Shopper Frequently Asked Questions:
When is your next market? Our next market is September 6, 2019 from 6pm to 10pm in downtown Modesto on 10th Street between I & J.
How much is parking? There are various parking lots around downtown that charge a small fee, as well as free street parking.
What is the entrance fee? It is free to come shop.
What sort of items should I expect to see? Since we are passionate about supporting and highlighting local small businesses, there are all sorts of items for sale at our market. Expect to see home decor, plants, furniture, bath and body items, vintage, etc. along with various types of holiday decor and gift items for all the upcoming holidays.
Vendor Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I apply to be a vendor? The vendor application period is now closed. If you applied, you will be notified if you are a vendor or not by July 1st. If not, you will also be refunded by July 2nd.
How much does a booth cost? $40, plus $10 for a temporary business license if you do not already have one.
Can I share a booth with another business? Yes, you can. You are responsible for finding another vendor to share with. You would only fill out one vendor application for the two of you.
Do you require a business license? We do require a business license and will be checking to verify each business license given. If you do not have one, we ask that you pay $10 extra on the application for a temporary business license, which we will apply for on your behalf. We also require proof of a food license for food vendors.
What size is my spot? All booths are the same size, 10′ by 10′. The spaces will be facing the road. You may have vendors on either side of you, but there will not be a vendor behind you.
Do you supply a table? We do not supply anything except the location and everything that goes with that – permit for the location, security, marketing, etc. You are responsible to provide your own tables and easy up.
Will there be shade at the market? No, but it is an evening market, so sun won’t be an issue the whole time. However, we strongly suggest you bring an easy up or market umbrella (properly secured in a base) to mark your spot for shoppers. Also, since this is an evening market, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND, you bring lighting for your booth, as the market starts getting dark around 7:30pm. We have a whole blog post on lighting, that you can check out here.
Will there be restrooms at the market? We will not be providing restrooms, but many businesses downtown have restrooms and will be open during the market. And we provide the vendors with a list of local business that allow them to use the restroom for free.
What time is set up? Set up will begin at 4pm the day of the market.
Will there be internet? No, we will not be providing internet at the location. However, you should have access to the internet via the data roaming on your phone or ipad.
How do I accept payment from customers? It is up to you what forms of payment you accept. Many vendors accept credit cards via square, paypal, etc from their phones or ipads.
What is the best way to advertise my business for the market? If you fill out our social media form provided for you in the email accepting you as a vendor, we will advertise you on our blog and social media platforms. We also suggest you post often on your social media platforms that you will be a vendor at Four Friends Market. Also, hashtag #fourfriendsmarket2019 and #fourfriendsmarket on any posts that contain product you will have at the market.
Will there be food at the market? Yes. There are restaurants in the downtown area that will be open. There will also be a couple food vendors down there and we are working on securing a couple food trucks as well.
What is DoMo First Fridays and how are you partnering with them? DoMo (stands for Downtown Modesto) does a street fair in downtown Modesto on the first Friday evening of each month, April through October. We are partnering with them by having our own block of vendors at the same time as their market. Check out their website for more information.