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 come enjoy art in a whole new way. From food, music and giveaways at our opening night gala, to artisan coffee, designer temporary tattoos and a free photo booth all weekend, the festival is an experience created to complement the artisanal goods on display.
Where is IT Located?
Indie Craft Parade is held annually at the historic Huguenot Mill in downtown Greenville, SC. The mill is located at 101 W. Broad Street, next to the Peace Center. View map.
When is IT?
The seventh annual Indie Craft Parade will be held September 16-18, 2016.
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). There will also be a selection of local food on site, so come hungry!
Is there a cost to attend?
On Saturday and Sunday there is a $2 admission fee for adults. Children 12 and under are free. On Friday night, we open the festival with our ticketed VIP Gala.
WHAT IS THE VIP GALA?
Indie Craft Parade kicks off Friday night with a special event for a limited number of ticket holders. The gala includes live music, complimentary food and drink, and features a relaxed, less-crowded atmosphere, and amazing giveaways. Tickets are $35 each and go on sale the month prior to the event.
WHERE CAN I PARK?
Within a few blocks of the Huguenot Mill there are several parking garages and lots with more than 6500 parking spaces, as well as on-street parking. All are within walking distance. The Richardson Street Garage and W. Washington Street Deck typically offer free parking in the weekends and evenings. See map and more parking information.
IS THE HUGUENOT MILL HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE?
Yes! There is a ramp at the main entrance and an elevator inside.
Can I volunteer to help?
How can I apply?
All Southern makers and artisans are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Applications for the festival always open on June 1. During the submission period (ends June 20, midnight EST), 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! We're active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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 State (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
- Cohesive aesthetic
- Modern branding
- 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?
Both full-size (8 ft) and medium-size (6 ft) booths are available for an exhibition fee of $175 and $125, respectively. A limited number of corner booths are available for $225. Tables, linens, and chairs are included in the exhibition fee.
Can I share a booth with another maker?
Sorry, no. Because each maker is juried into the show separately, we do not permit shared booths. This enables us to design the exhibition layout in a fashion that is both organized and aesthetically pleasing.
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.
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. That being said, we realize that rarely can an artist complete the creative process start to finish. For example, a painter might not physically make his own reproductive prints; a designer might hire a company to produce his or her tee shirts, cards, photos, etc.; and certainly almost every artist has to use supplies that he or she did not physically make.
Additionally, some artists may now have businesses that have grown beyond a single person’s capacity to produce everything and must employ help to create finished products. It is not our intention to penalize small business growth.
Thus our policy is that the ideas, prototypes, brand direction, etc. of an Indie Craft Parade vendor 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.
If you have any questions about this policy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.