Fenton Street Market is back for a monthly series of fall Markets at our new location: Downtown Silver Spring on Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue. These Markets will be on the second Sundays of the months of September, October, and November and will run from noon - 6pm (set-up begins at 10am; vendors must be out by 7pm).
We have space for about 30 vendors each week, with priority given to vendors with original, high-quality handmade wares. We will curate a diverse range of vendors offering different types of goods and will schedule a combination of new and repeat vendors each week. Vendors may apply for 1, 2 or all 3 dates.
WHEN: Second Sundays of September, October, and November: noon - 6pm (set-up from 10am; out by 7pm)
- Sunday, September 10th: noon - 6pm
- Sunday, October 8th: noon - 6pm
- Sunday, November 12th: noon - 6pm
WHERE: Downtown Silver Spring pedestrian area: Ellsworth Drive between Fenton Street and Georgia Avenue in downtown Silver Spring, MD
BOOTH FEES: Most spaces are standard spaces (10'x10'), but we sometimes have a limited number of mini spaces available. Mini spaces are smaller (about 6'x6') and may have unmovable posts or other obstacles vendors must work around. Vendors supply their own equipment: tent, tables, chairs and displays.
For these markets, vendors are REQUIRED to use a tent. Please see Rule & Regs below for details.
- Standard space: $80 for a 10'x10' space
- Mini space (limited): $60 for approx. 6'x6' space (no tent) -- mini spaces may have posts or other unmovable obstacles vendors must work around
*All applicants are applying for a STANDARD space, but you may request a mini space. We will let you know if they are available.*
WHAT DO I GET? Your booth fee buys one space, but you also get a whole lot of additional support from us:
- Advertising! FSM does lots of general advertising of the dates and times of the Market. Our postcards and posters can be found all over downtown Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and nearby areas. We also have a permanent poster in Downtown Silver Spring.
- Digital marketing and vendor spotlights. FSM is all about our vendors and we LOVE to feature you and your work! Once you are confirmed for a market, we'll send out a form for you to provide your digital marketing info (such as your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter info) and photos you'd like us to feature. Vendors who provide this to us will be spotlighted via our social media networks and in newsletters in the days leading up to each Market. Our networks reach thousands of followers!
- Free wi-fi. Downtown Silver Spring has free wi-fi throughout the vendor area.
- Market-day support and back-filling. Need to run to the bathroom or grab some lunch? We can watch your booth while you're away.
- Load-in/load-out help and porters. Those pop-up tents don't pop themselves... we'll help you get set-up and broken down at the end of the day.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please allow 2 weeks for a reply.
We are looking for vendors selling quality, handmade goods and gifts. Examples include: artisan crafts, home goods, jewelry, art, antiques and vintage goods, pottery, clothing, kids toys and more. We also accept vendors selling pre-packaged foods, but cannot accept vendors selling food for on-site consumption.
We do not accept vendors with new, mass-made items (clothing, cell phone accessories, handbags), general used merchandise (yard sale items), and sell-at-home/network marketing items (LuLaRoe, Avon, Scentsy, etc.).
If your application is approved, you will receive an invoice from us. All applications are for a STANDARD space. You may request a mini space and we will let you know if they are available. We require pre-payment to reserve your spot. The fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. You do not lock in your spot until you have paid!
Have general questions about the market? Check out our Vendor FAQs.
By submitting an application, you agree to the following RULES & REGULATIONS:
APPLICATION: Applying to participate in Fenton Street Market (FSM) does not guarantee inclusion. Vendors are accepted according to various factors and at the sole discretion of FSM. Applicants will be notified of their status within approximately two weeks of submission.
PAYMENT: Upon acceptance, vendors will receive an email with a PayPal link to submit their nonrefundable booth fee. If fees are not paid within the allotted time frame, booth spaces are automatically released – no exceptions.
VENDOR CANCELLATION: There are NO REFUNDS for cancellations or no-shows, and the fee is non-transferable. Vendors are not permitted to sell or trade booth spaces. If a vendor cancels or fails to show-up at a market, FSM may cancel future market dates and will retain any fees paid.
EVENT CANCELLATION: FSM occurs RAIN OR SHINE. In the case of an extreme weather event or other extreme unforeseen circumstance, it is at the sole discretion of Fenton Street Market to determine if the market will be canceled and whether the market will be rescheduled. Under no circumstances will refunds be offered nor applied to future markets.
BOOTH DETAILS: “Standard” and a limited number of “mini” booth spaces are available. Standard booth spaces are 10x10 ft. Mini booth spaces are 6x6 ft. and may include traffic posts, curbs, or other small, non-removable physical obstacles that vendors must work around. Vendors agree to keep all their goods, services and activities within their assigned booth footprint. Any items outside of the assigned space are subject to removal. Booth spaces are non-transferable.
BOOTH EQUIPMENT: Vendors must provide all their own equipment: tables, chairs, canopy, and supplies. FSM provides ONLY booth space. Vendors are REQUIRED to use a tent and must have weights of at least 40lbs (each) secured at the base of each of the four corners of their tent. Any vendor that does not have their tent weighted down will not be allowed to participate and no refund will be issued. Electrical outlets are not provided and are not available. Vendors are expected to have a clean, professional presentation of wares. Plastic tablecloths and other disposable equipment is not permitted.
ARRIVAL/LOAD-IN: Vendors may begin setting up as early as 9:45am and must arrive no later than 11am to begin setting-up. All vendors must be set-up and in their spaces by 11:45am. Vendors not on-site by 11am forfeit their participation and no refunds are given. Load-in details and logistical information will be provided in the week before each market.
BREAKDOWN/LOAD-OUT: Vendors must stay in their assigned spaces until 6pm. Early load-out is not permitted. All vendors must be completely packed up and vehicles off the street by 7pm. Vendors must completely clear their space and take all trash. Failure to properly clean space may result in not being invited to participate in future markets.
LIABILITY: Fenton Street Market and its sponsors are not liable for any damage to vendors’ goods, stolen goods, or bodily injury resulting from your participation in the market or for any bodily injury to others resulting from your participation. There are no guarantees that participating vendors will have sales the day of the market.
TAXES: Taxes are the responsibility of each vendor. As required by law, Fenton Street Market will submit the final list of festival vendors to the Office of the Maryland Comptroller after each market. Maryland sales tax is 6%. All vendors must have a Sales & Use Tax license and are required to collect sales tax and submit to the MD Comptroller.