I am happy to post this press release from the organizers of the Grand Central Holiday Fair for 2015!
ARTISANS WITH HAND-MADE PRODUCTS SOUGHT
FOR GRAND CENTRAL HOLIDAY FAIR 2015
A call for potential vendors to join Grand Central Terminal’s acclaimed annual event.
WHAT: Grand Central Terminal is hosting a call to artists in April for its 2015 Holiday Fair. Artisans are invited to the Terminal to show samples of their products and receive feedback from Holiday Fair merchandising consultants. The focus for this year’s Holiday Fair is on locally made and American-made merchandise. Products are required to be made by hand. 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.
More than 1 million shoppers visit Grand Central Terminal each day of the Holiday Fair. Artisans in recent GCT 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.
For this year’s artisan call, merchandising consultants are primarily interested in the following categories: men’s accessories, tabletop, children’s, home décor, pottery, glassware, art, photography. However, food products will not be evaluated at this time.
WHEN: April 16 and 17, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First come, first served within designated hours. Those who arrive early are most likely to be reviewed. Due to potential high-volume attendance, Holiday Fair personnel cannot guarantee artisans will be seen.
WHERE: Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street, New York, NY
INFO: The Grand Central Holiday Fair takes over the Terminal’s historic Vanderbilt Hall each holiday season with 76 booths of art, children’s clothing, accessories, handbags, home goods, men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry, and bath and body products. Since its inception in 1993, the Holiday Fair has been a must-shop destination during the holiday season, and the longest-running indoor holiday market in New York City. The 2015 Holiday Fair begins Nov. 16, 2015 and runs for six weeks until Dec. 24, 2015.
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~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City