Maker Information

We are super excited about our next Poppi Seed Market and we’d love for you to join us!  We’re here for all the talented, handmade peeps; local, small shops; vintage and upcycled gems; and super fun creatives.

Want to be a maker? Read our maker information below and fill out an open application! If applications are closed, sign up for our mailing list. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected]

Applying for a Market

Handmade is our jam.  We love it.  We’re talking candles, art, apparel, jewelry, home decor, the works.  But we’re also fans of vintage and upcycled, curated collections, and local foodies.  Basically if you have a hand in the creation, design, or curation of a product, we totally think you should join us – even if this is your first rodeo.

However, since we’re big on celebrating the handmade and small business community, we don’t accept any direct sales/MLM companies (i.e. Arbonne, LuLaRoe, Origami Owl, etc).  We can point you in the direction of other markets/pop ups that do.  If all else fails, just ask.

Please have some sort of website/Etsy shop and social media presence.  We will ask for photos with your application, but these elements also help us with the acceptance process.

Most of our markets will allow for 35-40 makers and small businesses, but we’ve gone as small as 15-20 (and as large as 100 for our retail pop up) depending on theme and venue.  We strive to keep things fresh and exciting with new makers and products each event, so please know that just because you apply (or have applied and been accepted in a prior event) does not mean you are automatically given a spot.  We review applications for each event individually so that we have the best possible mix of makers and small businesses.

If you’d like to know when a future market is open for applying, make sure you sign up for our mailing list. 

The Basics

APPLICATION PERIOD: Each market will have it’s own application period, so be aware of dates and deadlines. Notices for acceptances, waitlist, and non-acceptances will usually be sent out about a week after applications close.

WAITLIST: Certain categories (like jewelry & bath and body) fill up faster than others so applying on time is key.  If you apply after applications have closed, you will automatically be added to our waitlist and will only be contacted if a space becomes available.

MAKER REQUIREMENTS: We currently do not require an application fee.  However, depending on the location/season of a market, we may require makers to donate to swag bags or to a giveaway in addition to booth fees.  Each individual application will state whether or not these things are required and more specific information will be sent out in our acceptance emails.

BOOTH SIZES & PRICING: Booths sizes and fees are dependent on a few things (like venue space, number of makers, etc).  Booth pricing starts at $100 (not including our Merry Maker Pop Up Shop options).  Usually we are able to offer 8×6 and 10×10 spaces with limited bus/trailer/cart spaces.  This is dependent on the venue size.  Mini Maker spaces (for children 16 and under only and are free of cost) may be accommodated if we have available space at a venue (please inquire). Booth spaces can be indoors or outdoors and are usually freestanding, regardless of placement on our floorplan.  Specific information can be found on an individual application.

BOOTH REQUIREMENTS: Makers must provide everything they need for their booth display (tables, ez-ups, racks, shelving, etc.) unless otherwise noted as rentals may be available.  Outdoor markets require white ez-ups and weights for booths 10×10 and larger.  Some venues may allow for branded ez-ups.  For small booths, a white or cream market umbrella is suggested.  All tables must be covered to the floor with a tablecloth or appropriate cover; no plastic tablecloths.  Specific information can be found on an individual application.

BOOTH SHARING: Booth sharing may be available.  The fee is an additional $25.  Each maker must apply and be accepted separately.

RENTALS & SPECIAL REQUESTS: Rentals (like ez-ups, tables, and umbrellas), WiFi, and electricity may be available depending on the venue.  If you have a special request such as a booth location (i.e. close to a restroom or endcap) or specific maker neighbor, you may address this on your application.  We try to accommodate as many of these requests as possible, but they are subject to our discretion.  

MAKER EXCEPTIONS: Sometimes we are not allowed to accept specific maker categories as some venues have shops that have exclusive rights in their leases, so we cannot accept similar vendors.  In the event this occurs, we will list those categories on the individual market application.  If you have any questions about whether or not certain items you sell will be accepted, please e-mail us.

PAYMENT POLICY: Booth payments (and any additional fees like rentals) may be made through PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle and must be paid within 3 days of receiving an acceptance email.  Instructions will be sent with acceptance emails.  Makers will receive one payment reminder email and if the payment is not made within the 3 day time frame, the maker’s space will go to another maker in their category.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  We realize that life happens, so if you do have to cancel (boo!), please let us know asap so we can make the appropriate arrangements.  Booth fees are non-refundable for any reason, but we will allow one transfer to the next available market.

LEGAL STUFF/PERMITS: Makers are required to obtain the necessary permits/licenses to sell within the state of CA and the city of the venue where a market is held.  We do not require copies, but they must be available should makers be inspected.  This includes a CA seller’s permit (for sales tax purposes); business license (we will get this info for you); and county cottage food permit (if you are a pre-packaged food vendor).  In lieu of insurance, we require that all makers sign a hold harmless/maker’s contract the day of the market.  The venue may also require this.  We will provide the necessary info in your acceptance email.

DAY-OF INFO: If you are accepted into PSM, you will be added to our mailing list (if you have not previously been added or signed up) and we will send out all of our market info to the email address you use on your application.  This includes (but is not limited to) marketing materials, booth placements/market map, load-in/load-out info, etc.

Upcoming Markets

3RD ANNUAL MERRY MAKER POP UP SHOP

NOV. 19 - DEC. 21 2022 | TIME: TBA | COSTA MESA & TUSTIN, CA

Applications are open for WAITLIST only!

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