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Attention Vendors: Grand Central Holiday Fair Apps Due June 8, 2016

Vendor Apps for the 2016 Grand Central Holiday Fair Due June 6, 2016!

Vendor Apps for the 2016 Grand Central Holiday Fair Due June 6, 2016                                                                                       (Photo courtesy of Grand Central Terminal)

The annual Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair offers artisans an extraordinary opportunity to showcase their one-of-a-kind creations to the more than 1 million shoppers who visit Grand Central Terminal each day of the Holiday Fair. I love this market because it has such great energy, and it is filled with unique gift items, most of which are handcrafted in New York and the US, or with Fair Trade maker organizations around the world.

And the time has come to apply for the 2016 Holiday Fair! Yes, it’s 85 degrees out, but you’re just going to have to turn on the AC and go for it!

The online vendor application must be submitted no later than Wednesday, June 8, 2016. It should include a minimum of four color photographs of products you intend to sell, as well as one image of a booth you have previously merchandised. Selected vendors will be notified by July 5, 2016. Artisans in recent Grand Central Holiday Fairs not only have sold high volumes of product, but also have landed high-profile wholesale accounts with major retailers, sold pieces to museums, broadened their retail client bases, and have been profiled on local and national TV.

Grand Central Holiday Fair in Vanderbilt Hall

Grand Central Holiday Fair in Vanderbilt Hall                  (Photo courtesy of Grand Central Terminal)

A word from the organizers: “The focus of the Holiday Fair is on locally made and American-made merchandise. Highly selective about the artists chosen to participate, planners spend the year looking for unique vendors. A range of products and price points guarantees that New Yorkers, commuters, and tourists alike can find interesting gift items for others as well as covet-worthy items for themselves. Each year, products include artwork, clothing for all ages, men’s/women’s accessories, children’s clothing/toys, and home goods.”

This year, Claus Meyer, a pioneer in bringing Nordic cuisine and culinary philosophy to the forefront, is building out the Great Northern Food Hall in half of Vanderbilt Hall. The Holiday Fair will still have 40 or so vendors in the other half of the space and on the bridge. I will share more information as Grand Central finalizes its plans for the holidays!

OK – Go apply now!

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City


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