Pittsburgh Freaky Fair

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

Vendor Application Information for Spring 2019 Fair

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE SPRING 2019 EVENT

APPLICATION DEADLINE WAS SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2019 - LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. NO EXCEPTIONS.

GENERAL INFO ABOUT THE SPRING 2019 FAIR IS BELOW. GENERAL INFO ABOUT OUR VENDOR PROCESS IS LOCATED HERE.


Applications open at 12:00 p.m. on February 24, 2019.
Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on March 10, 2019.
Late applications will not be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Applicants will be notified and invoices sent by March 17, 2019.
Accepted Vendor Invoices Due by 11:59 p.m. on March 31 2019.

Late payments will not be accepted and your space will be offered to a waitlisted vendor. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Waitlisted applicants will be notified by April 7, 2019 if a space becomes available.
Waitlisted Vendor Invoices Due by 11:59 p.m. on April 14, 2019. 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. And don’t forget to RSVP to this event on the official Facebook event page!


Saturday, April 27, 2019: 5:00 - 10:00 PM

Sunday, April 28, 2019: 12:00 - 5:00 PM

event DATEs & 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 and will have a 2 foot 'cushion' of space between each vendor that is to remain clear and unobstructed. Pricing for the spaces/days are as follows:

One Day (either Saturday 4/27 or Sunday 4/28) = $65

Both Days (20% discount) = $117

***YOU MAY CHOOSE TO VEND ON EITHER DAY OR BOTH DAYS***

No additional fees are required. Liability insurance is being provided to the venue owner by Pittsburgh Freaky Fair. Tables and chairs are NOT included. Only one space permitted per vendor. If vending both days, your space setup/merchandise can remain intact and will be kept safe/locked in the venue overnight.

The venue is a two-story vacant clothing store with access to the second floor by both a wide, central staircase and an elevator. The vendor spaces do NOT have any existing shelving, hooks or features.

The overhead track lighting is ample, though we encourage you to bring additional lamps or string lights. The ceiling height is approximately 12' and your booth furnishings/setup may not exceed 10' in height.

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 your own extension cords 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.

First floor - street level.

First floor - street level.

Second floor.

Second floor.

Timing for Saturday 4/27:

Load-in: 3:00 PM

Doors Open: 5:00 PM

Doors Close: 10:00 PM

Load-Out: 11:00 PM

Timing for Sunday 4/28:

Load-In: 10:00 AM

Doors Open: 12:00 PM

Doors Close: 5:00 PM

Load-Out: 7:00 PM

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 March 17, 2019.
Accepted applicants are required to submit payment for their assigned booth space by March 31, 2019.

Due to the large volume of interested vendors, we have to rotate our repeat vendors to keep the fair, well, fair. If you are not accepted at this time, know that it is probably not a reflection of your work but a matter of giving new vendors a chance. We encourage you to keep crafting and reapply for the next fair!

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 VACANT CLOTHING STORE and not equipped to serve food or beverages to the public. However, complimentary bottled water, soda and snacks will be provided to vendors on both days. 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 OR PETS 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. You are responsible for any ‘pet cleanup’ needed and we ask that you attend to it promptly.

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.

HOW MUCH IS IT TO ATTEND?
Admission is free though for $5, attendees over 18 years old will receive a limited edition PFF tote bag and 5 raffle tickets to enter for a chance to win one of three gift baskets full of various goodies donated by the vendors and local businesses. Both cash and credit cards will be accepted at the door. No advance payment needed. Admission for children under 18 is free regardless if accompanying adults opt to pay to attend.

WHAT ARE THE RAFFLE BASKETS ABOUT?
To commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Freaky Fair, we will be raffling off three gift baskets full of various goodies donated by the vendors and local businesses. Each attendee over 18 years old who pays $5 for admission will receive 5 tickets for the raffle drawing. Attendees do not have to be present to win but DO need to provide a valid phone number on each of their tickets. Winners will be contacted within 24 hours after the close of the fair (5:00 pm on Sunday, April 28).

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 Fall 2018 fair attracted more than 1,000 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. We expect a much larger turnout for the Spring 2019 fair as this is a two-day event.

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