An important part of any successful festival is the Puppetry Store and the success of the Puppetry Store is all about YOU!
We’d like to cordially invite you to be a vendor in the Puppetry Store!
The Puppetry Store is a pop-up consignment shop managed by the Puppeteers of America that sells new, gently used, vintage, antique, or collectible items supplied by puppeteers, collectors, puppet makers, and puppetry enthusiasts.
The store is staffed by puppeteers with lots of retail experience & who are motivated to help you sell your wares!
If you have puppetry related items that you’re ready to pass along to the next puppeteer (puppets, costumes, books, props, videos, etc.), selling your items in the Puppetry Store (and volunteering, too!) is a sure-fire way to meet a lot of great people, talk shop, and have a fun and lucrative time.
How to Sell at the Puppetry Store:
- Sign up for a vendor account with My Sale Manager at:
- Read and sign the seller agreement
- Pay $30 as a vendor fee*
- Enter all your items into the My Sale Manager system before midnight on July 14th, 2019
- Print barcodes and attach them to your items prior to checking in
- Sign up for a check-in time
- Sign up for volunteer hours*
- Bring or mail your items to the store in St. Paul, Minnesota!
- Arrange to pick up your items in-person, or have us mail them to you.
*Your $30 vendor fee goes to help staff the store. If you’re at the festival & volunteer 3 hours of your time at the Puppetry Store during the festival, your $30 vendor fee will be refunded to you with your final payment! How’s that for lovely?
(Read this to know what you’re getting yourself into!)
All Consignors will pay an up-front consignor fee of $30.00, which may be refunded in exchange for working a minimum of 3 hours in the store.
Consignors whose merchandise is correctly entered, bar-coded and ready to sell upon arrival will receive 72% of their sales. The Puppetry Store retains 28% and uses it to pay taxes, credit card fees, and other expenses associated with selling your goods.
All consignors are responsible to enter all of their items, prices, etc., into the MySaleManager.net system. Consignors are also responsible to print all barcode tags and adhere them to each item. The Puppetry Store employees are not responsible for barcoding or tagging items. Incomplete tagging will be subject to a 35% consignor fee. If items arrive without labels, the Puppetry Store cannot guarantee that they will be placed for sale.
ITEMS WE ACCEPT:
- Any item priced at $1 or more
- Items that are clean and do not smell
The puppetry store reserves the right to reject merchandise we believe to be sub-standard (i.e. items with an unpleasant odor, or items that are dirty).
We will do everything we can to care for your items, however we cannot be held responsible in case of fire, theft, or damage.
The consignor agrees that they have the right to sell the items they are submitting to the Puppetry Store.
Puppeteers of America assumes no responsibility for possible copyright infringement on any consignment items.
If you are attending the National Festival (and we hope you are!) please sign up for a check-in time through your account on MySaleManager.net. In the event that you are not able to keep your check-in appointment, please call, email, or reschedule online as soon as possible.
If it’s not possible to bring your items with you, you may ship your entered/uploaded and bar-coded/tagged merchandise to the Puppetry Store ahead of time.
The Puppetry Store is available to receive packages between June 3rd and July 3rd, 2019. Items received before or after those dates may not arrive to their proper destination. Please check with your local postal carrier to ensure that they arrive in the proper window.
Please email the tracking number to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know to be on the lookout for your shipment.
Please note that the Puppetry Store does not accept shipped international merchandise unless the seller will be retrieving unsold items in-person at the National Festival. We can only send merchandise back to sellers within the United States.
Please pack your items carefully to ensure their safe arrival.
Please also be sure to include a copy your consignor number and contact information inside each box you send. One box should also contain your inventory list.
If you’re not attending the festival, at the end of the event, any unsold merchandise will be mailed back to you. The cost of shipping and insurance will be deducted from your vendor check. The items will be valued for insurance at 70% of their listed price. The Puppetry Store will not be responsible for damaged or lost items. In the event that shipping and insurance charges surpasses the total of your sales, you will be responsible for the difference.
If you’re attending the festival and wish to ship items back to yourself after the event (instead of bringing them home with you), you may package your items and adhere a pre-paid shipping label(s) to your box(es), and we will deliver them to FedEx, USPS, or UPS on your behalf. (Please note that your packages need to be drop-off ready when you leave them with us.)
Puppeteers of America
c/o Kathleen Conroy
245 18th Ave N
Hopkins, MN 55343
Remember to ship it no earlier than June 3rd, and no later than July 3rd, 2019!
Please clearly indicate on the outside of the box that these materials are for the
“National Puppetry Festival – Puppetry Store”.
We LOVE our volunteers! We encourage everyone to please sign up for volunteer shifts through your account on My Sale Manager.
Once at the festival, be sure to mark the sign-in sheet at the register to make sure your hours are counted.
If you volunteer 3 or more hours in the Puppetry Store, your $30 vendor fee will be refunded to you and included in your final payment.
Please sign up for a check-out time through your account on My Sale Manager.
Check-out must be completed by Sunday, July 21st at 6:00pm. Be sure to pick up your unsold merchandise and check out with a puppetry store employee. You will be paid by check (after deducting commission and sales tax and possible shipping charges) within 30-days of the end of the sale.
If you’re attending the festival and wish to ship items back to yourself after the event (instead of bringing them home with you), you may package your items and adhere pre-paid shipping labels to your box(es) and we will deliver them to FedEx, USPS, or UPS on your behalf. (Please note that your packages need to be drop-off ready when you leave them with us.)
We will do our very best to be sure your items are safely in your possession after the festival, however if we are unable to reach you, any unsold merchandise scheduled for in-person pick-up that is not picked up by 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 23rd will be forfeited.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Puppetry Store manager, Stacey Gordon, at email@example.com!
We truly look forward to the fun and excitement that comes along with helping you sell your items. Thank you for giving us the opportunity!