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2020 MARKET + POP-UP DATES
April 17 – 19 // Spring Market
June 13 + 14 // Forks Pop-Up
Aug 1 + 2 // Clear Lake Market
Sep 11 – 13 // ManyFest
Oct TBA // Saskatoon Market
Nov 20 – 22 // Christmas Market
December Forks Pop-Ups // Nov 28 + 29
// Dec 5 + 6
// Dec 12 + 13
// Dec 19 + 20
The application process opens up approximately 3-months prior to the market date.
Applications are entered through our website. You will be required to fill out an online application form + upload 6 photos (in square format + under 1 MB each) that best represent your products + brand. To find out when the next application will be posted, please sign up for our newsletter. That is your MOST effective way of never missing a notification. Be sure to mark us in your inbox so we don’t go to you junk or spam. In addition, follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
YES! Opening up applications Canada wide keeps our markets FRESH + EXCITING and keeps our shoppers eggar to come back as it will be different every market.
After 10 years of hosting markets in Winnipeg we are now expanding our markets to other provinces, starting with Saskatoon! With the expansion, we are lifting our ‘local’ rule, being more exclusive to ALL of Canada. We realize there are many amazing makers out there who do not have access to big markets or opportunities to sell in their home town. Each market we will continue to consider local makers while bringing in FRESH new faces + maker diversity from other provinces + territories!
With this change you can expect that our markets will see a rotation of makers. No market will ever be the same!
Third + Bird is Winnipeg’s largest urban market + we have recently opened up our markets to makers across Canada. Hosting curated events that provide fun + inspiring gathering places for artisans + shoppers to meaningfully connect. Third + Bird Markets give spotlight to small businesses who are pushing the independent makers industry through modern design, fresh ideas + creative branding. We strive for personal connection with those we serve + work with – because Canadian makers + their product matter to us, + we believe they matter to you. We pride ourselves on creating a unique shopping experience filled with inspiring visuals, food + drink, live music + infectious energy!
Our urban markets have gained national exposure, with requests to host Third + Bird across western Canada + share our platform with motivated makers + shoppers alike. In 2018, we were honoured to be nominated, + rewarded, with the Manitoba Tourism Innovation Award. We were recognized for our creativity + innovation in the tourism industry, + developing new product + offerings for Manitoba’s tourism market. In 2019 we were we were honoured to be nominated, + rewarded the Winnipeg Tourism Award of Distinction for Small Business of the Year.
Executives from Co-op, Safeway + Sobeys have flown in + signed many of our food vendors, + consumers can now shop their products in stores across Canada. Social influencers + celebrities such as Jillian Harris + Michele Romanow have given Third + Bird + our makers spotlight on their social accounts. Since being a part of Third + Bird, many vendors have been able to open their own storefronts, + have been given unique opportunities to grow their businesses.
As per the contract, vendors are asked to do a minimum of 2 posts informing their followers that they will be at the Third+Bird market. In turn, vendors can expect to see their 6 photos they applied with on all social media accounts linked (granted vendor entered them in correctly) on our website.
In addition, every vendor receives their own feature story on our Instagram and Facebook stories.
Each vendor will be posted about on our Instagram, Facebook + Twitter accounts, but we reserve the right to batch them with other vendors. There is NO preference on who gets batched vs who doesn’t, nor a preference on who is batched together. Due to the volume of markets + pop ups we host, in order to post about everyone we do need to batch photos along with individual posts.
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, over 46,000 followers + counting, + a listing on our vendor webpage. By taking part in our markets, you become part of the Third + Bird family. This is a special bond + there is a plethora of makers who are eager to connect + support one another!
Our booths come in 3 sizes:
Market prices are posted during applications and vary by market/pop-up.
We DO NOT provide tables or chairs. Creativity is encouraged in creating an engaging space for shoppers to interact with your product. Please visit us on Pinterest to find booth inspiration from our Third + Bird family.
We do not accept 3rd party vendors such as Epicure, Tupperware, Norwex, etc. This includes vintage wares or up-cycled goods for sale. We do make an exception for the fast fashion movement + will consider applications where the maker is up-cycling fabric, clothing + using it to create new pieces. Pieces must be altered + fully re-designed by you. This requires more than just adding a button or small detail.
Your product must be an idea original to yourself, or made by yourself. All out-sourced products must be ethically produced either locally or overseas. Please provide evidence of this in your application if applicable.
We offer a program called Little Bird. This program allows first-time Third + Bird vendors to apply for a reduced rate. We pride ourselves on being a market that is accessible + our ability to find up + coming makers. This category is juried separately from the main applications. We only accept 3 Little Bird makers per market. If you choose to go the Little Bird route your chances of being accepted will depend on how many other makers have elected to apply as a Little Bird. This program is a one-time chance for NEW vendors to the Third + Bird market. If you are a Little Bird for one market, + apply another 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
NOTE: The Little Bird program only applies to our Spring + Christmas Markets at Red River Exhibition Park in Winnipeg.
At our markets, shoppers pay admission to attend + we do big market campaigns drawing large crowds. Markets are for makers who have the ability to make a lot of stock, work long hours + have booth displays.
Pop-up’s are free events for shoppers in a relaxed, small scale environment, giving new markers a less intimating introduction to the market world. Hours are typically less, + booth display requirements are not as intense. Inventory requirements are lower as well.
If you are new to Third + Bird or you don’t get accepted into a market we encourage you to apply for a pop-up. It’s a great way to get to know us + let us get to know you!
Pop-up’s can be very profitable for makers, sometimes more so than our market depending on the offering. We have some makers who exclusively do our pop-up’s!
For each market we enlist the help of a panel of jury members (10). This is a diverse group of people from all backgrounds of life who help make unbiased decisions.
Each jury member reviews the applications looking at: product, photos, branding, booth display, aesthetics etc. They then rate each application based on a point system. Applicants can score up to 100 points.
We receive approximately 275+ applications to our markets. We have 150 spots available. Which means we need to cut 40% of the applications that are received.
The point system is the most unbiased + fair way to decide who will be in the market. This allows us to keep emotions out of the decision make. We have grown very close with our Third+Bird family + we love the maker community. We know many of your stories + how hard you work to provide for yourselves + families.
The scoring process is competitive + a maker needs to score 80 or higher to make it into the market. In the case of oversaturation of a category (eg. self care, apparel, jewelry) we do a second round of voting to narrow it down again.
This process takes our jury 2 weeks. Daily check-ins to review applications + an end review to rate each one. Votes are then tallied and an evening is hosted where each jury member can bring forward any opinions. We spend a long evening deliberating + cross-checking.
It’s very important to us that our markets reflect fresh faces, allowing NEW makers a chance to shine and make a name for themselves, while having makers who have been in markets past.
If you have a concern with a fellow maker in the community please do not email us first to investigate your concern. Please take the following steps before involving Third + Bird.
– Reach out to the maker and express your concern
– Gather truthful facts to build your case with concern (assumptions and ‘looks like this’ are not facts)
– After having a conversation with the maker, and you still feel like there are valid concerns with the proven facts you have gathered, we then will step in and investigate further.
We want to make it very clear though we are not undercover cops. We create an application platform that is fair and gives makers plenty of opportunity to be transparent with us. If a maker choose to withhold information or bend truth at the time of jurying that is on them and we will take proper measures with further investigate them when brought to our attention through the above steps.
Your application is your first impression! The 6 photos you choose to submit on your application should be high quality + highlight your products, packaging, overall brand + appeal. Showcase all the details our shoppers might look for when attracted to a new company. Think of these photos as a well-curated Instagram feed quality, and not just photos of your entire collection of product. Please visit our Instagram page + see our feed, better yet click on makers accounts + get a good idea of what others are doing!
Our jury will also take your website + social media presence into consideration, so be sure to include those in your application. Having a well-curated social media account 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.
We understand that cancellations happen. You can cancel up until 45 days before an event for a full refund, less a $25 admin fee. After 45 days there will be no refunds issued.
Vendors selling/serving food will need to abide by Health + Safety standards for the province. Upon acceptance we will send vendors information on what permits they will require.
Wait lists are reserved for makers who applied during our application period + have been juried. If you missed our application period you are not eligible to be added to our wait list.
We love to work in sponsorship with companies big + small. If you have a creative idea, new product or a space you would like to create at our events, we want to hear it! Email us at email@example.com + let’s talk.
We would love to partner with you! Please enquire with firstname.lastname@example.org for current rates.
Sorry, no strollers. We encourage wearing your baby!
This is a policy that has been set in place for the past 11years + one that we have carefully consulted with professionals in law, fire + safety and human rights. We care deeply about the community as a whole + making our markets accessible + safe to the best of our abilities.
The key to this policy, is that it expressly sets out an alternative for those with strollers (baby carriers) + provides an option for those with health concerns.
We have adopted this policy for many important reasons. The main reason being fire safety + evacuation of guests.
Third + Bird Inc. (“Third + Bird”) wishes to ensure that all of its guests have the most enjoyable experience possible, while also taking steps to provide a safe experience for its guests. As a result, in an effort to reduce objects that may impede access to emergency exits, Third + Bird has adopted a limited stroller policy. As a result, Third + Bird will not allow strollers in its markets, except in limited circumstances.
However, in order to assist those guests with young children, Third + Bird will make available: 1) a place in which guests may store their strollers; and 2) if requested, a baby carrier for use while attending the Third + Bird market.
Third + Bird also understands that, for a variety of reasons, some of its guests may not be able to use a baby carrier and, should that be the case, asks that guests contact us in advance of the market which they plan to attend, in order to discuss their particular needs. Third + Bird will endeavour to make necessary arrangements, where it is able to do so without undue hardship.
We have been partners with the Nepal Women’s Co-op for 11 years. We respect everyones right to donate to local + global charities. This is a passion project for us. This co-op is one of the main reasons why we started Third + Bird, + we will continue to choose them for all our future markets as our charity of choice. These women do not have a voice, local or global media, tv, radio doing fundraisers or brining attention to them. We are their voice, we are their platform! Thank you for your passion + concern for your charities of choice, we thank you for respect with our right to choose who we donate our money to. Please see our giving back page for more details.