Thank you for your interest in vending at Jay St. Collective. We are looking for talented artists, makers, and crafts people who are passionate about collaboration, innovation, and growth. We select our vendors, not only based on talent, but willingness to learn and teach within the collective.
Our space is designed to give you the support and autonomy to take your business to the next level. Our consignment software provides comprehensive sales data that can be accessed in real time. You’ll be responsible for logging inventory, pricing, tagging, merchandising, and displaying your own products.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
Vendors are charged a monthly rent depending on their footprint. We have shelf spaces ranging from $80-$145 and booth spaces from $145-$255 based on availability. We also take a 13% consignment on every sale. These costs cover the overhead for the store such as rent, utilities, and the cost of running the shop during open hours.
When will vendors receive payment for sales?
Payments are issued weekly through direct deposit. The week is closed out on Sunday and payments are typically issued later the following week.
Do vendors have to work in the store?
Vendors are not required to meet set monthly hours but there are times when they will be asked to volunteer to help with high volume times and special events. There is no monetary penalty for a lack of participation but disengagement may factor into whether a vendors lease is renewed.
Is there a deposit for new vendors?
Yes. Vendors pay a deposit equal to their rent that will be applied as last month’s rent if the leave the space.
Do vendors have to have insurance?
No. Vendors are not required to carry insurance but it is strongly encouraged. Jay St. Collective will not be held responsible for any damage or loss that occurs in the space. If a vendor does carry general liability insurance, they will need to provide Jay St. Collective with a Certificate of Insurance prior to moving in to be covered in the store.
Can customer return or exchange items?
No. Since sales are closed out and payments are issued weekly, there’s no way to refund a sale. Customers are informed of this via signage. Vendors can resolve customer issues independent of Jay St. Collective but are not required to. If a vendor has a pattern of custom dissatisfaction, they may not be renewed for their lease.
How many vendors of each medium will the store have?
Jay St. Collective does not guarentee exclusivity to any vendor but we try to limit vendors working in the same medium to two. We try to ensure vendors working in the same medium have distinguishing styles. While we think competition is important, we want to make sure our store is not too saturated in one medium so our vendors don’t feel undercut by each other. Some exceptions are given to vendors who have multiple mediums but we will try not have more than two vendors who primarily work in the same medium.
What can vendors expect as far as sales?
Vendors sales vary greatly and are usually determined by the vendors experience, diversity of products and prices, how often they tend to their space (moving/adding merchandise, new products/styles, rearrange the space, etc.), and their experience/knowledge as a business owner. Typically the more established business owners do better than those starting out but that is not always the case. Each vendor has full autonomy in their space to try new things, shift their products, and interact with their customers through sales data to determine what their strongest products are. We hope that regardless of where our vendors start in the space, their time here provides valuable insight into their brand, customer base, products, and price points.
A six month commitment sounds scary! What other options are there?
We recently launched a consignment vending option! For more information and an application, go here: