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Handmade Holidays Setup Instructions

David Hodges

Welcome Artists and Crafters. We’re delighted to host you for the 2013 Handmade Holidays event at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market.

Whether you’re a Market veteran or a Market rookie, these instructions will help insure a smooth arrival and setup during what can be a hectic hour. You’ll be moving into a Market that is already well established, joining dozens of vendors with their own customary locations, setup procedures, and traffic patterns. Take it easy, stay aware, and remember you are a guest.

Study your location

  • On this blog you will find the site plans for all four November Saturdays.
  • The “Recent Posts” category to the left of this post has links to all four.
  • Study the plans for all the Saturdays you’ve scheduled.
  • You may not be in the same place every week.
  • Every space at the Market is full for the entire month.
  • Not every vendor is coming every week so moves are inevitable.
  • We’ve done our best to avoid bouncing you around.
  • Some of you will experience more than one location.
Arrive very early

  • The first farm vendors arrive at 6am. You are welcome to arrive with them.
  • Arrive no later than 7am. You need to be ready to sell at 8am.
  • David will be on site wearing red and a Market cap and carrying a clipboard.
  • See David first.
  • DO NOT proceed directly to your space and put up a tent.

Have the latest plan with you

  • This blog is easy to bring on your smartphone.
  • The site plan is subject to change.
  • The latest version is always live at the blog.
  • If you bring a printed copy of your plan, be sure it’s current.
Carry my number

  • Don’t be late, but call ahead if you’re going to be late.
  • (856) 979-6653.
  • When I answer, I will be busy with someone who’s on time.
  • Remain patient.

Drive the right direction

  • Traffic is ONE WAY, west to east.
  • The top of the site plan is the entrance.
  • Spaces 50-89 may drive into the Market with care.
  • Spaces 1-49 do not drive into the Market.
  • Spaces 1-49 load from the “back” of their spaces.
Look for the chalk

  • Market space numbers are marked with chalk on the pavement.
  • Market spaces are parking space dimensions, 10 feet wide by 16 feet deep.
  • Lines are drawn diagonally, but your spaces are square.
Bring your own tables and tents

  • The Market provides space only.
  • Bring your own tables and tents.
  • November can be windy; tents require weights for safety.
  • Plan your displays so that your products don’t fall or blow away.

Unload quickly

  • The “drive” down the middle gets very congested.
  • At most, you have 15 minutes to unload.
  • Stay to the side to permit others to pass.
  • Park your vehicle outside the Market when you have unloaded.
  • Don’t even think about parking your vehicle in your space.
  • Be smart; Park far.
  • If you take a prime parking spot for four hours, customers can’t use it.

Be a good neighbor

  • The Market is a wonderful community of vendors who cooperate.
  • You will be most welcome if you are considerate.
  • Put the needs of others first and we will all succeed.


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