We are looking for vendors in the Wellington region (or able to travel for our markets) who make their own stuff - the definition of 'make' being that they are the creative force behind the finished item, whether it be sewn, sculpted, 3D printed, CNC routed, drawn, welded, constructed, decoupaged, screen-printed, leadlighted, or otherwise manufactured.*
If you make things yourself, and you want to sell them at WROUGHT Makers' Market, we would love to hear from you!
This year, we're doing things differently at Wrought. Approved Makers at Wrought will be featured in profiles on our Maker blog.
When a maker is approved, their profile will be added to the list, and customers can search by product category or event date to find out more.
We are gradually moving our makers from previous events for Wrought Makers' Market and Petone Winter Markets across onto this blog.
If you're keen to apply for a stall at either market, get ahead of the game and fill out your profile now! Once you're approved, you will be eligible to apply, and will receive an invitation to apply to all our future events. NB: if you're not an approved seller with an existing profile, your application will not be accepted - so get started now!
*Caveat - we are not keen to include full-on imports which are mass-produced overseas, even if they were designed here. If you're unsure if your products are suitable, please get in touch.
WROUGHT and the Petone Winter Markets are plastic-bag-free markets. This means that we do not permit any stallholders to give out plastic bags for purchases. We also strongly discourage the use of plastic packaging where a suitable, sustainable alternative can be found. For our food sellers, we ask that you do not bring plastic straws, plastic cutlery, or other non-recyclable packaging.
What's in it for you
As well as your stall space, you will also receive promotion on our Facebook page. Several makers will be chosen for blog features and Instagram posts - so make sure that you send in your best photos and story! On the day, we will be there to help you settle in, offer breaks, and take your coffee orders. We have several zones for people to relax and hang out, and there will be activities and workshops running all day. At some venues, we will also have buskers and performers for your entertainment.
Stall sizes and prices are different for each venue.
We welcome food trucks and food sellers at our events, where space allows. Our main food provider is Outpawed, who sell bake sale-style snacks, sandwiches, and treats. Our venues do not have power available for food trucks, so all units need to be fully self-contained, and generators must not disturb the neighbouring properties.
Please fill out the application as usual, telling us about yourself, you products, and your process, but select the relevant product categories that refer to the food/beverages you plan to serve. We are not licensed for alcoholic drinks. Please ensure that you meet and agree to the food vendor terms and conditions, including all legal licensing requirements.
At our larger venues, we have a limited number of large stalls at focal points in the space, such as the ends of the central blocks, which are reserved for makers who can demonstrate a craft onsite - weaving, spinning, leatherwork, macrame, yarn crafts, drawing, whittling, jewellery-making, etc. Our Showcase Makers will be featured on posters, blog and Social Media posts, and will receive their own permanent profile page on this website.
Wrought's workshop style is to have make-and-take workshops at a table in the space next to your stall. Limited stall-side workshop spaces will be available at every WROUGHT event. If applying for a stallside workshop, please ensure that your products for sale from your stall table do not encroach on your workshop table - our feedback so far is that customers are put off if they can't see a clear workspace.
What happens after I apply?
IMMEDIATELY You will receive an emailed copy of your application form as an automated confirmation of receipt. If you do not receive immediate confirmation, please email us urgently - you may have made an error in your email address entry, and will not receive further communications. You can edit your application form yourself, too.
UPON ASSESSMENT You will receive an email to advise whether your application to be a WROUGHT exhibitor has been successful or not. We assess all applicants as WROUGHT stallholders, first and foremost, and then we fit them into each market.
UPON APPROVAL We encourage our approved stallholders to join our Wrought and Petone Winter Markets Stallholder Facebook groups, to ensure that they remain up-to-date with WROUGHT news. If you are an approved stallholder, you will receive an invitation to join. Members must be approved to sell at WROUGHT - to avoid disappointment, please do not apply to join the approved stallholder group until you have received your approval email :)
EVENTS For each event, you will receive an invitation to apply. All you will need to do is complete details relevant to that event - your profile information will be re-used every time unless you have updates.
UPON ALLOCATION After applications close, you will receive a further email for each market date to advise if you have been allocated a space. Please check your promotions, spam, or junk mail folders if you haven't received the email within 10 business days of applications closing for that market date.
WAITING LIST If you have been approved as a seller but not allocated a stall, and you have requested to remain on the mailing list, you will receive advance notification from us when we organise future events. You may also be contacted if a space opens up for the event (in the case of a cancellation).
UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS Here are some of the main reasons a WROUGHT maker application might be declined:
Insufficient descriptive information - if you don't tell us enough about you, or provide photos, we can't assess your application. No online presence can also affect the outcome of an application - we encourage our stallholders to be available online.
Poor stall display photo(s) - if your stall display does not meet WROUGHT's standards, it can lower the tone of the whole event. Make sure that you send through a good photo to ensure you have the best chance of qualifying!
Poor product photo(s) - if your product photos do not meet WROUGHT's standards, but your products are suitable, we will ask you to send better photos. If you are unable to supply suitable product photos, we might have to decline the application.
Unsuitable products - WROUGHT is a makers' market, showcasing the best in locally-made arts, crafts, and creations. We believe strongly in sustainability, so we also encourage up-cycling, curated vintage collections, and we are plastic-bag-free. We do not accept imported items. If your products do not meet WROUGHT's standards, your application will be declined.
What we're about
WROUGHT is a new breed of #plasticbagfree makers' market, featuring local crafters and makers, performers, workshops, demonstrations, activities, and amazing food. We're on the lookout for makers with something different to offer, particularly metalwork, upcycled sculpture, woodwork, laser cut and CNC, things that are a bit more industrial art than standard 'crafts'. We're looking for stallholders in the Wellington region (or able to travel for our markets) who make their own stuff - the definition of 'make' being that they are the creative force behind the finished item, whether it be sewn, sculpted, 3D printed, drawn, or otherwise manufactured.