Events by EventfulSHOUT! Breaking the Silence though Creativity – Outreach’s Maker’s Fair
The National Day of Silence is a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. Outreach – Centenary College of Louisiana’s QSA is celebrating breaking the silence by holding a Maker’s Fair and Art Show at Jones Rice Field at Centenary College.
Below is information for vendors:
How to Draw People to Your Maker’s Booth
SMILE!Seems silly but I see it happen every time- a Maker sits behind their booth waiting for
someone to approach them. Your smile is just as important as your product.
DEMONSTRATE!Customers love to see Makers in action and Makers who are able to
demonstrate their craft draw in more customers. This doesn’t have to be complicated. Try to
avoid anything that will not let you work with potential customers.
SIGNAGE! Your space should have a sign. Draw people to your area with an easy to read sign.
Since you will be bringing your own table, you can test your sign before the day of the fair. Make
sure potential customers can see the sign from at least 10-15 feet away.
TOOLS FOR REPEAT CUSTOMERS! The following are suggestions to help you stay connected to
your customers after SHOUT!
• Your business cards
• A clip board with a pen and paper to collect client addresses and email addresses
• Information that includes any websites, online stores, or blogs where your work can
What will you need the day of the fair?
DON’T FORGET YOUR CHAIRS!
BRING PLENTY OF CHANGE ATMS is not nearby and not every bank is open in Saturday. Make
sure you have plenty of change for your customers. Outreach is not able to make change for any
KNOW THAT A WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTION IS SPOTTY AT BESTif you are depending
on any type of wireless connection, it is very unreliable. Please have a back up plan.
CALCULATOR, PEN, PAPER If you are not going to build in the applicable sales tax to your
items, a calculator will help to calculate taxes. Pen and paper may help with any notes, scribbles,
DRESS IN LAYERSMornings can be cool but may warm up quickly. Since meteorologists have a
difficult time getting a forecast right, dress comfortably and come prepared.
Only 1 electrical space per Maker. No exceptions.
Please let us know in advance if you have shelves, racks, or other displays that are taller than 3 feet.
All proceeds from sales go to the individual vendors. Vendors are responsible for collecting and paying sales tax where applicable. When tax time comes around, you’ll have to pay income tax on all the items you sold and pay the sales tax to the state where the fair is held.
We recommend that you contact the Louisiana Department of Revenue and the IRS for more info:
Louisiana Dept of Revenue: Small business: 225-219-7462, Individual: 225-219-0102 or http://www.rev.state.la.us/
IRS: 1-800-829-4933 or http://www.irs.gov
Vendors are responsible for their merchandise in case of loss or damage. All merchandise and personal property must be removed from the premises immediately after closing.
By registering for a booth, you agree to the following:
I agree to hold harmless and indemnify Centenary College of Louisiana, the City of Shreveport, and Credit Bureau of the South, for any personal injury or property damage resulting from my participation in this event.
I have read and understand the guidelines posted on the SHOUT! registation page and the statement above. By submitting this registration form I agree to adhere to the statement above as well as Centenary College of Louisiana guidelines.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
All items must be handmade, handcrafted, reconstructed or creatively re-purposed.
If you are concerned you don’t fit into one of these categories, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Sara Whittington – firstname.lastname@example.org
Merritt Harrelson – email@example.com