What is FSM and why should I sell there?
We are an outdoor market in the heart of downtown Silver Spring that has featured hundreds of local and regional vendors in weekly and pop-up markets selling everything from handmade jewelry, crafts and soaps to vintage bikes and used books. FSM events also feature free community activities. You should sell at FSM because it’s a fun and festive market experience! FSM is welcoming to vendors and well-managed, so you can focus on selling. You’ll meet customers from right down the street (and all over the world) and make valuable connections to help you grow your business.
When is FSM open?
FSM will not run a weekly market in the 2016 season. We are organizing a calendar of pop-up market events for the season and expect to run a holiday market in the fall. To be informed of opportunities, join our vendor mailing list!
What types of vendors are accepted?
We welcome first-timers and occasional vendors, as well as more experienced vendors. We are looking for vendors selling quality handmade goods. Examples include: home goods, jewelry, art, antiques and vintage goods, books, records, pottery, furniture, clothing, kids toys and more. We also accept vendors with interesting services, especially ones that can be performed on-site: henna tattoos, professional advice, fortune-telling, bike repair, etc. We accept a very limited number of vendors selling imported goods.
We DO NOT accept vendors with new, mass-made items (clothing, cell phone accessories, handbags, etc.), general used merchandise (yard sale items), and sell-at-home/network marketing items (Avon, Tracy Lynn, Scentsy, etc.).
We also accept vendors who prepare food on-site and vendors selling pre-packaged foods.
At some events, we provide a limited number of free spaces to eligible non-profits. Non-profits selling products should apply via the regular vendor application process. Non-profits looking to share information with customers can apply to use our tabling area by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I become a vendor at FSM?
Join our vendor mailing list to learn about upcoming events. For the 2016 season, vendors will be required to apply individually for each event, but will only be required to pay an application fee once.
How much does it cost to participate?
There is a booth fee for each event, with cost varying depending on several factors (the fee will be announced for each event). The booth fee entitles vendors to a 10’x10’ space. You bring all your own equipment (tables, chairs, displays, etc.), including a tent canopy if you want one (they are not required). Pre-payment is required.
How can I become a successful FSM vendor?
Good question! First, check out these Ten Tips and make sure to follow these general sales suggestions. Promoting your appearance at FSM is key -- we spend lots of time and money attracting customers to FSM, but you should as well. Our most successful vendors work hard to sell themselves via social media. Be sure to tag FSM on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram, so your posts reach us. Let your friends, family, and customers know about your booth at FSM via a simple (or elaborate!) email.
Do I need a special license or permit to sell at the market?
Because we pride ourselves on welcoming a diverse group of vendors, including start-ups, FSM has umbrella permission for all of our event spaces, meaning that individual vendors do not need to invest in a special permit themselves.
Do I need to collect sales tax?
Every vendor making sales needs to collect Maryland sales tax (6%) and submit it to the state. We have to submit the sales tax license number of all vendors participating. If you don’t have a sales tax license, but are doing more than three markets this year (anywhere in Maryland, not just FSM) you are REQUIRED to apply for a permanent sales license. This is free and can be done online here.
If you don’t have a sales tax license, but are doing three or fewer markets in Maryland this year, call our contact at the Comptroller’s Office, Andrea Fosler, (410) 767-1543. She will process a temporary tax license for you. This must be requested prior to your market appearance.
Do I need special insurance?
That’s up to you. FSM holds an umbrella policy that covers the general marketplace and customers attending. However, we are not liable for damage caused to or by our vendors, our vendors’ merchandise, or our vendors’ displays. Every applicant to the market agrees to these terms in the online application.
What if it rains?
We’re open rain or shine, and there are NO refunds due to weather. In six years we have only canceled the market twice (once for a hurricane and once due to extreme 100+ degree heat), so plan to be outside with us in all kinds of weather. Everyone registering for the market agrees to the terms that FSM is not liable for your safety or that of your goods, but we do care about you and want you to stay out of harm’s way! The best way to stay safe is to be prepared for heat, cold and wind.
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How does set-up work?
Set-up details will be provided by email the week before your event. When you arrive, we check you in and direct you to your space. We will let you know ahead of time where to unload your car. After unloading, you will need to move your car from the loading area to public parking -- we will provide parking resources by email. Approved vendors receive an email with detailed set-up instructions the week prior to their market appearance.