What is Vintage House?
Vintage House is a bimonthly vintage/handmade market in Chicago! We host two sales a month at rotating venues in the city. Each sale features 50% returning vendors and 50% new vendors with diverse offerings, so you'll never see the same stuff!
Sounds great! How do I apply?
We post about upcoming market opportunities on our Instagram! If you don't have Instagram, you can find available submission links at our linktree. If no applications are present in the linktree, then there are no current open vending oppurunities. We post submissions every few weeks (usually just one at a time); the submission link will be open for about a week and takes 5 minutes to fill out! Applications will be reviewed, then accepted vendors will be notified via email. A waitlist will be created from other applicants, who will be contacted in the case that a vendor declines their acceptance
Please note that we receive around 140 applications per show, and usually only have 30 to 40 spots available. Don't be discouraged if you don't get accepted the first time around!
What are the fees like? What are they used for?
Our standard fee is $110 for a "full" space (usually an 8x8 or 10x10) and $55 for a "half" space (table only). This fee is subject to change per event, but will generally never exceed $150 for a full space or $75 for a half space. This fee is used to: pay for the venue cost, advertising, cost of the poster, extra staff when needed, insurance, cleaning supplies when needed and to pay Vintage House Corp! These costs vary drastically per venue/event, but we keep the fee standard/reliable. Vintage House is a business that files taxes like any other, and part of the fee pays its administrators for the labor of organizing the event. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! We love financial transparency and will try to answer your questions as well as we can.
Any tips on applications?
Apply to each event! Even if you haven't been accepted yet, that doesn't mean we wouldn't love to have you. We get a high volume of applicants and due to our efforts of balancing returning and new vendors, it might take a bit to be accepted.
Other then that, be sure to fill out every section in the application! Note that if you don't have an active Instagram page for your vintage/art, it is very unlikely you will get accepted. It isn't about follower account so much as knowing what you sell + knowing that you will actively post about the sale to get customers there. Vintage House does its own paid and unpaid advertising, but we also rely on vendors to advertise and get folks to the sales!
The following is important to know for vendors/is on every submission form!
-Vintage House is not liable for theft or damage to inventory
-Vintage House does not offer supplies for vendors usually (besides chairs) so only apply if you have all the necessary supplies!
-Every event at Vintage House is completely different! While we have a large community of customers/vintage lovers, and our events almost always have a couple hundred to thousand attendees, we cannot guarantee sales. We will do all we can to get customers to come and shop your wares, but can't guarantee anything!
Please note that Vintage House is run by one person! I will always try to get back to you as soon as possible, but it won't always be immediately.