What is The Vintage Market on the Square? Vintage Market on the Square is an upscale, vintage-inspired flea market with over 100 of the most creative, inspired, and talented artisans, shopkeepers, and small businesses in Southern Wisconsin all in one place. This an open-air market hosted in Commons Park in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. The Market will be held rain or shine. If weather is severe, the Market will be postponed to the following day. We aim to be the largest and most unique upscale flea market in southern Wisconsin, hosting two markets each year in May and September.
Our home-base is our own little shop, The Vintage Flip. When we aren't planning and working on coordinating Vintage Market on the Square, we are busy collecting treasures, merchandising, and having fun with our wonderful customers. Our motto in life is "A flower doesn't think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms." This motto extends to our business practices as well. Our goal in creating Vintage Market on the Square is to unite all of our favorite like-minded creatives in one place, helping to spread the word about all of your fabulousness.
As small business owners, we believe in creating new ways to promote Mom & Pop businesses and that joining forces to help one another is the right way to do business. We are excited to help get your name and talents out there prior to the kick-off of holiday shopping in your shops, websites or Etsy stores.
What type of vendors are we looking for? Vintage Market on the Square is a juried market. Categories we are open to are: Antiques, Vintage, Shabby Chic, Farmhouse, Retro, Upcycled, Architectural Salvage, Lake Life, Garden Bohemian & Gypsy Treasures. These categories can be in the form of Home Decor, Furniture, Clothing, Jewelry and more. The more creative and vintage-inspired, the more we love it! Your items do not need to be 'antique.' We love upcycling and discovering treasures that someone has found new inspiration for.
Our expectations for quality and creativity are high in our own work, and we expect the same from our vendors. Merchandising is expected to be on point! Allow patrons to see your booth as a room in their home, where they can envision how these beautiful treasures could fit into their own decor.
Because we use social media as one of our forms of promotion, we do want vendors to have their own business pages on Facebook. Part of the Market's success is not only our promotion on social media, but our vendors reaching out to their contacts on social media as well. We also highly encourage an Instagram page, but it is not required. Not only does this benefit the Market's attendance, it allows people to easily find you once the Market has ended. We also suggest that if you have your own brick and mortar to take a few moments to make sure that your Google business page is current and accurate.
Never participated in a makers market or flea market before? Please don't let that stop you from applying. We all had to start somewhere, and we clearly remember the jitters of putting ourselves out there in the beginning. We promise to be kind. If you find that our business philosophy hits home with you, we would love to hear from you.
What are the vendor fees? 10x10 Booth Space - $75
All spaces are 10 feet wide and as deep as you'd like. Once your application is approved, you will have 14 days from notification of acceptance to submit your booth rental fee. All booth fees will be invoiced through Square. If you require more than one space, please let us know right away so that we can plan your location accordingly. Maximum of 4 spaces per vendor. Only one vendor allowed per space. Booth Requirements A white pop-up tent is required for each booth space. Not only does this help protect your items in the event of an unexpected rain shower, but will help with keeping you and customers cool if it is bright and sunny.
Please use tables or your larger items for display rather than the ground. You are free to decorate your tables as you choose.
Please provide signage with your business name, business cards, and display your seller's permit in a visible location.
Please price all items that you are selling.
Please bring adequate cash to make change for customers in the event your POS system acts up. There are plenty of ATM's in the area for those attending. We will provide a flyer with this type of pertinent information to attendees.
All dollars you make the day of the Market are yours to keep - and throw on your bed and roll around in once you get home. The only fee to participate is your booth space rental.
Come with a positive and upbeat attitude, prepared to smile, chat, have fun, meet new people, work hard, and sweat a little! If you need anything the day of the event, please know that we are there to help in any way we can. You will find us at the Registration Booth or wandering throughout the day.
Refunds There is a ton of behind-the-scenes work that goes into an event like this. Due to the nature of the event and the amount of promotion and planning, no refunds are given under any circumstances. If you are unable to attend due to an emergency, we will work with you to provide a booth space at our next event at no charge. The event is held rain or shine. The only exception is if weather is severe, in which case it will be rescheduled to the following day.
The Vintage Flip Beginning Feb. 1st, you can find us at: 400 N. Main Street, Lake Mills, Wisconsin
Monday: Call ahead. If we are in the shop, the doors are open!