Etsy Artisans of San Diego County
Local San Diego Shows: Be Prepared/Warned!
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Has anyone been approached by anyone at UCSD's Sun God Festival?
If so, be prepared! They are ridiculous.
They approached me via Etsy, the marketplace for all things handmade by artists (not gigantic corporations).
The show has live music, 20,000 + students, this year it's in REMAC arena, and tickets are $25.00 per person. Live music, vendors and food to occur on Friday, 5/18, 2pm-midnight.
They require insurance of $2 Million in General Liability and accept no other arrangements no matter if you are a food vendor or small artisan. . AND Workman's Compensation (even if you have zero employees) AND commercial auto insurance on top of your existing auto insurance for your private car. That runs about $1200. in insurance (using their company in Pennsylvania) for 10 hours of selling necklaces. Then, booth rent of $400 of a 10x10. Then $250.00 for cleaning deposit. Then they don't guarantee you a space after all of this.
It's rude. Unfair. Delusional. And unbelievable. Be warned fellow local artisans and hopefully, if you do this show, count how many bored Cricket Wireless vendors there are and get back to me!
Sticking to San Diego's wineries, street fairs and gardens, where they love us unique handmade artists! Cheers!
Posted at 1:08 am Apr 12, 2012 EDT
I heard back from them!! I was so furious I had to respond to them and their committee insists they want a "diverse group of artisans". They'll end up with bored Cricket Wireless dudes or some other corporations that sell $9.00 water bottles! Oh, wait, those weren't allowed either because the show is supposedly "Green". ugh.
Posted at 7:41 pm Apr 15, 2012 EDT