Craft Contemporary Shop

HEY YOU! Are you interested in participating as a vendor in Craft Contemporary’s annual HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE 2019? Our Holiday Marketplace curatorial team is looking for a handful of local artists. Fill out an application HERE. Please continue reading this page for further event details and vendor requirements.

Holiday Marketplace is an annual sale and fundraiser designed to celebrate and support the vibrancy of our local artist and design community. It is held at Craft Contemporary situated on historic Museum Row.

Holiday Marketplace will take place in the museum’s outdoor courtyard over the weekend of November 30 & December 1. Guests of the event will enjoy music and complimentary refreshments while they shop and mingle among vibrantly crafted and designed goods by our curated vendors. Holiday Marketplace is free with admission to Craft Contemporary. On Saturday, admission can be purchased at the door for $9 general admission or a discounted rate of $7 for students, teachers, & seniors. On Sunday, admission will be pay-what-you-can.

For this year’s iteration of Holiday Marketplace, the Craft Contemporary Curatorial Committee will select a group of diverse artists, designers, and makers who represent a wide range of handcrafted goods. Holiday Marketplace aims to cultivate an environment that fosters relationships between vendors and supporters as well as further Los Angeles’ relationship with craft.

For any further questions please email Lindsey Vaniman, CAFAM Shop manager at

Craft Contemporary will collect all payments & sales tax for sales during the event. Craft Contemporary will pay sales tax to the stat board of equalization as well as retain 30% of item sales as a fundraiser for future ceramic programming. Payment of 70% of item sales will be paid to artists within 10 business days following the event. Submissions must be made by completion of this form no later than October 21, 2019.

Merchandise for sale in a booth must be consistent with descriptions submitted in the application, unless previously discussed with event curators. Please note that
Craft Contemporary reserves the right to remove any vendor or merchandise before or during the event in cases where the vendor: a) exchanges money with a customer directly and not through a museum register, b) is not present at booth, c) behaves inappropriately, or d) sublets booth space to someone else.

VENDOR RESPONSIBILITIES (Vendor agrees to provide the following)

  • Merchandise, tablecloths, equipment, and props

  • Display materials and furniture, as well as any lighting and extension cords that are needed

Please note that electrical access is not guaranteed. Please specify in application if required.


MUSEUM RESPONSIBILITIES (Craft Contemporary provides the following)

  • One six-foot-long table, two chairs

  • Receipt/sales books

  • Exhibit space (ranges in size depending on location)

  • Shade canopy, if available


  • Vendors begin set-up on Saturday, November 24 from 8:00 –10:00 AM.

  • Vendors may use the loading gate located in the alley behind Craft Contemporary, accessible from Curson or Stanley Ave.

  • Vendors can also park on Wilshire in front of the museum and use the front gate to the courtyard to unload.

  • Vendors may not remain parked in the employee parking behind the museum.

  • Booths must be staffed at all times during marketplace and preview hours.

  • Vendors will strike on Sunday, November 25, 6:00–7:00 PM.

  • Set-up or breakdown is not allowed during marketplace hours,


Saturday, November 30

9:00 AM                               Check-in

9:00 – 11:00 AM                   Vendor set-up

11:00 – 5:00 PM                   Marketplace hours

5:00 – 6:00 PM                   Breakdown, clean-up

Sunday, December 1

10:00 AM                             Check-in

10:00 – 11:00 AM                 Vendor set-up

11:00 – 5:00 PM                   Marketplace hours

5:00 – 7:00 PM                   Breakdown, clean-up


Do vendors process their own sales?

No. All sales are processed through the Craft Contemporary Shop. The Craft Contemporary Shop will cover credit card fees and collect sales tax.

Do I need to bring my own table and chairs?

No. Craft Contemporary will provide vendors with one table (6 ft. long x 30 in. wide) and chairs. Display equipment and table covers will NOT be provided, so please be sure to bring your own. However, please notify us if you have your own table you wish to bring.

Where can I find something to eat on the day of the event?

There are many restaurants surrounding Craft Contemporary. Vendors are welcome to bring their own food and drinks.

I need access to an electrical outlet. Can Craft Contemporary accommodate me?

The Craft Contemporary courtyard has limited electrical outlets. Please be sure to request electrical access in the “Special Requests” section of the application. Vendors are responsible for bringing their own extension cords and lighting equipment.

What packing materials do I need to bring?

Vendors are responsible for bringing their own packing materials, shopping bags, bubble wrap, jewelry boxes, tissue paper, tape, etc.

Can I promote this event on social media?

YES! We strongly encourage vendors to reach out to followers, family, friends, and customers to promote this awesome event.

I have an additional display item I want to add next to my table, is that ok?

Please let us know if you need additional display space outside your 6ft table. We will do our best to accommodate but, cannot provide additional space for everyone. We will determine additional space on a first come, first serve basis so email asap.