Newly revised rule for crafters

The following revised rules for Huttleston Marketplace vendors apply to the 2023 Season.

The Huttleston Marketplace does not accept consultants/representatives for commercial direct sales products.

ARTS & CRAFTS must be handmade, assembled, or decorated in New England by the vendors themselves with the exception of photographic or art prints which should be the work of local artists but may be printed outside of New England. Artists and photographers may sell prints, cards, calendars, books, etc. that feature their own work. Works from more than one artist or craftsperson may be mixed in a booth. See additional note at “CLOTHING.”

All art, images, logos, photos or other graphics appearing on crafted pieces (signs, plaques, glasses, mugs, clothing items, etc.) must be original work created by the vendors or by artists commissioned by the vendors. This means that “clip art” or premade designs used for digital cutters such as Cricut or embroidery machines are no longer allowed. Vendors must use original art.

EXCEPTIONS: The following graphics are allowable in the creation of crafted items

  • Images appearing on fabrics, ribbons, notions, etc. that are used to create other products
  • Officially licensed charms or other parts used for assembling jewelry, keychains, etc.
  • Stencils used to hand apply images with paint on another media such as wood or fabric
  • Found printed materials used to create original collages
  • Official logos for local schools or local non-profit organizations
  • Images of flags (US, Pride, pirate, etc.) applied to another media, such as wooden plaques

To put it simply, using commercially produced digital graphics to automatically reproduce images with a machine is no longer acceptable at the Huttleston Marketplace. However, using a machine to reproduce your own original art is allowable.

If you have questions about specific items, ask first.

CLOTHING must be New England made (sewn, knitted, crocheted, woven) or be locally decorated (painted, embroidered, appliqued, beaded, tie dyed, etc.)  OR may be imprinted or embroidered with an original design that is the work of the seller or relates to a southeastern Massachusetts community (T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, etc.) Vendors will be asked to stop selling clothing that does not meet these requirements. See the rule above regarding original graphic images.

LIMITED ALLOWABLE COMMERCIAL ITEMS may be added in lesser amounts if items are compatible with the handmade items in a booth. For example, a vendor who sells pet treats that they make as their primary product, they may add a small number of other pet accessories from reputable dealers. The items produced by the vendors themselves must make up the larger percentage of products being sold.

LOCAL AUTHORS may sell new books that they have written and more than one local author may share a booth.

ANTIQUES (50+ years old) and VINTAGE COLLECTIBLES (25+ years old) should have value to a collector and should not be common used Items of the flea market or garage sale nature. Items are not allowed if they can be currently purchased at gift shops or department stores, or are currently manufactured as “collectors’ items.” Items should not be severely damaged or dirty. Old wood should be free of wood boring insects. Mechanical or electrical items that do not operate properly must be so noted on a label or tag. No reproductions, counterfeit, bootleg, or “knock-off” items allowed. Antiques/collectibles booths may sell used books and magazines.

GENERAL FOOD VENDORS are allowed as follows: fresh farm produce (see specific farm vendor guidelines below), locally produced food products, baked goods, ready-to-eat food including food cooked or heated onsite.

Fresh, whole, raw, uncut produce that is locally grown may be sold without a food vendor permit. Sale of prepared or packaged foods may or may not require a permit from the Fairhaven Board of Health. Except for fresh, whole, raw, uncut produce, food vendors must check in advance with the Town’s Health Agent by calling 508-979-4023, Ext. 130, Ext. 125, or by visiting Fairhaven Town Hall. A Health Inspector will be on site at set-up time.

Commercial food vendors and food trucks are responsible for their food permit fees, paid to the Board of Health. The Fairhaven Board of Health charges no fee for food permits for NON-PROFIT groups with a Federal ID number.

PROPANE: The Fairhaven Fire Department requires a (free) permit in advance for the use of propane for cooking at a public event. A fire inspector will check the hook-up on the morning of the marketplace. Contact the Fire Department at 508-994-1428.

ELECTRICITY is available on a limited basis for those who require it for heating or refrigeration.

Commercially manufactured food products, herbs, teas, etc., that are not packaged or prepared in Southeastern Massachusetts or nearby Rhode Island are not allowed. Please check with the Office of Tourism about any products that you have questions about. There is limited availability of electricity for food preparation that requires heating or cooling. Vendors must specify in advance if they will need electricity.


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