Are you making whimsical, practical and awesome goods in Canada? We would love to hear from you!
Fall 2021: Please note, we finalize our holiday ordering by October 31. Applications received in November-December will be looked at with 2022 in mind.
While it is always nice meeting in person, please email applications (details below!) rather than dropping by the shop with your goods. Your work deserves thoughtful consideration and that is difficult to give in the midst of a busy workday, and we have lots of questions for you!
We’ve complied a whole bunch of resources and tips for applying to sell in stores, or at markets in the following Information For Makers.
Please check out our the rest of our website and social media before applying to ensure we’re a good fit, and to get a feel for our approach to business. We’re a little unconventional as far as retail stores go, and it’s important you know that going in! Find us on Instagram and Facebook.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Kimberley & The Trainyard Team
THINGS TO NOTE
To cover our operating costs, our ideal wholesale pricing is 50/50. If that is realistically not possible for your business please explain in your application. Our rent and utilities, packaging, staff costs, breakage & loss & payment processing fees have continued to increase and this pricing allows us to cover these expenses, continue our community giving, and be adaptable to the continued changes.
We are committed to holding space for youth (21 & under), folks living with a disability and those who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ and/or BIPOC. We recognize there are often increased barriers to creating for a living and would be happy to work collaboratively to find ways to help your businesses grow. Please self identify if you feel comfortable, and share any barriers or challenges to retail readiness that you may face.
We are no longer accepting applications for non-medical face masks or screen printed t-shirts; We are nearing capacity for candles, soap, earrings, greeting cards and art prints.
We do not carry fancy jewelry (over $45 retail), fine art paintings, photography prints or cards, large furniture or larger signage/decor. Not sure if your work is the right fit? Our social media is a great way to get a feel for what we carry! Find us on Instagram and Facebook.
Still not sure about wholesale? Just hearing the word often scares people off, we understand that! It is more straightforward than consignment – you’re paid upfront for goods rather than waiting until they’ve sold. With the volume of businesses we work with, supporting our staff, two tiny humans and an online storefront, consignment takes more energy and time than we have to give. There’s information below on wholesale, and we are now hosting Maker Meet Ups and 1:1 appointments to go over questions and provide support (details below).
Maker Meet Ups
Meet Ups will be a safe space where we can meet new people to connect with and learn how to grow together. Everyone is welcome we just ask that you select the event that matches where you are in your Maker journey.
We are offering group meet ups for Makers new to selling their work (Intro), and also for more established Makers looking to reconnect.
Dates returning in early 2022!
If you’d prefer to chat 1:1, please email us with the specific topic, or questions you’d like to discuss and whenever possible we will set up a 1:1 meeting. To arrange a meeting, email Rachel (Manager) & Kimberley (Owner) at firstname.lastname@example.org subject 1:1 Meeting.
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