FAQS
(frequently asked questions)

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our community is our first priority, please CLICK HERE to find the steps we’re taking to help keep everyone safe. 

Venue

Arlene's Artist Materials

57 Fuller Rd

Albany, NY 12205

SPRING/SUMMER/FALL MARKETS

  • This Makers Markets will be held outdoors, rain or shine!

  • Leashed pets and service animals are welcome to join in on the fun.

 

HOLIDAYS MARKETS

  • This Makers Markets will be held inside Arlene's.

  • Leashed pets and service animals are welcome to join in on the fun.

Transportation and Parking

Transportation 

  • We encourage carpooling, ride services, biking, or taking public transportation to Arlene’s and the Markets.

  • Public Transportation to the venue:

 

CDTA Bus to Arlene’s

117 Colonie Crosstown (Crossgates to Albany Shaker Road) (Albany Shaker Road to Crossgates)

190 Fuller Rd - Wolf Road (Latham Farms to Crossgates Mall) (Crossgates Mall to Latham Farms)

More information on the CDTA

Parking

There is free parking available at Arlene's parking lot.

Accessibility

The Makers Markets at Arlene's are entirely ground level and accessible. This is event is held in our parking lot behind the store, so it has no proper infrastructure designed around disabled access, but please feel free to contact us with any further questions you may have.

Application and Notification Dates

Markets are juried, curated, and produced by Arlene's Artist Materials with help from our advisory committee. Makers are encouraged to read through our Apply Page before filling out our Makers Application. Applications and notifications are on a seasonal schedule, allowing for ample time to prepare for the event. Please see the timetable below for Market-specific run dates, and feel free to contact us with any questions during the application process. 

 

SPRING MAKERS MARKET 2022 TIMELINE

Application Process: January 31st through February 26th 2022

Application Deadline: end of business, 5pm, Saturday, February 26th 2022

Accepted Makers Notified by: Saturday, March 5th,

Makers Market Dates: Saturday, May 7th and 21st, from 11am to 4pm

 

SUMMER MAKERS MARKET 2022 TIMELINE

Application Process: Monday, March 14th to Saturday, April 16th

Application Deadline: end of business, 5pm, Saturday, April 16th

Accepted Makers Notified by Saturday, April 23rd

Summer Makers Markets at Arlene’s Dates: Saturday, July 9th, 23rd,

August 13th and 27th from 11am to 4pm

 

FALL MAKERS MARKET 2022 TIMELINE

Application Process: Monday, July 11th to Saturday, August 13th

Makers Application Deadline: end of business, 5pm, Saturday, August 13th

Selected Makers will be notified by Saturday, August 20th

Fall Makers Market at Arlene’s Dates: Saturdays, October 1st, 15th and 29th from 11am to 4pm

 

HOLIDAY MAKERS MARKET 2022 TIMELINE

Application Process: Monday, September 12th to Saturday, October 15th

Application Deadline: end of business, 5pm, Saturday, October 15th

Accepted Makers Notified by: Saturday, October 22nd

Makers Market Dates: Saturdays, November 19th, December 3rd, and 17th from 11am to 4pm

What are we looking for in a Maker?

We are looking for makers, including artists, artisans, and small businesses that offer well designed quality products. Makers that have a clear voice whether expressed through a traditional medium or something experimental. We review each application carefully and thoughtfully, and base our vision for the markets on the criteria below:

 

QUALITY

You use quality materials and techniques to make your work durable, sustainable, and market ready. Additionally, your items are priced to provide a balance of quality and accessibility for our shoppers.

 

LOOK

Your work, branding, and packaging should be clean, professional, and special (shows your voice and speaks to your brand).

 

HANDMADE

Your work is designed and/or handmade by you. We are open to various types of handmade items as long as they are appropriate for retail. If you outsource your work in any way, please describe your supply chain, including your relationship with the makers in your application.

Participation Categories

 

Makers

The heart of our Markets! Sell your work to shoppers, meet new customers, present your work to wholesale buyers, get your small business in front of our online following, and be a part of our wonderful creative community.

 

Food + Drink Vendors

Small batch, quality ingredients, and beautiful presentation: The Makers Markets at Arlene’s food vendors appeal to customers and Makers looking for great snacks and/or delicious gifts.

 

All vendors selling packaged edible goods, including drinks, should consider applying as a Maker. If you’d like to prepare and serve food onsite, please check out the Food Vendors section of our website.

 

Site Based Projects

If you’d like to offer a site based project or services at a Markets, please email us your project idea and we’ll work together to bring it to life at the Market.. Examples of experiential services include art installations, specialty photography, intuitive readings, portrait drawings, vintage collectors, and anything in between!

 

Want to feature your furniture at a Market, and reach new clients and customers? Or install an impactful, beautiful art installation that will be seen and experienced at our markets? We’d love to work with you, please reach out!

 

Nonprofit Organizations

We love to work with nonprofit organizations that align with our mission, vision, and values! Get in touch if your business is a registered nonprofit interested in participating at the Markers Markets at Arlene’s.

What is included if I participate? 

The Makers Markets at Arlene’s offers creatives and small businesses an opportunity to connect with engaged and enthusiastic shoppers. There are many additional benefits that come along with joining our events! Here’s what we have to offer:

  • Your Booth space. Create your own pop-up shop to showcase and sell your work to an engaged audience!

  • Profile on our website. Each maker gets their own profile page on the Markets website that is linked to their site/socials. This will put you in front of a variety of buyers and shoppers both before, during, and after the Markets.

  • Wholesale opportunities. Buyers head to the Makers Markets at Arlene’s to discover unique makers and products like yours.

  • Networking and collaborations. Tap into our vibrant creative community by connecting with neighboring makers for potential collaborations, resources, and other exciting opportunities.

  • Potential social features. We handpick and feature exceptional makers and participants on our social media and in our newsletters.

Fees and Payments

 

  • Please note there is no application fee to apply to any Makers Markets at Arlene’s.

  • All approved Makers will be charged a non-refundable booth space fee of $25. Makers must either come into Arlene’s Artist Material, at 57 Fuller Rd Albany NY 12205, call (518) 482-8882 during business hours, or mail a check to pay the fee. If the fee is not paid by the deadline set by Arlene’s then the space will be considered forfeit and Arlene’s reserves the right to give the space to another applicant.

Booth Space Sizes and Regulations

SPRING/SUMMER/FALL MARKETS

These Makers Markets at Arlene's will be held outside, behind the store, in our parking lot. Makers booth spaces are a maximum of 10 feet by 10 feet. Makers cannot exceed their allotted both spaces. We have fifteen spaces and need to make room for everyone.

NOTE: Because the Makers Markets at Arlene's is going to be located outside Makers need to take necessary precautions. Booth Spaces will not include tables, chairs or tents. Makers are responsible for bringing their own tables, chairs, area covering (i.e. tents) that must be secured in windy conditions, lighting, promo materials, and display apparatus. Makers cannot increase the size of their space artificially. You can create wall space with the use of easels, bins, or other props but cannot exceed the designated size of the booth.

 

Scheduling Makers, booth/table placements and Market design are at the sole discretion of Arlene's Artist Materials and Arlene's reserves the right to make changes in booth assignments and/or Market configuration at any time.

HOLIDAYS MARKETS

The Makers Market at Arlene’s is going to be located inside Arlene's Artist Materials. Arlene’s Artist Materials will provide one 6 foot table per Maker and two folding chairs. Makers are responsible for bringing their own promo materials and display apparatus. Makers cannot increase the size of their space artificially. We are open to using the space creatively through the use of easels, bins, or other props as long as it does not infringe on other Maker’s spaces. Arlene’s Artist Materials, Inc. is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen goods. Booth/table assignments, placements, market design are at the sole discretion of Arlene's Artist Materials and Arlene's reserves the right to make changes in booth assignments and/or fair configuration at any time.

 

Each Maker is responsible for the complete setup of their booth as well as handling all customer service and money transactions. Makers space MUST be free and clear of all trash and merchandise at the end of the fair. Please leave your space as you found it. Arlene's Artist Materials is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged merchandise or materials.

Scheduling

Each Market is different and will feature different Makers. Scheduling Makers for the Markets is the sole responsibility of Arlene's Artist Materials and Arlene's reserves the right to make changes in booth assignments and/or Market configuration at any time.

  • Makers may request a particular date they would like to participate and we will do our best to accommodate them.

What is your responsibility as a Maker?

  • All art or merchandise must be original and must be made by the individual or business applying to the Makers Maker at Arlene's. We are open to types of handmade items as long as they are appropriate for retail. NOTE: Prints, cards, or mugs featuring your original artwork are acceptable to sell at Makers Market at Arlene’s.

  • Max two Makers per booth when applicable. Makers request a booth share when applying and be approved. See Booth Share above for more info. 

  • Wearing face coverings is encouraged but not required

  • All merchandise must be made by the Maker showcasing the work.

  • All Makers submitted must be approved by the advisory committee before the Makers Market at Arlene’s. Arlene's reserves the right to have any unapproved works removed during the market.

  • All Makers must submit an application to the Market by the deadline for approval by the advisory committee.

  • All merchandise must be priced. Pricing scale is up to the individual Maker. The full price in dollars must be shown next to the merchandise (no price lists) during the entire Market.

  • All merchandise must be priced. Pricing is up to the individual Maker. The full price in US dollars must be shown next to or on the merchandise (no price lists) during the entire Market.

  • All Artwork and Merchandise must be professionally displayed. Makers are encouraged to display work in browsers (i.e. Print Racks), in portfolios, or arranged on tables. Work may NOT be stacked against walls or on the floor to avoid damaging work.

  • Each Maker is responsible for all customer service and money transactions. Arlene’s Artist Materials, Inc. is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen goods.

  • Booth space MUST be free and clear of all trash and support materials at the end of the market. Please leave your space as you found it.

Sales Tax and Doing Business

  • The Makers Markets at Arlene’s recommends that Makers comply with all business and tax regulations by registering your business, collecting sales tax, and reporting and remitting sales tax as needed.

  • The Makers Markets at Arlene’s is not qualified to offer any business, tax, or customs advice. If you have questions, we recommend you consult with an accountant or visit www.irs.gov for more details. Thank you for your understanding!