Frequently Asked Questions
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.
The festival celebrates the whole spectrum of our creative community with local food, music, and lots of extras. You can enjoy our free photobooth, free kids craft area, and face painting and henna artists will be offering their services as well.
A variety of local food trucks and food vendors will be on site throughout the weekend. Timmons Arena has concessions indoor, and more dining options are available at the Furman Student Center.
WHEN IS IT?
Dates for the 2020 Indie Craft Parade will be announced in January 2020. The festival begins with our First Dibs party on Friday from 6-9pm, and is open for general admission on Saturday, 9am - 6pm and Sunday, 11am - 5pm.
where is it? And where can I park?
Indie Craft Parade takes place at Timmons Arena on the campus of Furman University. Located about 6 miles from Downtown Greenville, the venue address is 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613.
From Duncan Chapel Road, take the Timmons Rd Entrance and you’ll find plenty of free parking right in front of the venue, and overflow parking nearby. You’ll be directed into an available spot by parking personnel.
This venue means plenty of space for our makers and attendees, and no more endless lines to get in to the festival! Timmons Arena is handicapped accessible.
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).
Makers accept cash and cards.
What is the First Dibs Party?
This event kicks off the festival and offers ticketholders an exclusive first look at Indie Craft Parade and unique handmade goods from 115+ makers. Tickets are sold online in advance and have always sold out.
This event is a great way to beat the crowds and enjoy a relaxed shopping atmosphere, with vinyl tunes spun by local DJ King Harold, and the chance to win incredible giveaways. Complimentary drinks (craft beer from 13Stripes Brewery, hard cider, and non-alcholhic beverages) are provided for our First Dibs guests. A selection of food offerings will be available for purchase from food trucks and Furman concessions.
Can I volunteer?
Yes, we love our community volunteers! Volunteer sign-ups will be available closer to the festival.
IS THERE A COST TO ATTEND?
On Saturday and Sunday there is a $6 admission fee for adults, cash and cards accepted. Children 12 and under are free. On Friday night, we open the festival with our ticketed First Dibs Party (tickets are $25)
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. Please keep children close to you at all time. There will be large crowds and many of our exhibitors will have breakable items on display. Strollers welcome, but please be considerate to not block walkways.
In addition, we have partnered with Baby Quip to provide a special area for nursing mothers and a baby changing station.
We love our four legged friends, but animals are NOT allowed at Indie Craft Parade. 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.
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.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO AT Furman University?
Ranked as one of the 10 most beautiful universities in the US, the Furman campus offers plenty of options for entertainment when you’re done shopping at Indie Craft Parade. Visit the rose garden, take a walk around the lake or on the nearby Swamp Rabbit Trail, or picnic under the shadow of the iconic Bell Tower. Explore Furman >
HOW CAN I APPLY?
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 $295.
We subsidize an Emerging Artist section 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. If you have exhibited in the past at Indie Craft Parade as an Emerging Artist, you are not eligible to re-apply for this section.
Indie Craft Parade is held indoors. All booths include access to electricity.
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?
If you are an interdisciplinary artist (i.e., a maker that creates ceramic mugs and also has produces leather bags), you may submit additional applications in different categories at no further charge after your first application has been submitted and the fee paid. All entries are juried separately, so your work may be accepted in one category, but declined in another.