We strongly urge you to read this FAQ in its entirety before submitting an application to one of our shows.
To apply for the show, we need to see photos of your work.
Yes. The truth is that these 5 photos are what the UCU team is using to evaluate how your work might compare to others, and whether it is a good fit for our event. Please make sure that these represent the best that you have to offer.
To submit your 5 photos, click here, and log in to our Dropbox uploading tool with the password “pickme”. Upload your 5 photos. Be sure they are named correctly, otherwise we won’t know who they belong to! If there are any problems with your photos, Kristen will email you to request a resubmission.
Photo submissions must be:
- no more than 500 KB per file
- in JPG or GIF format
- HIGHLY encouraged to have 1 of your 5 photos be a shot of your booth display
- include file names using the following naming scheme:
Your application is NOT complete and will NOT be reviewed until you submit your photos. Photos should be representative of the merchandise you’ll be selling in your booth. If you include more than 5 photos, they will be deleted and it will not be possible to process your application.
While we don’t expect a photo of every single product you sell, you may only vend with the specific product lines and craft category that you applied with. For example, if you are accepted to the show to sell your line of pillows that you applied with, but two weeks before the show decide to expand your business to include bath salts, you will need to check with us before bringing those along to sell. The reason for this is that UCU is a very small and competitive show, and the curation of vendors is intended to reduce competition between vendors once accepted, to maximize sales for everyone. By introducing brand new products into the mix post-jurying, you may be inadvertently competing with another vendor at the show.
If you send us more than 5, or take several photos of your goods and paste them together into one document, your files will be automatically deleted and your photos will not be reviewed.
My photos aren’t really that important because you’ll look at my website and blog, right?
Sorry, but we never ever look at websites or blogs. We make our decisions based entirely upon your currently submitted photos and the information you provide in your application. That’s why we tell you that your photos are really, really, really important. Really.
More info about the application process:
2) Fill out the online application and upload your 5 excellent photos
3) Pay $10 application fee via PayPal
4) Be patient
All about the jurying process:
Details about the business side of applying to UCU:
In addition, your business name and booth location will be included in the UCU show program, which will be handed out at the show, and is also inserted in nearly 100,000 copies of our popular local papers (The Stranger or The Seattle Weekly), the week before the show.
- Booth Fees ($400 for a 10×10 booth / $350 for a 5 x 10 booth). Vendor provides all tables, chairs and display items.
- Additional fee of $75 if you choose to participate in the Monday Wholesale Event (summer only)
- Contribution of $40 (retail value) worth of swag, OR a $50 swag fee.
- Processing fee ($10), added to your booth fee invoice if accepted.
- If you plan on ONLY selling at the wholesale event (and not at the public weekend show), booth fees are $225 / $275, respectively.
Additional/optional costs may include:
- Inclusion in our umbrella business license if you do not have a Seattle City Business License ($10)
- Table Rental Fee ($15) — includes 2 chairs
- Electricity at your booth ($75)
Read more about our Summer Wholesale Event here.
If you are accepted to the show and later decide that you are unable to participate, we will refund your booth fee in full, provided that you let us know six weeks before the show date. No refunds will be offered to vendors who drop out less than six weeks prior to the show. You will be notified of the booth invoice due date in the first vendor newsletter you receive. Late booth fee payments will be subject to a late fee of 5% of the total booth fee.
However, if you do not typically operate your business in Seattle, you may request to be included in our umbrella license which we purchase for out-of-town and temporary vendors. Inclusion in this license costs $10. If you do not have your own Seattle City License, make sure to choose this option on the application.
Even if you think you have this license, but don’t happen to have it on you when you fill out the application, you must choose this option. If accepted, and you are then able to provide us with your license number within 1 month of acceptance, we will waive this $10 fee.
If you are an out-of-state vendor, you must call the Washington State Department of Revenue 1-2 months before the show date, to file a temporary registration for their business.
To do this, call 1.800.647.7706 and let them know that you need a single-event registration for participating in a craft show; they will send you the appropriate paperwork. Or, if you’ve already obtained a temporary UBI in the past, you can just do it online here.
- King County Food Handler’s Permit (apply online!)
- Temporary Food Service Permit, unless you already have a permit through the county for selling regularly at shows or farmers’ markets. Find out more about this here. Your business may even qualify for an exemption, depending on your product. Call our area representative at 206.263.9566 (that is the main Seattle switchboard; ask for Rose Byrne, who is our inspector) and see if your business may qualify for an exemption.
Please note: While we will not be checking for these permits, there is a good chance that inspectors may be at the show to do so; we highly recommend taking care of this early to avoid last-minute scrambling or penalties.
The Seattle Center has allowed us to use the sink in the concessions stand kitchen to satisfy all hand washing sink requirements outlined by the Health Department.
The reason dozens of shoppers line up at our doors for hours before we open is clear: We are known for our great swag bags!
“What are swag bags?” you may ask. Well, all vendors are required to submit no less than $40 worth of merchandise that will be included in these goodie bags, which are given to the first 100 fans through the doors each day. It’s a great way to attract new fans, it creates a huge buzz (hence the lines that go all the way to the Key Arena) and it’s a great promotional tool. The bags are full of a range of items, from a sample of soap to nice jewelry and accessories. We try to allocate each bag with a variety of merchandise that makes it exciting for our fans while also helping you to promote yourselves.
We want these to be bags full of goodies – real examples of unique, hand-crafted arts and crafts that will be fun for the audience and a great way to reach a new market of interested crafting fans.
A few more tidbits you should know:
- March 27th: Applications Close for Summer Show
- April 12th: Summer Show Applicants Notified
- May 11th: SSFF Applicants Notified
- June 27th & 28th, 2015: Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show
- August 1st, 2015: Applications Open for Winter Show
- August 15th & 16th, 2015: Urban Craft Market at the SSFF
- December 5th & 6th, 2015: Urban Craft Uprising 11th Annual Winter Show
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