Vendor FAQ | Vancouver Island Market

Vendor FAQ

Updated Oct.2020

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Interested in being a VIM vendor but have a few questions? Keep reading for answers to some frequently asked!


Can I apply?

Of course! Our main requirements are that you make your products yourself (can be by design), that you are respectful to those around you, and that you generally want to have a good time vending! Plus a few more nitty, gritty items… but these are the most important. Bonus points if you sell a unique product to a niche market.

I’ve never done a market before! Can I still apply?

Yes, we welcome those who are just starting out on the vendor scene. We are here to support local economies and business owners like you! Shoot us an email to introduce yourself and with any extra questions you might have about the market, if you are still not sure. We think we can sway you 😉

How does VIM jury applications?

We emphasize on bringing handmade goods found in greater Vancouver Island (including the Gulf Islands.) Our goal is to curate the best of the area, with a careful combination of product and service type to ensure a great experience for both vendors and shoppers. The craftsmanship of the products, a vendor’s drive to become a better brand through working with other local creative professionals, and social media presence will all play a key role.

Can I choose my spot?

Our floor plans are carefully planned out and designed for the best market experience for both vendors and customers. We would love to know what type of display you have, whether you need a wall/power, or any other special requirements, but we cannot guarantee any specific spots on our floor plan. Tl,dr: you can ask, we can’t guarantee.

Can I share my spot?

Unfortunately, we only allow one business per booth. The only exception is with relevant business collaborations. If you think this may apply to you, please contact us and let us know what your proposal is.

How much does it cost to be a vendor? 

You can find the fees in our application. It depends on booth size, booth type, table and chair rental, and any possible additional requests. It may change depending on individual markets, so keep checking back for each market.

When will I find out if I’m accepted?

Our application process is a little different this time – all with the aim of getting to know you, your product, and your story better! One of these steps will be an interview. After all steps are completed, we will let you know if you have been accepted into our Spring market. Your application will finally be completed with the payment.

We will be continuously reviewing applications until we are full, so keep an eye out!

How/when do I pay?

After you are accepted, you will receive instructions on how to pay. A non-refundable deposit will be required 48 hours after acceptance, with the full payment due shortly afterwards. Keep in mind that not paying by the due dates can forfeit your place in the market and may result in no refund. Please review the Refund Policy and Terms and Conditions for more information. 

I can only submit one photo to my application. Do you need more?

We will let you know if we need more photos! For product research and awareness, we will also be checking your social media and website, and will see the photos on there.

I’m coming from out of town, where can I stay?

There are many hotels nearby, and AirBNB has a healthy presence in Nanaimo. If you are wanting a real local experience, Couch Surfing can be a great way to get to know the area and people!

When is the Winter 2020 market?!

We will be holding our winter market on Dec 10-13, 2020! Look for our applications after the Spring market.


Ready to apply? Click here to fill out the application!

Have any additional questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us!