Thanks for your interest in stocking your products in our new store! We specialize in African inspired products and are open to all hand-made products. Here are all the details you need to get going.
Each vendor interested in selling with us will fill out an application form and then, if accepted, will work with U4hope to get their products into our store by signing a vendor agreement. We offer two agreements so that vendors can choose which fits their store the best.
If the consignment option is chosen vendors will not pay any booth fees, but a 40% commission will be taken from each sale with the artist keeping
u4hope will curate the store - meaning if accepted into the shop we will look at your product offering and decide which items we think will sell best. Not all products will be picked initially, but products we don't select at first may be selected for future seasons.
Your products will most likely be mixed with other products in the same category, like a typical retail store. You will not set up a booth with this option.
Benefits of this option:
Low risk - There is no upfront cost to sell with us. If you don' t sell, it costs you nothing. As such, it's a great option for trying out a new product line.
Cheaper than wholesale - You only pay a 40% commission, so you keep more of the retail price than if you sold wholesale.
We provide all shelving, tables and displays - You don't need to do anything besides make, label and drop off your products. We take care of the rest.
If you choose the booth option you will be required to pay a $100 monthly fee for your booth space, plus a 30 %commission on all your sales.
If chosen you will be given a standard booth space of 3'x6' and possibly a wall that contains bookshelves (which you may or may not use).
You are required to provide any displays needed, just like our past markets.
You are responsible for the setup and takedown of your booth.
You may request access to electricity. While we will try to accommodate this request, not all booth spaces will have access.
You will be able to curate your products and design your booth however you see fit.
You may restock whenever and as often as you'd like.
Monthly payments for booth fees will be invoiced and required up front, but a commitment of only 3 months is required.
To keep it simple, and to keep our sanity, we will not offer the option to have your booth fee taken out of your sales.
Benefits to this option:
Control over display
Opportunity to display your logo and build your brand awareness
Important information about both options:
Booth spaces will be limited. Accepted vintage sellers will be automatically given the booth option, if requested. Everyone else will be determined by how much space we need to fill in that category. (For example: if you sell bows you probably won't get a the booth option. There are just too many vendors who sell bows and to be fair we would want to carry more than 1-2 brands).
Declined or discontinued vendors are more than welcome to reapply in the future. Some products do better during certain seasons.
*Fine Artists will be required to choose the Consignment option. We will carry a limited amount of fine artists at a time gallery style and plan on swapping them possibly more frequently than our other products. We are working on options for our Fine Art category and more information will be sent as it gets decided.
If you have a vendor ID already you may request to use it on our application form. If you do not include a preferred vendor ID in your application, one will be assigned to you and emailed to you after acceptance.
Your products must be marked with your vendor ID and price in order to get credit for the sale.
All products will be labeled by you just like our markets. Vendor ID followed by price, easy peasy.
You have the option to inventory your products with us.
If you opt to inventory your items:
We require that every product delivery be inventoried by our staff at the time of drop off. We will complete an inventory sheet of our own and it will be signed by both you and us, indicating that we both agree the quantities on the sheet are correct.
At the end of the inventory period we will do a final inventory of the products we give back to you.
Because we have the opportunity to inventory your products, we will assume the responsibility of theft, damaged and lost products. You will be paid for every item you delivered, minus the products you take back, regardless of what our point of sale system shows. Less risk for you!
If at any point you deliver products and choose not to inventory them with our staff or you take some or all of your products for any reason (including sales at other locations and online) we can no longer pay based on inventory, as we will no longer have the ability to verify and track your inventory (see the next section).
If you do not opt to inventory your items:
As with our past markets, you are responsible for lost or stolen goods. We know this seems harsh, but we need the opportunity to count and verify the quantities of product you have delivered if we are going to pay you for the difference.
We will continue to do our best to maintain a secure store. Overnight the store will be monitored by mall security. As with our markets, the store will have video surveillance and will be locked securely after hours.
Products you bring to the store must be in compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws for the type of products you offer. It is your responsibility to know which laws apply to your products and to ensure that they are in compliance with all copyright, food handling, labeling, labor, and any other laws, rules or regulations that apply. All products from vendors that are found to be in violation will be removed from the store immediately.
We strive to offer products that are good for the environment and for the community. As you design, produce and package your products, please do your best to minimize packaging, reduce waste, reuse materials and recycle. Please also do your best to ensure your products are sourced ethically. Trust us, any additional cost or effort will pay off in the long run, plus we'll love you all the more.
Setup for the booth vendors will occur Sundays from 11;30 and Mondays from 10 am - 8:30 You will coordinate this with one of us when accepted.
Product Drop off will occur ongoing during any of our open hours.
The following items are required at setup for booth vendors and product drop off for all other vendors. All items will be required in order to setup/drop off:
Booth fee - If you are a booth vendor we will verify that your booth fee has been paid.
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