spring 2018 people party craft fair!
Saturday, April 7th
10am - 4pm
Extended Hrs: 5pm - 9pm
The Mill Winery, 239 Locust St
Abilene, TX 79602
60 Booth Limit | Live Music | Food Truck Lineup | Maker + Creator Workshops
DEADLINE TO APPLY MARCH 31
How much does a booth cost and how many are available for this show?
THE MAIN EVENT ONLY: 11AM - 4PM
5' wide x 4' deep located in The Pavilion along railing or centrally in The Warehouse - $50
8' wide X 4' deep' located in The Pavilion central or along railing or centrally in The Warehouse - $75
10' X 10' located in The Pavilion along railing - $150
10' X 10' located in The Warehouse, guaranteed wall behind booth - $175
Edible Goods Only // 8' wide X 4' deep' located in The Warehouse, guaranteed wall behind booth - $50
Tables and chairs not included.
Extend your booth hours to reach the night life crowd.
EVENING EXTENDED HOURS: 5PM - 9PM
5' wide x 4' deep - $10 // Only 5 Available
8' wide X 4' deep' - $25 // Only 25 Available
10' X 10' - $50 // Only 8 Available
Why is the event split into two segments, 10am - 4pm and 5pm -9pm?
The Mill Winery is the only venue we work with that offers a true night life with their regular evening hours of operation when their doors open at 5pm. This is a great opportunity for you to catch a whole new onset of shoppers! However, we have found that not every booth wants to stay for a 10 hr day, so we created the option of booking the main event only, or extending your booth into the evening hrs. Note, The Mill has requested that we complete all tear-town and transitions by 5pm when their doors open. Depending on our collection of night vendors, we may need to consolidate the floor plan for the evening segment. While their venue will remain open until midnight, our extended hrs will only run until 9pm.
Can I share a booth?
Only 10 x10 booths can be shared. Each business must submit a separate application. One vendor must process the booth fee at our shared rate. These booths are reserved from the above list of available booths. See listed pricing below.
10' X 10' located in The Pavilion along railing - $100 each (One payment process of $200)
10' X 10' located in The Warehouse with guaranteed wall behind booth - $125 each (One payment process of $250)
Each vendor must apply and pay separately.
Where is the venue located?
What is the space of the venue like? Is it indoors or outdoors?
The Mill Winery is an indoor + outdoor venue. We will be located within The Warehouse and The Pavilion. The Warehouse is the indoor arena with brick walls and cement columns next to the room where we will be hosting our Creative Workshop Series, near the wine bar. The Pavilion is a covered area outdoors with sliding barn doors to shield us from the wind. Click through the photos in the top banner to view the venue spaces. The public will be seated throughout the venues outdoor silos, porch and indoor areas with access to fire pits. For more information about the venue visit them online at www.themillwinery.com.
Does APPP provide the tables? What about the chairs? Tents?
APPP does not provide tables or chairs. When you specify your booth size, we simply reserve your spot. You will have space for seating behind your table or to work up a display. Bring your own comfy chairs. If you purchase a 10 x 10 you are encouraged to bring a tent. When outdoors is applicable: If you choose to bring tents or umbrellas for outside set-ups they must be grounded with weights to stand against the wind. Here are some ideas to weight down your tent if you can't use stakes. (If you have no table options or are traveling from out of town, please let us know. We might be able to help lighten your load upon request!)
Will I have a wall behind me?
We cannot assure you a wall or a that we can grant any specific requests, but will always do our best to place you in the best location based on your needs and the nature of your booth in relation to the space that is available, the structure of the venue, and how the event must work together as a whole.
How do I become an APPP Vendor?
You must submit your Vendor Application and email 2-3 promotional quality images to
Is there an application fee and it is refundable if I am not accepted?
There is a $10 application fee. This covers the administrative time to look through our applicants and correspond with all vendors, and is nonrefundable. We wish we could fit everyone in, unfortunately space is always limited. Vendors are selected in effort to provide a variety of categories for our shoppers, and we do our best to curate a show that will connect to the market location, venue, and overall vibe.
Is my booth fee refundable if I'm unable to make it the day of the event?
Keep in mind, cancellations create more work to make adjustments to the floor plan. While we understand that their is always the possibility of unforeseen circumstances, we are willing to work with you up to 50% of the booth fee until March 31st. After this deadline, booth fees are no longer refundable.
What is APPP looking for in a vendor?
We are looking for handmade and unique quality products. Our mission is to create a fun and friendly environment that provides more exposure for small shops and creatives #whereyoulive. Our craft fair events exhibit handcrafted and original items along with artists and musicians.
Can I apply if I am a direct sales business?
We get numerous booth inquiries for Scentsy, LIpsense, etc. While we greatly respect and admire the hard work of these individuals, in order to stick to our mission, applicants must own or operate a unique one-of-a-kind business brand with handpicked or handmade items. However, if you can offer a unique presentation we are open to ideas. Please email us before submitting an application at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know if I’ve been selected as a vendor?
You will receive an e-mail response within five days confirming your acceptance as an APPP Vendor with a link to pay your participation fee to reserve your spot.
How do I pay to reserve my booth once I know I've been selected as an APPP Vendor?
Once you are selected as an APPP Vendor you'll receive an email with a link to pay for your booth. You will choose your booth size when you are ready to make your final purchase. All booths must be paid within 5 days of receiving your email confirmation in order to reserve your booth space.
Does APPP ask for commission?
No. Our application fees + admission continue to help us cover the cost of operations, event overhead, and also helps us continue to offer smaller booth options lower booth fees. We also work additionally hard to try to secure new sponsors for each event, but these are never guaranteed.
Will there be a cover charge for the public?
Yes! As we have worked within the maker market industry, we have learned that adding a small cover charge not only helps us cover our expenses and time to curate and manage this event, it also brings quality shoppers that are serious about making purchases at our event. As our event grows, so do our expenses as we are now required to operate with event insurance and hire out more talent and paid roles in addition to our volunteers. $5 for 13 and up. $3 with student or military ID, and seniors.
Parking options for Vendors?
While we will have plenty of parking available, keep in mind we want to leave the closest parking spots to our valued shoppers. More details on parking for unloading will be provided with the Vendor Agreement Form once you apply.
What if the weather is a problem the day of the event?
This event will proceed regardless of the weather. Safety is our number one concern - please contact us if you feel you cannot attend due to unsafe driving conditions.
Do I need a sales tax number?
To sell anything anywhere in the state of Texas you must obtain a seller’s permit from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Office and collect sales tax for all sales. It can easily be obtained by visiting their office at 209 S Danville Dr, Abilene, TX 79605. If you have any questions give them a call at (325) 695-4323. They are very helpful! APPP is not responsible for collecting or making sure you collect and report sales tax revenues.
What is the best way to do transactions the day of the event?
We have found the Square device works great for processing card payments. Change and cash is always a part of transactions for markets and fairs. The venue is not available to break change for you.
How much inventory should I come with?
It depends on you and your product. Some vendors have a business that sells products year round so they bring a little bit of everything. Some vendors do custom orders so they will have their table stocked with their signature items, and have a sign-up sheet for custom orders. We've consistently had over 2K people come and go throughout a six hour duration.
Will I have access to an outlet?
While the venue will have several outlets, not all booths will have access to power. That said, please let us know if you have interest in an outlet and we will do our best to accommodate you. Note, we are no longer permitted to use small heaters due to the breaker limit.
How many vendors participate in APPP Craft Fairs and how many people attend them?
We average 50+ vendors with approximately 2K+ shoppers throughout the duration of the event. This venue space, in particular has been curated to fit around 50 based the space that is available.
How will I know when and where I will set up the day of the event?
You will receive a map showing your booth location the week leading up to the event. We'll also be available to help you locate your booth the day of the event.
What time do vendors need to arrive to set-up?
Because this venue has regular hours of operation, we will not have access to set up the night before. Check-in and set-up is available the morning of the event from 8am to 10am. All vendors must check-in BEFORE unloading or setting up at your booth. Please refer to your Vendor Agreement Form for these procedures.
Is there any discounts for hotels?
Currently working on this. We'll keep you posted!
Am I allowed to participate with edible goods?
Yes! In order to work with Texas Cottage Food Law creatives, we must partner with a local non-profit that will benefit from 100% all these booth fees while we work to promote it along with the main event. This year we are partnering with Pregnancy Resource of Abilene. All edible goods will be curated together within the same space located in The Warehouse as our Creative Bakers Corner non-profit bake sale. All booth sizes are 8" wide x 4" deep and are $50. $100 percent of your booth fee goes directly to our partnering non-profit.
How can I be a featured vendor for future Creative Workshops?
While we hand select each creative feature, please send us an email and let us know you're interested.
Can I offer a product as a promotional giveaway for social media?
If you are interested in cross promoting with a giveaway idea, please email us and let us know what you have in mind!