The Collective hosts several artisan markets each year in La Porte and Porter Counties in northwest Indiana.
Our artisan markets are carefully curated to maintain a variety of high quality artisan, upcycled and vintage vendors. The markets are the perfect place to shop small, have fun and support small businesses.
Additionally, a portion of each market’s ticket sales benefit a local nonprofit organization. At each market, our vendors have the opportunity to donate a portion of the day’s sales to the nonprofit that the market is supporting. Together, we’re able to support amazing nonprofits in our community!
2019 Artisan Markets
Nonprofit supported: Lakeshore PAWS
Money raised: Over $1,600
Mimosas + Makers: June 22 in downtown Valparaiso
Nonprofit supported: Opportunity Enterprises
Money raised: Over $1,000
The Collective Artisan Market: August 17 at The Civic in La Porte
Nonprofit supported: Play for Jake Foundation
Money raised: Over $1,100
The Collective Artisan Market: September 15 at Burn ‘Em Brewing
The Collective Artisan Market: December 7 at The Civic in La Porte
Interested in becoming a vendor? Apply here.
Nonprofit supporting: TBA
How do you choose accepted vendors?
We select vendors we feel have a true passion for what they do, have potential for growth and are true cheerleaders of fellow vendors and small businesses.
When reviewing applications, we look at the following areas:
- Product and packaging quality
- Booth display set up
- Online presence (Facebook and Instagram following, frequent activity, quality of images)
Additionally, if you are selected to be a vendor, you have expectations to uphold at our events. These expectations must be upheld to be considered to be invited back.
- Good vibes and positive attitudes
- Treatment of other vendors, shoppers and event staff
- Engagement with shoppers and excellent customer service
- Promotional efforts (sharing posts on social media, handing out postcards, etc.)
- Booth display and cleanliness
- Adherence to schedules and following directions
- Good communication to event staff, shoppers and other vendors
We have a limited amount of vendors at each market per category to ensure the market maintains a standard of high-quality and a variety of vendors. Participation in a past market does not guarantee a spot for future markets, as we do rotate vendors and do not play favorites.
I sell for a multi-level marketing brand. Why wasn't I accepted?
In order to set up at our markets, everything that you sell must be handcrafted, vintage or upcycled. Although we understand the work that goes into being a brand representative, we do not accept direct sales or multi-level marketing vendors.
Do I need to live in Indiana to participate?
Nope! We have vendors from all over the Midwest who participate in our markets.
Is my booth rental fee refundable?
No, we do not offer refunds for any reason.
Will you let me know if I'm not accepted?
Out of courtesy, we do try to email everyone who submits an application to be in our markets! However, we do receive a high volume of applications, and we're not always able to respond.
All accepted vendors will be notified. If you'd like to check in on the status of your application, please email email@example.com. Vendors who reach out via facebook and Instagram messages will be directed to send an email.
Will my booth be held if I don't pay my invoice until the day before the event?
Booths WILL NOT be held without payment. We have very open communication with our vendors and give ample time to pay invoices. Invoices that remain unpaid after several reminders will revoke your application all together.
Does being a member of The Collective secure my booth space?
No, being a member of The Collective does not guarantee that you'll be accepted into our markets. Membership is for business owners who want to form relationships and grow their businesses, and is not a way to get a a guaranteed "in" at an event.
Does my membership to The Collective give me a discount on my booth space?
No, discounts are not given to any vendors. As a member of The Collective, you can have your shopper entry to markets waived (if you're not a vendor at the market), but you will not receive a booth discount.
I was a vendor at a past market. Does this mean I'm automatically in the next market?
No, all potential vendors must fill out an application to be considered for every market. Being a vendor at a past market does not guarantee that you will be chosen for a future market.