Okay, we know this page is ridiculously long. We know you've read some of it before, but there ARE CHANGES from past shows. It will probably take you twice as long to read this page as it will take to fill out the application, and that's not an exaggeration. But there is a reason for this page, and that is because it answers just about every question you could have! Read it carefully, then breeze through the next couple of pages. Easy peezy!
Spring Bada-Bing 2019 is Saturday, April 13th at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in downtown Richmond. Early Bird shopping begins at 10am for a $5 donation to our community partner, RACC Foundation. The show is open for free from 11am-5pm. The show is inside and outside the brewery this year.
The Richmond Craft Mafia embraces diversity and the value it adds to the world. We expect our vendors to demonstrate respect and we reserve the right to remove those who do not meet our community standards.
Spring Bada-Bing is a juried craft show. All work must be original, handcrafted, and exhibited by the artist. Our customers expect personal contact with the artist, and we do not allow representatives to sell on your behalf. Artist attendance is expected through the entire show.
Applications are due by 11:59pm on February 25th.
We are thrilled to be able to offer inside spots again, as well as larger outdoor spots under a huge tent. We have two booth sizes available, 10' x 10' and 6' x 5'. All 10' x 10' spots will be outside under the tent, and all 6' x 5' spots will be inside.
Your booth options are:
Outside large booth, 10' x 10' ($180), no electricity available.
Inside small booth, 6' x 5' ($100), electricity available for an additional $10 in a limited number of spots.
No preference - We will assign you to a spot based on where we have space. It may be either a large space or a small space (we will try to fill large spaces first.) If you are assigned to a 6' x 5' booth, you will only be charged $100 for your spot. Your application will be edited by us to change it to the assigned booth type.
If you choose a 6' x 5' spot, you have one table (6' x 2.5') and two chairs available as the default package. There is no furniture provided in the 10' x 10' spaces. If requested within the application, tables and chairs will be placed in each 6' x 5' space before vendor arrival on the day of the show. There is no discount for vendors who choose not to use the provided table or chairs. Regardless of whether you choose to use the provided table and chairs, your booth MUST fit into the footprint of your assigned booth space.
Any special requests must be made a minimum of three weeks before the show, but it is preferred that Special Requests are indicated on your application.
Once more with feeling: there will be no electricity available for outside booths. You know your work better than we do. While we are trying really, really hard to ensure that everything is spectacularly, beautifully lit, your work may require a particular amount of light. We encourage you to use battery-operated lights as you see fit.
For indoor spots, the tables will be mostly in the center of a large room, with very limited access to electrical outlets. If you'd like to add electrical access to your booth, you may indicate that when you choose your booth type. If for some reason we are unable to accomodate all electricity requests, you will not be charged if we can't get you near an outlet.
Please bring battery backups for your phone/payment system if you think you'll need it. Please do not bring generators. If you see an open outlet near you, that does not give you access to electricity. Due to the immense electrical load of the show's set-up, we need to be careful not to trip the circuits at Hardywood (a lesson we've learned in the past.) If we see unauthorized electric use, we will pull plugs with no warning. (We're not trying to be jerks, guys. We've blown a lot of fuses, and we need to be mindful of the entire show's needs.) Thanks for your understanding.
Set Up will begin no earlier than 8 am the day of the show. (But we'll have coffee, bagels, and doughnuts, so there's a bright side.) We will stagger vendor arrivals so there isn't a mad rush all at once, and details will be included in the vendor packet you will receive the week of the show. We have cultivated a reputation for a beautiful, well-run craft show. Therefore, we ask that your table be ready for customers no later than 9:30 am. Failure to comply may result in us deleting your table from the show, even if you show up before doors open at 10. Please be considerate to our customers and your fellow vendors.
You may not break down your booth prior to close of the show at 5pm. Loading out prior to that time means you will not be invited back for future shows. There is an event in the indoor space that begins their load in at 6:30 the night of the show, so we need to be mostly if not entirely out of the way by that time. If you need help, please let us know, it's what we're here for. We can't leave until you do, and trust us, we're motivated to help you get home too.
You will need to choose both a category and a subcategory. Since some people have applied in the wrong category in the past (which negatively impacts our ability to jury some beautiful work), please read through these categories so that you'll have a good idea of which to select on your application. There are only three categories with defined subcategories. For the others, please select the "All <Category>" in the subcategory dropdown, as the subcategory field can't be left blank.
Here are our categories, subcategories, and their corresponding descriptions:
2-D: Prints, Drawings, Paintings, Paper Goods, etc.
Stationery: Cards, postcards, etc.
Prints, Paintings, Photography, Everything Else: All 2D art that is not stationery.
Home Goods: Pretty stuff for your place (Planters, Furniture, Wood Decor, Textiles, etc.)
Textiles: Wall hangings, tapestries, embroidery, tea towels, pillows, decorations, anything made from cloth that you don't wear.
Plants: Terrariums, air plants, plant-filled vases, etc...
Other Home Goods: Anything that's not textiles, furniture, or plants.
Pottery & Glassware: Ceramics, glassware, etc.
Functional Pottery: Pottery that's intended for every day use.
Decorative Pottery: Pottery that's not intended for every day use. Objet d'art.
Glassware: Anything made from glass.
Clothing: Shirts, skirts, pants, dresses, etc.
Accessories: Your personality, but in tangible form. (Scarves, belts, bags, wallets, etc.)
Kids' Items: Toys, clothes, baby gear, cute things
All Kids' Items
Bath & Body: Things to keep you smelling pretty. (Soaps, lotions, perfumes, etc.)
All Bath & Body
Jewelry: Baubles and bling
Food Gifts: Excludes food trucks. Please contact Hardywood directly to participate in the Food Truck Court.
All Food Gifts
Vendors will receive notification of their table location about a week before the show via email.
$15 is due with application submission. The application fee is non-refundable. You will be charged the $15 app fee as soon as you click the button at the bottom of the "Add Entry Details" page (the page where you enter your credit card info). HOWEVER, you still need to load your photos on the next page before your application is considered complete and before it will be in the jury pool. You can come back later to add your photos, though we recommend you add them now.
The Spring Bada-Bing Craft Show will be juried to ensure quality & variety. We expect to receive more applications than spaces available in the show. AMAZING PHOTOS are the most important part of your craft show application. We can not provide individual feedback on submitted applications. The Richmond Craft Mafia is a volunteer organization that must put all available resources into organizing and promoting our shows.
Notifications will be sent via email no later than March 4th.
Payments will be due no later than March 9th for accepted applicants. You will need to log back in to this application system to pay your booth fee.
Note: No time extensions will be offered to pay the booth fee. If you do not pay on time, your booth will be offered to someone on our waitlist, and your application will be changed to a waitlist status. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CAN RECEIVE OUR EMAILS. If you don't receive an email acknowledging that you've registered with our application site (which will automatically send when you complete the next page), please check the settings on your email account now, and check the spam/junk/trash folder on your account as appropriate. If you fail to receive our notification emails, we cannot be held responsible for the fact that you might miss an important deadline-driven email in the future.
There will be a waitlist of applicants who will be notified if a table space becomes available. Newly accepted applicants from the waitlist will have three days to pay the vendor fee and commit to the show. After three days, the table space will be offered to the next applicant on the list.
If you are placed on the waitlist, there is nothing you need to do (unless you'd like to decline being on our waitlist, which we understand.) If you want to stay on the waitlist, there's nothing to confirm, you're already there! Hang tight, and if a spot opens up that we can slot you into, we will notify you as quickly as we can. In the past, spots have opened up as late as the week of the show, but the nature of the waiting list is that it's nothing we can predict.
Once your Vendor Fee is received, it cannot be refunded. If you cannot participate in the show for any reason, please contact RVACraftMafia [at!] gmail.com as soon as possible. Failure to do so could impact your ability to participate in future Richmond Craft Mafia events.
Please direct questions about this application to: RVACraftMafia [at!] gmail.com