PLEASE NOTE: Vendor applications are now closed for the 2012 season. Applications for the 2013 season will be available in April 2013.
Becoming a VendorPlease fill out a vendor application form with the date(s) you require. You will receive an email on Tuesday evening confirming your table at the following Saturday’s market. You must pay for your table before Saturday, either by PayPal (please add $1 to your table fee), or by snail mail to:
3 Long Street
St. John’s, NL
Please note: Tables are not guaranteed unless they are paid in advandce. Indoor tables are $25, outdoors are $20. Students and seniors get a $5.00 discount on their table.
Vendor TipsVendor tips for selling at the market:
- Smile! Be pleasant with all of your customers, whether they buy or not. They will remember your kindness. People come to markets not only to purchase things, but to interact with other customers and most of all with vendors.
- Be active! Move around your table, keep busy by rearranging things, restocking, or even making your product on the spot, if you can. Stand up as much as possible. A bored, sullen person behind the table is fatal.
- Give customers a sense of bounty by putting as much of your product on your table as possible. People want lots of choices. Bring a range of different-sized containers to the market so you can put your products into smaller containers as quantities diminish. Customers dislike buying the last of anything, it looks like the dregs.
- Have lots of signs with your items. Hand written ones look great. Explain where the items come from, how they were made, what people can do with them, etc. People love information. (For example: give out recipes, give alternate uses for your products, etc.)
- Charge what it’s worth! Many vendors make the mistake of charging too low for their products. This devalues the product and all of your hard work. For example, if you make a hat that uses $3 worth of wool, selling that hat for $4 devalues your work. Your time is worth money (anywhere from $10 to $50 per hour, depending on your skill level).
- Have samples. People love to try things, and they love to get something for free.
- Buy something from another vendor every week. Even if it’s just a cookie, it’s a great way to show support between vendors, and you will get to know the other vendors this way.
- Try to add something new to your table every week. Make sure to tell your old customers you have something new as soon as you see them.
- Wear name tags, and make an effort to learn the names of other vendors and regular customers.
Rules for vendorsSee St. John’s Farmers’ Market bylaws for full list of rules:
- You must confirm your table and pay for it by noon Thursday for Saturday’s market.
- Vendors must show up no later than 8:30 am for setup, and leave no later than 3 pm after cleaning up their space.
- Vendors not at their table by 9am may have their table given away to another Vendor
- Do not sell anything before the market opens at 9 am.
- Do not leave the market before 2 pm unles you sell out. If you do sell out, please put a sign on your table that says, “SOLD OUT”.
- Vendors must remove all their own garbage.
- Do not bring your pets to the market.
- If you bring your children with you, please keep an eye on them. Don’t let small children run free around the market.
- No smoking around outdoor tables.
- Outdoor vendors must provide their own table and shelter.
Each MarketThings for vendors bring to each market:
- A float with sufficient change for the day. (If you don’t know how much to bring, try a float of $50 first, and if that’s not enough, try $100 the next time.)
- Signs for your table. (One main sign with your name, smaller ones for the table done by hand with information about the products)
- A tablecloth. (Bare tables look awful.)
- Tape, scissors, markers and paper for new signs if needed.
- Bags for customers. (Paper if possible.)
- Business cards, brochures, etc.
- Your products, of course!