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2016 Vendor Registration - African Diaspora Bazaar and CraftsFair

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Humanist Hall

390 27th Street

Oakland, CA 94612

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Bazaar 2016


WHAT IS THE AFRICAN DIASPORA BAZAAR AND CRAFTSFAIR?

The African Diaspora Bazaar and CraftsFair is an opportunity for local crafts people to share their wares while encouraging cooperative economics. We will also creating a space for information and resources to be shared with the public. Our hope is to create a year-round networking opportunity for those of African descent to share their services and products with our community.

From knitwear and jewelry to home décor and specialty foods, the African Diaspora Bazaar and CraftsFair is the one-stop shop for the very best in handmade gifts and wares. Now in our 4th year, we are bringing 30+ crafters, vintage sellers, and food artisans together for a shopping, eating, and DIY-ing extravaganza in the heart of Oakland’s merging of cultural neighborhoods.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE AFRICAN DIASPORA BAZAAR AND CRAFTSFAIR TAKE PLACE?

The African Diaspora Bazaar and CraftsFair will take place indoors and outdoors at the Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland, Ca 94612. It will be open to the public on Sunday December 18, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM. The Humanist Hall is accessible by AC Transit bus lines 51 (via Broadway) and 1 (via Telegraphy).

HOW DO I APPLY TO BE A VENDOR?

This year, we are only accepting applications online. You must complete the online registration by November 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm to be included in the show.

WHAT KIND OF VENDORS DO YOU ACCEPT?

You represent the African Diaspora. From Oakland to Touba to Adis Ababa, we are looking for high-quality products and services that in their creation; support and strengthen our African Diaspora Communities!

  • Crafts women and men, Artisans, Culinary artisans
  • Healers (massage therapists, counselors, herbalists, etc.)
  • Spiritual Leaders
  • Community Activist
  • Performers (storytellers, dance, spoken word, drum, etc.)
  • Organizations that build and support humanity growth
  • Health, Nutrition & Fitness experts

We’re looking for any and all edible/wearable/loveable/handcrafted/one-of-a-kind items and foods you’ve got. They include but are not limited to specialty foods, silk-screened items, cosmetics, knitwear, jewelry, paper goods, handbags, cards, unique vintage items, and more!

We are also creating space this year just for youth! Any youth between the ages of 5 and 18 will have a special area designated for their goods.

We also welcome entrepreneurs who have items to sell that are not their own creation, however, there are limited slots for these. Examples include individuals selling Avon, Divas Defense, etc.

HOW SHOULD I DECIDE WHAT BOOTH I SHOULD PURCHASE?

If your items are handmade, refurbished, orginal creations, vintage to new; then you would register under the crafter/artist category.

1) For example, you purchase T-shirts in bulk from another manufacturere, but you screenprint your own designs on the T-shirt (rendering it a unique item), then choose ARTIST.

2) Example 2: you take previously manufactured items (furnitre, clothing, jewelry, etc) and you re-furbish it, adding your own artisitc elements (rendering it a unique item), then choose ARTIST.

3) You have your own artisitc creations to sell BUT you are also selling items that have a parent company (AVON) or that you purchased wholesale and you have done no artistic manipuation; then you CAN sell both items BUT you must register as an ENTREPRENEUR.

WHAT ARE THE BOOTH/TABLE FEES? WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF A BOOTH SPACE?

$60 - Crafter / Artist / Healer - For individuals who make ( or have a personal relationship with the maker) of a product.

$70 - Entrepreneur - For items not handmade, has a parent company, etc.

$150 for Food Vendors

$15 for youth vendors (5 yrs to 18 yrs) - Two youth per table

A full booth is a 6' x 6' space on the main floor of the Humanist Hall. This includes a 6' x 30" table and two chairs, as well as one wi-fi passcode and access to a standard electrical outlet. African Diaspora Bazaar and CraftsFair will provide all tables and chairs, though you are welcome to bring racks or other display setups if you prefer. All displays must fit within this 6’ x 6’ space.

WHAT ARE 'PREMIUM' BOOTH OPTIONS?

This year, you will have the option to select Premium booth space for an additional fee ($25). Any corner booth is considered Premium and or any booth with 2 sides to display items. This Premium booth gives you an entire end-cap of a vendor row. There are only 6 Premium booths. If you elect a premium booth space when you apply and we are unable to provide you with one due to space limitations, the fee paid for the premium booth option will be refunded to you before the show date.

MY CHILD HAS ITEMS THAT HE/SHE SELLS. WILL THERE BE A PLACE FOR YOUNG VENDORS?

Yes! This year, we would like to encourage our children to begin thinking about business ownership. For $15, children (with the help ONLY) of their parents, can set up a table of their own. ONLY items made exclusively by children and youth will be allowed at this rate.

I'M A MUSICIAN, I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO SELL BUT I WANT TO PARTICIPATE. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

Yes! You can register as a performer (no cost) and our entertainment coordinator will respond to you to get more information. Spoken Word artists, dancers, speakers, etc. are welcome to use this platform to share subjects that impact people of the African Diaspora. In particular, this year's focus will be: 1) Health and Nutrition 2) Black Men/Black Families 3) Gentrification / How to hold space!

CAN I SHARE A BOOTH WITH ANOTHER VENDOR?

Yes. If you already know the person you'd like to share with, please indicate their name on the application form.

LAST YEAR THERE WERE TOO MANY VENDORS AND NOT ENOUGH SPACE; WILL IT BE THE SAME THIS YEAR?

There will be 20 indoor vendors and 10 outdoor vendors. Food booths will be outside and will have a 10x10 tent of thier own.

MANY CRAFTSHOWS ARE JURIED; YOU CAN NOT REGISTER UNLESS YOU SUBMIT PHOTOS OF YOUR WORK AND THEN ARE JUDGED. WHAT IS YOUR POLICY?

Right now, this is not a juried show. We are promtoting this event to the community by exposing Oakland to the many crafters and artisans from the African Diaspora. HOWEVER, photo submission is still required to participate. We use these photos to get to know you and to allow potential buyers to get to know you. Upon completed registration, you will need to submit 3-4 HIGH QUALITY .jpg photos of you and your work.

HOW WILL YOU DETERMINE WHICH VENDORS ARE PLACED INDOORS AND PLACED OUTDOORS?

Vendors will be placed first-come, first served. The indoors will comfortably hold approximately 20 vendors. After this, we will begin utilizing the outdoor space.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING OUTDOORS?

  • You have a lot more space to create a beautiful display
  • This year, the entertainment, raffle and music will be outdoors
  • The food will be outdoors
  • You have the option of purchasing a tent ($10) to really create an exquisite outdoor market place feel.

WHAT ABOUT LIGHTING; LAST YEAR ONCE IT GOT DARK, WE HAD NO LIGHT.

This year, we are ending the event before the sun goes down. There will be no need for lights. :-)

IS ELECTRICITY PROVIDED?

Yes, but please bring your own extension cords.

IS WI-FI PROVIDED?

Yes—you will receive an access code for one device.

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?

Applications for the African Diaspora Bazaar and CraftsFair will be open until November 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm.

WHAT IF I HAVE TO DROP OUT OF THE CRAFTSFAIR ? WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?

Full refunds of booth price less a $10 processing fee will be available if we are notified before November 27, 2016. If you need to cancel after this date, you can “sell” your space to another vendor that you know.

HOW WILL THE AFRICAN DIASPORA BAZAAR AND CRAFTSFAIR BE PROMOTED?

The African Diaspora Bazaar and CraftsFair will be promoted with a press release, PR blasts, advertising placement on craft websites and listings in local press as well as postcards, posters, and e-mail blasts to local lists as well as promotion our social media platforms.

WHAT KINDS OF INFORMATION WILL BE LISTED ON THE AFRICAN DIASPORA BAZAAR AND CRAFTSFAIR FACEBOOK PAGE?

The Facebook will list all participating vendors with a link to their company website. Once you are notified of your acceptance, please provide us with 3-4 a .gif or .jpg pictures of you, your best product and your logo.

DO SHOPPERS NEED TO PURCHASE A TICKET FOR THE AFRICAN DIASPORA BAZAAR AND CRAFTSFAIR?

Yes. Admission is $2 at the door. 18 and under is free.

HOW CAN I HELP?

We welcome all volunteers wanting to help spread the word about the African Diaspora Bazaar and CraftsFair. Please email Aishah at aandione@yahoo.com to get involved.

I’D LIKE TO DONATE AN ITEM TO HELP PROMOTE MY BUSINESS, CAN I DO THIS?

Yes. We will have multiple times during the event where we will be raffling off items. Additionally, we will offer donated items to boost/promote the Facebook event page. Someone will walk around at the beginning of the CraftsFair to collect your items. If you would like to have your items raffled BEFORE the show (perfect way to highlight your business on FB), we can make arrangement to pick up from you in advance.


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