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FAQ Holiday Extravaganza

What is Craftland's Holiday Extravaganza? It is when our year round store in Downcity Providence expands to accommodate 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 jury process.

 

When will the amazing Holiday Extravaganza be open this year? Where are you? Craftland is currently open seven days a week. We are located at 212 Westminster Street in the heart of Historic Downtown, Providence.

 

What's the difference between Craftland's Holiday Extravaganza and the Craftland Shop? The Craftland Shop is our 11 months of the year incarnation which features the work of about 150 artists. The Holiday Extravaganza 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 180 incredible artists. In the past, we launched each Holiday Extravaganza with a big party that always featured our famous homemade cheese balls! This year our grand opening bash might have to be paired down but as of now it is scheduled for Friday, November 20th. We hope you will join us wearing your favorite mask.

 

What sells at the Holiday Extravaganza? We feature unique handmade jewelry, prints, greeting cards, ornaments, housewares, onesies, t.shirts, accessories, plush creatures and more fabulous handmade everything. People visit Craftland to buy gifts in all price ranges. Some artists make limited-edition goods specifically for Craftland; we've found these sell really well!

 

Who sells at the Holiday Extravaganza? More than 175 artists participated in 2019 - 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 work at Craftland (or mail it if they live out of town), and the amazing Craftland staff operate the shop. We are always happy to see you when you visit!

 

How do I get accepted into the Holiday Extravaganza? The jury has already reviewed applications for this year. The deadline was September 25th. Craftland juries in around 20-30 new artists each year from anywhere between 80 to 200 applicants. Our job is hard! Please note that your NON REFUNDABLE $20 application fee must be received before the application deadline for your submission to be considered. 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 "How to Make It Through The Jury Process" at indiemade.com.
 
My work is currently for sale in the Craftland Shop, do I still need to apply to the Holiday Extravaganza? You do not need to fill out the application if your work is currently for sale at Craftland. Feel free to e-mail us and ask for your current inventory count so that you can restock us. The earlier the better! If you make holiday themed items, we might even have some left over inventory of yours from last year!

 

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 able to be uploaded to our application. However, if the jurors decide they need to see more, they will refer to the links you provided in 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 have questions about something specific, you can always ask, the Craftland team is happy to help!

 

How much inventory do I send and when? If accepted to Craftland, you will receive detailed information specific to what you make. This year, work will be due in the store by November 1st, 2020. Craftland is a retail shop so we display as much inventory as fits with our aesthetics, remaining inventory is kept 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. You'll want to send enough to make an impact, and have enough for us to be able to replace what sells. If your work sells well, you may be asked to send more inventory.

 

How is Craftland marketed? Postcards, posters, press releases, ads in local magazines, partnerships with area and national businesses, our website; www.craftlandshow.com, e-mail newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, extra-sensory perception, and mind-control. And you, our artists!

 

What does it cost to participate in Craftland's Holiday Extravaganza? There is a $20 non-refundable application fee. Artists receive 50% of the suggested retail price they set for their work after it sells.

Refund Policy: The application fee is not refundable, and will not be returned to artists who are not accepted.

 

When will I get paid? Checks will be sent out after December 20th for work sold in November and checks will be sent after January 20th for work sold in December.

 

I have more questions about sending my work. Will you answer them? Those questions will most likely be answered by our informational e-mails sent to those who are accepted. Those e-mails will contain information on how participants should price and package their products, how to deliver their items to Craftland, how unsold items will be sent back, and much, much more! Once you are accepted you will have a chance to e-mail us if we haven't covered everything in the e-mails we send to you.

 

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