2021 Vendor Information & Application

Applications due October 31, 2021

Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace 2021 Application

36th Annual Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace

Thursday, December 2, 5:30 to 8:00 PM
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 3, 4 & 5, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tribal Arts is an international and Native American folk art show. This is the Museum’s best public fundraiser and top annual event.

We expect over 4,000 shoppers, 20 vendors, and 4 days of shopping extravaganza!

The following are procedures and guidelines that apply to this year’s event.

Screening Process

A jury will determine vendor eligibility based upon merchandise, quality, and country of origin, price, and display quality.

Please attach no fewer than five photos of your booth set-up and merchandise. Photographs you provide can either strengthen or weaken your application.

Vendors will be contacted with the jury results by November 1, 2021 via email. Upon acceptance, you will receive directions, guidelines, a contract, and space location.

Booth Provisions and Requirements

COVID-19: Vendors will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for themselves and any workers they hire. Otherwise, vendors and their workers must agree to wear and provide themselves with an N-95 grade mask at all times when indoors or outdoors.

  • The vendor must provide ALL equipment and materials needed for display.
    • Including: merchandise bags and LIGHTING. Electrical hook-up is not guaranteed, please bring your own extension cords.
    • Tables must be covered with tablecloths that reach the floor. http://www.linentablecloth.com
    • Vendors are responsible for their own props, displays, and stands for hanging materials. Vendors should bring necessary display furniture as attaching, taping, or nailing into Museum walls, displays, cases, and woodwork is absolutely prohibited.
    • Booths must be staffed at all times during the event. Exhibit booth is for approved booth vendor only. Subleasing of space is NOT allowed. Booths may be located in and around Museum exhibits.

  • Museum Provides:
    • Six- and eight-foot tables
    • Receipt/Sales books
    • Name tags
    • Dinner on Thursday, December 2, 2021

In 2020, the Museum underwent an extensive removal of pests that have been damaging our exhibits and collections. Since then, we are not using exhibit halls for marketplace vendors. Exhibit hall doors are no longer allowed to remain open. We will be utilizing Fleischmann Auditorium and the outdoor Sprague Butterfly Pavilion.

Vendor Set-up Information

  • Vendors located in Fleischmann Auditorium may set up Tuesday & Wednesday, November 30 and December 1 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Thursday, December 2 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (show opens at 5:30 PM).
  • Vendors located outdoors may set up on Wednesday and/or Thursday, December 2–3 at 8:00 AM.
  • During the marketplace, booths must be staffed at all times during show hours.
  • Breakdown will occur on Sunday, December 5, 5:15 PM–10:00 PM. NO EARLIER.
  • Setup or breakdown is not allowed during show hours.
  • Vendors must park in the designated vendor areas (vendor maps for parking will be provided).

VIP night at the Folk & Tribal Arts Museum

VIP Preview Sale Thursday, December 2, 2021

Please note that there will be an exclusive VIP shopping event on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.

All merchandise must be set up by this time.

Commission and Fees

Booth rental fee is $300. All participants are responsible for paying booth fees by check, in full and on time (fee due per acceptance with contract). In the event of cancellation only 50% of the booth fee will be refunded. The Museum receives 25% of total sales. All sales are processed through Museum cash registers that will be located throughout the Museum halls. The Museum pays all sales tax, credit card processing fees, rentals, and advertising.


  • Merchandise for sale in a booth must be consistent with the descriptions submitted in the application. Plan to bring enough merchandise for 3 1/2 days of active sales.
  • All merchandise must be priced and be consistent with the prices indicated in the application. Prices cannot be raised at the event and “sale” items and bartering are prohibited.
  • Unapproved shared booth space is prohibited.
  • Vendors must park in the designated vendor areas.

Please note that the Museum reserves the right to remove any vendor or merchandise before or during the event in cases where the vendor:

  • Exchanges money with customer and not through a common Museum register.
  • Is not present at booth.
  • Is guilty of improper conduct.
  • Is in violation of contract.
  • Is in violation of the Specimen and Artifact Guidelines.
  • Sublets part of their booth space to a third party or additional business.
  • Does not park in the appropriate location.

If any participant does not comply with the Marketplace guidelines, a letter identifying the breach of rules will be delivered to the participant’s booth. The participant will have the opportunity to comply with the rules or they will relinquish their privilege to participate.

Specimen and Artifact Guidelines


  • Objects or merchandise manufactured from or incorporating parts of animal or plant species that are protected by state, federal, or international law.
  • Objects or merchandise manufactured from or incorporating parts of wild animals killed solely for the purpose of fabricating such objects.
  • Specimens including teeth, bones, feathers, skulls, etc. without interpretive material.
  • Whole specimens of shells, corals, crustaceans, insects, and other marine and terrestrial invertebrates, teeth, bones, feathers, skulls, etc.
  • Archeological specimens/artifacts.
  • Illegally acquired objects.
  • Items that have been de-accessioned from any museum’s collections.

Museum curators will be checking for inappropriate merchandise throughout the event.

Please note: The Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace is a smoke, vape, and pet-free event.

Folk & Tribal Arts Marketplace 2021 Application

Tribal Arts shopping at the Museum