Winter is coming! At the end of October, though, outdoor markets in Chicago will be over.
I found a super cool solution though! A pop-up shop! This company called Boombox rents out storefronts month to month.Their Wicker Park location is on a major street (Milwaukee Ave), big enough to also be my candle making studio for the month, and a wonderful space to offer socially distanced shopping and space for other vendors to sell their goods!
The cost of the rent including utilities for the month of November is $2250. The extra $250 is for temporary fixtures like tables, signs, shelving and whatever random storefront necessities I haven’t thought of yet.
Right now, every penny I earn goes right back into my business to buy more supplies (wax, vessels, packaging, labels, watercolor, shipping materials, bags, tissue paper, thank you cards, pens, fragrance oils, business cards, insurance...). I really need any help I can get to secure this indoor space so my brand new small business has a chance at survival!
I want to share the space with 2-3 roating vendors for a mini indoor market on the weekends. If I can hit my $2500 goal, it will be free for those vendors. If I fall short,I will ask them for a table fee to make up the difference. I’ve already built up such an amazing network of makers around Chicago and if you know me I love to support, collaborate and encourage others in making their dreams come true!
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