Pittsburgh Freaky Fair

AN UNUSUAL FAIR FOR UNUSUAL PEOPLE.

Pittsburgh Freaky Fair is a bi-annual event featuring local artists, crafters and vendors of unusual items for unusual people.

Vendor Application Information for Fall 2018 Fair

Sorry, but Pittsburgh Freaky Fair is no longer accepting application submissions for the Fall 2018 event.

We encourage you to apply again for future events and sign up for PFF Mail as we will occasionally notify our subscribers of other vending opportunities in the Pittsburgh area that may be of interest to you.

Applications open at 12:00 p.m. on August 24, 2018.
Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on September 7, 2018.
Late applications will not be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Applicants will be notified by September 14, 2018.
Accepted Vendor Invoices Due by 11:59 p.m. on September 21, 2018. Late payments will not be accepted and your space will be offered to a waitlisted vendor. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Waitlisted applicants will be notified by September 24, 2018 if a table becomes available.
Waitlisted Vendor Invoices Due by 11:59 p.m. on September 28, 2018. NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you have any questions about the application or process itself, please contact PFF either through the website contact form or via email: pghfreakyfair@gmail.com

Please note, we will do our best to respond to your message within 24 hours but response time may vary due to volume. There are hundreds of you and only a handful of us. :)

Please be sure to check out the Vendor page for more general information about vending and sign up for PFF Mail to get email updates.


Saturday, October 6, 2018
Fair Hours: 11am - 5pm

Early ‘Bat’ Hour: 11am - 12pm

event DATE & TIMES


LOCATION

(former) H&M Clothing Store
535 S. 27th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 (Southside)


vendor spaces

This is an indoor event. All vendor spaces are 8-by-8-foot. Vendor fee is $65.00 per space.

No additional fees are required. Liability insurance is being covered by the event coordinator. Tables and chairs are NOT included.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a large two-story venue with access to the second floor by both a wide, central staircase and an elevator. The spaces do not have any additional shelving, hooks or features. The overhead track lighting is ample, ceiling height is approximately 12'. See photos below for reference.

Unfortunately, access to electrical outlets will be limited; however, power strips will be provided at all of the available outlets but they will need to be shared, so please be respectful of your neighbors and conservative in how much you need. If you absolutely need electricity, be prepared to bring up to a 50' extension cord to get from the nearest outlet to your space.

We ask that vendors stay within their assigned space and be courteous of their neighbors. If you have racks or other display structures, they MUST fit within the 8-by-8-foot space. You must contain all of your displays, merchandise, and containers within this space. Vendors may NOT tape or hang any items to the walls.

PFF recognizes that a vendor space on the second floor will not be as convenient for setup/teardown as a space on the first floor. PFF will provide volunteers for vendors located on the second floor to help with transporting items during setup/teardown.

Please note that PFF will make every effort to accommodate requests but there is absolutely no guarantee that all requests will be granted unless there is a valid medical reason why a vendor space on the first or second floor would be appreciated.

HOWEVER, the only available restrooms at this venue are located on the second floor so please consider this before making your request.

 First floor - street level.

First floor - street level.

 Second floor.

Second floor.

SHARING YOUR VENDOR SPACE

You are permitted to apply with a second applicant. Both applicants are reviewed at the same time.  The primary applicant will be the one notified by email.

For the entirety of the event, you and the second applicant will be treated as one vendor and will share the vendor space. Set-up needs must be decided and planned before the event date. You may not bring products from anyone not listed on your application.


IS THERE A FEE TO APPLY?
No, there is no fee required to submit an application.

WHAT TYPE OF VENDORS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
We are looking for artists who handcraft and sell high-quality and unique products that will appeal to people who enjoy the ‘strange and unusual.’ These creations involve such themes as: horror/cult movies, goth/punk/indie/underground subculture, occult/paranormal concepts, and things geeky/weird/creepy. 

Suggested items include:

  • Original artwork
  • Clothing (both new and vintage)
  • Jewelry and accessories
  • Occult and spiritual products
  • Home goods and décor
  • Soaps and cosmetics
  • Toys, collectibles, and comics
  • Books, movies, and music
  • Miscellaneous trinkets, oddities, and curiosities

WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED?
Application notifications will be sent by SEPTEMBER 14, 2018.
Accepted applicants are required to submit payment for their assigned booth space by SEPTEMBER 21, 2018.
If you are not accepted at this time, we encourage you to keep crafting and reapply for the next fair!

I'M A PREVIOUS VENDOR. WHY ARE YOUR FEES DIFFERENT FROM LAST TIME?
The fees have been adjusted due to a change of venue. Additionally, this particularly venue allows for all spaces to be equal in size so only one flat fee was needed. Lastly, this fee allows for the event coordinator to provide liability insurance on your behalf.

WILL THERE BE A LOADING AND UNLOADING LOCATION?
Yes, directions for the day of the event will be included in your vendor packet.

WHERE WILL I PARK? 
After you load-in, metered parking can be found on-street surrounding the venue or in several nearby garages. Click here for a map of the area.

DO YOU REIMBURSE PARKING COSTS? 
Parking costs and any violation fees are the responsibility of the vendor.

HOW IS THE LIGHTING IN THE BUILDING?
Both high and low light sources are available in the space. Please indicate if your wares would look best under a particular lighting and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

WILL THERE BE FOOD AND BEVERAGES AVAILABLE INSIDE OF THE VENUE?
Yes and no. This venue is a former clothing store and not equipped to serve food or beverages to the public. However, complimentary coffee and bagels/pastries will be provided to all vendors during load-in from 9-11am. Complimentary bottled water, soda and snacks will also be provided to vendors throughout the day. For attendees, there are numerous dining options surrounding the venue. Food trucks may also be present during the event.

WILL THERE BE RESTROOMS AVAILABLE INSIDE OF THE VENUE?
Yes, though they are located on the second floor. The restrooms are ADA compliant.

WILL THIS VENUE BE CLIMATE CONTROLLED?
Yes!

CAN MY CHILDREN BE WITH ME WHILE I VEND?
Yes, though we ask that you make sure that they remain with you and do not disturb any surrounding vendors. 

CAN I SELL FOOD?
Unfortunately, we cannot accept any food vendors that require cooking/prep on-site or sell food that is not sealed/packaged. If you make candies or packaged food that does not require heat or refrigeration, that is acceptable.

WHAT IS THE 'EARLY BAT HOUR' ALL ABOUT?
Early Bats (instead of birds - get it spooksters?) will receive a grab-bag with donated goodies from vendors and other local businesses as well as access to the fair before the main crowd! This will give attendees a chance to score things that may otherwise sell out later and avoid the throng. 

WHAT TYPE OF ATTENDANCE DOES THIS FAIR USUALLY GET?
Since 2014, Pittsburgh Freaky Fair has progressively grown in terms of attendance each time a fair has been held. The Spring 2018 fair attracted more than 1,500 attendees. Many of our vendors have reported that they sell more items at this fair than other fairs due to the 'freaky' interests of the targeted attendees.

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