Join VSA Ohio during our second summer at the Pearl Alley Farmers Market! The VSAO @ Pearl Market Merchant opportunity is an effort to provide artists with disabilities the opportunity to sell their art, become a self-advocate, and learn more about being a professional artist. Selling your art at community markets and festivals is a great way to connect with new patrons. However, the requirements for application, initial fees, and physical logistics can be cumbersome. To make this type of opportunity more accessible, VSA Ohio has secured a booth at the seasonal Pearl Alley Farmers Market in downtown Columbus. Artists and Groups from across Ohio may apply to be a Market Merchant at this booth for NO FEE. Read further for more information about applying to sell your work at this booth and be part of a fabulous local business opportunity!

Click here to download an VSAO@ Pearl Market Merchant Application in Word.

VSA Ohio presents an exciting, new opportunity for artists and artist groups pursuing creative careers. The VSAO @ Pearl Market Merchant opportunity is an effort to provide artists with disabilities the opportunity to sell their art, become a self-advocate, and learn more about being a professional artist. Selling your art at community markets and festivals is a great way to connect with new patrons. However, the requirements for application, initial fees, and physical logistics can be cumbersome. To make this type of opportunity more accessible, VSA Ohio has secured a booth at the seasonal Pearl Alley Farmers Market in downtown Columbus.
Artists and Groups from across Ohio may apply to be a Market Merchant at this booth for NO FEE.

About Pearl Market

The Pearl Alley Market offers a unique urban setting to introduce your merchandise to appreciative audiences. The market is situated in downtown Columbus, in the alleys between Broad, High, Gay, and Third Streets. According to surveys and research, Pearl Market reaches a huge and diverse audience of lunchtime shoppers from the surrounding business, residences, and hotels. Pearl Market maintains a varied and appealing farmer and merchant mix, setting the stage for a profitable season for vendors and an exciting shopping experience for customers.

VSA Ohio @ Pearl Market Booth Dates
May 23                   May 30                   June 6                June 13
June 20                  June 27                  July 11               July 18
July 25                   August 1                August 8            August 15
August 22              August 29              Sept. 5               Sept. 12
Sept. 19                 Sept. 26


PURCHASING TRENDS
Keep in mind what the shoppers at the Pearl Alley Market tend to purchase. Pearl Market is a lunch time crowd who are primarily office workers and Columbus tourists. Common purchases by this type of buyer are smaller items that are available at accessible (lower) price points. 99% of shoppers walk to this market from their place of employment. Think about this as you decide what items to sell. People will not be likely to walk through the market on their lunch break and purchase a $200 painting that is two feet wide. However, a small framed photograph or print, set of notecards, buttons, jewelry, or small ceramics with reasonable price points are easy to carry and put in a purse or shopping bag. You must list the items you intend to sell on the application form.

FAQs
The Pearl Market Booth will include a 10’ pop up tent, 6’ table, and two chairs; these items will already be set up upon your arrival.
Pearl Market hours are 10:30am until 2:00pm. Artists must arrive no later than 10:00am for set up and are responsible for staying at the booth until the Market closes.
WiFi and power outlets are NOT available.
Pearl Market operates rain or shine. VSAO will contact Artist if the weather necessitates.
Artists may request access accommodations but must do so upon Application; late requests for access accommodations cannot be guaranteed.
VSA Ohio staff will meet each artist at the beginning and end of each shift.
Artists and Studios across Ohio are eligible to apply.
Independent artists may also apply with another artist if they wish to work at the booth together during a shift. Only one application should be submitted by the partnership.
Application does not guarantee acceptance and date preference rankings do not guarantee availability for those dates.
Applications will be reviewed and approved by VSAO staff on a first come, first serve basis.
VSA Ohio @ Pearl Alley is supported through funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

PURCHASES:
Sales of artwork and non-food merchandise are taxable at 6.75% in Franklin County. Please incorporate this tax into your pricing. As the official Pearl Market Merchant, VSA Ohio must collect all sales income/receipts, pay sales tax, and then reimburse artists for the final sales amount. Payments will be sent to artists within seven business days of their day as a Merchant. To handle purchase transactions, you will be able to accept cash or checks made out to VSA Ohio. Pearl Market also utilizes a credit card token system so that if shoppers want to pay with a credit card, they can buy tokens (in $5 increments) from the Pearl Market table and can then use those as payment to you in exchange for your product. VSA Ohio will provide a cash box for collecting payments and a sales sheet for records- you are required to record and report daily sales.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis beginning April 1st, 2014.
Contact Morgan Green at mgreen@vsao.org if you have any questions.


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