F.A.Q.

SALT MARKET – Saturday, October 18th, 2014, 10am-5pm

What is the Salt Market and what is the Pepper Market?
When and where is the Salt Market?
When and where is the Pepper Market?
What types of products are sold at these markets?
How do I apply to these markets?
Are these markets curated?
What is the vendor booth size?
When are vendors able to set up at?
What will be provided for a vendor the day of the event?
Do vendors need to stay the whole time?
Do you need to see photos of my work?
Do you need to see a photo of how I display my work?
When will I know if I’ve been accepted into the market I applied to?
As an accepted vendor, what promotional opportunities are there through these markets?
What is the vendor fee?
How/when do I pay my vendor fee?
What if I need to cancel after I paid? Can I get a refund?
Are you looking for volunteers? How can I get more involved?

What is the Salt Market and what is the Pepper Market?

The Salt Market* and the Pepper Market** are annual, offbeat urban markets in Syracuse, NY. Typically housed in warehouse or vacant storefront spaces, the Salt and Pepper markets connect the greater community with independent artists & designers whose wares are not easily accessible otherwise. Many of the market vendors don’t sell in nearby stores or other craft markets, making this market a unique event for our city. Year after year, the event organizers aim to create an alternative shopping experience showcasing innovative wares designed and produced both here in central NY and selected vendors from the Northeast region.

The market organizers seek out exceptional and innovative artists that are creating well-designed products inspired by contemporary trends. Value is also placed on eco-conscious use of materials, innovative packaging, and original business branding. Visitors to the market have come to expect a vibrant, community-based event; re-imagining all things locally handmade while enjoying local music performances and delicious food provided by local venues!

*Previously known as the Salt City Urban Art and Craft Market. Founded in 2009.
**The Pepper Market showcases “30 artists and designers selling their wares for $30 and under”. Founded in 2012.

This year’s Pepper Market will take place alongside the Salt Market.

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When and where is the Salt Market?

The 2014 Salt Market will be taking place on Saturday, October 18th, from 10am-5pm at SKY Armory.

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When and where is the Pepper Market?

The 2014 Pepper Market will be taking place alongside the Salt Market on October 18th.

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What types of products are sold at these markets?

At the market you will discover a variety of high-quality handmade wares such as: Metalsmith, Glass and Enamel Jewelry; Letterpress Stationary and Prints; Hand-Pulled Screen Prints on Paper and Fabric; Organic Body Products and Make-up; Hand-bound Books; Photography; Original Poetry Books; Originally designed Graphics on T-Shirts, Bags, and more; Home Goods; Ceramics; Leather Bags and Accessories; Hair Accessories; Handmade Soap; Soy-based Candles; Hand-knit accessories and Hand-spun Yarn; Originally designed Apparel……

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How do I apply to these markets?

We are currently taking submissions for the 2014 market through August 15th, by 11:59 PM. Follow this LINK for the full application.

*Note: This year we’ve implemented a one-time, non-refundable $10 submission fee to apply.
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Are these markets curated?

Yes. It is important for us to jury the applications so there is a balance of product throughout the Market. We look at various components when we make selections, including the quality and diversity of products, consumer desires, and pricing. The demand to sell at these markets has grown over the years. Due to the large volume of applicants and limited space, we aim to fill this space with the most original and skilled craftspeople/artists we can find.

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What is the vendor booth size?

Each booth space is 8’ wide by 6’ deep.

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When are vendors able to set up at?

All vendors will have access to the space two hours before the event begins. Every vendor is expected to have their wares presentable by 9:45am. Doors open at 10am.

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What will be provided for a vendor the day of the event?

We will provide up to two chairs per booth space. Tables can be rented throw us for $10 upon request, but we encourage you to bring your own. Vendors must bring their own table covers. We also encourage creativity in your use of the space!

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Do vendors need to stay the whole time?

Yes, please. Market attendees continue to come up until closing time and it is important that we present everyone with the best shopping experience possible. Naturally, things happen – and if you need to leave early, please find an organizer to let them know.

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Do you need to see photos of my work?

Yes. In order to curate proficiently, we need to see images of your work. All applicants are required to show six different photos of their work, plus one image of their display. These photos help us evaluate how your work might compare to others, and whether it is a good fit for our event. Please make sure these represent the best that you have to offer. Your application will NOT be complete without 5 DIFFERENT photos. Photos should be representative of the merchandise you’ll be selling in your booth and cannot be items that already sold.

Upload images of your work directly into the application. SMALL WEB-QUALITY IMAGES NO LARGER THAN 2 MB only please. If your files are larger than this, your application will not go through.

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Do you need to see a photo of how I display my work?

Yes. We want to see a sample of how you creatively merchandise your wares through the example of one image. We strongly encourage innovation and creativity, with a limited use of traditional and commercially purchased display items. Your application will not be complete without this image.

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When will I know if I’ve been accepted into the market I applied to?

We will let all applicants know within one week of closing the application window if you’ve been accepted into this year’s market or not. If you don’t hear back from us, please email us with your inquiry to saltmarketsyracuse@gmail.com.

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As an accepted vendor, what promotional opportunities are there through these markets?

We showcase all our market vendors with a link of their website on ours for a year. In addition logos and/or names will be put on any promotional materials whenever possible. There will also be a day-off event program with your business name, location and contact information.

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What is the vendor fee?

The vendor fee is $100.00* for one business, in one booth space.  The vendor fee is $70.00 for two businesses, in one space.

*Note: This year’s fee increase is a direct reflection of our rise in costs to produce a more lively and successful market for you!

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How/when do I pay my vendor fee?

Once you’ve been accepted, the organizers will send a congratulatory email along with a short questionnaire and a link to PayPal to pay the fee. Typically the submission fee is due two weeks after being accepted.

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What if I need to cancel after I paid? Can I get a refund?

We will 100% refund your fee up to one month before the market date.

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Are you looking for volunteers? How can I get more involved?

Yes yes YES! We can always use extra hands for passing out flyers, taking a one-hour door shift and so forth. Please email us at saltmarketsyracuse@gmail.com to let us know that you are available to help. Thank you.