Frequently Asked Questions
What is Craftland Show?
Craftland Show is when our year round store in Downcity Providence expands to accommodate up to 50% more artists through the holiday shopping season. The store features eclectic arts and crafts from artists in New England, and across the country. Participants are selected through a jurying process.
When is the application deadline?
The application will be available online from August 3rd through August 31, 2015. We will notify applicants by September 15, 2015.
When will the amazing Craftland Show be open this year? Where are you?
Craftland is open seven days a week. We moved last year and are now located at 212 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903, just a block down from where we were last year.
What's the difference between Craftland Shop and the annual Craftland Show?
Craftland Shop is our 11 months of the year incarnation which features the work of about 100 artists. Craftland Show is our annual month-long holiday celebration which began in 2002 -- and takes over the whole Craftland Shop and expands to feature the work of about 150 incredible artists. We launch each Craftland Show with a huge party! This year our grand opening bash will be on Friday, November 27th. Won't you join us?
What sells at Craftland Show?
We feature unique handmade jewelry, prints, cards, ornaments, housewares, accessories, plush creatures and more fabulous handmade everything.
People visit Craftland to buy gifts in many price ranges. Some artists make limited-edition goods specifically for Craftland; we've found these sell like hot cakes!
Who sells at Craftland Show?
More than 160 artists participated in 2013 -- teenagers to grandparents, and professionals to first-timers.
Do I need to be present in order to sell my goods?
Nope! Craftland is a retail shop that operates on a consignment basis. Artists drop off their merchandise at Craftland (or mail it if they live out of town), and the amazing Craftland staff operate the shop. We do love it (and you!) when you visit!
How do I get accepted into Craftland Show?
The application period for Craftland Show is August 3rd through August 31, 2015. This year, Craftland will be accepting 60 new artists through the jurying process. On average, we receive about 300 applications from which to choose 50. Our job is hard.
Craftland is curated by a team of notable crafty jurors from a variety of media, with different guest judges each year. They hand pick the freshest work from artists near and far!
Jewelry is the most popular category applied to for Craftland. The competition is fierce. That said, it makes no difference to the jury if a crafter is a newbie or a seasoned professional. But what helps the jury make their decisions are high-quality photographs depicting interesting, well-crafted designs that fit with the aesthetic and price points of Craftland. Clever packaging helps too! For some super duper tips, read up on "Wowing a Craft Show Jury" by our friends over at Hellocraft.com.
My work is currently for sale in the year-round Craftland Shop -- do I still need to apply to Craftland Show?
You will be emailed directly with details about this if your work is currently for sale at Craftland.
Can I upload more than 3 images on my application? And if I get accepted, is it okay if I send work other than those 3 images?
Only 3 images are allowed to be uploaded for our application. However, if the jurors decide they need to see more, they will refer to your website if you've included a link on your application.
And yes, if you are accepted, you can send work that is different than your uploaded images - HOWEVER, the images should be indicative of the kind of products that you would be sending overall. Craftland reserves the right not to display work that they think doesn't fit their standards. If you had questions about something specific, you could always ask, the Craftland team is happy to help!
How much inventory do I send you?
If accepted to Craftland, you will receive detailed information about this, but the basic rule of thumb is: send as much as you can. This year, work is due by November 1, 2015.
Craftland is a retail shop so we display as much inventory as fits with our aesthetics, and we store remaining inventory as back-stock. Keep in mind that it is difficult to create a proper display if the stock we have on hand is very limited in quantity. So you'll want to send enough to make an impact, and have enough in case it turns into a best seller.
Any remaining work at the end of the show will be returned to you with great care. Please keep in mind that if you are mailing work, it is best to send all of it in one go when it is due. If your work is selling like crazy, you may be contacted by Craftland store managers to send us more if you're able.
How is Craftland marketed?
· Full-color postcards and posters
· Press releases sent to all area publications
· Partnerships with area and national businesses
· Weekly email newsletters during the month of December (sign up on the left side of this page!), Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram.
· Blogs, extra-sensory perception, and mind-control
· And you, our artists!
What does it cost to participate in Craftland Show 2015?
The application fee of $35 is non-refundable.
Craftland operates on a consignment format, and therefore artists receive a percentage of the retail sale price of their items sold. Artists will be paid 50% of Suggested Retail Price of sold merchandise.
Refund Policy: The application fee is not refundable, and will not be returned to artists who are not accepted.
When will I get paid?
Payments for accepted artists who have sold work will be mailed by January 25, 2016.
I have highly detailed questions about sending my work. Will you answer them?
Those questions will most likely be answered by our informational emails sent to those who are accepted. These emails contain information on how participants should price and package their products, how to deliver their items to Craftland, and how unsold items will be sent back, and much, much more! If those emails don't answer a particular question, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do past participants have to say about Craftland?
"Everyone who works at Craftland treats my artwork with the same care they would treat their own- with love and respect. I love dropping my art off at Craftland - I have the pleasure of chatting with awesome and friendly people." Meredith Stern
"Craftland is fantastic to work with because it's run by people who also make things and really understand handmade. I love all the makers they represent and am proud to be among them!" Liz Smith, Made in Lowell
"When I drop my work off at Craftland I know it will be in the best of company, well cared for, and sweetly promoted. The Craftland crew really knows how to sell my bling!" Kim O'Brien, K.O'Brien Jewelry
"Working with Craftland has been one of the best things for my business. They are professional, friendly, funny AND they pay on time! I never worry about when my check will arrive. When it comes to selling on consignment, getting paid on time, and without a hassle is crucial." Suzanne Tanner, Tanner Glass