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 have more than 1 fairground market scheduled.
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! Check out our press list!
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 prices?
Our booth rental prices vary by venue and booth location. Prices are found on our online application HERE. 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.
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 policy on the application.
Why did your space rental prices increase?
Our space rental prices are currently back to the original prices we had in 2017, but with better venues! We previously applied discounts to our prices over a year after Hurricane Harvey, to help our small business get back on their feet. We even extended our discounts after our beloved community of Santa Fe experienced a tragic high school shooting. Our company worked at a tremendous loss to help our vendors.
Now that most have recovered from both tragedies within the same year, we’re able to return to our original prices to focus on better serving our vendors to help their businesses grow!
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. Space rental prices are the same whether you are serving food in a booth or out of a truck/trailer. Our prices vary by venue. We are also flat rate, which means we do not collect a percentage of our commercial food vendor’s sales.
We may not offer Commercial Food Spaces at some venues. Check the application carefully. If this space option is not listed, it is not available.
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?
Please see our Commercial Food Vendor section of our application for specific information. Cottage Food (after Sept. 1, 2019): You will need one if you provide samples, unless you prepackage 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 contact the Owner-Market Coordinator 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 policy and venue rules.
I submitted my application, but haven’t heard anything?
Did you also make your payment at the time of application? If not, we didn’t process your application and we rarely receive applications without payments attached.
If you submitted both your application and payment at the same time, we will process your application the Monday following the date your payment posted.
IF YOUR APPLICATION IS DENIED: You will receive a refund notice email from PayPal (email@example.com). We try to provide reasons, but we’re not always able to do so. Most applications are denied for prohibited items found in the vendor policy on the application, spaces have already filled for direct sales consultants (MLM) and commercial food vendors, or incorrect space selection for a market (i.e. commercial food/corporate vendor signs up for a regular space instead of theirs).
IF YOUR APPLICATION IS APPROVED: No word by that following Monday after your payment posted? You’re more than likely approved. You won’t receive anything until the Monday before your scheduled market date for each market you selected on the application. We do provide links on your application confirmation email that contains your copy of your completed application to help you plan while you wait.
Applications are processed during the same week for vendors who apply for a market scheduled for the upcoming weekend.
WHY WE DON’T NOTIFY INDIVIDUALLY: We handle thousands of inquiries every year, so it’s hard to notify everyone individually though we do try. We work hard to update our website and systems to provide the information you need, when you need it. Your answers are probably located on this website, in your emails, and/or the vendor policy. We always appreciate your business though and look forward to working with you!
What is your refund policy?
Our refund policy is found on in our policy and agreement attached to the vendor application.
Where is your vendor policy?
At the bottom of the vendor application. 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.