Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I get a stall at Crafty Fox Market?
To accommodate as many independent businesses as possible, we don’t have any standing/repeat trading slots, but curate a new list of traders for each market. We therefore ask businesses to apply for each individual market they would like to trade at.
The call for traders goes out via our mailing list and social media channels. The application form will be linked from our email newsletter and will also be hosted on our website. We open applications for two weeks, approximately two to three months in advance of each market.
Applications do open a week early exclusively for our Shopping With Soul members and we guarantee them at least one of their requested trading slots. To find out more about joining Shopping With Soul and the other benefits our members enjoy, click here.
Applications to trade at our 2019 winter markets have now closed, apart from our forthcoming market at The Natural History Museum. Click here to find out more and apply.
Click here to join our mailing list to find out when our next round of applications will open for trading at our 2020 markets.
Due to the very high number of applications we receive, please don’t email us speculatively with your work, but join our mailing list and wait for the next round of applications to open.
2. What information do I need for the application form?
The application process is simple and involves answering some questions about your range and submitting a link to either your social media channels or your website - wherever we are able to view photographs of your work.
We regret we’re unable to review your application without a link to product images. If you don’t have a website yet, don’t worry, but we will need a link to a photo sharing site or a social media channel to see your images. We’re unable to accept images sent by email due to the high number of applications we receive.
3. What kind of traders are we looking for?
A typical Crafty Fox Market trader is a sole-trader who produces a small range of unique products. We are looking for affordable work which we know will appeal to our customers. Items should have an element of ‘handmade’. This may be either handmade by you or produced on a small scale in your home country based on your original designs. To gain an idea of the aesthetic of the market, please take a moment to look at the photos of previous events on our Facebook page or come along to one of our monthly markets.
4. Do you accept food and drink traders?
Our focus is on artists and crafts primarily, so at the moment, we do not accept applications from food and drink traders. This includes artisan products such as confectionery or giftable baked goods.
5. How much do stalls cost?
We work hard to try to keep our stall costs affordable and accessible for all. Fees vary depending on the venue and event but currently they are between £45 - £85 per market.
6. I would like to share a table with another trader, is this possible?
Yes, we offer shared table trading opportunities. If you would like to share a table with someone you know, you will need to both apply separately and be accepted. If you would like to share a table but don’t know another trader, we will do our best to match you with another successful applicant.
7. When do the markets take place?
We run monthly markets (the first weekend of each month) at Mercato Metropolitano (Elephant and Castle / Borough). We also host larger seasonal markets at a variety of other locations around London. All our confirmed market dates can be found here.
8. What if my application to trade is unsuccessful?
We usually receive four times as many applications per available space so please do not be disheartened if we cannot offer you a stall this time around.
We review applications for around two weeks after the applications close and send an email response for each one, whether successful or not.
9. Can you give me feedback on why my application has been unsuccessful?
Due to the very high number of applications we receive, we regret we are unable to provide further feedback on unsuccessful applications.
10. I am interested in running a workshop at one of your markets. What do I do?
Please email us with your ideas, setting out what is involved and how much you plan to charge per ticket. We also need to know which market date you would like to run a workshop at and if possible, see some images of previous workshops you’ve run.
11. Where are the markets advertised and how many visitors attend?
We usually see between 1000 to 1500 visitors to each market and have a very loyal customer base. We promote each market to our 50,000 social media following and also work with our press contacts to gain both online and offline media promotion.
In addition, we give out flyers and poster the local areas before an event and ask our traders to promote the markets through their own networks.
12. Can I distribute flyers for my shop / event / service at the markets?
Please contact us to discuss this in advance. This is a chargeable service and any flyers which are left without permission will be removed.
13. Do I need public liability insurance to trade at a Crafty Fox Market?
Yes, all traders need to have public liability insurance with cover up to £5m in order to have a stall at our markets.
14. Do I need a card reader in order to take card payments at a Crafty Fox Market?
It is not essential to take payments by card at a market, however we strongly recommend that traders do so as this will significantly increase your opportunity to make revenue at a Crafty Fox Market.