The Croatian American Women’s Club’s “Women Making a Difference” ARTS & CRAFTS BOUTIQUE is a fundraising event. By patronizing this year’s boutique, both shoppers and vendors will be supporting a worthy cause – the Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children in Los Angeles, which provides food, clothing and shelter to our community’s most vulnerable members. Founded in 1984, they serve about 1,000 homeless women and children annually, and house up to 93 women and 45 children each night. We appreciate your support!!
VENUE: The boutique will be held at the BUSINESS EXPO CENTER in southeast Anaheim (Orange County). It is located at 1960 S. Anaheim Way, next to the Northbound I-5 Freeway, between East Orangewood Way & East Katella Avenue. This is two blocks west of the 57 Freeway (and Angel Stadium), just north of the 22 Freeway, and very near Disneyland. The venue provides lots of FREE on-site and street parking. Our event will take place in the 4,125 square foot Main Showroom, which is on the ground level with easy loading/unloading directly into the event space from the parking lot.
ANTICIPATED ATTENDANCE: We estimate approximately 500 to 750 shoppers will come through the showroom on boutique day. The entrance fee for shoppers will be $3.00. (Children 12 and under are free).
WHAT TYPES OF PRODUCTS ARE ACCEPTABLE? We will accept vendors who provide NEW handmade arts and crafts that will offer a well-rounded variety of items to shoppers. We will also accept Direct-Sales vendors (e.g., Arbonne, Chloe & Isabel, Scentsy, Thirty-One Gifts, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, etc.). However, such vendors cannot exceed 25% of the available booth space. Also, there can be no duplication of vendors representing the same Direct-Sales company, and applications will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference given to Club members. All vendors will be required to fill out an application form online during the application period. We would prefer vendors who have a website or social media page where we can view their products prior to acceptance. Otherwise, we will ask you to submit photos of your work. NO used merchandise.
BOOTH SPACE: Each booth area is a space of 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep with a free-standing table in it. If vendors require more room, they can purchase two spaces. Vendors must stay within the allotted booth space. Some booth spaces have a wall behind them; some spaces will have another vendor space behind them. Your vendor booth fee includes one 6-foot banquet-sized table, two chairs, a black tablecloth, and Wi-Fi at no extra cost. There is an additional $10 fee if you need electricity, and vendors must bring their own extension cords. If vendors want to use a different tablecloth, they must bring it with them. Assignment of booth space is at the discretion of the Boutique Committee. The event space is fully air-conditioned. Food will be available for purchase at the event.
APPLICATION FEE: The booth fee is $100.00 for a standard space and $150 for a premium space, plus $10 for electricity. Premium spaces have a slatted display wall and counter space behind them, providing greater flexibility for displays and hanging items. Premium spaces are very limited. We also ask that each vendor donate a $25 gift certificate to be used for raffle prizes at the event (and shopping in your booth!). If you do not have a gift certificate for your business, we will be happy to create one for you. Once accepted as a vendor, booth fees are not refundable or transferable.
PROMOTION/ADVERTISING: Your vendor booth fee also includes the cost of extensive advertising and promotion by the Croatian American Women’s Club on our website, Facebook page, in local media, via flyers distributed to nearby hotels and retail venues, as well as promotion on the Business Expo Center’s website and large outdoor electronic message board, which is highly visible to 250,000 daily highway commuters. We will also list approved vendors on the Club’s website and provide a digital flyer that can be sent to your family and friends to encourage them to attend the event and see your work.
PROCEEDS/CHECKOUT: All sale proceeds go to the vendor. Each vendor must handle their own money and provide change, receipts and bags for their customers. Vendors are responsible for collecting their own sales taxes. We encourage our vendors to accept cash, checks and credit cards. Free WiFi will be provided.
SET-UP/TEAR-DOWN: Vendors may begin setting up at 9:00am on the day of the event and must be ready to sell by 10:45am. Someone must be in the booth for the duration of the show. Booths cannot be dismantled until the show ends at 4:00pm. Tear-down and cleanup must be completed by 5:00pm.
PAYMENT: Vendors will be advised by email whether or not they have been accepted into the boutique. Once notified, payment can be made to the Club’s PayPal account, or by check or money order payable to Croatian American Women’s Club and mailed to us at: Croatian American Women’s Club, PO Box 86892, Los Angeles, CA 90086-0892.
IMPORTANT: Vendor applications will not be considered complete until we have received an online application AND payment of the booth fee. Once notified of your acceptance, prompt payment would be appreciated. If the booth fee has not been paid by March 15, 2017, we will cancel the vendor’s application.
Thank you for your interest in being a part of our Arts & Crafts Boutique!