Crafty Mart is popping up in Akron's Kenmore neighborhood on Friday, September 2nd from 6-9pm as part of their First Friday Series!

Kenmore First Fridays are a popular outdoor celebration of the Kenmore neighborhood and offer live music, craft vendors, food and free family fun on the Boulevard. The events occur from 6pm-9pm every first Friday during the summer months (June-September).

During First Fridays, Kenmore Boulevard’s many music, arts, and hobby businesses stay open late, and the street is lined with musicians, vendors, and food trucks. Additionally, drinks are served during the event at The Eastern, Live Music Now, and The Rialto Theatre.

Applications are being collected now through July 17th.   Acceptances will be sent out no later than July 24th. Upon being accepted, we will ask that you confirm your participation ASAP so that we can reach out to our Waitlist with any cancellations.  The vendor's fee for this event is $40. This covers a 10x10 space. You'll need to bring your own tent, tent weights, table and chair.
A quick note about judging: Crafty Mart is a juried show. A panel of judges, which will include representatives from the organizers of the Kenmore First Friday Series, will decide on which vendors will be accepted. We only accept handmade items; we lean towards idiosyncratic items that are carefully constructed.  Our goal is to provide a wide range of options and price points to attract all types of people to our events and offer our shoppers a variety.
Unfortunately, the $5 application fee is not refundable if you are not accepted, and you must pay a new vendor's fee each time you apply for Crafty Mart. The application process has become increasingly competitive in the past few years and it takes time to go through everyone's applications and emails. The application fee is our way of keeping the vendor's fee down while still giving us some income to pay for overhead and marketing expenses. Thanks for understanding.  
Details:  Date: Friday, September 2nd, 2022
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location:  Kenmore Blvd, Akron OH
Vendor Spaces: This is an outdoor event.  Each space is carefully measured out for a 10x10 tent. You are responsible to bring your own tent, tent weights, table and chairs.
Price: $40
Application Fee: $5
Applications Due: July 17, 2022
Acceptances Sent Out: no later than July 24, 2022
Vendor Fee Due: August 7, 2022

We're taking over downtown Akron for another amazing Small Business Saturday (and Sunday, too)!  Crafty Mart will be hosting vendors at our very own headquarters inside The Bounce Innovation Hub. Can you believe this will be our 14th year?!   

Details for the 14th Annual Crafty Mart: 

Date: Saturday, November 26th, 2022 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, November 27th from 10am-3pm 

Location: Bounce Innovation Hub, 526 S. Main Street, Akron, OH 44311  

Vendor Spaces: Each space is carefully measured out to be 8' x 5'. Bring your own table and chairs.                                        

Price: $175.  There are a limited number of double-length spots available for $250.  Food Trucks Fees are $100 Saturday/$75 Sunday, trucks may apply for individual days or for both days.  Application Fee: $15   

Applications Due: Monday, August 7th, 2022  

Acceptances Sent Out: no later than Sunday, August 21st, 2022  

Vendor Fee Due: Sunday, September 18th, 2022

A quick note about judging: Crafty Mart is a juried show. A panel of judges decide on which vendors will be accepted. We only accept handmade items and leans towards idiosyncratic items that are carefully constructed. Crafty Mart tends to favor Akron-area artists, but strives to include at least 25% new vendors and at least 10% from out of town who can bring something new and different to our fine city. We also only accept no more than 20% jewelry vendors. Our goal is to provide a wide variety of options and price points to attract all types of people to our events and offer our shoppers a variety.  Unfortunately, the application fee is not refundable if you are not accepted, and you must pay a new vendor's fee each time you apply for Crafty Mart. The application process has become increasingly competitive in the past few years and it takes time to go through everyone's applications and emails.  An in-depth explanation of how we jury our markets can be found on our website, craftymart.org.  Find it under "Crafty Mart Maker FAQs".

A note about Covid-19: Public health guidelines will be followed to ensure the safety of all vendors and guests. Given the fluid nature of those guidelines, a full list of protocols will be provided to you closer to the event. Vendors may expect mandated masks, physical distancing, and increased sanitation efforts.  Vendors should also expect less booths per market to keep within the social distancing protocols.  In the event that this market is canceled due to Covid-19, Crafty Mart assures vendors that you will receive a refund of your booth fee minus processing fees.     

 Questions? See our Vendor FAQs at craftymart.org.  Look under the "For Makers" tab.

Still have questions? Email cheryl@craftymart.org

To apply, please fill out the form below.  We're looking forward to seeing your work!

Crafty Mart is hosting another Halloween Mini Mart this year! Located INDOORS, inside our newly renovated event space, this promises to be an afternoon filled with shopping, DIY costume making, trick or treat and more!     

Details for The Halloween Mini Mart:

Date: Saturday, October 1st, 2022 from Noon-5pm Location: Bounce Innovation Hub, 526 S. Main Street, Akron, OH 44311 

Vendor Spaces: Each space is carefully measured out to be 8' x 5'. Bring your own 6 foot table and chairs.

Price: $75.  There are a limited number of double-length spots available for $125.     Application Fee: $10    Applications Due: Sunday August 14th, 2022   Acceptances Sent Out: no later than September 21st , 2022   Vendor Fee Due: Sunday, September 4th, 2022

A note about Covid-19: Public health guidelines will be followed to ensure the safety of all vendors and guests. Given the fluid nature of those guidelines, a full list of protocols will be provided to you closer to the event. Vendors should expect mandated masks, physical distancing, and increased sanitation efforts.  Vendors should also expect less booths per market to keep within the social distancing protocols.  In the event that this market is canceled due to Covid-19, Crafty Mart assures vendors that you will receive a refund of your booth fee minus processing fees.  

Questions? See our Vendor FAQs at craftymart.org.  Look under the Maker Tab

Still have questions? Email cheryl@craftymart.org

Thanks for applying, we look forward to seeing your work!

Crafty Mart