FAQ BUST Christmas Craftacular

Here are some frequently asked questions about the BUST Christmas Craftacular in London. Please read this FAQ thoroughly before filling out our application!


What is the BUST Christmas Craftacular?

BUST Christmas Craftacular is an alternative shopping bonanza that has been taking place in London since 2008, featuring over 60 designer-makers, DJs, drinks and dancing. There’ll be DIY crafting workshops taking place throughout the day alongside stalls laden with the very best in handmade gifts and indie wares: from handbags, clothing and jewellery to cards. The first 100 attendees through the door score a special goodie bag and shoppers will also have the chance to win in the Craftacular Raffle, chock-full of a BUST-load of booty!


When and where will BUST Christmas Craftacular take place?

The BUST Christmas Craftacular will take place on Sunday December 14 from 12pm till 7pm. This year the event is moving to an exciting new venue – The Islington Metal Works.


Where is The Islington Metal Works?

The Islington Metal Works is located at 7 Torrens Street, Angel, Islington, London EC1V 1NQ, directly behind Angel tube station. Click here to see a map of the location.


How do I participate as a vendor?

1. Fill out our online vendor application, which can be found here. Applications will only be accepted online and must be submitted by Sunday September 28.

2. You will be asked to pay your table fee (which includes a non-refundable £5 application fee) in order to submit this application form. This is a new policy and therefore we have instituted two refund deadlines. If you are accepted to the BUST Christmas Craftacular and have to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible. If you cancel by October 17 you will receive a full refund (less the £5 application fee); if you cancel by October 31 you will receive a half refund (less the £5 application fee). No refunds will be given after October 31 2014. If you have any problems paying online with a credit card or PayPal, please email craftacular-uk@bust.com. If you are not accepted as a vendor, your table fee will be refunded by October 10 at the latest; your application fee will not be refunded.

3. If you do not have a website where we may view samples of your products, please email three images of your products to craftacular-uk@bust.com.

That's it! We will notify all applicants of their status on October 3.


How will the vendors be determined?

Due to space limitations, vendors will be selected on the basis of quality and uniqueness of wares, as well as to gather a good mix of products.


What type of booths will be provided?

Your booth fee of £85 will get you one aprox 2m by 1m table and two chairs. You can also apply for a half-table space at a cost of £50. There may be floor-standing rack space around your table, but there is no guarantee of this, so please note space requirements on your application.


Can I share a table?

If you are applying for a half table and wish to share it with a specific designer, please let us know on your application form, and as as long as you are both accepted we will make sure you are on the same table. 


What kind of crafts do you accept?

We’re looking for any and all edible/wearable/loveable crafts you’ve got! That includes silk-screened items, cosmetics, knitwear, jewellery, paper goods, handbags, cards and tons more!


How will set-up and closing operate?

Vendors can arrive at The Islington Metal Works no earlier than 10:30am on Sunday November 30, but must arrive no later than 11:30am. Vendors must be ready to begin sales promptly at 12pm and cannot close before 7pm.


Is electricity provided?

Yes, but it is limited. Please outline your needs on the application form.


Do I need a vendor’s permit?

You are responsible for registering your small business and collecting tax for the items you are selling.


How will BUST Christmas Craftacular be promoted?

BUST Christmas Craftacular will be promoted via Facebook and Twitter with postcards, posters, email blasts to local and national mailing lists, press releases, advertising placement on craft websites and listings in local press. BUST will also provide all vendors with banner ads to help get the word out.


What kinds of information will be listed on BUST Christmas Craftacular website?

In addition to the online vendor application and FAQs, BUST Christmas Craftacular website will list all participating vendors. Once you are notified of your acceptance, please provide us with gif or jpeg banner of your craft company logo. Banner ads should be 120 pixels wide x 60 pixels tall. Banners may animate, but cannot be in flash format. No java script. Please keep banners under 50k. And be sure to let us know where to link the banner. Banner ads should be emailed to craftacular-uk@bust.com as soon as you have been accepted.


How can I help?

We welcome all volunteers wanting to help spread the word about BUST Christmas Craftacular. Please email craftacular-uk@bust.com to discuss more. And check out the Promote page to download posters suitable to print and e-mail.


How can we contact you?

If you have any questions regarding the application, volunteering, or preparing for this event, please contact us via email at craftacular-uk@bust.com.


I'd like to promote my product/band/hair salon/etc at the BUST Christmas Craftacular. How can I do that? Can I give away my flyers at your event? Can I put my products in the goodie bags?

We're always looking for like-minded companies to participate as sponsors in the Craftacular.  For more information, contact Victoria Woodcock on craftacular-uk@bust.com or 07773335428.