handMADE Montana MADE fair

The MADE fair is an artist & handcrafted market featuring local and regional artists. Our juried events feature over 200 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits.  We are expanding our holiday shows this year and including a NEW 2-day event in Helena, MT in addition to our well-attended Missoula event. Our curated collection of artisans represents the best of the best Montana has to offer and both the artist and customer experience is top notch. Our show was recently listed as one of the best holiday shows in the country!

The MADE fairs are presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts. The event is organized by Carol Lynn Lapotka {REcreate designs}, Courtney Blazon, and Sara Kauk {Design Missoula} with assistance from MADE fair ambassadors and local artists.

Visit our website or Facebook for additional information about events and other offerings. Please email questions to info@handmademontana.com



Ends on October 1, 2017$10.00 - 18.00
$10.00 - 18.00

holiday MADE fair {Helena & Missoula}

2 weekends, 2 great locations, 2 amazing opportunities to sell your art & handcrafted goods

The MADE fair is an artist & handcrafted market featuring local and regional artists. Our juried events feature over 200 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits. The holiday MADE fair is expanding and will include a NEW 2-day event in Helena, MT in addition to our Missoula event. Our curated collection of artisans represents Montana’s best of the best Montana. Our show was recently listed as one of the best holiday shows in the country!

Helena // December 2-3 // Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds

We are excited to bring all that our events offers for artisans, non-profits, and the local community to the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds for the first Helena MADE fair. We are working with incredible folks in Helena to bring the MADE fair experience to life. We have 30,000 sq. feet of continuous space to feature over 200 talented artisans, local non-profits, activities, and delicious food & beverage options. The Helena Holiday MADE fair will include free entry, free parking, and plenty of room to shop.

Missoula // December 10 // Adams Center

Once again, we will be filling the Adams Center with over 200 booths located on the balcony, arena floor, and upper gyms. The 11th annual Missoula Holiday MADE fair will include free entry, free parking, and plenty of room to shop.

The MADE fairs are presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts. The event is organized by Carol Lynn Lapotka (REcreate designs), Courtney Blazon , and Sara Kauk (Design Missoula) with assistance from MADE fair ambassadors and local artists.


APPLYING

We have defined our criteria for acceptance and have made the decision to stay focused on products that are handcrafted by individuals or small groups of artisans in order to help them grow. We love when businesses grow and experience success and we feel it is important, at that point, to give way to other artists that are up and coming. It is important for the MADE fair’s continued growth to keep things fresh for the shoppers as well. We feature both local and regional artists and all applications are considered during the jurying process.

This is a competitive juried show, so keep this in mind when filling out your application. The MADE fair jury will be looking for unique products that fit the feel of the MADE fair (funky, fun, functional) as well as variety and quality of work. The MADE fair’s mission is to increase awareness of handmade goods as an alternative to mass-produced items and support local and regional small craft business by providing a place to sell their goods. 

APPLICATION FEE

There is a non-refundable application fee to have your work juried for the MADE fair—$10 for one show, $18 for both. This fee and all pictures MUST be included with your application to be considered. If you are a non-profit looking to have a booth, we have a separate application available.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Fill out the online application

2. Upload images (5 product shots, 1 booth image)

3. Pay application fee


ARTIST BENEFITS

For many, our shows are their best of the season and we do a great deal to promote all of our artists on our website and social media. We have found our customers enjoy pre-shopping the artists and planning out their day of shopping. This is definitely an added benefit compared to other handmade markets; it is one of the many things that set us apart. 

Included

• A well-organized event that attracts over 8,000 customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet you, the artist!

• Product image, business name, and links on our website

• A landing page with more detailed information about your business including links to website, facebook, and instagram

• Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website

• A listing on printed & digital floor plan

• Name tag and other great swag

 

Additional promotional opportunities

•Featured artist—Instagram & Facebook mentions, upgraded landing page, premium booth placement

•Raffle—provide an item, and small fee to be included and receive Instagram & Facebook mentions and links to your website, FB, or Instagram account


PROMOTION

All of our events are very well attended and we work hard to bring in a variety of customers. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, we advertise our events well in advance using these methods:

• Printed media —10,000 postcards, 2,500 rack cards, 1,000 posters, 5,000 mini cards

• Advertisements in local papers and magazines

• Radio spots

• Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads

• Web Ads— Missoulaevents.net

• Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines

• Digital & printed floor plan maps


IMPORTANT DATES

August 1           Accepting applications

October 1         Deadline for submissions

October 10       Accepted and declined artisans notified by email

October 25       Artists booth fees due

 

BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

We will be offering a discount on your booth fee if you are participating in booth shows.
Helena MADE fair // December 2-3, 2017 // Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds

 6’ x 6’      $90 + Electric ($15) 

10’ x 6’   $135 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($10)

10’x10’   $225 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($10)

20’x10’   $425 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($10)

Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs are provided, electricity access is available for an additional $15, and tables can be rented for $10 each.

Set-up:  Friday 1pm-9pm & Saturday 7am-10am

Show hours: Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

Take down: Sunday 4pm-9pm


Missoula MADE fair // December 10, 2017 // Adams Center

6’ x 6’       $60

10’ x 6’     $90 + Table ($6)

10’x10’   $165 + Electric ($12) + Table ($6)

20’x10’   $290 + Electric ($12) + Table ($6)

Booth sizes are listed in width x depth . Chairs are provided; electricity access is available for 10’x10’  & 20’ x10’ booths ONLY for an additional $12, and tables can be rented for $6 each.

Set-up:  Sunday 8 am-11am

Show hours: Sunday 11am-6pm

Takedown: Sunday 6pm-9pm

We know that staying overnight at a hotel is not always in the budget and so we are going to work hard to facilitate artist home-stays and discounted hotel rooms for both events.


Ends on October 1, 2017

2017 holiday MADE fair {Helena & Missoula}

2 weekends, 2 great locations, 2 amazing opportunities inform the community about your non-profit

The MADE fair is an artist & handcrafted market featuring local and regional artists. Our juried events feature over 200 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits. The holiday MADE fair is expanding and will include a NEW 2-day event in Helena, MT in addition to our Missoula event. Our curated collection of artisans represents Montana’s best of the best Montana. Our show was recently listed as one of the best holiday shows in the country!

Helena // December 2-3 // Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds

We are excited to bring all that our events offers for artisans, non-profits, and the local community to the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds for the first Helena MADE fair. We are working with incredible folks in Helena to bring the MADE fair experience to life. We have 30,000 sq. feet of continuous space to feature over 200 talented artisans, local non-profits, activities, and delicious food & beverage options. The Helena Holiday MADE fair will include free entry, free parking, and plenty of room to shop.

Missoula // December 10 // Adams Center

Once again, we will be filling the Adams Center with over 200 booths located on the balcony, arena floor, and upper gyms. The 11th annual Missoula Holiday MADE fair will include free entry, free parking, and plenty of room to shop.

The MADE fairs are presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts. The event is organized by Carol Lynn Lapotka (REcreate designs), Courtney Blazon, and Sara Kauk (Design Missoula) with assistance from MADE fair ambassadors and local artists.

APPLYING // NON-PROFIT

Community support for all of our events is what helps to make them great. Non-profits play a big roll in creating opportunities, educating, and fighting the good fight all across Montana. They are often the building blocks for what makes our cities great. For the last five years, we have been offering booths to local non-profits at a reduce rate to provide them the opportunity to meet directly with the public they serve.

We are excited to continue offering space available for non-profits at our Missoula events and now our 2-day show in Helena as well. We strongly encourage some sort of hands-on activity to engage both children and adults that visit your booth.  We will be jurying all non-profits that apply to make sure they are a good fit for our event. 

HOW TO APPLY

1. Fill out the online application

2. Upload images & logo

NON-PROFIT BENEFITS

For many artists & non-profits, our shows are their best of the season and we do a great deal to promote everyone on our website and social media. We have found our customers enjoy pre-shopping the artists and planning out their day of shopping. This is definitely an added benefit compared to other handmade markets; it is one of the many things that set us apart.

Included

• A well-organized event that attracts over 8,000 customers eager to buy handcrafted products and meet the artists and non-profitst!

• Non-profit image, business name, and links on our website

• A landing page with more detailed information about your non-profit including links to website, facebook, and instagram

• Promotional event graphics you can use on your Instagram account, Facebook page, or website

• A listing on printed & digital floor plan

• Nametag and other great swag

PROMOTION

All of our events are very well attended and we work hard to bring in a variety of customers. In addition to our website, Facebook, and Instagram pages, we advertise our events well in advance using these methods:

• Printed media —10,000 postcards, 2,500 rack cards, 1,000 posters, 5,000 mini cards

• Advertisements in local papers and magazines

• Radio spots

• Social Media—Facebook & Instagram Ads

• Web Ads— Missoulaevents.net

• Calendar Listings—newspaper, online, and magazines

• Digital & printed floor plan maps


IMPORTANT DATES

August 1   Accepting applications

October 1 Deadline for submissions

October 10  Accepted and declined non-proifts notified by email

October 25 Non-profit booth fees due

 

NON-PROFIT BOOTH FEES // SET-UP // EVENT HOURS

Helena MADE fair // December 2-3, 2017 // Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds

 6’ x 6’ $40 + Electric ($15) 

10’ x 6’ $60 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($10)

10’x10’ $100 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($10)

20’x10’ $185 + Electric ($15)  + Table ($10)

Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs are provided, electricity access is available for an additional $15, and tables can be rented for $10 each.

Set-up: Friday 1pm-9pm & Saturday 7am-10am

Show hours: Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

Take down: Sunday 4pm-9pm

 

Missoula MADE fair // December 10, 2017 // Adams Center

6’ x 6’  $25

10’ x 6’ $40 + Table ($6)

10’x10’ $75 + Electric ($12) + Table ($6)

20’x10’  $135 + Electric ($12) + Table ($6)

Booth sizes are listed in width x depth. Chairs are provided; electricity access is available for 10’x10’  & 20’ x10’ booths ONLY for an additional $12, and tables can be rented for $6 each.

Set-up: Sunday 8 am-11am

Show hours: Sunday 11am-6pm

Takedown: Sunday 6pm-9pm

We know that staying overnight at a hotel is not always in the budget and so we are going to try to facilitate artist home-stays and discounted hotel rooms for both events.

MADE FAIR SPONSORSHIP

The MADE fair is an artist & handcrafted market featuring local and regional artists. Our juried events feature over 200 skilled artisans as well as a handful of non-profits. Our curated collection of artisans represents the best of the best Montana has to offer and both the artist and customer experience is top notch. Our show was recently listed as one of the best holiday shows in the country!

We estimate over $250,000 is spent during the 7 hour show and over 8,000 customers walk through the doors. Our average customer is female, age 22-45. They are interested in keeping their dollars local and appreciate quality workmanship. They may be a mother, a professor, or a creative spirit who brings a handful of her friends to shop with her. They will post a selfie on Facebook or Instagram at the show of her most recent find and add the hash tag #madeinmontana or #supportyourlocalartist. After the big day is over they will go out to dinner at their favorite downtown restaurant and grab a local brew to celebrate the day. By knowing this customer, our marketing dollars are well spent by strategically utilizing social-media, as this is how our main demographic receives their information. We have over 4700 active Facebook followers and an emailing list of 1500 customers. We reach our target market via radio, Facebook, email campaigns, print media, and disperse over 500 posters and 5,000 postcards in Missoula, Helena, and surrounding communities.

This is one of the largest artisan markets in Montana and a great way to reach potential customers. The benefits of being a sponsor go beyond the physical printed promotional items and are long lasting. By supporting the MADE fair and all it offers (to both customers & artists), you can secure your position in the local community. We are seeking money and in-kind sponsorship to help offset the cost of the event and our marketing efforts. Please consider becoming a sponsor, we appreciate the communities support in helping to make the summer and holiday MADE fairs a success.

Benefits of each sponsorship level are listed in addition to what events are covered. Prior marketing materials and additional information available upon request. 

The MADE fairs are presented by HandMADE Montana— a professional organization for art & handcrafted goods. We organize events (MADE fairs & workshops), provide resources to artists, and encourage growth and support in our community efforts. The event is organized by Carol Lynn Lapotka (REcreate designs), Courtney Blazon , and Sara Kauk (Design Missoula) with assistance from MADE fair ambassadors and local artists.

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

FRIEND $125

SHOW BENEFITS // SINGLE SHOW

Get your feet wet ,and throw your hat in the ring with this introductory level of sponsorship. Your business logo and link will appear on the Sponsored by page on the handMADE Montana website as well as one social mention of your choice (Facebook, Instagram, or blog post). We will throw in a big-ole high five the next time we see you as well.

SOCIAL BUTTERFLY $250

SHOW BENEFITS // SINGLE SHOW

Spread your social wings and fly at this level of sponsorship. Your business will receive 1 dedicated Facebook, Instagram, and blog posts with images, descriptions, and links to your online presence. You will also be given a solid shout out on a web blast prior to the event. Your business logo and link on the Sponsored by page on the handMADE Montana website.

SIDEKICK $500

SHOW BENEFITS  // HOLIDAY & SUMMER // ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP 

We are always looking for some extra help from our trusty sidekicks. Benefits to this level include all that is offered as a SOCIAL BUTTERFLY as well as a small logo on promotional materials including 5000+ postcards (for each event/location), 500 posters, and 1500 rack cards distributed throughout Missoula, Helena, and surrounding areas. 

SUPERHERO $1000

SHOW BENEFITS  // HOLIDAY & SUMMER // ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP 

You are a rockstar, and all that is super and heroic. We appreciate all that you do to help save the day. Benefits at this level include all that is offered as a SIDEKICK, but  you will also get your logo on all email blasts, MADE fair pages on the handMADE Montana website, radio advertisement mentions, and a vinyl banner hung the weekend of the event.  

MASTER of the UNIVERSE $2500  

SHOW BENEFITS  // HOLIDAY & SUMMER // ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP 

You have it all figured out, and know that helping us, helps you. Your business is dedicated to supporting local and community efforts, and sees the MADE fair as an event that is in line with what you stand for. Benefits at this level include all that is offered as a SUPER HERO, but also include being our key sponsor.  What does that mean?  Your business will stand out with a largest logo, and up-front-and -center of it all. You will also be sponsoring 1 artist booth per event via a scholarship program and you have the option to have 1 6x10 booth to promote your business.