Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

FAQs for Prospective Shop Owners

CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles is a juried marketplace or handmade wares. Jury members put a premium on quality design and materials.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN CRAFTED?

CRAFTED is the ideal opportunity to take your small business to the next level. It is a showcase that provides complimentary parking, supplementary marketing, entertainment, security and even complimentary coffee for shop owners. As a CRAFTED shop owner you will be part of a creative community of artisans who share ideas and resources. Plus, your shop space is yours to customize. For an affordable price, CRAFTED has all of this to offer along with drawing hundreds of customers every weekend.

ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN?

Yes. Only items that are significantly handmade and of high quality are featured. We are looking for artisans who make things with their hands, not items that are mass produced.

WHAT ARE THE LEASE TERMS?

Shops are currently leased on a six month basis, after which the lease term converts to month-to-month. (The jury will consider applications for less than a six month commitment; please note how many months you can showcase at CRAFTED in your application).

HOW BIG ARE CRAFTED SHOP SPACES?

Shop spaces are available in 10’ x 10’ increments. Walls heights are 5’9” and all displays and merchandise must be this height or shorter.

CAN I SHARE A SHOP SPACE? 

Yes, but you will have to submit details and photos about your partner’s(s’) wares in your application.

DO I SELL MY OWN ITEMS?

Yes. Once you move into CRAFTED, your shop space is your business to operate as you see fit (in compliance with local city, county, state and federal laws, of course).

DO I NEED A SELLER’S PERMIT? 

Yes. Visit www.calgold.ca.gov  and the following for helpful information:

CAN I SELL FOOD ? 

Yes, as long as it is packaged and shelf stable. We accept items made in a Cottage Food Kitchen. Visit here for helpful information:

HOW DO I APPLY?

Simply complete this no-fee application.

HOW MUCH DOES A SHOP COST?

On average, shop owners invest between $350-$750/mo. on rent and associated expenses (costs vary depending shop size).

HOW DOES THE JURY EVALUATE APPLICATIONS? 

The primary criteria the jury considers is if the items are of high quality, the maker’s process and that the items are significantly handmade. The secondary set of criteria is that the items are made primarily in Southern California and have an eco-friendly component. Imported items are currently not accepted.

WHEN AND HOW WILL I KNOW IF I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED? 

Within two weeks of submitting your application you will receive an e-mail from sell@craftedportla.com with the jury’s decision.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I GET ACCEPTED? 

First, we congratulate you! Next, CRAFTED’s leasing manager will work with you to set dates for your orientation, setting up your shop and an opening date.

Have questions that haven’t been answered here? E-mail CRAFTED’s leasing manager, Linda Gamberg, at sell@craftedportla.com; she is here to help you.