Searsport Rug Hooking
Vendors Booth for 2023 Hookin’
We are very happy to say the rates for 2023 have held and not increased!
You can sign up here on the website or print it out and send us a check.
Set up is February 6, from 12-5
February 7, in the Morning to finish setting up 7-8:30
Show Hours are 9-4 Tuesday and Wednesday, We end at 3:30 on Thursday
We ask for a donation from each booth for a door prize
We also ask for $15 in “Wool Bucks” these will be 3 $5.00 wool money bills we will use as door prizes, they can spend like cash in your booth. We will print them and then do drawings twice a day to give them away. You will have only three total, with one redeemed each day. If they spend $20 then they pay you $15 and a wool buck. If they spend $3 and use the wool buck you do not give change back.
Booths include two chairs, bare tables, power and pipe and side drapes
The ten foot table is not skirted and is only a single 10 foot table and chair, not a booth. This can not be combined with a booth and you can only do one table. We are doing this for small vendors that want to try a big show. You will need to stay in your 10 foot space and store any extra inventory under the table or in your vehicle.
We will again be advertising in ATHA, Rug Hooking Magazine and The Florida Register with a full page listing all the vendors again with your contact, local and national targeted advertising on FaceBook and local papers. This is the 9 year for this event. Our local shop will have been open almost 6 years at show time and we promote it heavy in the studio.
9th Annual Harbor Hookin'
Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center
DATES: February 6-9
Monday Set-up noon- 5:00pm
Tuesday extra set up 7am-8:30 am
Tuesday & Wednesday Show hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm,
9:00- 3:30pm on Thursday
BOOTHS: Size is 10x10, 10x15, 10x20 or 10x30, tables and two chairs will be provided for each space. **Electrical hook-up and WIFI is included**. Booths are piped and draped and the table are not covered. Extension cords table covers and any additional lighting are the responsibility of the vendor.
We have added the option to secure your booth by paying a $50 deposit. Balance will be due sept 1.
We will again be doing tons of national and local advertising for the event. We also feel our new shop located just 15 miles from the show is going to help create new customers who we hope will want to attend.
DOOR PRIZES: We ask everyone to donate a door prize and $15 in wool bucks
Mini Classes: please contact us if you would like to talk about doing a class. The feed back on the classes by students is always GREAT!
Free Demo Room: anyone not using this free room is nuts! We have the demo area for any of the vendors to do a free demo each day. You will have tables and rows of chairs for them to observe what you are showing them. This is a great way to promote what makes you special for no charge. Maybe how you color plan. or a simple dye technique, beading on your projects or a fun way to finish off. A small make it, take it project is a good idea too. A small kit fee is encouraged to cover your cost. We had some with standing room only and people standing in the door trying to see! Those that had kits to make and take or the supplies to sell with what they were doing were VERY please with the extra! These spots run about every 45-60 minutes each day stating after lunch and we will have 2-3 each day. The room is free for you to book. Time slots are first come first served. the attendees LOVE this! it is some one on one time with a group that wants to know more about you an your style, use it!
Word of mouth from the past events, tons of local and national advertising and many years of history adds even more people every year. It was missed by many this year when we had to cancel due to Covid. We had a large number of people and groups travel to Punta Gorda for this from all over the country, we expect to see them back! With such easy flights into the area it was a fun way for them to get away. We really have a perfect location and many turn this into a mini vacation. We are in a wonderful wintertime location!
Our host hotels: will be listed on the website as soon as we have the contracts. We are using Four Points and Microtell again and adding the new places too. But check out HomeAway and VBRO for renting a whole house for 4-7days. you will be shocked at how cheap it can be. and if your friends with one of the other vendors split a place. its like 1/2 of the hotels and so much better! A few attendees took this advice and said what a great experience it was over hotels! And cheaper too! But you must book early
If you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance in your planning, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you to make this show a successful venue for all.
All feed back is welcome and appreciated! We hope past events were worth your travel and time and we hope you come back. We expect 2023 to be bigger then ever. If there was any issues that we can improve on please let us know. Some things we can not do anything about, but we will try!