frequently asked questions
If your question isn’t answered here, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We love doing radio, newspaper and TV please contact Chandra to discuss media options.
We are always looking at partnering with companies who want to support the local – small business movement.Email us at email@example.com if you have an idea, products or space you would like to create at our Markets.
Our markets see 14,000+ shoppers through the door, with increasing numbers each market. We pride ourselves on creating a unique shopping experience filled with inspiring visuals, food + drink, live music and infectious energy!
The 2018 Spring Market will be May 3, 4 + 5
The 2018 Christmas Market will be Nov 22, 23 + 24
Our Spring Markets are held the weekend before Mothers Day, and our Christmas Market the last full weekend of November.
The application process opens up approximately 3-months prior to the Market dates.
Applications will be ‘live’ on the website for 10 days.
2018 Christmas Market applications will open in September.
You will be required to fill out an online application form, and upload 6 photos (in square format + under 1 MB each) that best represent your products and brand. One of these photos must be an example of your booth display. If you do not have an image of a booth display, you can draw a design and submit it as a photo.
Your cost includes: your booth square footage, mass marketing of the sale, a poster package, a post of your company on all of our social media outlets which has over 27,000 followers and counting, and a listing on our vendor webpage.
We DO NOT provide tables or chairs. Creativity is encouraged in creating an engaging space for shoppers to interact with your product.
We do not accept 3rd party vendors, such as Epicure, Tupperware, Norwex etc. This includes vintage wares or upcycled goods for sale.
Your product must be an idea original to yourself, or made by yourself.
We now offer Shared Booths.
You may request to share a booth with a specific partner if you are BOTH accepted to the market. Please submit your applications separately and indicate in the “SHARED BOOTH’ box your desired booth partner.
If only one of you is accepted, we will offer the vendor accepted a 10 ft across x 5 ft deep booth.
We have a grace period for cancellations once your application and payment has been accepted. The dates will be in your contract. Any cancellations after these dates will not receive a refund.
We have recently introduced the ‘Little Bird’ program:
The ‘Little Bird’ program allows first-time Third + Bird vendors to apply for a reduced rate. We pride ourselves on being a market that is accessible and finding up and coming makers. This category is juried separately from the main applications. The ‘Little Bird’ program is a one-time chance for NEW vendors to the Third + Bird Market. If you are a ‘Little Bird’ for one market, and apply the following market, you will automatically apply as a regular vendor + pricing.
If you apply under the “Little Bird” program, you are unable to apply as a regular vendor. You must choose one or the other.
Little Bird rates are 40% off the regular fee of a 10 x 5 booth only.
To apply as a ‘Little Bird’, submit your application through our website as normal, then email us to confirm you would like your application to be considered for the ‘Little Bird’ program at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manitoba is full of amazing talent, meaning we receive hundreds of applications for each market. Third + Bird enlists the help of an unbiased jury to help us choose our vendors.
Each jury member thoroughly assess’ each potential vendor by reviewing their application and visiting their website / social media accounts. Potential vendors must meet Third + Bird criteria of being a local small business, as well as their execution of product quality, branding, shopper appeal, innovative design and display setup.
Vendors are then divided into categories as Third + Bird sees fit (examples, bath + body, homewares, food + drink, kids, etc.) which creates diversity and allows each vendor a chance to be exclusive in their area of creativity.
The jury then votes, based on the above criteria, on each individual application to create a final vendor list. A cancellation list is also compiled.
Your application is your first impression!
The 6 photos your choose to submit on your application should be high quality and highlight your products, packaging, overall brand and appeal. Showcase all the details our shoppers look for when attracted to a new company. Think of these photos as a well-curated Instagram feed quality, and not just photos of everything you sell piled into a couple images.
Our jury will also take into consideration your website and social media accounts, so be sure to include those in your application. Having social media accounts is a big plus!
We highly suggest hiring someone in the industry who’s an expert at making product shine, or researching good tips on how to take a great flat lay. Take a look at our social media accounts to get a strong idea of what makes a vendor stand out.
We love product that is local, unique, high quality and has that “I want it” factor. We appreciate every detail from packaging and branding, to display setup. We are looking for modern product that is new and not the typical craft-sale wares. If you are in a highly saturated category (example, kids + baby, bath, etc.) we are looking for the extra details and quality that make you stand out from the rest. We also look at your social media accounts + websites. We are looking for people who set the bar in using photos, flat lays and social interaction with their shoppers.
No–unless you are a food vendor (selling either food to eat on-site or packaged food). If you are a food vendor, you will need to obtain a temporary event health permit. If you are accepted, we will provide you with more information.