Market FAQ

GENERAL INFORMATION


What does Honeybee Home do?

Once a season, our hive comes together to present our wares in an over-the-top 2-day indoor/outdoor retail celebration with live music, food trucks, and of course amazing stuff! We decorate our venue to the nine, and lay it all down for our customers. Be sure not to miss the design event of the season 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 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?

Mary’s Land Farm: Fall & winter 2019 and spring 2020

4979 Sheppard Lane.

Ellicott City, MD 21042

Howard County Fairgrounds: Fall 2020

2210 Fairgrounds Road

West Friendship, MD 21794

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). We offer 20% off tickets during the weeks leading up to the show…like us on social media to stay up to date on these offers!

Is your event kid-friendly?

Yes! While our winter market was a sip and shop experience mainly designed for adults, our spring and fall festivals are for all ages. We will have face painting, hands-on activities, and kid vendors!

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 vendor space is a single level wheelchair accessible structure with cement floor. Bathrooms are handicapped accessible.

Can I bring my dog?

No. 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 during advertised promotions and save 20% off! Parking is a $1 donation to support the River Hill High School Band Program. Hive Market tickets go on sale a few months before each show and will be announced 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! Often, we offer he first customers through the gate free swag!

Are there bathrooms?

Yes. Mary’s Land Farm has port-o-potties outside near the vendor pavilion. The Howard County Fairgrounds offers flushing facilities.

Will there be food?

Yes! There there are multiple food trucks!

Where should I park?

There is a paved parking lot in front of the pavilion as well as 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).

What if it Rains? The Hive Market is a rain or shine event. Most of the vendors are set up inside a covered space with walls and cement floor that provides complete protection from the elements. 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. 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:

Spring 2020: https://honeybee-home.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Spring-2020-Grass-Vendor-Application.pdf

Fall 2020: https://honeybee-home.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Fairgrounds-application.pdf

If you are a food truck wishing to participate in our event, please contact Katy at 410-991-5977

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

We host the Hive Vintage & Handmade Market show at least twice a year (spring & fall) and often add a winter holiday event (date TBA). Our applications are 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 (60% 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/

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

You will be notified by email within 1 week of application receipt. We have the right to deny applicants without explanation. If your application is not accepted, we will destroy your un-cashed check.

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 for our spring market and $75/day for our fall market. Electricity is available for $25 (flat fee; regardless of the number of days selling). Vendors able to sell for both days of the show will be inside a covered pavilion / barn; those able to sell 1 day will be outside in vendor-provided tents. Vendors must provide their own tables, displays, and chairs.

How many spots are available?

A total of 37 covered pavilion spaces (10’x10’) are available to rent at the farm. A total of 100 covered barn spaces are available at the fairgrounds. There are approximately 35-50 vendor tent spaces additionally.  The Hive Market is also able to accommodate large rented “circus style” tents erected by event companies, should you desire a custom space (permit required). Contact us for details!

Can I apply for more than 1 space?

Yes! Vendors can opt for as many spaces as they wish to accommodate their selling needs. We offer discounts for vendors wishing to have more than one space (see application for rates).

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 one month prior to the show.

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). However, we cannot guarantee placement in accordance with your requests.

Mary’s Land Farm Venue details: 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 who 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 pavilions have a cement floor and walls that keep out the weather. If you plan to be a 1 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?

It is highly recommended. It is advised that vendors 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. 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 their space to unload for the show. However, you may not drive your vehicle into the pavilion or barns.  All vendor vehicles must be off the show grounds at least 30 minutes prior to opening. Vendor parking will be marked.

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

Set up will be inside the pavilion / barns.  This is a weather-tight enclosed area with electricity and a cement floor. 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 must keep the canvas top 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 / barns (consider zip ties, rope, or wire hooks if you have a perimeter space and wish to utilize the structure’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 grounds. Vendors are responsible for their own set up, staffing, tables, chairs, and display pieces etc. 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 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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