Guidelines for Crafts
** THE WCFM IS ESPECIALLY LOOKING FOR VENDORS THAT OFFER UNIQUE PRODUCTS THAT ARE NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED AT THE MARKET **
The following guidelines are set forth for the purpose of jurying crafts in order to determine whether the proposed craft is eligible to be sold at the market operated by Watauga County Farmers' Market. 100% of all crafts sold at the market must be hand crafted by the vendor. Any crafts that a current or potential vendor intends to sell at the market must be approved by the jury. Crafts that have been juried previously do not have to be submitted to the jury again. Craft juries will be held once a year.
Definition of Crafts: Crafts, for the purpose of the Watauga County Farmers' Market shall be determined to be: an item made by hand, which an observer of the craft can appreciate the technique and special skill used in the craft's production.
Non-farm crafts are produced from materials not grown or harvested by the crafts person and must be juried. Farm crafts are value added farm products produced predominately from materials grown or harvested by the crafts person. These crafts do not have to be juried by the Crafts Committee but do have to pass all other farm inspections.
The Crafts Committee and Jurying Process: All crafts must be juried by the Crafts Committee prior to being sold at any market operated by Watauga County Farmers' Market. Each person making crafts to sell at the market must be juried in individually. Separate crafters may only apply under the same membership if they are immediate family members. The names of all individual crafters selling under a single membership must be on file with the market manager. The Crafts Committee will consist of 3 to 4 community craftspeople who do not vend at the market and who are invited by WCFM to judge the craft jury. The Crafts Committee recommends to the Board of Directors whether or not the proposed craft is eligible to be sold at the market. The Board of Directors has the final determination as to whether or not a craft item can be displayed and sold.
To be juried, craft vendors will be assigned a number by the Market Manager. They will set up their crafts and will then leave the premises. Potential craft vendors will not be present at the jurying to ensure open and frank discussion. The Craft Committee will not know the name of the potential craft vendor. Crafts will only be known by number. The craft vendor will be notified by email of their acceptance. There will be no crafts juried on Market day.
All crafts must be hand crafted by the vendor.
Crafts must be the product of a home or cottage type industry using a personal type of technology rather than an industrial type of production. To be considered "hand crafted", the item must show evidence of manual skills obtainable only through a significant period of experience and dedication. Examples of unacceptable items would be, but not limited to: tracings of paint by number, ceramics or pottery from commercial molds, wood carvings using duplicating machines, kits in any form, and any other items that do not reflect originality of design.
All crafts will be juried with the exception of farm crafts, defined above. Craft vendors who add a new category of crafts after jurying will still have to have the new category craft juried. Everything that a craft vendor wants to sell at the market must be represented at jurying. Pieces too large to be carried easily can be represented at jurying by photographs. Judges reserve the right to ask craft vendors to bring the item if it is in question.
All crafts will be photographed at jurying to ensure what each craft vendor sells at the Market has been juried.
All crafts must be of excellent workmanship both in quality and design.
All craft vendors must comply with and abide by all Rules and By-Laws used to govern the Watauga County Farmers' Market. They must also be a member of the Market in good standing.
The Market Manager has the discretion to immediately remove any craft item that he/she considers objectionable. The Board of Directors must review the manger's decision within 14 days and make an official ruling on the matter.
Upon submission of your application, you agree to following terms:
WCFM requires that all vendors comply with standards of professionalism that promote open communication, mutual respect and the best interests of the market. Disruptive actions or remarks that undermine the shared success of any or all of our community of vendors are unprofessional and unacceptable. Failure to comply with these standards could result in suspension or removal from the Market.
For the WCFM to be successful, vendor attendance is necessary. Members must attend the market at least 24 out of 30 weeks in 2019 in order to qualify for a permanent space in 2020... If you are a new craft vendor applying, you must attend 24 out of 30 markets in 2020 to qualify for a permanent space in 2021.
Each vendor participating in the Market shall be responsible for any loss, personal injury and/or damage that may occur as a result of the vendor’s actions and agrees to hold harmless the WCFM from any losses, damages, claims, suits or actions, judgments and attorney fees. Vendors are encouraged to maintain their own liability insurance.
I agree to allow representatives of the WCFM to visit the premises where the products I intend to sell are produced. I acknowledge that I have provided access on the website to a copy of the Rules for the WCFM and that I will abide by these rules. I understand my membership can be terminated for violation of any of the Rules.
PLEASE READ OUR COMPLETE RULES BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. The $25 application fee is due immediately upon submission. If you’d prefer to print and mail the application, along with a $25 check, please click HERE. Applications must be mailed or submitted along with the fee no later than JANUARY 31st, 2019. You will receive and email of times/dates of the Craft Jury (usually takes place in February). You will be notified of the acceptance or denial of your application by email.