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All booth spaces for Junior & Teen Firefly are currently full. Please register for the waitlist below and we’ll notify you if a space becomes available!

We are thrilled to partner with Firefly Handmade Markets to bring Junior & Teen Firefly Market to 29th Street Mall this spring! This is a wonderful opportunity for Juniors (ages 7-12) and Teens (ages 13-17) to put their maker skills, ideas, and entrepreneurship to work and learn what it's like to run a full market booth--complete from creating their handmade goods, to naming their business and making a business sign, setting up their booth, and selling their pieces at the market! Junior & Teen Firefly presented by Tinker Art Studio will be a mini market held in the heart of the larger Spring Firefly Handmade Market on Boulder's beautiful 29th Street Mall. Thousands of shoppers come through the market over the course of the weekend! Tinker Art Studio and Firefly Handmade Markets have partnered to offer this incredible youth program free of charge. Special thanks to 29th Street Mall for donating tents, tables and chairs to the event.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to have a booth at the 2019 Junior & Teen Firefly Market!


Junior Firefly

ages 7-12

Junior Firefly presented by Tinker Art Studio will be held during the Spring 2019 Firefly Handmade Market!

Please first read the Important Information below for details and requirements and then click to apply!

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Teen Firefly

ages 13-17

Teen Firefly presented by Tinker Art Studio will be held during the Spring 2019 Firefly Handmade Market!

Please first read the Important Information below for details and requirements and then click to apply!

Important Information

for Prospective Junior & Teen Firefly Artisans and their parents

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When is the market?

This year, Junior & Teen Firefly is held as a one-day only market — on Saturday, May 18th. The open hours of the market are 10am-4pm, Saturday. This is at the same time, on the same weekend, as the larger Spring Firefly Handmade Market at 29th Street Mall, though the Spring Firefly Handmade Market continues on Sunday from 10am-4pm as well.

How do I apply?

It's simple! Click on the Apply to Firefly! link and answer the brief application questions. The application should take about 10-15 minutes. Applications open on Friday, April 19th and are accepted on a rolling basis. We have limited spaces available, so we recommend applying as soon as possible. Once our spaces fill, we will be happy to add you to our Wait List and will notify you if a space was to become available. We will get back to you within 48 business hours of receiving your application.  — ALL SPACES ARE CURRENTLY FULL. Please click the Waitlist link and we’ll notify you if a space becomes available.

Should the parent fill out the application or should the junior/teen artisan fill it out?

The first part of the application is written for the Junior or Teen participant to answer and fill out. Depending on keyboarding skills, a parent might need to help type answers into the application. Parents should fill out the second part of the application asking for parent contact information, as well as parent Responsibilities & Agreements. The intention of Junior & Teen Firefly is for the junior or teen participant to learn, grow, enjoy, and have fun throughout the entire process, and this starts with the application! 

I'm interested, but we're also pretty busy. What are the time commitments? 

The time commitment will vary by participant, largely based on the amount of time the participant puts into creating their handmade goods. After your application is accepted, you should start making! Depending on the products, the time it takes will vary for each individual. In addition to making product for the market, you should also plan to arrive at 9am to set up your booth the morning of Saturday, May 18th before the market opens at 10am!

How many items of handmade goods should I make for the weekend?

This varies widely by participant. It's really up to your discretion what you think you might be able to sell over the course of the weekend. If you sell out on Saturday--awesome! You also might like to consider the aesthetics of your table and having enough goods to set up in a way that looks full! 

What should I make?!

This is 100% up to you! You'll need to make multiples of your product, or several of different products, so first and foremost, it should be something you enjoy making! Just remember the practicality of making the number of items you plan to create. Also consider that this is a market selling environment, so put yourself in the shoppers' shoes! What do you think will sell? (Please note, no baked goods, drinks (including lemonade), or other edible products are permitted for Junior or Teen Firefly Market artisans.)

How do I decide what price to put on my goods?

This is a consideration of any market artisan! There's no right or wrong answer here, but some things you might consider when deciding are: How much were your materials? How much time did each piece take you to make? How much do you think a market shopper will be interested in paying? 

What is a business sign and how do I make it?

Every business needs a name! What is your business name? It can include your own name, the type of goods you make, or any other idea you might have. Once you have your business name, you'll want to make a sign to attract customers to your booth. You will need to hang your sign from the front of your table cloth, or set it on your table top. As your table space is 3'x3' in size, plan the material and type of sign accordingly. If you are attaching it to your table covering to be displayed on the front of your booth, consider weight and attachment method (tape, safety pins, etc.). We'd recommend painting on fabric, drawing on a posterboard, or any other lightweight material if you're attaching to the front of your table. If you're displaying your business sign on your table top, a wooden board, foam core board, or other stiff material might be better. Just remember to bring an easel or consider how it will stand!

What is provided by the market?

We provide the booth! This includes the physical space at the market, the table where you will set up your goods, a chair for each participant, and tent overhead. You simply need to add your table covering, handmade goods and table set up, and business sign. 

How much space do I have and what does the setup look like?

Underneath each 10'x10' tent will be four tables. Each 6'x3' table is shared between two participants--therefore, each participant has a 3'x3' space to set up their booth (merchandise, display, and signage). There will be 8 chairs on the interior of the tent for participants. Each participant will set up their booth facing outward into the market and shoppers will browse the booths by walking around the exterior of the tents. 

Exactly what do I need to bring to the Market?

  • your handmade goods!

  • a table covering

  • table display materials (for example, baskets or containers, or any other way you'd like to organize and show off your goods.)

  • your business sign + a way to display it (attachment to table covering or table top display)

  • change pouch (with small bills and change!)

  • pricing information (stickers on your goods, or a sign with the price of each piece within a basket, for example)

  • a water bottle + snacks

  • sunscreen, and extra sunscreen, or maybe a down jacket and hat — you never know in Colorado!

  • comfortable clothing and shoes

Do parents need to stay at the Market on Saturday?

We're so glad you asked! YES. We do not provide supervision for junior or teen Firefly artisans, and parents must remain with their child to supervise and support if needed. On the application form, please read the Parent Responsibilities & Agreements section carefully for further parent-related details.

Teen Firefly artisans who have signed permission slips from their parents may remain solo at the market. But remember, we do not provide supervision, and are not responsible for Junior or Teen Firefly artisans during the market.

What if I want to be at a booth with a friend?

You can do that! There will be 8 participating artisans at each booth, and you will have the opportunity to request one other person you’d like to share a table with during your application. We will then assign booth spaces, which we will share with you on the morning of the market. Please note, we will do our best to accommodate a request to share a table, but provide no guarantees.

I'm a Teen Firefly, will I be with the Junior Firefly artisans?

In short, yes. The Junior and Teen Firefly mini market will be in one space, and under the same tents, within the larger Firefly Handmade Market. There are a few reasons for this--one being that we are looking to our Teen Firefly artisans to be role models for Junior Firefly artisans. It is also very helpful for selling work at the market if the tents are FULL, thus it is to everyone's benefit to have multiple artisans under each tent. Depending on the number of Teen Firefly participants, we might separate out a full tent for Teen Firefly artisans, but that will be determined at a later date. 

What if I can't stay the full day? Can I come for just half of the day?

The one-day market is intended to have everyone stay the full day, and we certainly hope you can! If you have a special case scenario, special needs, or any other reason a full day might not work for you, please just let us know (there is space on the application for this). We're happy to work with you to accommodate your needs as best we can.

My child has special needs, is the Junior & Teen Firefly an inclusive event?

Absolutely! We welcome and encourage any interested youth artisan to apply. You know your child best and whether participating in the Junior & Teen Firefly Market will be a good fit for them. If you have other questions about specific accommodations, please just let us know--we would love to help!

I want to learn more about Firefly Handmade Markets!

You'll love it! Head on over to Firefly's website and check out all of the awesomeness that happens on their Market weekends... over 100 Indie artisans, food trucks, artist demos, live music, and more! 

More questions? No problem! We'd love to hear from you and are happy to be of help in any way we can. Please email us at tinker@tinkerartstudio.com and include Junior Firefly or Teen Firefly in your subject line.