I LOVE helping women succeed in business, so I’m thrilled to offer you the chance to sell your product or service or get the word out about your ministry at the retreat. This is a special opportunity for you because selling is all about building relationships, and you’ll be doing that naturally at this event. Please read everything below and then sign up quickly so I can save room for your table. There is limited room, and there’s a chance these will sell out.
Read all the details below.
Read everything on this page, but especially pay attention to:
- Each vendor must contribute a door prize with a value of at least $35 retail.
- To be listed in the program, purchase by April 1, 2023.
- Each vendor must be approved by Amy and selling a Hebrew ish item.
- I reserve the right to determine if your product is not a good fit for the Retreat, and refund you your $50 if I decide that. I also reserve the right to ask you to remove any item(s) from your table if it’s not a good fit
- I cannot guarantee that your merchandise will be locked and secure. I recommend you keep anything valuable with you or locked in your car.
The information here is about being a vendor at the Torah Sisters Retreat in Grass Lake, Michigan May 15-17, 2023.
To be listed in the program, purchase by April 1, 2023. You can purchase a table later, but you may not be listed in the program.
I LOVE helping women succeed in business, so I’m thrilled to offer you the chance to sell your product at the retreat. This is a special opportunity for you because selling is all about building relationships, and you’ll be doing that naturally at this event. Please read everything below and then sign up quickly so I can save room for your table. There is limited room, and there’s a chance these will sell out.
Some things to know:
Your table will be 6 or 8 feet long.
One vendor per company.
One table per vendor.
Two ladies may share a table. Each must contribute a door prize.
All vendors must be attendees of the event who have purchased a ticket. You must be at the entire retreat to have a marketplace table.
Each vendor must contribute a door prize with a value of at least $35 retail. This helps add value to the retreat and gets your name and prize announced from the stage when I give away your prize. The more generous you are with your prize, the more you’ll get noticed by the women. I might even have the prizes displayed on a table in the main hall on the first night for all to see. They will be announced with your business name, the name of the item, and the retail value. It doesn’t have to be an item from your table. You can just give away an Amazon gift card or something. Something physical that you sell will help you get the most publicity, though. The lady who wins will likely show it to everyone she is sitting near and everyone in her bunk room, so my advice is to give away your best product, or a bundle/basket of your best stuff.
You may do your own giveaway at your own table, too. I think it’s great to do something like, “Give me your email address for a chance to win!” But, I will not give you any stage time to announce your winner. You’ll have to find your winner on your own, or email her, or collect cell numbers, too, and text her, or just ship her prize to her when you get home, even. Giving away a gift card/coupon is a great idea for this situation, “Write down your email for a chance to win $20 off anything on my website!”
When you arrive, go to check-in like normal and tell my staff that you also have a marketplace table. You’ll be able to drive your car to the marketplace building to unload, but then quickly go park your car behind the lodge and then walk back and set up your table. Your car will remain parked during the entire retreat.
This is a retreat, not a conference, and it’s at a camp. This means it’s very casual and not as sophisticated as some other events you may be accustomed to. There are a lot of unknowns at this time, like exactly what times the marketplace will be open, where it will be, etc., the distance to an outlet, or even if an electrical outlet will be available for you at all, etc. Come prepared.
After you buy your ticket, I will email you and ask you questions about what you will be selling or promoting. Please look for and respond to this email promptly.
I reserve the right to determine if your product is not a good fit for the Retreat, and refund you your $50 if I decide that. I also reserve the right to ask you to remove any item(s) from your table if it’s not a good fit including but not limited to unsuitable material due to vulgarity, theology, legality, and so on, or if it’s making others uncomfortable in some way. I’m not terribly picky, but I know the audience well and I want you to be successful! (Some things I would decline would be anything mystical, healing crystals, books promoting polygamy, etc.)
The attendees will start arriving at 2:00 and throughout the afternoon on Monday. I’d like you to have your table set up and ready by 2:00, so you’re ready to start selling and fellowship. So, you may arrive as early as 11:00 am.
I do not yet know in what building or room(s) the vendor tables will be placed. There may be some tables in the tabernacle where we hold our services, some in conference rooms in the lodge, and some in the cafeteria where we eat all of our meals. I cannot yet promise what hours or times you may be selling or be able to get your table. I’m working with the camp to create a space where you can be “open,” and sit at your table able to chat and sell with the women all day! But if we end up with vendor tables in the cafeteria, then we will be limited to around meal times only.
No selling during service times. You can cover your table with your own tablecloth when you’re closed or leave it open, it’s up to you. I will ask you to be closed by 5 minutes prior to chapel start times, which means you should start wrapping up conversations at 10 minutes prior. No selling at all during chapel times.
I have a bonus for you! I’ll be giving away a swag bag to each attendee with a small gift from me and you are welcome to include something in the bag, too! I prefer you to give something of some value in addition to a business card or flyer. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It could be a product sample, a small gift, chocolate, a granola bar, a pen, or even a bookmark. It doesn’t have to have your company branding on it. Just stick a note to your gift that says it’s a gift from you with your business contact information, or a coupon, or tape it to your flyer. That is enough to start building a relationship even if a woman otherwise might not come to your table. This is optional. You don’t have to include anything in the bag at all. Please bring your items with you on the day of arrival and give them to my volunteers as soon as you arrive so we can add them to the bags quickly. Just to clarify, you may include a gift AND a promotional item like a business card/flyer. Give them to my volunteers when you arrive to check in before 2:00, or ship them to me ahead, which is even better!
I cannot guarantee that your merchandise will be locked and secure. I recommend you keep anything valuable with you or locked in your car. Since you are sharing rooms, the safest place to keep your money may be on your person or locked in your car. You are doing this at your own risk.
Do not be promoting your product or service outside of the marketplace unless asked. In other words, when it’s time to just sit and eat or fellowship, don’t be pushing your products in conversation. Just enjoy the sweet fellowship during those times. If a woman directly asks you about your business, you may go ahead and answer, though. I just don’t want women walking around being pushy about their businesses all the time. This will be true for all the attendees, as well.
Items I know will be provided: 6 or 8-foot table ( it may be a round table), chair (s).
If you need electricity, bring an extension cord, but I cannot guarantee if an outlet will be nearby. The wifi was decent.
There will be nowhere to store items except under your table or in your car. I want the room kept clean and tidy without boxes and stuff around on the floor.
Some items you may want to bring: an extension cord, tablecloth, another tablecloth to cover your table when closed, and change. Do not ask the camp staff to make change for you. I’ve always found it handy to have some basic office supplies on hand like masking tape, scotch tape, scissors, and so on.