To learn about what we offer and our process for becoming a vendor, please visit our Becoming a Vendor page here.
What’s the first step?
The first step in our process is to fill out a vendor application. Click here to get started now.
What happens after I submit my application?
After you submit your application, you will receive an automated response notifying you that we received your application. If this doesn’t arrive in your inbox within 10 minutes, check your spam folder. This email is confirmation that we received your application and it has been filed for review.
I’m having trouble submitting my application. What should I do?
First, make sure your pictures are the correct file size. There is a link on the application that can help you do this. If you do this and your application still does not send, you can send the requested information to firstname.lastname@example.org
How long does it take for my application to be reviewed?
Applications are reviewed based on available openings, which may be immediately, 6 months from now, or 12 months from now. If your product is a great match for Curate Mercantile, we will contact you when we have the appropriate opening.
I haven’t heard anything conclusive yet about whether or not I’ve been selected–does this mean I haven’t been selected?
We will contact you if we decide to move forward with your application and set up a personal meeting. If you haven’t heard from us it could mean one of several things: your product may not be the best fit for Curate Mercantile, or your product may not be the right fit for our store at the present moment, or we may not currently have the proper space available for your product.
Which spaces are available now?
We are on a waitlist, however space availability is always changing, and each space is designed for a specific type of product. We work to place vendors strategically within the store for the benefit of both vendors and shoppers. Only once we’ve reviewed an application and set up an appointment to move forward will we disclose the spaces that are a good match for a specific vendor and product.
How much does it cost to rent a space?
Vendors pay a monthly rent as well as a small commission fee. Pricing varies throughout the store depending on the size and location of the space. Only once we’ve reviewed an application and set up an appointment to move forward will we disclose the pricing on the spaces that are a good match.
Does the store keep a commission as well?
Yes, the store keeps a small commission in addition to the monthly rent payment. This commission pays for things like the trained staff, advertising, and the materials necessary to operate the front desk and sell vendors’ products.
How long are the contract commitments?
The initial commitment required is 6 months, and then continues on a month-to-month basis.
What’s required of vendors?
Vendors are required to abide by their contracts, manage an attractive appearance of their booth space, engage in communication with the staff when necessary, and take responsibility for their product and sales.
Are vendors required to work the registers?
No, vendors are not required (or ever expected) to work the registers because we have trained staff who work the floor and manage the sales at the register. Our philosophy behind this is three fold:
- Offering higher quality customer service to our shoppers by improving product knowledge and communication among workers, customers, and vendors
- Creating a friendly vendor environment by eliminating unnecessary competition and gossip
- Allowing vendors the necessary time to focus on what they love doing: making awesome product and creating gorgeous displays to sell their product
Can I share a space with someone?
Each space is separated for vendors to create and personalize to their own liking (within limits). If you have a business partner you’d like to work with, please include this information on your application so we can review both products and styles.
Can I be a vendor for your special events only?
Out of fairness to our brick and mortar vendors who rent on a monthly basis, we do not accept vendors on an event-only basis. Our special events are designed to promote the sales of existing vendors and increase customer traffic during and after the event, which benefits our existing vendors throughout the month. We do host special food-centric pop-up events on the weekends. If you apply with us as a food vendor, we may reach out to you for a 2 hour pop-up event if we believe you are well-suited for this type of sales.