Applications accepted until March 15, 2019, apply online here. You will be notified of our decision by April 1, 2019. We strive to maintain a selection of new vendors each year!
SET-UP + TAKEDOWN
Vendors can arrive at 8AM on Saturday to begin set-up, no early arrivals. Changes may be made to vendor map up to the day-of. All booths must be ready to go by 10AM and remain open until 4PM. All items must be removed and garbage disposed of by 5PM.
FOOD + DRINK
Only Food Truck Vendors are allowed to sell food items. You may bring your own food and beverages, but please do not distribute or sample.
MN TAX ID FORM
As required by MN Law, all vendors are required to submit a completed ST19 form or signed statement with their booth payment. This form and instructions will be emailed to you along with the acceptance notification.
Individual booth areas are 10'x10', with the exception of food truck spaces. We do offer double booths if space is available. All of your tables, displays, chairs, etc. must fit inside this space. 8' Table and 2 chairs are available to rent for $15. You must bring everything you need for your booth display. Tents are encouraged, they must be weighted down to be secure, staking is not available.
It is the vendor’s responsibility to acquire and display needed licenses and permits. Each food truck must be self-contained, providing their own serve ware and source of power/water. Garbage receptacles will be provided for guests to use.
HOW TO PRICE
Make sure all of your items are clearly marked with a price tag. Do not make your customers ask for prices. If you are busy with another customer, you could lose a potential sale. Price your items to move. A true flea market shopper loves to bargain! A price guideline is 10-15% of the original retail price with the exception of antiques and collectibles. Bring at least $20 in $1's and $5's to get you started. Also, bring quarters if you plan to price anything under $1. An apron with deep pockets will serve as a good money holder. Square card reader can be requested for free and allows you to accept credit cards.
We have outlined an aggressive marketing strategy that includes multiple platforms:
Strong social media presence through event invitation, paid ads, and member sharing.
Direct mailing of postcards.
Flyer distribution in Oakdale, Maplewood, North St. Paul, St. Paul, and Woodbury.
City-wide garage sale directory listing with the City of Oakdale.
Sandwich boards and banner displayed onsite for three weeks leading up.