We just recently had our last market of the 2010 season on December 11th. Thanks to all who participated in the 2010 season! Our next Handmade Homemade Market will be held on the second Saturday in April, which will be the first market in the new 2011 season. If you are interested in vending for the 2011 season, please send us an email and we can keep you in the loop. We’ll post more information on vending in 2011 in February or March. Stay tuned!
If you have any questions at all send us an email. Thanks!
Here are a few things to know about being a vendor:
- Everything at this market is for “suggested donation”, nothing here is for sale! Please list all prices as suggested donations.
- We are asking for a $5 or $10 donation (or 10% of earnings) to help keep this market up and running. We hope this sounds fair!
- All tables and space are first come first serve. Please do bring a table of your own and plan on sharing your table with other vendors if possible. It’s necessary for the space and helps us get to know our fellow vendors!
- Please plan on arriving an hour early before each market to set up and for a quick meeting.
- In the spirit of the Handmade Homemade, we also really encourage bartering! We hope to create a new venue for local food and community and hopefully this market can exist on the outside the normal cash economy – bartering is a great way to do that, but it is your choice.
- All vendors should make known where their ingredients or materials come from. Whether they are from Denver or Colorado or afar, we want everyone at the market to make their own informed decision about what they buy.
- This market is not only about food. If your inclination is to sew, knit, plant, draw, or anything else and you would like to be part of this market, please let us know. We love to have an eclectic mix of goods
- We have an alternative currency at the market called the “Handmade Homemade Market Dough”. As a vendor, you’ll likely have some customers use this currency to pay for your goods. We ask that all vendors accept this currency at the market.
Here’s how the alternative currency works:
Market Dough is sold at a discount of 10% (i.e. if you want to purchase 20 dollars worth of Dough you will pay 18 U.S. Dollars). This encourages more people to buy into the Market Dough currency, because they will have more purchasing power than they would with the Dollar, therefore making Market Dough more abundant. With an increased abundance of Market Dough, we will have more customers coming back to continue to support our HaHo vendors.
When vendors come to trade Dough out for U.S. dollars at the end of the night, they receive 10% less U.S. Dollars (i.e. if they trade in 50 market Dough, they will receive $45 U.S. Dollars). This ensures that we always have the appropriate amount of money to back up the currency and it also incentivizes people to use the money inside the market as opposed to trading it out at the end of the night for the same reason that people buy Dough in the first place – it is worth more as Dough than as U.S. dollars. This will help keep our money local and will continue to support HaHo vendors. It also incentivizes people to use the currency as opposed to hoarding it, which creates increased interactions and the flow of goods and services – it has a multiplier effect!
We are working now to connect the Market Dough with other local businesses in Denver, so soon we’ll be able to spend Market Dough outside the market. If you have any thoughts or questions about the Market Dough and how it works as an alternative currency, please let us know. We’d love to talk about it.
You can also email us with any general questions about being a vendor- firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for making this market a reality,
- Enjoy Being!
— the Denver HaHo crew