Buy Local Gift Fair
Sunday, November 30, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)
524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee
The Buy Local Gift Fair, presented by Local First Milwaukee, is moving! In an effort to grow the event’s vendor and attendee capacity, we’ve decided to relocate to the Mitchell Park Conservancy (The Domes). This new partnership will allow us to provide up to 100 vendor spaces, has excellent parking accommodations, and showcases one of Milwaukee’s many unique attractions.
The Buy Local Gift Fair will be held on Sunday, November 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at The Domes (524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee). You are invited to showcase your business to over 1,200 people in person at the Fair, and thousands more through advance promotion. The Buy Local Gift Fair is one of the most visited pages on Local First’s website.
When determining whether the Buy Local Gift Fair is a good fit for your business, consider both the demographic of attendees and your ability to sell your product in a small space. Because this is a shopping event, it is open only to businesses and non-profits that will bring items to sell. Local First Milwaukee board members and volunteers will be on-site to spread the message about the importance of supporting our members and shopping locally.
Vendor applications are available for Local First Business members and Local First Non-profit members from August 15 – September 1. Applications will open to non-member businesses on September 1. Vendor fees for the Buy Local Gift Fair are as follows:
• Local First Member rate: $125
• Non-member rate: $200
Non-member exhibitors must fit into the mission of Local First Milwaukee and be local, independent businesses. Criteria can be found HERE and non-member businesses will be asked to complete this form.
We have a limited amount of food vendor spaces, and welcome restaurants, caterers, and food trucks to apply as vendors. The same fees apply, and we will do our best to accommodate your preparation needs.
VOLUNTEERS are an essential part of the success of this event! We’ve developed a special offer for Local First members who would like to exhibit at a discounted rate: the first twenty businesses to commit to four hours of volunteer support will receive their vendor space for $85. Volunteers will be responsible for staffing the Local First booth, promoting the Local First mission to visitors, and taking monetary donations. Local First members who are not vendors are also welcome to volunteer; please contact Kelly Andrew at Kelly@localfirstmilwaukee.com if you are interested in volunteering the day of the event.
• Vendor fees include 1 – 8’ table space
• For member nonprofit organizations, participation is complimentary. (Nonprofits please use the nonprofit application.)
• At least one staff member must be present from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to talk with shoppers, answer questions, and SELL!
• There is limited access to electricity – we will do our best to accommodate you but cannot promise that you will have access
• To apply, please submit your application and make payment (by check or online) by Tuesday, September 30
• Only applications accompanied with fee will be honored. If you are not accepted as a fair participant, your payment will be returned to you.
• Confirmation of your organization’s participation will be emailed to your designated Buy Local Gift Fair contact by Friday, October 10.
Sponsorship opportunities are available and are a great opportunity for supporting the local first message or for a retailer that does a good holiday business but can’t fit their product on a tabletop! If you are interested in sponsoring the fair or have any questions, feel free to contact Kelly Andrew at Kelly@localfirstmilwaukee.com.
Member Businesses click here to access the online application form.
Member Non-profits click here to access the online application form.
Non-member businesses, check back on September 1 to access the online application form.
Payments can be made by mailing a check (Please note "Buy Local Gift Fair" in the memo) to:
Local First Milwaukee
205 W. Highland Ave. Ste. 501
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Or pay online by selecting your preferred vendor option below: