99% of the time – YES! We often have free crafting activities for kids and lots of fun things to do. We never exhibit adult only products but sometimes the art we display can have mature themes. If an event is strictly for 21+, the event will be clearly labeled so in the description and attendees with kids will be reminded at the door.
Yes, all events have a fee but the fees vary. The easiest way to find out a fee is to apply online and then ask about a particular event date.
Most Pop Shop events are free! There are VIP Passes, workshops, cocktails, shopping, and other perks you can add on. There are always free bands, free art activities and lots of stuff to look at.
Sorry, but our free gifts cannot be returned or exchanged for other items. You can read more about our returns and exchanges here.
All exhibitors of Pop Shop America events must apply and be approved here. Approved vendors can share space but be sure to let us know so that everyone will receive updates, and get promoted through our social media.
You must set up your own area including pop up tents, tables, tablecloths, and chairs. Some people choose to bring extension cords, duct tape, zip ties, scissors, and box cutters. You will take your own payments. Most vendors use the square mobile app but some use paypal or intuit. Being able to take credit card payments in a must and we highly recommend that you have text and data on your cellular to do so. Wifi is often available but can be spotty. You will also want to bring small bills to make change. Snacks, so that you don’t have to leave your booth, also come in handy. We NEVER allow outside beverages.
Most likely you were not eligible at this time but it could be a glitch. Please read on to learn more.
Unfortunately, we can’t accept everyone to Pop Shop and we don’t have the resources to respond to every applicant that isn’t approved. Try looking at the other FAQ’s or browsing the shop to make sure your work meets the quality standards that we describe. Take a look at your photos. Are they good quality, high resolution and not blurry? Great. Did you include a link to your Etsy, website or Facebook business page? Did you agree to the terms and conditions of Pop Shop America in the application? Is your work handmade or true vintage?
If you are ineligible at this time, that’s okay. There is always next time! Please reapply in 1 year or if your body of work significantly changes. Thanks so much for understanding that we are trying to create the best events and the best experience possible.
Every now and again a captcha or a browser glitches on the application page. If you application was submitted correctly you will receive an auto-response within minutes. It will list several other markets that we love and a thank you for applying. If you did not receive this auto-response, we probably haven’t seen your application. Try using a different browser or getting in touch with us directly for more information.
First of all, there is no application fee and Pop Shop America does not capture financial information in the application. So you are safe.
We like to accept as many people as possible. We want to say yes but we do have some high expectations:
1. We are strictly interested in well crafted design goods. If it looks poorly made, it won’t be accepted.
2. We are interested in fine materials. We don’t accept anything made from bottle caps or duct tape for example. It’s rare that we accepted beaded jewelry or wire wrapping–you gotta be really interesting to pull it off. But if you do- KUDOS.
3. You need to have good quality photos/high resolution photos and either Etsy, Facebook business page, or a website. You must be a legitimate business with a sales tax id. We keep vendors sales tax info on file.
4. You must have a good attitude. Emails to Pop Shop and correspondence to customers are expected to be professional and courteous.
If you don’t meet these requirements, that’s okay! There is always next time. You are always welcome to reapply when you update your photos or your body of work changes.
Take a look at the Pop Shop calendar here. Think about what dates you would like to participate and what dates you are unavailable. Go to the apply page and fill out every single question. Be sure to agree to the Terms and Conditions of Pop Shop Houston. You must have a Facebook business page, etsy, or website. Designers from all around the world can be accepted. Vendor fees vary but you are not required to confirm or pay anything until after you receive acceptance and logistical information.
At a Pop Shop event, you are provided the space for you to exhibit and sell your work + promotion of the event and promotion of your work.
All sales are self managed with no additional fees or payments to Pop Shop. The size of the space is given in the vendor logistics that you receive when you are approved as a vendor. Electrical and wifi are included with many but not all events. This information is also included in the vendor logistics. Coffee service is usually provided during set up. Please bring snacks. At most events, outside beverages are not allowed.
For both the events and the online boutique, Pop Shop will add a hyperlink to your website under artists. We love to showcase the things you make and may tweet, instagram and make facebook posts about your awesome creations. Our goal is to promote your work and for you to earn a good living.
For more information, read the Terms and Conditions, especially #18 as it applies to events.
If an item is marked ‘Final Sale,’ this means that it cannot be returned or exchanged. Store credit or a refund will not be issued for any returned ‘Final Sale’ items.
Whether it is at an event or in person, all items must be returned within 30 days. Please review our full return policy here.
You can sell handmade goods, goods that you personally designed and/or produced in small batches, and vintage pieces. Items can vary from clothing, terrariums, artwork and records to jewelry, comic books and ceramics. We love seeing all kinds of different media and different styles too! We are often lacking in menswear, apparel, knitting, and children’s apparel. We love leather goods, things made from wood, sterling silver and gold jewelry and apparel that goes beyond t shirts.
You cannot sell items that are mass produced.
We hope that you have a great time working with Pop Shop. If you ever have an issue (music is too loud, music is too quiet, a drink was spilled near my space, the vendor next to me is not acting right, my wifi isn’t working, etc.) please come to the front desk as soon as you can and let us know how we can fix it.
Vendors are representatives of Pop Shop America so we do ask that you be on your best behavior. We ask that you are courteous and kind to patrons, other vendors, and staff. We ask that you arrive on time. Vendors must stay for the entire duration of the event. We ask that you follow all parking protocol for events.
Most Pop Shop events do not allow outside beverages per TABC mixed beverage guidelines. We expect you to uphold this rule.
There are many rules that if you are caught breaking them, you will be asked to leave whether you are a patron or vendor. Pop Shop reserves to right to remove any patron or vendor for misconduct at all times. People may be asked to leave if they are: shoplifting, harassing a vendor, fighting, intoxicated, bringing in outside beverages (violating TABC guidelines), violating City of Houston Temporary Health Codes, or violating Fire Codes.