects, collected laughter, took photographs, cooked delectables and made art.  Hover Craft also featured a number of independent organizations from around the city including people who make videos, mixtapes, music and teach craft.  Our goal is to create a venue that showcases the diversity of Milwaukee's creative community and to offer a brick and mortar space for anyone to come and check out.

When and where is Hover Craft being held?
Hover Craft will be at Sweet Water Organics (2151 S. Robinson Ave. in Bay View) on Saturday, December 3, 2011

How do I join?
Apply!  Our application process is simple:
Please send your name, your business name and links to your stuff with a description on what you plan on doing for Hover Craft.  Links can be to your Facebook profile photo album, Flickr account, blog, website, Etsy - any site that can give us an idea of what you do.  If you do not have any of these, please attach 3-5 images of your work to your application email.  We will work with individuals who have an idea and no pictures.  We would love to hear your ideas!


The deadline for applications is October 3rd.

What is the booth fee?

What do you get for $40?
Your fee includes a space that will be approximately 8'x8' for Saturday, December 3rd from 12 - 6.  Each artist, crafter, maker or performer will also receive a link to your website (or wherever you want it to go - your Flickr?  Your blog?) on our highly trafficked blog for the entire year.  We also advertise a whole bunch to draw hundreds of attendees to the space to see you in person. 

What do we expect from you?
To fill an 8'x8' space.  If you feel that you wouldn't be able to fill the whole space, fill 1/2 and bring a friend who can fill 1/2.  Apply together!

Can I join with a friend?
Yes!  If you would like to join with a friend to share your space, by all means apply together on ONE application.  If you are applying with a friend, please be sure to include each business name, person's name and email address.  Hover Craft will not be partnering people up.  Sorry!

When and how will I know if I am accepted?
We will tell you!  On October 10th.  Your acceptance email will also include more detailed information regarding load in & out, parking, electricity, display, etc.

How do you make your decisions on who will participate?
Because our space is limited, there will only be a specific number of booths to fill.  A number of factors go into deciding who will participate including:

1.  Number of applicants.  Hover Craft receives many more applications than we have space for.
2.  Innovation and original booth ideas.  Performances or items created should be not based on any pre-existing patterns or products.  Variety and innovation of vendors is important to us.  We do not have the space to support many vendors who make similar items, so think creatively before you apply!
3.  To adhere to our mission, Hover Craft favors individuals who do not have established businesses or local brick and mortar venues to sell their wares, rather we would like to offer a space for creative individuals who have a passion to make, but have not been accepted in this season to other established fairs in the city.  Does this mean established vendors will not be accepted?  No, but this does factor into our decision.
4.  All participants must be from Milwaukee.

We review everyone's complete application and then we make our choices!

If you do not think your idea will be able to be accommodated by a booth, we also have other opportunities to participate, including:
Sponsorships:  Please contact Ashley Chapman (revamptramp@gmail.com) for details!
Bands:  An after party is pretty important to a craft fair.  We will be releasing more information soon!
Businesses:  This year we would love to have even more local participants by including local businesses on a coupon to be distributed at Hover Craft.  After coming to Hover Craft, we would like to encourage everyone to continue to shop local through this coupon.  Please contact Vanessa Andrew (madamchino@gmail.com) for details.

We think that is it!  Last year we met a lot of new people, drank a few beers, saw a lot of awesome stuff and had a blast.  This year though, we want to top it.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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