We are commonly asked what it takes to become a vendor with us. It’s really quite simple. We offer various booth sizes and wall spaces for items such as artwork or jewelry. Our smallest booth size is 4 by 8 feet and will run you $70 per month if you commit to stay with us for three months or more. There is also a small 15% commission taken out of sales. The next size up is a 6×8 booth followed by an 8×8 booth. We can also take down walls and make even larger spaces, (depending on availability). We work hard to keep our rates lower than most venues similar to ours. We also offer consignment space for hand -picked furniture and smaller items such as jewelry or coins. Our consignment commission is 25% and the items in this category are juried, whereas vendors renting booths are not. We do have wall space available but are now taking names for a wait list for all booth sizes, as we are at capacity for booths. Once a vendor has secured a booth, a lease is signed and the vendor is allowed to set up the booth with their inventory. The walls are made of pegboard and can be used in a variety of creative ways. Some vendors choose to paint the walls and use the peg holes for peg hooks to display. Some vendors choose to cover the pegboard with burlap, fabric or wood and display their items with custom shelving or racks. We do not restrict the vendor in any way with regards to design and inventory, (within reason of course.) Once the booth is set up, sales can begin. The vendor is given a vendor number and each item is priced with this number on the price tag. We use this number to keep track of each item sold. We have a modern point of sale system that keeps track of sales for each vendor. At the end of each month the vendor is given a complete printed report of their sales along with a check. We also offer sales alerts via email which alerts the vendor to any sales made at the close of each day. Vending with us is meant to be fun, easy, and profitable!
The Ashland Artisan Emporium is owned by Michelle Christian, wife and mother of 3 daughters. Her husband, Travis, is the business manager for Adroit Construction in Ashland, Oregon. The Emporium was the vision of Michael Rydbom, Michelle's father. In April of 2010, Michael asked his daughter if she would be willing to help transform the old DJ's Video space into a crafter's marketplace. Michelle had always admired her dad's entrepreneurial spirit and was eager to make him proud, so even though she already had two kids, a real estate career and one more daughter on the way, she said yes. On November 1, 2010, the store opened it's doors to a welcome reception from the community. They were voted Best New Business of 2010 only months later by the Ashland Sneak Preview. Within weeks of opening, the store was at capacity and had quickly become the "go-to" store for all things unique and affordable.
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