Market FAQ

GENERAL INFORMATION


What is ‘The Hive?

The Hive is a group of community vendors who create, find, and design beautiful gifts and home decor, orchestrated by Honeybee Home. We are a vetted group of artists, antiquers, designers, and lovers of the unique. Our aim is to create one-of-a-kind products and decor that excite and inspire.  Honeybee Home celebrates art and interior design, specifically handmade, vintage, industrial, and upcycled goods.

What does Honeybee Home do?

Once a season, our hive comes together to present our wares in an over-the-top 3-day indoor/outdoor retail celebration with live music, food trucks, and of course amazing stuff! We decorate the enclosed pavilion at Mary’s Land Farm to the nine, and lay it all down for our customers. Additional individual vendor tents surround the pavilion and offer 1 or 2 day options (see “temporary application” link on our website). Be sure not to miss the design event of the season on this 160-acre working farm in the heart of Howard County!

How can I keep up-to-date with your shows & workshops?

The best way to stay informed about Honeybee Home is to like us on Instagram @thehoneybeehome or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thehoneybeehome/. If you’re not on social media, email us at thehoneybeehome@yahoo.com and we’ll add you to our email list to receive blog posts and notifications of our upcoming events right to your inbox.

Can I volunteer with Honeybee Home?

Yes! We are always looking for fun, hardworking individuals to help with show planning, set up, and overall logistical operations. Let us know what your interests are, and we will find a job for you! Our needs range from helping decorate our indoor pavilion for shows to directing traffic at our markets and everything in between. We’d love to have your help one day or on a regular basis! Contact Katy at 410-991-5977 or thehoneybeehome@yahoo.com for more info.

I want to sponsor the HIVE Vintage & Handmade shows! How do I get started?

We have sponsorship packages starting at $100. Depending on sponsorship level, sponsors receive their business name and/or logo on our poster, program, website, and social media pages. Sponsors also have the opportunity to include more detailed company information in our door prize swag bags! Click the links below to view our sponsorship levels and return to thehoneybeehome@yahoo.com:

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INFORMATION FOR SHOPPERS


 Where is the show?

The HIVE Vintage & Handmade Market by Honeybee Home takes place at Mary’s Land Farm, located at:

4979 Sheppard Lane.

Ellicott City, MD 21042.

Mary’s Land Farm is a 160-acre balanced ecosystem of perennials and pasture. Free range ducks, cattle and goats happily graze the grasses in the fields, and the rolling hills and mature trees beckon the visitor to give pause and stay a while. In addition to selling the products they cultivate, the farm also serves as a bed and breakfast and wedding venue. Visitors are encouraged to walk the grounds and explore the farm when they visit. The HIVE Market is held inside a fully enclosed pavilion on the farm. Additional vendor tents surround the pavilion.

Is there an entrance fee?

Yes. Entrance to The Hive Vintage & Handmade market is $10. We are charging a nominal fee for customers due to the various live entertainment, hands-on demonstrations, and interactive experiences.Tickets will be sold in advance of the event through Eventbrite (as well as at the door).

Is your event kid-friendly?

Not particularly. While our fall market was a festival for all ages, our winter market is more of an adult sip and shop experience. Unlike the fall Hive, our December event will not have any kid activities.

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

Yes. Market-goers with special needs are asked to notify event staff upon parking so that they can be directed to accessible areas. The Hive Market pavilion is a single level wheelchair accessible structure with cement floor. Handicapped accessible bathrooms are located at the farm bed and breakfast.

Can I bring my dog?

No. Dogs may scare the livestock on the farm and can bring contaminants to the farm that may compromise farm operations. Please leave Fido at home.

Do I need to buy tickets in advance?

No, but purchasing tickets prior to the event is encouraged so you can skip the line! Advanced tickets will be for sale through Eventbrite for $10. Purchase Hive Market tickets prior to December 1st, and save 20% off! Parking is a $1 donation to support the River Hill High School Band Program. We will announce when tickets go on sales on all our social media platforms. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door.

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Is there an Early Bird Hour to get in to shop the HIVE before it opens to the public?

No, but you can arrive early and get in line to be one of the first ones through the door! The first 1,000 customers will receive a free commemorative Hive mug that they can fill with complimentary hot drink! Don’t forget to stop by the cocktail bar to add a splash of some adult spirits to your cup!

Are there bathrooms?

Yes, we will have port-o-potties outside near the pavilion.

Will there be food?

Yes! There is food for sale inside, and food trucks outside!

Where should I park?

There is a paved parking lot in front of the pavilion as well as overflow field parking. Honeybee Home staff will direct you to your parking spot. If you need special assistance, please notify staff upon your arrival and we will do our best to park you in a space that meets your needs.

Where can I stay?

There are many hotels within a 10 mile radius of the The Hive Market. The closest hotel is the Global Luxary Suites at Town Center in Columbia, 10665 Gramercy Place, Columbia, MD 21044 (3.3 miles away) and is moderately priced (866-538-0193). A slightly more cost efficient option is Extended Stay America Columbia (6.5 miles away) located at 8870 Columbia 100 Parkway, Columbia, MD 21045 (844-842-1996). Best Value hotels are located in Jessup, and include Red Roof Inn, Ft. Meade (8.1 mils away) located at 8000 Washington Blvd., Jessup, MD 20794 (410-796-0380) and Super 8 by Wyndham (8.1 miles away) located at 8094 Washington Blvd., Jessup, MD 20794 (410-796-0400). Until Mary’s Land Farm bed and breakfast opens later this year, there are no hotels located within walking distance of the market.

What if it Rains? The Hive Market is a rain or shine event. Most of the vendors are set up inside a covered 6,400 sq ft pavilion with walls and cement floor that provides complete protection from the elements. The farm store is also housed inside a climate controlled building and offers heat / air conditioning as a respite for visitors. The live music performers will perform, regardless of weather and all aspects of the event will continue as planned, barring an extraordinary weather event (i.e flooding, snow storm) that mandates cancellation. If one or more days of the market must be cancelled due to an extraordinary weather event, tickets from cancelled days can be used on other day(s) of the market. Tickets are non-refundable.

INFORMATION FOR VENDORS


How do I apply to be a vendor at one of your events?

We are always looking for new and talented vendors for our seasonal markets. Use the link below to apply as a vintage or handmade vendor: https://honeybee-home.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/final-ap.docx-5.pdf

If you are a food truck wishing to participate in our event, please complete the following application: https://honeybee-home.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/revised-food-truck-application.docx-1.pdf

When will your applications for the HIVE Vintage & Handmade Market be open?

We host the HIVE Vintage & Handmade Market show once a season (spring, summer, fall and winter). Our applications open roughly four months before the date of the show. We make announcements across all our social media, so make sure you follow us to keep up to date!

Who can apply to the HIVE Vintage & Handmade Market? What kind of vendors are you looking for?

The main draw of our event is vintage and handmade. We do not require that you as the vendor be the artist of the product you are selling, but you must confirm that the artist whose product you sell is handmade in small batches as part of a cottage industry. Please keep mass-produced and reproduced items to a minimum (20% or less of your total booth product). We do not accept applications from multi-level marketing or direct sales vendors such as Pampered Chef, Lularoe, Origami Owl, etc. Our categories include antiques and vintage home décor as well as art/gifts such as ceramics, jewelry, hand-sewn clothing, paper goods, bath and body products, woodworking, candles, and small-batch packaged edible goods.

When is the application deadline?

Our applications close roughly 1 month before the date of the show. Deadlines will always be posted on the Market page of our website: https://honeybee-home.com/tag-sales/

 Fall Show (Sept. 27-29)Winter Show (Dec. 13-15)
Application deadline:September 6November 22
Acceptances announced:September 10November 25
Space confirmedSeptember 12November 27
Space map availableSeptember 19December 5

When will I be notified that I was or was not accepted?

You will be notified by email within a week after the application deadline. We have the right to deny applicants without explanation. If your application is not accepted, your un-cashed check will be returned to you.

Does Honeybee Home collect commission on my sales?

No. What you sell is 100% your profit.

How much does it cost to be in your show?

There is no application fee to apply. If you are accepted, the booth fee is $50/day. Electricity is available for $25 (flat fee; regardless of the number of days selling) for pavilion vendors. Vendors able to sell all 3 days of the show will be inside the fully enclosed pavilion; those able to sell 1 or 2 days will be outside the pavilion in vendor-provided tents. A limited number of round and rectangular tables are available to rent for $10 each.

How many spots are available?

A total of 37 covered pavilion spaces (10’x10’) are available to rent. An additional 20 vendor tent spaces surround the pavilion.  The farm grounds is also able to accommodate large rented “circus style” tents erected by event companies, should you desire a custom space. Contact us for details!

Can I apply for more than 1 space?

Yes. In fact, we offer a discount for vendors wishing to rent more than one space. Our fee is $150/space for 3 days or $125/space for 2 or more spaces for 3 days.

I was accepted but I can no longer do the show! What is the cancellation policy?

A minimum cancellation charge of $50 applies to all cancellations. Please understand that refunds will not be given for cancellations after spaces are confirmed (see application schedule for dates).

How are spaces assigned? How can I request a specific space?

We do our best to space out vendors from the same category (for example, we try not to put two jewelers right next to each other). A map of the pavilion is provided on the application. If you would like a particular space, please indicate so on your application. We recommend listing your top 3 choices. We cannot guarantee placement in accordance with your requests. Please note that because the pavilion has retractable walls, vendors are not permitted to hang things on the walls or beams of the pavilion. “Wall” spaces will not provide your typical backdrop from which to hang things. If you wish to hang product vertically, please bring your own display pieces. Vendors that are not placed around the perimeter of the pavilion will be situated “back to back” and are encouraged to bring vertical screens to visually separate your space from the neighbor behind you.

What is your inclement weather policy?

The HIVE Vintage & Handmade Market is a rain or shine event. Our pavilion has a cement floor and walls that keep out the weather. If you plan to be a 1 or 2 day vendor providing your own tent, please make sure it is weather proof and staked down properly in the event of inclement weather.

If I’m not accepted, is there a wait list for vendors?

Yes. After all applications are juried you will be notified by email if you were accepted, denied, or waitlisted for our show.

Can I share a booth with another vendor?

Yes, but both vendors must have their products approved to sell at the show. Just indicate your wishes to share a space on the application.

Am I required to have insurance to participate in your shows?

Yes. Vendors should have adequate business insurance to guard against loss or damage. As part of the application, vendors are required to sign a statement confirming compliance with laws and a release of liability. Mary’s Land Farm and Honeybee Home shall carry liability insurance to cover its responsibility in connection with the event but this does not cover any damage caused to your merchandise or displays during participation at our show. You can find single-event general liability insurance policies for artists for less than $40! Check out ACT Insurance!

What’s the parking situation?

Vendors may drive their vehicle up to the pavilion / their space to unload for the show. However, you may not drive your vehicle into the pavilion, as we do not want the pavilion floor to have black tire marks or oil drips for the show!  All vendor vehicles must be off the pavilion grounds/customer parking lot at least 30 minutes prior to opening. Vendor parking is in the dirt area to the North of the pavilion. Vendors are not permitted to park in the paved customer parking area adjacent to the pavilion. Vendors are limited to park 1 vehicle on site, regardless of number of spaces rented.

What do I need to bring? What materials are provided for me?

Set up will be inside the pavilion.  This is a fully enclosed pavilion with electricity and a cement floor. It is completely weatherproof with semi-translucent walls that can be moved up and down to let in light/air. While there is no need to bring a tent to protect your goods from the elements, you are welcome to bring a standard 10×10′ pop-up tent from which to hang product, attach lights, etc. (You may decide to keep the canvas top on or off when setting up inside the pavilion).  Please note that no duck/electrical tape is allowed nor is nailing into walls/beams of the pavilion (consider zip ties, rope, or wire hooks if you have a perimeter space and wish to utilize the pavilion’s vertical beams). If you plan to use electricity ($25 fee), please bring your own extension cords. If your cords travel over shopper walkways, you must bring a mat or carpeting to lay over the cords to prevent tripping.

Your set-up space will be clearly marked for you in chalk on the pavilion grounds. Vendors are responsible for their own set up, staffing, tables, display pieces etc. A limited number of tables are available to rent for the duration of the show for $10/each (tables are rented on a first application received, first served basis). Vendors will have access to folding chairs, free of charge. If you are a vendor outside the pavilion, you are responsible for bringing your own pop-up tent.

Do I have to collect Sales Tax? If I am not a Maryland resident, do I need to collect Maryland Sales Tax when I sell at your shows?

You are responsible for complying with Maryland state sale and use tax laws. Contact the Comptroller of Maryland, who will issue to you, at no cost, a one-day Sales and Use Tax license, which you will receive in the mail. It is your responsibility to charge MD 6% sales tax on each sale you make, and to report your sales to the state of Maryland.

All of your sales are your own responsibility, including wrapping items and any sales tax remittance.  Be sure to provide some proof of purchase for your customers, such as bags, receipts, SOLD stickers, etc. Customers must make arrangements to remove items directly from you.  There will not be a holding area available.

I didn’t get accepted into your show. What happened?

Just because you didn’t get into our show doesn’t mean that you don’t have great stuff! Our show is vetted to make sure that we have a wide variety of vendors for maximum customer appeal. We are both a vintage AND handmade show. We don’t want too much of any one thing, so chances are, if you didn’t get accepted, it was because we already had a full category of what you’re selling. For this reason, please get your application in early! We have many vendors who turn in applications for multiple shows at a time and/or submit their application for the next show at the close of the one they just finished. We welcome this! It helps us plan for a great event AND better ensures that you’ll make the cut for our next show. But remember, if you don’t get into our show one season, please keep applying!

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