The event is the first Saturday of every month from April through November. We operate between 5 pm and 8 pm, with load-in beginning no earlier than 3 pm in assigned shifts.
We currently only work with small businesses from across Durham and the surrounding region. We don’t work with chains, big box stores, or direct sales representatives. We are constantly looking for vendors with great branding, a well-known presence, and a unique product and presentation.
Booth spaces are $50 for a 10×10 general space. Mobile and food spaces are $50.
Your vendor fee is non-refundable. If we host a market and you decide not to participate for any reason, your fee cannot be returned or credited towards another event. If we cancel a market due to safety issues with the weather, we will hold a non-refundable administrator fee and push forward the other portion to a future market.
Shop Durham provides the overall event and the foot traffic. All vendors must provide their own setup, including the required tent and any tables or chairs you may need. We do not provide wifi. In a broader sense, we have the right to choose which vendors are marketed via our social media channels, but you will be included on the Facebook event page.
Applications currently go out one time, approximately three month prior to each market date. You have one week to pay once you’ve received your acceptance. Failure to pay on-time or to provide a reason for a late payment, means your space will be passed to someone on the waiting list.
We generally have an average of 50 businesses on our waiting list for each market. The waiting list is notified if there is a space for them a week after acceptances go out and have two days to pay their vendor fee.
The first vendors accepted are the ones that best fit our brand and what attendees are looking for. We look for vendors that target a millennial customer who sell an affordable product. We then look at past sales numbers (if applicable), if you’ve participated in the past, your social media following, and the number of vendors in a specific category. We try our best to have an appropriate number of vendors in each category and do not guarantee exclusivity of a category.
Vendors are required to do what they need to to legally sell in the state of North Carolina. Please visit www.nc.gov for more information.
Yes, we require our our vendors to accept credit cards.
We do not provide wifi at this time and electricity is available upon request on a very select basis. Generators are allowed upon approval and must be silent.