FAQ - BUST Holiday Craftacular - Brooklyn | Print |


Here's a list of our most frequently asked questions about the BUST Holiday Craftacular. Please read thoroughly before filling out our application!

What is the BUST Holiday Craftacular? 

From knitwear and jewelry to home décor and specialty foods, the BUST Holiday Craftacular is the one-stop shop for the very best in handmade gifts and wares. Now in our 9th year, we are bringing 200+ crafters, vintage sellers, and food artisans together for a two-day shopping, eating, and DIY-ing extravaganza in the heart of Brooklyn’s hip and historic Greenpoint ‘hood.

When and where does the BUST Holiday Craftacular - Brooklyn take place?

The BUST Holiday Craftacular will take place indoors at the brand new Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222. It will be open to the public on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM each day.



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How do I apply to be a vendor? 

Apply here (but make sure you read this FAQ first!).

What kind of vendors do you accept?

We’re looking for any and all edible/wearable/loveable/handcrafted/one-of-a-kind items and foods you’ve got. They include but are not limited to specialty foods, silk-screened items, cosmetics, knitwear, jewelry, paper goods, handbags, cards, unique vintage items, and more!

Due to space limitations, vendors will be selected on the basis of quality and uniqueness of wares, as well as to bring together a broad variety of products.

Can I share a booth with another vendor?

Yes. If you already know the person you'd like to share with, please indicate their name on the application form. If you would like to share a booth but don’t have a partner in mind, the BUST  Craftacular team will match you up. All vendors must apply separately and provide individual permits; each vendor will be juried individually. 

What are the booth/table fees? What are the dimensions of a booth space?

A full booth is a 6' x 6' space on the main floor of the Brooklyn Expo; this includes a 6' x 30" table and two chairs, as well as one wi-fi passcode and access to a standard electrical outlet. BUST will provide all tables and chairs, though you are welcome to bring racks or other display setups if you prefer. All displays must fit within this 6’ x 6’ space.

If you are interested in purchasing additional booth space, please contact craftacular@bust.com after submitting your application.
If you are sharing a booth, you will split the provided space and table with a partner.

The fee breakdown is as follows:
• Full booth, both Saturday and Sunday: $500
• Full booth, Saturday only or Sunday only: $300
• Shared booth, both Saturday and Sunday: $300 (per vendor)
• Shared booth, Saturday only or Sunday only: $185 (per vendor)

In addition, all applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee of $20.

You will be prompted to pay your booth fee via credit card or PayPal at the time of application. Your application will not be considered unless you have paid the booth fee in its entirety when you apply.

Is electricity provided?
Yes, but please bring your own extension cords. Food vendors with extra electricity needs will likely incur an extra electricity cost—we are in the process of determining that cost with the venue and will communicate it to you as soon as possible. Extra electricity is provided at cost.

Is wi-fi provided?

Yes—you will receive an access code for one device. Please note that though we will have tech staff on hand, wi-fi glitches can happen—especially with over 200 vendors using the network at the same time. Please come prepared with low-tech payment and display alternatives!

When is the application deadline?

Applications for the BUST Holiday Craftacular - Brooklyn will be open until Sept 24th. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by October 1. Applicants who are not accepted will be refunded their entire payment, minus the $20 appication fee, on Oct 2.

What if I have to drop out of the BUST Craftacular? What is your refund policy?
Full refunds of booth price  will available if we are notified before October 27th. 

Refunds of 50% of booth price are available if we are notified before November 17th.

After November 17th, we will not be able to refund your fee.
All refunds will be issued less a $20 non-refundable jurying fee. This fee covers the administrative costs of jurying the hundreds of applications we receive for each BUST  Craftacular.

Can I leave my items at the venue overnight?
Yes, you can leave your items and display setups at the venue overnight if you wish. Although the venue will be secure, we recommend that you take any cash or valuables with you. BUST Magazine and Brooklyn Expo Center are not responsible for any items you choose to leave overnight.

Do I need a vendor’s permit?
New York State requires a Certificate of Authority (COA) for all vendors who accept cash transactions. (This certificate shows that you are legally able to collect sales tax.) If you are selling prepared or packaged food, you need a valid Food Protection Certificate in addition to the COA.
BUST requires that vendors have their COA in hand a week before the Craftacular. If you do not already have it, we highly recommend applying for it the week of October 14th, as this process can take several weeks. If you have any questions about the certificate or the application process, please refer to the How to Register for New York State Certificate of Authority website. Due to the volume of questions regarding the BUST Holiday Craftacular, please check NYS’s website first before contacting craftacular@bust.com with any additional inquiries.

How will the BUST  Holiday Craftacular be promoted?
The BUST  Craftacular will be promoted with a press release, PR blasts, advertising placement on craft websites and listings in local press as well as postcards, posters, and e-mail blasts to local and national mailing lists as well as promotion on bust.com and all our social media platforms (Twitter, Face Book, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr)

What kinds of information will be listed on the BUST  Craftacular website?
In addition to the online vendor application and FAQs, the BUST  Craftacular website will list all participating vendors with a link to their company website. Once you are notified of your acceptance, please provide us with a .gif or .jpg banner of your craft company logo.
Banner ads should be 125 pixels wide x 125 pixels tall. They can animate, but cannot be in Flash format. All banners must be under 50k.
PDFs, Word documents, .eps, .tif, and any other file that does not meet these size and format requirements will not be posted on BUST.com.

Do shoppers need to purchase a ticket for the BUST  Holiday Craftacular?
Yes. Admission is $3 at the door.

How can I help?
We welcome all volunteers wanting to help spread the word on the BUST  Craftacular. Please email Melissa Thronton, BUST  Craftacular Coordinator, at craftacular@bust.com to get involved; also, check out the Promote Page to download web-ready promotional images.
I'd like to promote my brand or product at the BUST  Craftacular. How can I do that?
We're always looking for like-minded companies to participate as sponsors in the BUST Craftacular. If you'd like information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maggie Tam Clark (maggietamclark@bust.com).