Frequently Asked Questions
DID THE FESTIVAL LOCATION MOVE?
Yes! After 8 years of holding Indie Craft Parade in Downtown Greenville, we are moving to a new venue by Southern Bleachery at Taylors Mill. Since the beginning people have asked us to move to a larger venue, and we’re happy to announce that one has become available. In this new space, we will have more room to better feature artists and spread out the crowds! We can’t wait!
WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
Indie Craft Parade is a festival of handmade art. We gather the best makers in the South under one roof and invite the public to meet them in person and buy their amazing goods. We also celebrate the whole spectrum of our creative community with local food, music, and lots of extras.
WHERE IS IT LOCATED? Where can I park?
We have moved to the Southern Bleachery Marketplace at Taylors Mill. It’s a historic textile mill turned into a creative campus, about 8 miles from Downtown Greenville. You can see the location on this map. The address is 232 Mill Street, Taylors, SC 29687.
Parking is free at Indie Craft Parade! Check out our Guide for full parking details, maps, shuttles, and more.
WHAT About Hurricane Florence?
We have no plans to cancel Indie Craft Parade, and the event should happen rain or shine! It’s too early to tell exactly what will be hitting Greenville, but you’ll probably want to plan on having an umbrella handy. It may be a bit dreary outside, but our venue is indoors so we should be safe and dry. Shuttles will be running to the farther parking lots, and we’ll do our best to get everyone inside as quickly as possible. We'll update here if anything changes!
WHEN IS IT?
The ninth annual Indie Craft Parade will be held September 14-16, 2018. Festival hours are Friday from 6-9pm (tickets required), Saturday, 9am - 6pm and Sunday, 11am - 5pm.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO SEE?
At Indie Craft Parade, you'll find the best handcrafted goods in the following categories: 2D Fine Art (prints and originals) / 3D Fine Art (ceramic, glass, wood, metal) / Fiber Art (felted, knitted, crocheted, woven) / To Wear (jewelry, clothing, purses, hair accessories) / Paper Goods (stationery, handmade books, paper crafts) / Everything Else (toys, pet accessories, home goods, garden).
Will there be Food at the Festival?
Yes, so come hungry! New to this year is an expanded food court. We will have 8 local food vendors to provide entrees, snacks, coffee, and healthy options (see the full food vendor list at the bottom here). There are limited offerings elsewhere on the Taylors Mill property -- like our generous partner 13 Stripes Brewery.
What is the First Dibs Party?
The First Dibs Party takes place from 6-9pm on Friday, September 14. This event kicks off the 2018 festival and offers ticketholders an exclusive first look at Indie Craft Parade and unique handmade goods from 95+ makers. Tickets are sold out, but there will be a limited number of tickets for sale at the door.
This event is a great way to beat the crowds and enjoy a relaxed shopping atmosphere, live music by Tuba Gin, and the chance to win incredible giveaways. Complimentary drinks (craft beer from 13 Stripes Brewery and hard cider) are provided for our First Dibs guests. A special menu of small food plate options from Bacon Bros. Public House will be available to purchase on site.
Can I volunteer?
Yes, we love our community volunteers. You can sign up to be an Indie Craft Parade volunteer using this form.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO AT TAYLORS MILL?
Taylors Mill is a giant historic complex that is being revitalized as a creative hub. There are always new things to do and see. While attending Indie Craft Parade, you can kick back at 13 Stripes Brewery or visit the permanent artists studios and retail spaces.
IS THERE A COST TO ATTEND?
On Saturday and Sunday there is a $5 admission fee for adults. Children 12 and under are free. On Friday night, we open the festival with our ticketed First Dibs Party. Tickets to that event cost $20 in advance and can be purchased here.
IS THE FESTIVAL VENUE HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE?
Yes! There is a ramp at the main building entrance and the exhibition floor is all one level.
IS THE FESTIVAL KID FRIENDLY? WHAT ABOUT PETS?
Kids (ages 12 and under) are free on Saturday and Sunday! We love seeing children at our event and strongly support exposure to a variety of art forms at a young age. However, keep them close to you at all times, even in the outdoor common areas. There will be large crowds and many of our exhibitors will have breakable items on display. Strollers are allowed, but please be considerate to not block walkways.
We love our four legged friends, but animals are NOT allowed at Indie Craft Parade or on Taylors Mill property. Working service dogs are welcome as required by law. Please note, emotional support dogs are not considered service dogs by the ADA and are not allowed on Taylors Mill property.
WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL CODE OF CONDUCT?
We want everyone who visits the festival to have a great time, and we rely on positive vibes from all attendees.
No smoking, skateboards, or bicycles are allowed within festival grounds. Also, no one except official sponsors are allowed to distribute non-Indie Craft Parade literature at the event.
Lastly, we expect all festival attendees to be polite and civil towards their fellow guests and exhibitors.
CAN I TAKE PHOTOS OR VIDEO AT THE FESTIVAL?
You are welcome to document our event. In fact we’d love to see your photos on social media using #indiecraftparade. Please be considerate of artists or their work and ask before you shoot.
Also note, Indie Craft Parade will have official photography / videography at the event. By attending the festival you agree to be photographed or videoed for promotional purposes.
HOW CAN I APPLY?
Applications for the festival are currently closed. For reference, applications are open annually June 1-20. All Southern makers and artisans are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. During the submission period, you can apply online for a $25 nonrefundable fee. Please note: we do not consider late or incomplete applications, no exceptions. To be alerted when applications open, join our mailing list and follow us on social media!
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Anyone from the South who makes or designs high-quality goods is encouraged to apply. Indie Craft Parade focuses on artisan handmade items, so if you sell vintage goods, this isn't the right venue for you. But if you remake old feed sacks into aprons, then you've got the right place!
To maintain our regional focus, we only accept applications from artists who live in the Southern area of the United States (as defined by the US Census). Included states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Read more about this policy.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN AN APPLICATION?
We're looking for high quality handmade goods and fine art. When you submit your application, you will be asked to include a brief description of your work and 4 photographs.
The jury reviews all applications anonymously and chooses the best submissions for the festival. Work is judged according to its originality, uniqueness and innovation, along with how well it aligns with the vision of Indie Craft Parade.
In addition, the jury is looking for:
High quality photos
For previous exhibitors, a progression from past years
Want to know how to stand out from the crowd? See our tips for applying.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO EXHIBIT?
There are 2 standard booth sizes at Indie Craft Parade: 1) a 10x10 space for $395 and 2) a 10x6 space for $275.
We’re introducing a new Emerging Artist section for the 2018 festival as a way to promote new talent and support burgeoning makers. A limited number of 6-foot tables are available at a discounted exhibition fee of $125 for Emerging Artists. This section will be indicated clearly on the event map and with on-site signage. You may request to be considered an Emerging Artist in your application if you meet some or all of the following criteria: you have participated in 3 or fewer shows, you are a student, recent graduate, or retiree, you have been making your current line of work for less than 2 years, or you are introducing a new brand or line of work.
CAN I SHARE A BOOTH WITH ANOTHER MAKER?
Sorry, no. Because each maker’s work is juried into the show separately, we do not permit shared booths. If you are a gallery owner, boutique owner, or part of a collective, you may only submit your own work. Individual artists must each apply separately.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
If you cancel your booth before August 1 and we are able to secure a replacement from the waiting list, you will be refunded 50% of your booth fee. After August 1, no refunds will be given.
DOES THE NEW VENUE AFFECT THE LAYOUT AND SIZE OF EXHIBITOR BOOTHS?
Yes! We’re pleased to announce that the new venue allows us to upgrade the square footage of the artist booths. We are offering 10x10 spaces and 10x6 spaces, both of which give more room than the previous venue to display your amazing goods.
I DESIGN MY OWN PRODUCTS, BUT I DON'T MAKE EVERYTHING BY HAND. CAN I STILL APPLY?
Indie Craft Parade's first priority is to showcase and promote handmade goods. But we realize that artists, designers, and makers often have businesses that have grown beyond a single person’s capacity to produce everything themselves. It is not our intention to penalize small business growth.
We require that the ideas, prototypes, brand direction, etc. of an Indie Craft Parade exhibitor must originate with a single artist. This excludes any corporate or box store retailers, and keeps Indie Craft Parade’s vision to promote small, regional businesses.
I’M AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST. CAN I APPLY IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES?
Yes, you may apply in as many categories as you’d like under a single application fee. All entries are juried separately, so your work may be accepted in one category, but declined in another.