What is Craftland?
Craftland is our year round store located in Downcity Providence! Craftland started off as a holiday pop-up shop in 2002 and opened its first brick and mortar store in 2009.We operate as a consignment store, representing around 90 artists’ work year-round and about 140 artists’ work during the holiday season. The store features various arts and crafts from artists in the U.S. and Canada. Participants are selected through a jurying process.
How do I submit to the year round shop?
At this time, we are only accepting submissions for the holiday season. Applications for the year round shop will be available again in February of 2017.
When is the Holiday application deadline?
Please submit the completed application by September 20th, 2016.
How and when will I know if my work has been accepted into the Holiday Extravagaza?
We will contact you through the information you’ve submitted in the application on September 30th!
How do I get accepted into the Holiday Extravaganza?
This year, Craftland will be accepting 40 new artists through the jurying process. These 40 artists will complement the 90 artists currently in our store, creating a curation of 130 artists’ amazing work!
Craftland is curated by a team of notable crafty jurors from a variety of media, with different guest judges each year. It is important to have high-quality photographs depicting interesting, well-crafted designs that fit with the aesthetic of Craftland. Clever packaging helps too! For some super duper tips, read up on “Wowing a Craft Show Jury” by our friends over at Hellocraft.com.
How is Craftland marketed?
· Craftland advertises in several local magazines and guides, such as PWCVB visitor’s guide, Hey Rhody guides, RI Monthly Holiday, and Providence Monthly.
· Full-color postcards and posters
· Press releases sent to all area publications
· Partnerships with area and national businesses
· Weekly email newsletters during the month of December (sign up on the right side of this page!)·
· Social Media: Please find us on Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram.
· Blogs, extra-sensory perception, and mind-control
· And you, our artists!
If we are accepted, when do we send Craftland our work by?
Current artists’ work is due by October 21, 2016. New artists’ work will be due by November 4, 2016
When will the amazing Holiday Extravaganza take place? Where are you located?
The Holiday Extravaganza will take place from mid-November through the end of the year! You can find Craftland at 212 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903!
What sells at Craftland?
We feature unique handmade jewelry, prints, cards, ornaments, housewares, accessories, plush creatures and much more! All handmade, all the time!
People visit Craftland to buy gifts in many price ranges. Some artists make limited-edition goods specifically for Craftland; we’ve found these sell like hot cakes!
Who sells at Craftland?
We will be selling the work of 130 artists during this holiday season — teenagers to grandparents, and professionals to first-timers.
Do I need to be present in order to sell my goods?
Nope! Craftland is a retail shop that operates on a consignment basis. Artists drop off their merchandise at Craftland (or mail it if they live out of town), and the amazing Craftland staff operate the shop. We do love it when you visit!
My work is currently for sale in the year-round Craftland Shop — do I still need to apply to the Holiday Extravaganza?
No, you will be emailed directly with details about this if your work is currently for sale at Craftland.
Can I upload more than 3 images on my application? And if I get accepted, is it okay if I send work other than those 3 images?
Only 3 images are allowed to be uploaded for our application. However, if the jurors decide they need to see more, they will refer to your website if you’ve included a link on your application. So make sure you update your website with new work!
And yes, if you are accepted, you can send work that is different than your uploaded images – HOWEVER, the images should be indicative of the kind of products that you would be sending overall. Craftland reserves the right not to display work that does not fit our standards.
How much inventory do I send you?
If accepted to Craftland, you will receive detailed information about this, but the basic rule of thumb is: send as much as you can. This year, artwork is due by November 4, 2016.
Craftland is a retail shop so we display as much inventory as fits with our aesthetics, and we store remaining inventory as back-stock. Keep in mind that it is difficult to create a proper display if the stock we have on hand is very limited in quantity. So you’ll want to send enough to make your work stands out in our lively, filled to the brim, holiday store.
Any remaining work at the end of the holiday season will be returned to you with great care. Please keep in mind that if you are mailing work, it is best to send all of it in one go when it is due. If your work is selling like crazy, you will be contacted by Craftland store managers to send us more inventory, if you’re able.
What does it cost to participate in the Holiday Extravaganza 2016?
The application fee of $20 is non-refundable.
Craftland operates on a consignment format, and therefore artists receive a percentage of the retail sale price of their items sold. Artists will be paid 50% of Suggested Retail Price of sold merchandise every month.
IMPORTANT: The application fee is not refundable, and will not be returned to artists who are not accepted.
When will I get paid?
Payments for accepted artists who have sold work will be mailed monthly, by the 20th of the following month.
I have highly detailed questions about sending my work. Will you answer them?
Those questions will most likely be answered by our informational emails sent to those who are accepted. These emails contain information on how participants should price and package their products, how to deliver their items to Craftland, how unsold items will be sent back, and much, much more! If those emails don’t answer a particular question, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do past participants have to say about Craftland?
“Everyone who works at Craftland treats my artwork with the same care they would treat their own- with love and respect. I love dropping my art off at Craftland – I have the pleasure of chatting with awesome and friendly people.” Meredith Stern
“When I drop my work off at Craftland I know it will be in the best of company, well cared for, and sweetly promoted. The Craftland crew really knows how to sell my bling!” Kim O’Brien, K.O’Brien Jewelry
“Working with Craftland has been one of the best things for my business. They are professional, friendly, funny AND they pay on time! I never worry about when my check will arrive. When it comes to selling on consignment, getting paid on time, and without a hassle is crucial.” Suzanne Tanner, Tanner Glass