What is the Detroit Urban Craft Fair?
The Detroit Urban Craft Fair (DUCF) is a two-day alternative craft fair held annually in the city of Detroit. Now in its eleventh year, the 2016 fair features over 100 handmade crafters and indie artists. DUCF is a community market that encourages the interaction of maker and buyer. It is unique opportunity for shoppers to find one-of-a-kind items and meet the people who made them. Participating crafters have the chance to connect with a large, supportive audience. The Detroit Urban Craft Fair’s mission is to elevate handmade goods as an alternative to mass-produced items, support and elevate small craft business by providing a place for them to sell during the busy holiday shopping season, and raise awareness of handmade craft.
When and where is it?
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, December 2, 2016
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, December 4, 2016
500 Temple Street
Detroit, MI 48201
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Admission is $1 on Saturday and Sunday ($10 on Friday for opening night). Children 12 and under are free.
Who is putting it on?
Founded in 2005 and run by Handmade Detroit, past fairs have taken place at the Majestic Theater complex and the Fillmore Detroit. Our first event was held in August, 2006 with 50 handmade vendors. Our audience and number of vendors have continued to grow over the years to better accommodate the blooming handmade scene. Past events also have incorporated and hosted community offerings including a local zine library, DIY fashion show and make and take stations.
What kind of vendors can apply?
Vendors who make and sell their own original, handmade craft products or handmade supplies and pre-packaged craft food products are invited to apply. Part of what makes DUCF unique is the interaction between maker and buyer, so we require makers to be present on the sale days. Do not apply if you will not be able to attend the entire weekend.
Brick and mortar shops that sell handmade items or handmade supplies, such as fabric or yarn, may also apply, though we require a list of companies you intend to sell beforehand to limit duplication among sellers.
We do NOT accept vendors of vintage resale, Tupperware-type products or of the mass-produced nature. Interested in seeing what kinds of vendors have sold at DUCF in the past? Take a look at last year’s fair!
A special note about food vendors: As part of our catering agreement, items for sale by craft food vendors must be intended for consumption off-site. Think pre-packaged spices, bakery items or coffee. You will not be allowed to serve fresh items or drinks for on-site consumption.
How do I apply?
Submit your completed application, up to 5 digital photos (jpeg, gif) that best represent the work you plan to sell, and your non-refundable $10 application fee using our online form by midnight on September 25, 2016.
To avoid lost or missing applications, please apply early. Our system is often overloaded on the final day of applications and it is possible that your application might go missing. Apply early to avoid errors.
Incomplete or unpaid applications will be automatically disqualified. No late applications will be accepted. No exceptions. Please do not e-mail us asking if you can apply late.
DUCF is a juried show. Vendors are selected based on quality, originality, uniqueness and their price point. We do our best to keep the fair fresh by rotating vendors. If you’ve applied before and didn’t get in, please feel encouraged to apply this year. Conversely, please understand that we cannot accept every vendor who applies, or has sold at a DUCF before.
A 6-foot table and 2 chairs are included in your fee. Vendors may choose to set up without the table, but you must stay within the designated and assigned space, 6′ x 8′. No exceptions.
Vendors are allowed to split a booth. To apply with a partner, fill out the application once. Make sure to write the business names of all companies on the application. Include information and photos from all businesses. Then pick one person to be your e-mail and address contact. Submit one application fee.
Vendors who are not accepted are placed on a waiting list. We generally have a few cancellations each year.
Please notify us as soon as possible if you are unable to make the event. All fees – application and vendors – are non-refundable once they reach us.
A $10, non-refundable application fee, is due with application submission. Applications that do not include a paid fee will be automatically disqualified and will not be judged.
What is the cost to vend?
$225, non-refundable vendor fee, which consists of one 6 x 8-foot space, one 6-foot table, and two chairs. For an additional $100 ($325 total), you may request a corner space, which consists of one 6 x 8-foot space, two 6-foot tables, and two chairs. Corner spaces are limited and are on a first request basis upon acceptance. Please note: We will not reserve corner spots until after you have been accepted into the fair. Requests for a corner spot in your application will not be fulfilled.
Payment information and deadlines for your booth fee is included in your acceptance notice.
Application fees, booth fees, sponsorship money and any other additional payments are non-refundable. No exceptions.
- Applications will be accepted from July 20, 2016 until Midnight, September 25, 2016. No late applications. No exceptions.
- All applicants will be notified of status (acceptance, or waiting list) by October 19, 2016. Details will be included in vendor acceptance letters.
Tips for Applying
It probably goes without saying, but each year we receive applications with missing or incomplete fields. Make sure to follow all directions and fill in all the fields, even if you have vended at DUCF before.
The jurying process is highly competitive — the more information and description you can lend to your application, the stronger your chances of being accepted.
State exactly what you plan to sell – and include everything you will bring – on your application. For example, if you are a jewelry vendor, make sure to include all the types of jewelry you plan to bring (necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc.). You are only allowed to sell what was accepted in your application – and any items that were not included in your application may be removed from the event.
High-quality photos are your absolute best chance for acceptance. Because we receive over 300 applications each year, we do not have time to find photos of each applicant’s work on their web site. You must include photos with your application, and we recommend sending all five.
Make sure your photos are correctly-sized, in-focus and showcase the breadth of your products.
Finally, five images mean five single images. Do not bend the rules by providing photo collages of your work. Five images are enough for us to get an idea of your work without being overwhelmed.
We ♥ focused vendors. If, for example, you make soap and bath products, but sometimes make scarves, pick one to apply with and bring. We find that vendors who fill their tables with a focused idea and product line are more successful than those who hedge their bets and bring a few other crafts.
We love to see new work that will entice our returning shoppers. If you have vended at a DUCF before, make sure to tell us about your new work and/or products. Although it’s not necessary, taking and sending new photos of your work, especially of any new products, goes a long way.
If you’ve read the entire FAQs and cannot find an answer to your question, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year, DUCF seeks independent sponsors for mutually-beneficial partnerships. Sponsors are an essential part of helping DUCF meet our goals and a great way for businesses to reach a unique audience. Past sponsors have included independent media and publishers, craft and handmade companies and local businesses and organizations.
We welcome inquiries for sponsorship and work hard to design mutually-beneficial programs for our sponsors. Please get in touch with the contact info below.
- Round one deadline for sponsor commitment and payment: October 19, 2016. You must meet this deadline for inclusion on our poster.
- Round two deadlines for sponsor commitment and payment: November 2, 2016. This is the final date for 2016 sponsor commitment. You must meet this deadline for inclusion in our program guide and web site.
Interested in learning more about sponsorship? Please contact email@example.com with the subject line “sponsor request.”
Swag Bag Submission
Two hundred swag bags are given to attendees, vendors and volunteers each year. We are seeking high-quality inclusions and samples from independent crafters and handmade businesses for inclusion in the bags. In an effort to make the bags as green as possible, flyers and other paper-only swag, such as business cards or coupons, are not accepted.
Swag submissions must be received be sent by November 18, 2016.
To learn more about swag submissions or to sign up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “swag request.”
All media requests should be directed to Carey at email@example.com.
Please make sure to read the entire FAQs before contacting us.
For vendor questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
All other questions, please e-mail email@example.com.