What is the SHIFT?
the SHIFT is a handmade market dreamt up by talented, crafty sisters Leslie Kuny & Jill Nadon. Their goal is to showcase highly skilled artisans and craftiprenuers to inspire others and encourage the handmade lifestyle.
When & Where is the SHIFT Market?
the SHIFT holds two annual events (Spring & Winter). Our 2019 shows include two smaller pop-up events, on May 4th in Downtown Abbotsford and May 11 in Burnaby Heights. Our Holiday Remix will be on Saturday December 7th at the Fort Langley Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Langley, BC.
"I thought it was a fantastic venue choice; it felt very welcoming and cozy!"
Is there an admission fee for shoppers?
Yes, the pop-ups will be by donation ($3 suggested donation) half of the admission money will be donated to charity.
The Holiday Remix has a small admission fee of $3 for adults. Children 12 yrs and under who are accompanied by an adult are free!
What makes the SHIFT different than other markets?
the SHIFT strives to provide a high quality, stress free, friendly market environment. By selecting top notch vendors and paring them in an intimate setting, every shopper feels like a VIP.
"All of the vendors were lovely! They were all inviting and we didn't feel pressured to purchase anything"
"The vendors were very friendly. I always enjoy having conversations with creative, talented people. "
"I liked the smaller size of venue and it helped me focus on choosing my purchases. I wasn't overwhelmed."
What kind of vendors are you looking for?
We are looking for high quality, handmade vendors from the Lower Mainland who are passionate about their craft and love sharing it with others. We do not accept applications from Multi-Level Marketing/Direct Marketing businesses.
Ideal SHIFT vendors create quality, handcrafted items, that are displayed in a professional and eye-catching manner. The quality of the products as well as the presentation and display of the products both factor into the jurying process.
I heard that the Shift offers coaching for handmade businesses. What is this all about?
It started with our Jump Start Program in 2017. It is an opportunity for new vendors to receive coaching and support from people who have been where you are. This program is for vendors in their first or second year of business and meet the requirements of the program.
We have expanded our coaching services to anyone who wants a little more help (with no restriction on how long you've been operating) growing their business. Multi-Level Marketing/Direct Sales business are welcome to reach out and hire us for coaching.
For more on this, please check out our coaching page.
How do I apply?
When applications are open, head over to our application form page and fill out our online application. Incomplete applications will be disqualified from jurying.
After applications are closed, instructions on how to be added to our waitlist will be available on the application page.
2019 Application Dates
Spring Pop-Ups: FEB 4 - 14
Holiday Remix: APR 1 - 18
How many vendors are you accepting?
For the Spring Pop-Up markets, each venue can hold 8-12 handmade vendors.
Our holiday venue can comfortably hold between 25-30 handmade artisans, as well as a couple food trucks. The market is juried and we limit the number of artisans in each category. The more unique and specific your products, the better chance you have at being accepted.
How much does a vendor space cost?
SHIFT vendor spaces range between $85-$200 depending on vendor needs and vary between spring and holiday markets. Tables and chairs are provided and included with your rental. Electricity is available for a limited number of vendors.
When & how will I be notified if I've been accepted as a vendor?
Applications MUST be received by the application deadline to be considered for jurying. Late applications will only be considered for the waitlist. Applications that are incomplete or do not have attached photos are disqualified from the jurying process.
Successful applicants will be notified via email approximately one week after applications close. Payment to secure your spot must be received by the SHIFT with 7 days of acceptance or the vendor forfeits their space.
I'm a food vendor. Do I need special paperwork?
All food vendors must meet the requirements outlined by Fraser Health found here on their website.
What kind of advertising are you offering?
the SHIFT is committed to working with its vendors to spread the word about their event. All SHIFT events are posted across our social media pages, as well as by established vendors to promote the event. The market also works with local bloggers to promote the event with giveaways, and is listed on local blogs, websites, and local online event calendars. New and innovative print media is available for vendors to hand out and will be used by the SHIFT in a "guerrila style". Local handmade shops will also be promoting the event to their shoppers with our print material.
Help! The application form isn't working!
If you try to submit the application form and haven't answered all the required questions, the form will give you an error. It *should* also show you what section it's having problems with.
If the error is that your file size for photos is too large, please resize the file and try again. Photos are limited to 500kB. We suggest photo editing sites like Picmonkey.com to make this quick and easy. Here's a tutorial of how to resize your file with Picmonkey. Also, double check your file type, only the following extensions will be accepted: .tiff .png .jpg .jpeg .bmp