Can I attend if I don't have anything to swap? Can I just come to shop?
Absolutely! Cash is accepted as well, and you don't even have to buy anything to come. Our events are focused on networking and building community.
Do you have bags/boxes/change/etc?
We encourage vendors and shoppers to bring plenty of bags, boxes, change, etc.
What if it rains?
The show will go on, rain or shine!
Is there an admission fee to shop?
Heck no! Come on in!
Are the animals sold healthy?
This is a buyer beware market. We do, however, inspect animals at our events. You may ask vendors if they have their inspection passes before buying from them. We encourage you to educate yourself and know the signs to watch for in an unhealthy or unthrifty animal. For more information about this process, please visit our Inspections page. Hosts, staff, volunteers etc do not warranty or guarantee any purchase or swap.
Raffle & Fundraising
What should I donate for the raffle?
Pretty much anything goes. We've had everything from gently used tools and books to live animals, candy, baked goods, canned goods, plants, hatching eggs, eating eggs, etc. See the Raffle and Fundraising page for more information.
Where do I take my raffle prize donation?
You can turn your raffle prize in to the info table so you can collect your three free raffle tickets.
What if I can't afford to donate a raffle prize?
Come anyways! A donation isn't required to attend.
What does the raffle and fundraising pay for?
The costs and expenses of every event come out of the hosts' pockets. Expenses include things like copies, print-outs, utilities, disposing of trash, equipment purchases and replacements, toilet paper, etc. The raffle and fundraising help cover some of these costs.
How much are raffle tickets?
Raffle tickets are $0.50 each or 3/$1.00
How much does it cost to vend?
Vending is free. We ask that vendors donate an item for the fundraising raffle if they are able to.
How do I reserve a space?
Visit the Facebook event listing for the event you are interested in and RSVP. If you are not on Facebook, contact me.
What if I change my mind about vending at the last minute? How do I cancel my RSVP?
It would be helpful if you change your RSVP and put a note up on the event listing for anyone you were planning to meet up with or had an arranged swap with. Otherwise, not showing up is sufficient.
Is there space inside? Is there space under cover?
Some of our locations have indoor space, and some do not. Edelweiss Ranch & Rabbitry has a large barn with three spaces to set up in. Arends Farm & Feed and KA Rabbitry do not have shelter.
Is there electricity available?
There is electricity available at Edelweiss Ranch & Rabbitry locations in either end of the barn (center room has limited outlets, but does have some). Sister locations may have electricity available with arrangement.
Do I have to set up a full booth?
Not at all. We have mobile vendors that pull a wagon or carry a basket with their swap offers, we have vendors that tuck a little table in a corner, we have vendors that set up a simple table, we have vendors that set up a full booth, and we have vendors that sell out of their trunks or trailers. We work hard to stay casual so that whatever way works for you, also works for us.
Where do I set up? Are spots assigned?
Spots are first-come, first-served and we do not reserve spots. If you need an outlet for a heat lamp, crock pot, etc please arrive promptly at 9 am for set up.
How much room am I allowed to use? What is the size for vendor spots?
If you set up inside the barn we ask that you do your best to conserve space to give as many people a chance to set up inside as possible (try not to exceed 8'x8' MAX). If you are setting up outside, there is no limit.
What supplies do you provide for me to use?
Vendors are expected to supply everything they need. That being said, events hosted at Edelweiss Ranch & Rabbitry MIGHT have use of extra tables, chairs, extension cords, etc as long as they are returned.
What time should I get there to set up?
Be here as close to 9 am as possible.
Do I have to pay commission on what I sell?
How do I know if my poultry/livestock is healthy/thrifty?
Can I bring my dog? Cat? Ferret? Skunk on a leash?
Pets are not permitted. Bringing dogs especially can upset or stress livestock and poultry. Service animals are welcome.
Can I bring my kids?
Our events are family friendly, and we encourage you to bring your children. That being said, please understand that we are not babysitters and we expect you to retain control of your children at all times.
Can I bring guests?
Can I bring my own food and beverages?
How do I decide how to price my items/animals/services?
That's up to you. There are a lot of different ways to figure that out. There are some great tips on determining estimated trade values (which can also be a cash price) on the Vending page.
Can I stay flexible on my pricing?
Of course, that's part of the beauty of a swap. However, we encourage you to start out with a base price for each item so shoppers have an idea of where to start.