Since 2015 it has been our desire to create market experience of curated makers to celebrate the talent and abilities of the maker community. We know how important it is when the community chooses to shop small and local, and poured our gratitude for that into this show.

Love the Locals Handmade Market Lincoln Nebraska

VENDOR Application faq

Please take a moment to read the following helpful information before applying.

What are the 2019 application Dates/Deadlines?

This year we have a fall show (September 29th) and a holiday show (December 8th). You can apply for both events using just one application if you would like.

Applications will open July 15th.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Show - July 25th

  • Holiday Show - October 5th

What's the process to get in?

You'll need to complete an application to apply for Love, The Locals.  Applications are now closed for 2019 events. This includes a $15 application fee that is non-refundable. We also require a minimum of 2 photos of your product and of your booth set up. 

This is a curated show.  We are looking for high quality handmade goods that align with the vision of Love, The Locals.  Those curating the show will be looking for unique and well made products, modern branding, high quality photos and pleasing displays. By curating the show we are able to make it a wonderful high quality experience for both makers and shoppers.

Due to the excitement for Love, The Locals, our applicant pool has been increasing!  We spend 12+hours looking at applications, photos, websites and reading about the passion people have for their businesses.  To offset the amount of time and energy it takes to review the applications and make selections to curate the show we are implementing a non-refundable application fee.  

How many vendors are accepted?

The number of vendors accepted vary by location, but we will be looking for 30-50 vendors to round out our market events.

Are there any vendor specifications?

Products must be made with your hands, or the hands of your employees/help.  No Multi Level Marketing businesses (i.e., DoTerra, Arbonne, Thirty-One etc.)  You must posses a Nebraska Sales Tax ID AND either sign a waiver or provide insurance coverage on your booth space. 

Food Vendors will be required to show/provide appropriate food permits and work with the Health Department to ensure you are fully in compliance to be a food vendor. 

What does it cost to participate as a Maker?

The fee for the fall and winter shows will range from $100 - $150.  This includes your booth space (approx. 7x10), live music, some sweet vendor swag and our unlimited hospitality which we think is kind of priceless. Wink Wink.

What is the set up like?

Our fall show at Zipline Brewing will be a mostly outdoor show. There will be a few indoor areas for set up. Most outdoor booths will be the size of a standard tent which is 10x10.

The holiday show will be an indoor show inside The Bay.  Since The Bay is an indoor skate park, we are forced to measure out booth spaces the best we can around ramps and permanent obstacles. We haven't found this to be a problem with vendors, we just ask that you be kind and flexible with the booth space you are allotted, we try our hardest to be fair to everyone. We realize this may be different than what you are typically used to at a show, with a little creativity this has worked out wonderfully for our vendors. Most booth spaces will be approx. 7x10ft. 

You will be required to provide your own set-up and tables/display. We strive to have an aesthetically pleasing market and hope that you'll put your best creative foot forward in making your display pop and easy to shop for your customers.  Part of our selection process does include reviewing what a typical set up looks like for your business.  

What about booth sharing?

No booth sharing allowed. Only one booth space allowed per vendor.

What can I expect for an audience? 

This holiday show marks our 5th annual Love, The Locals market.  To give you an idea of audience size at our 2017 Winter show we had over 4,000 customers fill The Bay. In the first 30 minutes 1,000 people came through the doors. At our Summer 2018 show at Zipline, we had approximately 1500 people come shop in 95 degree weather! Our events have been drawing a consistently larger crowd every year. We are looking forward to this fall and holiday event, and can’t wait to party with you. While we can't promise anything for your sales, we can promise you a good time, camaraderie with other local makers and some damn good eats and drinks!  

How is it promoted? 

Our event is heavily promoted through our social media (Facebook and Instagram).  The event is being sponsored by various local businesses who will also be promoting it.  We hit up small businesses, big businesses, coffee shops, bars and all the little niche places to hang posters.  We will also be featured on radio and news channels to promote it as we have done in the past. 


Any cancellations one month prior to the show will result in a 50% application fee refund. Unfortunately we are unable to issue refunds closer than one month prior to the event date.

What is the Weather Policy?

The show will go on rain or shine, sleet or snow.

Applications are now closed for 2019 events

thanks for your interest please check back spring 2020 for application dates and details