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Know-it-all passport® is happy to announce a great opportunity for our creative community! We are currently seeking vendors for our 2nd edition of Know-it-all Marketplace that will showcase local creative people who have a passion and love to share this passion.

This 2nd pop-up shop (temporary shop) will be held in a central Geneva location for the 4 weeks lead up to Christmas. If you dabble in any of the following areas, or one that is not listed (even better) then please ask for an application form:

  • fabric items
  • mosaic
  • stained glass
  • painted furniture
  • painted items
  • paper items
  • metal items
  • handmade candles
  • ceramic
  • porcelain
  • perfume
  • jams
  • cookie mixes
  • jewelry
  • serving plates
  • soap
  • Advent wreaths
  • Christmas decorations
  • quilts
  • cards
  • local authors
  • leather items
  • items for men
  • upcycled items
  • etc.

What's new this year?

After the tremendous success of last year, we knew we couldn't hold back the enthusiasm from the vendors nor the clients to do it again. Many returning vendors now know what sells and what doesn't and are currently trying new ideas. Stay tuned!

A display area will be added to highlight children's and gift books designed by local authors.

A table will be set up near the entrance to entice clients to enter. The vendors that would like to host a live demonstration of their craft will be allowed to do so according to a schedule (jewelry-making, painting, sewing, reading a children's book, soap-making, etc). 

Gift baskets will be assembled with various creators' items by theme, at varying prices, and beautifully wrapped and ready to go.

We are also designing an App for iOS users that will send them notifications and photos during the month. Details will be forthcoming.

How did it get started?

Lisa Cirieco-Ohlman, publisher of Know-it-all passport®, explains, "I have dabbled in Christmas markets for years selling various creations, and I know how hard it is when you have to pay for a table AND sell your wares all day. I thought there must be loads of creative locals wanting to be represented in a real shop space but not able to make that step. Providing a location to share is a great way to showcase a variety of styles ranging from sleek designed goods to handmade items. The shopping center boasts a well-trafficked area that will reach many more clients. Last year's vendors were enthused to test the market and get feedback as well as share their creations! Isn’t that why we make things in the first place? To share? This is a fun way of being unified and supportive doing what we love… together we can make it work… the whole is greater than the sum of its parts!"

What people are saying

Clients and vendors from the first edition of the shop were thrilled with the experience. Know-it-all Marketplace is the perfect place to buy Christmas gifts for the whole family, for neighbors and friends, for teachers and colleagues. Here are some comments we received last time:​

  • What? You are only open till Christmas? Can we start a petition to keep you here all the time?
  • A huge thank you to Lisa for all the time, care and love she’s putting at the shop.
  • Lisa distribue sourire, gentillesse, efficacité, ténacité et bonne ambiance. Ça vous parle un peu, beaucoup? Ne cherchez plus, vous l’avez avec vous 6 jours sur 7.
  • Thank you Lisa for this concept store - a shop that sells a carefully curated and unique selection of products, very glad to see what other vendors are making/selling ❤😍. As for me, it's about discovery and experience.

Cost
We won’t be charging commission on any of your items and rental space will start at Fr. 115.- + TVA/month — which works out at Fr. 5.20/day over the lead up until Christmas! There are many options to choose from: shelves, tables, square meter, wall, etc. You can leave your wares at set-up and then not need to be there during the month. However, we love having assistance and you can save 10% off your fee if you accept to come to help. Details on application form.

Not only will your creations will be represented in the shop, but your link will appear on our website, be shown on the flyer, and be an integral part of the slide show that animates the shop during opening hours.

Apply
DO apply if you have had a say in the creative process yourself. We don't expect you to make your own wool/yarn (of course) but that you are the one who knitted the item! We want to talk to the artist who drew the illustration that was then professionally printed. Or the jewelry designer who beaded her own creations out of material that was purchased. We are not expecting you to press your own olives to produce soap either! If you have had a hand in the creative process, the design of an object, or the vision to have something produced with your idea, then we want to hear from you. Visit www.knowitall.ch/marketplace to request an application form. There is even a French-language page and you can request the application form in French (nous avons prevu la demande en français aussi)!

DO NOT apply if you are simply reselling items or imported goods... we want only local creators represented here. 

Applicants must live in Switzerland or neighboring France to qualify as "local".

Sponsoring
There are 4 different sponsoring opportunities available.

A slide show will rotate during opening hours with photos of each vendor alternating with short messages in French and English, and the sponsor's slides that may contain images, logos, short videos, or more. In addition, sponsors may have their logo printed on the flyer, and/or on the website, and/or leave their own flyers at the front desk. Details at this link.

Deadline for applications
We will be accepting applications till midnight, 20 October 2018, and our team will judge and make a decision rapidly. We won't be able to choose all of you and will be looking at how creative, how different, and what will sell best in the environment. A contract will then be sent to those selected at this point.

Location
Click on website link to access more information. 

This is a very exciting venture for us and for you. If you know of anyone who would be interested, please forward this information.

www.knowitall.ch/marketplace

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