Vendor FAQs

How often do you hold markets?

We typically hold at least 2 markets each month. We generally have 1 fairground market and 1 community market each month in 2019. Some months may be different.

Do you charge shoppers to attend and park?

No. We currently offer free admission and parking!

Are tickets required?

No. You’re welcome to invite everyone! No passes needed!

Are your events family friendly?

Yes! We welcome all ages and families. Our vendors do not sell items that are not family friendly. We don’t allow alcohol, weapon, sexually explicit items to be sold at any of our markets.

Are your markets handicap accessible?

Yes. Our venues are public venues which are required to be handicap accessible with parking available. Our locations are generally scooter, stroller, wagon, walker and wheelchair friendly. We also try to make accommodations for vendors with disabilities when requested.

Do you provide tents, tables and chairs?

No. Vendors need to bring all they require to set up their booth. We also don’t offer rentals at this time. If you don’t have a tent and weights, some of our markets offer covered pavilion spaces.

Can I bring my Service Dog?

Absolutely! Just make sure their needs are taken care of, so they can take care of your needs while you work!

Where do you advertise?

We advertise through Google, Yahoo and Bing search engines, as well as local news sites such as ABC13, KHOU11, KPRC2 (Click2Houston), Houston Chronicle, Eventbrite, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many more! We also send flyers throughout the local communities and our shoppers! Thousands of our website and email subscribers also receive our emails for upcoming markets!

How much foot traffic do your markets have?

Our foot traffic generally ranges from a several hundred shoppers on a slow day to over a thousand shoppers on a busy day. Our fairgrounds markets typically provide more foot traffic, but all markets attract actual shoppers! We specifically target those who want to spend money with your business! Just keep in mind that days, weeks, months, years and markets vary periodically. A lot of factors affect shoppers with all businesses.

TIP: Advertising your market attendance dates will help attract more traffic to any market you attend. We provide you with everything you need to advertise your attendance to your community! Sharing is caring! Help our efforts with your efforts, and we will both grow!

How much are your booth spaces?

Our space rental prices vary by venue and space size. We are flat rate, which means we do not collect a percentage of our vendor’s sales at our markets. You keep everything you earn! You only pay for your space rental. View our available space rentals by clicking Vendor Info in the website menu above.

Why is there an application fee?

The application fee is included in our space rental prices to help cover the costs of processing applications, payments and refunds. 100% of it is applied to your space rental when your application is approved. If your application is denied for any reason, you will see the 50% deduction of the original total found on your application with your refund. More information is in our vendor agreement.

 

What are Commercial Food Spaces and how do they work?

Commercial Food Vendors are those who operate a “brick & mortar” restaurant, food truck or food concession booth that requires local food permits and are not protected by the Texas Cottage Food Law.

We are generally not accepting Commercial Food Vendors. Email kristen@texastradedays.com for consideration.

How many vendors do your markets have?

Our markets are currently rebounding back to pre-Hurricane Harvey numbers. We originally averaged over 30 vendors per market in 2017 before Harvey at our community markets and dropped to just over a dozen right after Harvey through 2018 – which began seeing over 20. The largest number we booked for 1 market was about 100, but the Santa Fe High School Shooting dropped our actual attendance number to just over 50 vendors.

Now, we are averaging around several dozen vendors at each market with the fairgrounds markets seeing as many as over 50 and our community market generally see over 30 most dates. Numbers are still fluctuating, but we are seeing positive rebound and growth with a lot of regularly returning vendors, many we’ve had since we started! Each of our venues hold at least 100 vendors! Become a vendor HERE. Our shoppers are looking for you!

What business permits and licenses do I need to be a vendor?

We don’t determine what permits and licenses you need as a vendor, but state law does. Learn more

Is a Texas Sales & Use Tax Permit required?

It depends on whether you sell taxable goods or services. You’ll need to contact the Texas Comptroller of Public accounts for more information. You can call them at 800-252-5555 – they are very helpful.

Is a Temporary Food Establishment Permit required?

Cottage Food (effective Sept. 1, 2019): You will need one if you provide samples, unless you prepackage and label them. More information about prepackaged sample requirements are at www.texascottagefoodlaw.com .

Do you provide TABC permits?

No. We do not allow the sales or promotion of alcoholic beverages. Local winery/brewery information booths may be allowed. Please email kristen@texastradedays.com to discuss details before applying. “Wine at Home” vendors are not allowed.

Do you allow CBD/Hemp Oil vendors?

Yes! Thank the 86th Texas Legislature!

The only thing we ask is for your booth displays and decorations to be modest, family friendly and of good taste. We don’t allow smoke shop style booths (i.e. marijuana plant decor, etc.).

Do you allow knives and antique guns to be sold?

No. This is strictly against our vendor agreement and venue rules.

I submitted my application, but haven’t heard anything?

 

We try to process space rentals quickly, so always watch your emails. Be sure to check your email at least every Monday for your approval notice.

What is your refund policy?

Our refund policy is found on in our vendor agreement.

Where is your vendor agreement?

It's located here and on every space listing. We do adhere to and enforce our policy so that everyone is treated fairly, the process remains smooth and everyone can enjoy working at our markets. Please read it carefully.