VENDOR FAQ'S:

WHAT KIND OF LIGHTS SHOULD I USE?

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE'RE PUTTING IT AT THE TOP. 

IF YOU DON'T FOLLOW THE POWER GUIDELINES, THE ENTIRE ROW'S POWER WILL BE BLOWN--FOR GOOD.  HOW DO YOU MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT AND WHAT NOT TO PLUG IN?  YOU MUST READ THIS!!  CLICK HERE

DON'T PUT YOURSELF AND YOUR ROW IN THE DARK.  KNOW THE POWER FACTS!!  

WHAT'S IT CALLED?

WE ARE THE DIY STREET FAIR.  

THE FUNKY FERNDALE ART FAIR IS A WONDERFUL EVENT RUN BY DIFFERENT PRODUCERS ON WEST 9 MILE.  (DIYSF IS ON THE EAST SIDE OF WOODWARD).  THESE TWO EVENTS ARE BACK ON THE SAME WEEKEND FOR 2017.  PLEASE PROMOTE WHERE YOU ARE WITH THE RIGHT NAME TO EASE IN ANY POSSIBLE CONFUSION.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF DIY?

FRIDAY:  6 PM - MIDNIGHT  (HERE WE GO!)

SAT:  11 AM - MIDNIGHT

SUN:  11 AM - 11 PM  (BOOO, IT'S OVER!)

DO I NEED TO BE OPEN ALL OF THE HOURS OF THE EVENT?

WE EXPECT YOU TO. THOSE WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED BEFORE WILL ATTEST THAT MANY PEOPLE MAKE THEIR PURCHASES LATER ON IN THE EVENING. 

WHEN CAN WE LOAD IN?

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DRIVE RIGHT UP TO YOUR TENT TO QUICKLY UNLOAD YOUR VEHICLE, THEN PARK.  YOU WILL BE GIVEN LOAD IN INFORMATION WITH TIMES AND A MAP.   

IS IT COOL TO LEAVE MY CAR BY MY TENT WHILE I GET IT SET UP? I LIKE TO LISTEN TO THE STEREO.

NO!  HELP MAKE LOAD IN LESS STRESSFUL FOR ALL. WE ASK AND EXPECT THAT YOU UNLOAD YOUR VEHICLE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND THEN GO PARK IT OFFSITE. THIS IS CRUCIAL TO A SMOOTH LOAD IN!

WILL THERE BE TABLES AND CHAIRS?

TABLES AND CHAIRS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO RENT.  PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO BRING YOUR OWN.

IS THERE WI-FI AT DIY? 

NO THERE ISN'T. WE HAVE PROVIDED IT IN THE PAST AS A FREE SERVICE, BUT THE DEPENDABILITY WASN'T AT A LEVEL WE FELT COMFORTABLE WITH. WITH MORE AND MORE PEOPLE USING SQUARE PAYMENTS THROUGH THEIR SMARTPHONES IT HAS BECOME LESS CRITICAL. 

WHAT'S SQUARE?

SQUARE IS A GREAT WAY TO TAKE CREDIT CARDS. PAYPAL HAS A SIMILAR SERVICE. IT DEFINITELY HELPS TO GIVE YOUR CUSTOMER PAYMENT OPTIONS.

IS THERE AN ATM?

THERE IS AN ATM IN THE LOBBY OF THE WAB

WILL THERE BE A VIP AREA? 

WE LOVE OUR ARTISTS!  THE LOVING TOUCH WILL BE A VIP AREA THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND. WE WILL PROVIDE VENDORS WRISTBANDS TO GET IN AND TAKE A BREAK FROM THE GORGEOUS WEATHER AND HAPPY CUSTOMERS. 

WHERE CAN WE PARK?

WE ARE WORKING WITH THE CITY TO PROVIDE OFF SITE PARKING FOR OUR VENDORS WITH SHUTTLE SERVICE.  WE WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE WITH PARKING DETAILS ONCE THEY ARE KNOWN.

IS THERE FIRST AID ON SITE?

THE FERNDALE POLICE WILL HAVE A TENT ON SITE AND HAVE HELPED US WITH OUR OCCASIONAL MINOR CUTS AND SCRAPES AND CAN ASSIST IN ANY EMERGENCY. THEIR TENT WILL BE LOCATED IN THE LIBRARY PARKING LOT.  

HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY WILL MY BOOTH HAVE?

THE BOOTHS WILL HAVE MINIMAL POWER--ENOUGH TO CONFIDENTLY PLUG IN STRANDS OF LED HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND A BIT MORE. IF TOO MUCH POWER IS USED, IT COULD KNOCK OUT THE POWER TO A WHOLE ROW OF TENTS. IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU MAY HAVE SPECIAL POWER NEEDS OR QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT US (AFTER READING THE POWER DETAILS)!  POWER DETAILS HERE.  DON'T BE LEFT IN THE DARK. PUN INTENDED.  

CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD?

YES. OF COURSE YOU CAN.  WE ALSO ENCOURAGE YOU TO TRY OUT OUR AMAZING FOOD VENDORS ON SITE.

CAN I BRING MY OWN BEER OR BOOZE?

NO, OF COURSE YOU CAN'T. NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED.  THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED AND VIOLATIONS WILL RESULT IN THE FORFEITURE OF YOUR TENT.  

WHAT IF I MAKE IT MYSELF?

SAME DEAL, KICKED OUT.  PLUS A HIGH FIVE FOR MAKING IT YOURSELF.

CAN I HAVE SOMEONE ELSE WATCH MY BOOTH FOR A WHILE?

OF COURSE YOU CAN.

WILL THERE BE SECURITY?

ALTHOUGH DIY STREET FAIR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY, WE CARE ABOUT YOUR SAFETY AND SECURITY.  THE FERNDALE POLICE HAVE A BOOTH ON SITE AND ARE PRESENT DURING ALL EVENT HOURS.  ADDITIONALLY, WE EMPLOY AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICERS WHO PATROL THE AREA FROM MIDNIGHT - 8AM. WE PROVIDE TENT FRONTS TO CLOSE YOUR TENT.  

WHEN CAN I LOAD OUT?

THE FAIR ENDS AT 11PM ON SUNDAY.  WE WOULD HOPE THAT YOU WOULD STAY OPEN UNTIL AT LEAST 10PM.  MANY PEOPLE BROWSE FOR THE FIRST TWO DAYS AND THEN SPEND BIG BUCKS ON THE LAST DAY.  KEEP IN MIND THAT NO CARS WILL BE ALLOWED TO COME THROUGH THE GATES UNTIL 11:30PM SUNDAY.  PEOPLE ARE STILL ON THE FAIRGROUNDS AND SAFETY IS AN ISSUE.  PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY TO WALK YOUR GOODS OUT.  HOPEFULLY, THERE'S NOT MUCH TO TAKE BACK BECAUSE YOU'LL HAVE SOLD SO MUCH OF IT!

WHAT IS YOUR REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY?

THE DATES AND DEADLINES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

2017 CALENDAR

  • APRIL 10-MAY 31:  Applications open

  • MAY 15-JUNE 1:  Acceptance letters and notifications sent

  • JUNE 30:  Payment of booth fee due in full to receive early bird rate.

  • JULY 25:  Payment of booth fee due in full to receive regular rate (additional $50)

  • JULY 31:  Deadline to cancel and receive refund (less $50 admin fee)

  • SEPT 22-24:  The 10th Annual DIY Street Fair!

WE OFFER FULL REFUNDS OF PAID BOOTH FEES, LESS A $50 ADMINISTRATION FEE ON CANCELLATIONS BY JULY 31, 2017. APPLICATION FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE.  EVERY YEAR WE HAVE A LONG WAIT LIST FOR ARTISTS WANTING TO PARTICIPATE.  ONCE YOU CANCEL, YOU FORFEIT YOUR SPOT IN THE EVENT AND ARE NOT PERMITTED TO SELL OR TRADE YOUR SPACE.  WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO FILL SPOTS AS WE SEE FIT. 

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I'M ACCEPTED?

YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR BY EMAIL WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED BETWEEN MAY 15-JUNE 1ST SO YOU CAN PLAN AHEAD.  UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF FEEDBACK REQUESTS, WE CANNOT PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK TO ALL APPLICANTS NOT ACCEPTED AS VENDORS.  

DO I HAVE TO COLLECT SALES TAX?

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COLLECTING, REPORTING AND PAYMENT FOR ANY AND ALL APPLICABLE TAXES.  MICHIGAN SALES TAX IS 6%.  

ARE THERE ANY OTHER CONDITIONS AS PART OF MY ACCEPTANCE?

THE DIY STREET FAIR GOES TO PAINSTAKING LENGTHS TO ENSURE THE BEST ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR ARTIST VENDORS.  WE OFTEN HEAR THAT THIS IS THEIR FAVORITE EVENT.  TO MAKE THIS A SMOOTH EVENT, THERE ARE STANDARDS AND RULES THAT THE ARTIST VENDORS AGREE TO UPON ACCEPTANCE.  

STANDARDS AND RULES:  click here

 

HAVE A QUESTION WE DIDN'T ANSWER? EMAIL US: HERE WE WILL ANSWER AND POST THE QUESTION/ANSWER FOR ALL.