FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

When is the next market?

Friday, December 14th 10am – 9pm, Saturday, December 15th 10am – 6pm, and Sunday, December 16th 11am – 5pm.

What is a POP UP Shop?

A Pop Up Shop is a short term consignment store that would run during the Winter Market. The fee for the consignment is 35% of sales which covers all marketing, cost of space, staffing, set up, merchandising and selling costs.

Who can participate in our POP UP Shop?

Having your product in our pop-up shop is a terrific option for those who are not able to commit to the full three days of the market, for those who might not have enough product/stock to support their own vendor table within the market, or for those who are already currently vendors in the greater VIM market and are wishing to have further expose of their products. Apply Here.

What’s the difference between a regular vendor space and the POP UP Shop?

Regular vendor spaces require you to be at your table/booth during the entire event, handling your own sales and product. Your only fee to VIM is your vendor space.

Being a part of our POP Up Store allows you to drop off your items with our store manager and we handle all marketing, cost of space, staffing, set up, merchandising and selling costs, our fee is 35% of sales.

Can I apply for less than 3 days?

No, due to the popularity of this show, we want to provide equal marketing opportunities for our vendors. Having partial day applicants is  not optimal for vendors in the past and shoppers find it confusing with vendors not present on all 3 days.

How do I attend the workshops?

Visit our workshop page and pick the events you’d like attend. All workshops need to be prepaid prior to the market.

How many people do you expect to attend the show?

We expect to connect with over 30,000 + locals on the island. We will promote the show via social media, radio and print ads so it will be a well-organized and attended show.  We’re also collaborating with the Chamber of Commerce as well as a few other well known Nanaimo businesses.  Check them out here.

What are we expecting at the show?

You will expect makers from greater Vancouver Island (grow, bake, make vendors) along with live entertainment, demonstrations, workshops, beer garden and on site shows for the young and old.

How does VIM jury applications?

We emphasize on growers, bakers, and makers on the Island! Our goal is to curate the best of the best who wish to grow their small business and be well established on the Island. The craftsmanship of the products you’re marketing, your willingness to become a better brand through working with other local creative professionals, and your social media presence will all play a key role.

We love working with all passionate growers, bakers and makers so even if you’re new at it.

Can I sell a product that I didn’t design, grow or bake myself?

Nope. In order to be accepted as a VIM vendor everything you sell needs to be designed by you, baked by you or grown right here on Vancouver Island.

Can I share my booth with a friend?

No, we don’t allow booth-splitting or subletting.

How do I become a partner/ sponsor?

We received great feedback from our past sponsors/ partners! Check out our sponsor feedback here and apply to be a sponsor / partner here.

Is there a cost to attend as a shopper?

Yes, it’s $2-4 admission; 12 and under free with discounts available like 2 for 1, giveaways and other promos.

Partial admission goes towards a non-profit organization.

Have anymore questions please contact us.