Maker Applications

Hello!

Are you a maker of whimsical, purposeful and all around awesome goods? We would love to hear from you!

While it is always nice meeting in person, please submit applications through this form 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. We have lots of questions for you!

We’ve compiled a whole bunch of resources and tips for applying to sell in stores, or at markets in the following Information For Makers. 

Check out 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 and it’s important you know that going in! 

PLEASE FILL OUT APPLICATION HERE

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Kimberley & The Trainyard Team

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THINGS TO NOTE

We are committed to holding space for youth (21 & under), folks living with a disability, those who identify as BIPOC, or 2SLGBTQIA+. We recognize there are 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 barriers or challenges to retail readiness that you may face. 

To cover our operating costs, our ideal wholesale pricing is 50/50. 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. If a 50/50 split is realistically not possible for your business please explain in your application.

Goods That Aren't The Right Fit: 

  • Fine Art & Photography, including original artwork of any size. 
  • Jewellery priced above $45
  • Screen Printed Clothing
  • Non-Medical Face Masks
  • Furniture and large wall decor pieces (over 16")

*We are often near or at capacity for art prints, greeting cards & candles! 

Still not sure about wholesale? Just hearing the word often scares people off, we understand that! It is more straightforward than consignment – you are 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. Please review our Maker Guide (above) and reach out with any questions! 

Maker Meet Ups: We're planning to partner with community organizers to bring these back in a bigger (and more consistent) way! Sign up for our Maker newsletter to keep in the loop - we share resources, meet up dates and more!