FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Learn more about our markets in the following FAQs...

   market FAQ'S    

01. What is Firefly Handmade?

Firefly Handmade Markets are a seasonal series of handmade artisan markets based out of Boulder, Colorado. We are a carefully curated, handmade-only market. Each market's applicants are juried by an impartial jury and independent of prior market selections.

  artisan FAQ'S    

01. Is Firefly open to vendors outside of Colorado?

Yes.  While the majority of our artisans reside in Colorado, we accept applications from any makers within the United States. In support of our local community and economy, we will continue to emphasize Colorado artisans.

02. What kind of products can I find at your markets?
02. What product categories does Firefly accept?

While Firefly is not limited to the following, our vendors

generally fall into these categories:

  • Art

  • Ceramics

  • Home Goods/Decor

  • Fashion & Accessories

  • Jewelry

  • Woodworking

  • Kids Toys / Clothing / Accessories

  • Skincare

  • Paper Goods

  • Pet Goods

  • Artisanal Food

While Firefly is not limited to the following, our vendors

generally fall into these categories:

  • Art

  • Ceramics

  • Home Goods/Decor

  • Fashion & Accessories

  • Jewelry

  • Woodworking

  • Kids Toys / Clothing / Accessories

  • Skincare

  • Paper Goods

  • Pet Goods

  • Artisanal Food

03. How many vendors are represented at your market?

We generally have 100+ vendors at each market.

04. What is Jr. + Teen Firefly ?

Jr.+ Teen Firefly is usually part of our Summer Market. It is a mini-market within our regular market for Juniors ages 6-12 and Teens ages 13-17 with incredible maker talents.

05. When is the Next Market ?

Information on the next market can be found here. If you're not already on our mailing list, join it here and be kept up-to-date with the latest Firefly info:

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03. Are Firefly Handmade Markets Juried?

Yes.  Each seasonal market is juried with a careful curation 

process to ensure a good mix of product and a high quality of craftsmanship, creativity, uniqueness, presentation/display, and signage. Web presence is helpful, but not required. Professional quality photos are necessary if no web presence exists. Our emphasis is on handmade, unique, small-batch artisan goods.​

04. How many spots are available?

We generally have 100+ spots available, depending on the size of

the venue.  An average of 75% of applicants are repeat participants, with approximately 25% new/emerging artistisans per market.

05. Do you allow booth sharing?

No.

06. Can I apply after the deadline?

If the application is still active on our website you may still apply. To inquire about possible openings past deadline for any market, use our contact form (please include who you are, what you do, your Web or Etsy site and any links to photos of your product or market display).

07. Do you have any tips for applying?
  • Have a well-developed brand and signature style in every aspect of your work and display. Use prominent signage and present your goods in an eye-catching manner

  • Focus on one artisan category rather than attempting to market goods in many categories

  • Present the quality and creativity of your craftsmanship;

  • Web presence is a plus, but not mandatory

  • Professional quality photos - very important!

  • We accept US based artisans with Handmade goods and US-based artisans who sell handmade, ethically sourced and fair trade items from outside of the US

  • Cottage Food Industry goods are not accepted

  • We are not looking for artisans who sell vintage or antique items exclusively (upcycled/recycled goods are accepted)

08. Why wasn't I accepted?

On average, we receive about twice as many applications as we can accept. Some categories are more competitive than others (for example, jewelry). Our jury works very hard to curate each market to have strong, but not heavy, representation in each category.  Just because you were rejected doesn't mean you should stop applying, as we jury each market individually, based on the applications received.

09. How well attended are Firefly Handmade Markets?

Our markets currently average 7,000 attendees at Spring, Summer, and Holiday Markets, and 70,000+ attendees at our Fall Market on Pearl Street Mall with Downtown Boulder Fall Fest.