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Topic: Necesary permits and/or licenses for craft fairs & bazaars  (Read 2078 times)
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« on: September 22, 2013 10:35:06 AM »

Hi All

I know the question will vary with location and state.... but wanted to see what others are experiencing and seeing.  I'm here in Northern CA.  Have been looking at upcoming craft fairs and holiday bazaars.  almost all of them so far seem to state you have to have at least a seller's permit.  Although I'm trying to find out if you can get say a temporary one without getting an actual business license.  Something just for just the holiday season.  Some also seem to have local permits required, even a simple peddlers permit to do business for the event.  I've seen a couple that also require you to have liability insurance (up to $1million)

At least to me it gets confusing what permits and/or licenses you need, plus of course whether or not you have to charge taxes on the products sold (just seems a little odd at times charging tax on bazaar items but if its required)...

I'm also noticing that over half of the craft fairs are juried, which I guess thats ok, but I'm not interested in juried fairs at the moment

Chris in VT
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013 04:37:37 AM »

As far as necessary permits go, contact the town the fair is located in, and ask what permits are necessary. Many times the promoter of the fair will also guide you in the right direction.

I don't know anything about California, but in the states I do shows in, all you need is a "resale certificate". That's your tax ID. You are required by law to "collect", not "charge" taxes on your sales. You are the collection agent for the state. Some states allow you to include the tax in the price, but that means you have to take that percentage of your sales and send it in.

Insurance? Always a good thing to have. What if a wind comes up and blows your canopy away and hits someone? What if a kid spills his drink in your booth and you don't see it? Along comes an elderly lady who slips & falls. You're liable. The insurers for the venues want the exhibitors to be insured so they don't have to pay.

Juried fairs? That could mean everything from wanting photos just to make sure you make your work all the way up to paid juries examining your photos for quality of the work. When you get to that level, you have professional photo shoots of your work.  90% of juries just want to make sure crafters are in the fair and not people who just open boxes from China.

There's NOTHING at a craft show, or on Etsy, anybody NEEDS. NOTHING.
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