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Market Standards

Who May Sell

      At Saturday Market the maker is the seller! Except for reasonable breaks throughout the day, the member must be present. The only other persons permitted to sell are:

      • family members defined as anyone living in the same economic unit with the member or any legal relative of the member living in Oregon. Sellers meeting this definition must be involved in the making of the product and be conversant in all aspects of its production. (11/13/90) and
      • partners in crafting who actually participate in the making of the created item on a day-to-day basis.

      Any wares produced outside of Oregon can only be sold at Saturday Market by the maker.

      No business that is a result of a franchise agreement is permitted (5/18/98).

      Every member is required to declare on their membership application or renewal that any item that he/she sells is of their own creation and was created or produced in his or her presence and under his or her direct and personal supervision. The member also is required to produce, upon one week's notice and in the presence of a representative of the Standards Committee, any item offered for sale. This work shall be done within a distance and at a site deemed reasonable by the Standards Committee. (2/3/93)

      Exceptions: Employees or non-family members are permitted to sell a maximum of 10% of the time a member sells in a season, including Holiday Market. Advance written notification to the Market office is required. Additional sellers used under this exception must be fully informed about all aspects of production so that they are able to share that information with customers upon request.


What May Be Sold

      Craft review is based on the following four standards:

        1. Items must be handmade, grown or gathered (natural materials) by the seller or family member. The handcrafted component must dominate the commercial component, and commercial components must be transformed in a way that makes the work unique.

        2. Items must be of original, unique work or design.

        3. The starting material must be significantly altered and enhanced by the artisan.

        4. The product must meet basic expectations of product life, function and safety.

Maintaining Standards

      All new members must submit their wares to a Standards Review before they are permitted to sell at Market. This review is conducted by members of the Standards Committee and generally takes place at 8:15 at the Information Booth each Saturday during the Park Blocks season. After this process, the Market's Standards Committee reviews items that may not meet Market standards. This committee is open to any Market member wishing to join after they have attended one meeting. Items are selected for review by Market management, committee members or by any Market member. This review is begun after a Request for Standards Assessment is completed and returned to Market management. After a staff assessment the committee reviews all such requests. Staff or any two committee members may also issue a Notice to Appear in the case of conspicuous standards violations. Under certain conditions such a notice may revoke a members' selling rights until reinstated by the Standards Committee. The Standards Committee reserves the right to make exceptions to its guidelines based on artistic merit, and to review past decisions. Visits to workshops may be required before decisions can be made. Members can appeal Standards Committee decisions to the Board of Directors.

      The Saturday Market reserves the right to prohibit anyone from selling at Market or any product from being sold at Market.

      Below are some specific examples which may serve to illustrate the four standards of Saturday Market.


      Beadwork: Stringing single strands of commercial beads will be allowed based on creativity of design, pattern, color and texture. (10/23/90)

      Belt buckles, commercial: Plain, unmarked commercial buckles must be attached to a vendor-made belt and may not be sold separately. (10/23/90)

      Belts, commercial: Plain commercial belts must be displayed and sold attached to a vendor-made buckle. Machine embossing is not acceptable. (10/23/90)

      Buttons, badges, pins: Each button, pin or badge must be the original artwork of the seller.

      Jewelry: Saturday Market encourages the use of lead-free solder in all jewelry. (3/91)

      Jewelry: Commercial components must be secondary to original handcrafted components. No unaltered commercial stone settings are permitted. Commercial bellcaps, commercially made pendants, fetishes or ornaments, half drilled beads on posts or commercial stud earrings are among the components that are not allowed unless they are incorporated in a handmade component which causes them to become secondary in the piece of jewelry. (10/23/90)

      Gemstones, unmounted: Unmounted stones not cut by the vendor must be displayed separately with a note to the public that such stones are for custom orders only. They may not be sold otherwise. (10/23/90)

      Hats: Commercial straw hats either decorated or undecorated may not be sold. (7/91)


      Clothing sold at Market must be made by the artisan. Commercially-made and bought clothes which have been extensively embroidered, dyed or printed by the artisan are acceptable. Imported fabrics made into clothing by the vendor are also acceptable.

      Gathered Minerals

      All gathered minerals must be gathered directly by the member or his family. No purchased raw materials may be sold at Saturday Market without significant transformation through handcrafting. Gathered minerals may not be sold at Saturday Market without advance permission. All members wishing to sell gathered minerals are required to submit to a screening process unless they were members during the 1989 season. Please contact the General Manager for more information regarding the screening process.

      Home Ornaments and Accessories

      Decoupage: Must be the original work of the vendor.

      Flowers, dried: Commercial dried flowers are not acceptable as the dominant component in an arrangement. Unarranged dried flowers may use no commercial flowers.

      Frames, handcrafted: All artwork sold with frames must be the original artwork of the vendor.

      Tiles: Must be handmade by the vendor.


      All plants must be grown from seeds, cuttings or vegetative propagation by the vendor.


      Services such as bicycle repair, psychic readings, portrait sketches, etc. are acceptable. If a service requires a license, it is the vendor's responsibility to provide approved license and compliance with all regulations of said license before set-up.

      Stuffed Toys

      Commercially-bought dolls, stuffed animals and toys are not to be sold or included as a component in any produt sold at Saturday Market. They may be used only to display items such as doll clothes made by the craftsperson. Also, commercial doll clothes can only be sold on a handmade doll. (10/16/97)


      Kits: No commercial kits.

      Molds: Commercial molds are not allowed in the making of any products. Molds must be the original design of the vendor. Exceptions to this will be up to the Board based on artistic merit. (10/23/90)

      Raw materials: Such as slabs of wood, stone, clay, commercial beads, fabric, etc. are not acceptable for selling at Saturday Market to the general public but can be displayed with other acceptable work, with a sign clearly stating that the item is "For Display Only."

      Tumbled rocks/stones slabs: Can only be sold if gathered from their natural location and crafted by the seller. (10/14/92)

      Quality: Though products at Saturday Market are not juried, we expect each vendor to bring his/her best work. (10/23/90) No more than 20% of the wares presented should be seconds. (10/14/92)

      Reproductions: Commercially manufactured reproductions of original art (i.e. lithographs, silk screening, etc) are permitted if original artwork of the same general classification is simultaneously displayed or offered for sale. Commercially recorded tapes of musical performances are permitted as long as the performer is the seller. Commercially published written works are permitted as long as the author is the seller and another does not extensively illustrate the work. Authors are encouraged to sign and date each copy of their work sold. (revised 7/22/98)

      Pipes and other paraphernalia: Oregon State law (475.525) prohibit the sale of any drug paraphernalia. As a result of this law, the Saturday Market Board of Directors has prohibited the sale or advertisement for sale ((5/95) of any drug paraphernalia at Saturday Market. This specifically includes the sale of any pipes made of any material. (1988)

      Computer Art: Commercial computer art such as clip art, fonts, scanned art or other commercial designs are considered as a commercial component of any crafted ware and must be significantly transofmed in a way that makes the final product unique. (10/16/97)

Intra-Market Transactions

      A Market member may sell another Market member's wares as a dominant component of an item for sale at the Market under the following conditions:

        1. The purchased item must be made by an active Market member

        2. The purchased component must be sold in combination with the selling member's own craft

        3. The combination must be approved by the Standards Committee.

      If the item is not a dominant component then no restrictions or conditions apply. (7/19/95)

Prepackaged Foods

      Prepackaged foods may be sold in craft spaces under the following conditions:

        1. No individual servings of a food may be sold under any circumstances. Individual servings may be sold only packaged in multiple units of four or more.

        2. All food items must be prepared in accordance with applicable local, state and federal regulations. All items must be labeled as required by these regulations. The Market may request current proof of certifications and compliances.

        3. All food items must be sold in sealed packages and must be labeled with the name and address of the vendor and the ingredients as well as any other information required by law.

        4. Sample tastes of items may be offered, but in no case shall such samples be openly on display. They must be requested by the customer.

        5. Food items do not need to be taste tested or otherwise juried, but are subject to the same standards as craft items. (2/94)

        6. All pre-packaged food items must be reviewed by the Standards Committee to ensure compliance with the above requirements. This review must take place before items may be sold at Market

Fees and Booth Spaces


      All members must submit a signed season agreement on or before their first selling day each season.


      Members are expected to pay all their fees when due and to respect the Market's honor system by reporting all gross sales truthfully. Reasonable payment plans required by unforeseen financial difficulties may be worked out with the Market staff. Overdue fee payments or other financial obligations will effect a member's ability to sell in the Marketplace.

      Membership: Each member must pay a membership fee on or before their first selling day each season. The seasonal membership fee is $30 (3/99). If desired, members may pay in installments of no less than $7.50 for each of their first four Markets. Only individuals can be members of the Market. In the event that the membership is a co-partnership, partners must select one person in whose name the membership shall be issued. All new members must attend a Market orientation with the General Manager before they are permitted to sell. The orientation takes place at 8:15 a.m. each Saturday at the information booth.

      Park Blocks Booth Fees: A daily fee of $8.00 plus 10% of gross sales is charged for each 8' x 8' space allocated. A limited number of 4'x4' spaces are available at a daily fee of $3.00 plus 10% of gross sales. (3/97) Each member is allowed only one space. Any additional space is permitted only with the permission of the Board of Directors. In no case shall any member be allowed more than two full booth spaces. (7/22/90)

      Park Blocks Strolling Vendor Fee: A daily fee of $1.00 plus 10% of gross sales is charged for each member who is a strolling vendor. (2/3/93)

      Gross Sales Fee: The calculation of the gross sales portion of the fees should include orders taken.

      Check out: Fees are due at the end of each selling day and should be paid between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Information Booth. Fees must be paid no later than noon on the Wednesday following Market. Vendors who habitually miss this deadline are subject to fines or other actions as determined by the Market Board. All outstanding balances must be paid before a member will be allowed to sell, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Market Manager.

      Other Market Events: Fees for the Downtown Artisans program, Holiday Market and other Market events are published separately.

Reserved Spaces

      Allocation: Park Blocks reserved spaces are assigned at the beginning of each Market season. Members in good standing who had a reserved space during the last month of Market the prior year may retain that space. Members wishing to reserve a space or change their current reserved space may complete a "Wish List" which is available from the Market office. Open spaces are assigned from "Wish Lists" on file according to the prior season's priority points. No reserved spaces are assigned after September 1.

      Reserve Fees: Spaces may be reserved by the month for a fee of $16.50 per month or $110 for the entire season. No refunds are made for any reserves.

      Attendance: All reserve holders must attend at least once a month and no less than nine times per season. (8/19/92)

      Payment: In order to reserve for the following month, current monthly reserve holders must pay reserve fees by the last Saturday of the current month.

      Check-in: Every reserved vendor must check in with the Information Booth no later than 8:45 a.m. each selling day. Reserved spaces not claimed by 8:45 a.m. are released to non-reserved vendors.

      Vacations: Reserved spaces can be held during a one-month "vacation period" with prior notification and payment of reserve fees.

Non-reserved Spaces

      Saturday non-reserved booth assignments are based on member's accumulated priority points. A member receives one priority point for each day sold during the current season and one point for each continuous year of membership to a maximum of five. This is applicable only to continuous years of membership. If a member does not renew each year, all priority points are lost. A Member will also receive additional priority points equal to .1 point for each Park Block Market attended in the previous year and for each two days of Holiday Market attended in the previous year. The maximum number of 1999 priority points possible at the beginning of the 1998 season is 9 (34 Park Blocks Markets plus 12 Holiday Market days = 4 points; five consecutive years of membership = 5 points). Saturday Market does not guarantee a space assignment to all members wishing to sell on a given Saturday. You are welcome to call the office at any time to ask for our best estimate of the space assignment situation.

      Saturday non-reserved booth assignments are assigned as follows:

      All members wishing to sell on a given Saturday but not holding reserved spaces shall sign up on the Saturday Waiting List which is located in the information booth. Members can sign up between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. A member must sign up in person. Sign -ups may not be permitted after the 8:30 a.m. deadline.

      The Saturday Waiting List is arranged in priority order determined by the number of priority points earned by a member based on the Saturday Market priority point system. Ties are broken by computer assigned random numbers, a process that is carried out under the supervision of the General Manager on the day before market. The order in which member's names appear on the Waiting List is the order in which available spaces will be assigned.

      Persons who wish to sell at Saturday Market must be current members before they will be considered for space assignment. New members should arrive at the Information Booth before 8:00 a.m. if they have not already completed their membership application process.

      All persons who have never been members of Saturday Market before must attend an orientation meeting at 8:15a.m. before they are permitted to sell.

      Members holding reserved booth spaces who wish to change their location for the day are eligible to participate in this procedure on the same basis as non-reserved members. They will find their names listed on the Waiting List and should follow the same procedures as non-reserved members.

      Members who have unpaid fees on their record will not be considered for space assignment until all outstanding fees have been paid or unless other arrangements have been made in advance with Market management. Members whose selling privileges have been suspended by the Standards Committee are not considered eligible for space assignment. Point credit for payments made after the late payment deadline of Wednesday at noon will not be credited until the following week. Please pay your fees on time!

      At 8:45 a.m. any unclaimed reserved spaces are declared vacant. At 8:50 a.m., Information Booth staff will begin to assign non-reserved spaces, vacant reserved spaces, and, if necessary, temporary spaces in order to the priority listing on the Waiting List. All members wishing to sell must be present at the time their name is called. Any member not present at that time may be reassigned the lowest priority for that day. As a member's name is called they should step up to the Information Booth and quickly choose their daily space. Members are requested to proceed immediately to set up their booth and to finish setting up by 10:00 a.m. If space assignments run late, members are asked to at least get all their equipment to their space by opening.

      At the time of booth assignment, members will receive a booth tag. This should be attached to a visible location on the booth.

Booth Structures

      Booths and displays should be built with concern for public safety, as well as beauty, function, and comfort. Creative, but tasteful booth designs are encouraged. A suggested booth plan is available at the Market office. In designing your space, please keep the following in mind:

      Standard space size is 8 feet by 8 feet. Some 4'x4' spaces are also available.

      Overhangs facing the aisle must be 7 feet off the ground.

      Fire-retardant roofs and sides are required.

      Construction must be sturdy and safe.

      All booths must have a 2A10BC fire extinguisher or larger. The extinguisher must have a tag indicating that it has been inspected within the last 12 months.

Sharing Your Space

      You may share your booth space with another craftsperson not related to you or your craft process. However, each such person is required to become a member of the Market, pay the annual membership fee and 10% of gross sales. The daily base booth fee may be shared. Each member must check out separately under his/her own name in order to assure that proper priority point credits are received.

      In no case may the exact same product crafted by one or more Market members be sold in more than one booth simultaneously (9/9/98). Wares crafted by two or more Market members may only be sold in one Market booth space at any one time (8/24/90). If a member strolls from a booth this restriction applies equally as if he were occupying another booth. (6/11/91


      Animals are not allowed in the Market. City and County regulations and contract terms and general concerns for safety prohibit the presence of animals within the Market area.

Loading/Unloading and Parking

      Vehicles can be unloaded on East, West and South Park Streets, and on 8th and Oak Streets before 9:30 a.m. and after 5 p.m. We provide traffic cones on Oak and 8th Streets for traffic control and safety. An agreement with the city requires that we remove the cones promptly at 9:30 a.m. Vehicles are subject to a $20 citation and/or towing after that time. After unloading your vehicle, please park your vehicle promptly. Parking is free all day in either of the city parking structures at 8th and Willamette and at 10th and Oak. Member parking at reduced rates is available on the upper or lower portion of the butterfly parking lot at 8th and Oak or at the city permit lot at 8th and High. Purchase tickets for these areas at the Market Information Booth. Parking spaces around the downtown Park Blocks are to be used by Market's customers and Market members are prohibited from using them except for loading and unloading. After you have unloaded your car, please park first and then come back and set up your booth. It is imperative that you follow these parking requirements - violations can result in disciplinary action.


      Members may not "hawk" their wares. Hawking is defined as offering goods for sale aggressively by calling out loudly or by making Market patrons feel personally confronted by wares.

Business Hours on the Park Blocks

      We are open on the Park Blocks, rain or shine, April through the Saturday before Thanksgiving, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors are required to be set up and ready to sell by 10 a.m. and are required to stay set up until 5 p.m. If a vendor sells out before Market's closing time, they are asked to leave their structure set up until 5 p.m. so as to not disrupt sales of other vendors. Strolling vendors are generally expected to be in attendance at least from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nonprofit Groups:

      Non-profit groups are permitted to set up in the Wayne Morse Free Speech area on the County Courthouse Plaza. Call the office for more information. No craft or commercial items may be sold from non-profit booths. Contributions may be solicited.

Strolling Craft Vendors

      Strolling craft vendors must be current members of Saturday Market in good standing and must comply with all Market rules and regulations including the following:

      Strolling vendors must check in at the information booth each Market day before they begin to sell. All strolling vendors will receive a numbered tag, which must be visibly displayed at all times. Strolling vendors may register at any time during the day, but only a total of twenty strolling vendors will be allowed at any one time on the Market site. Strolling vendors are encouraged to be at the Market site from at least 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

      Strolling vendors must check out each selling day at the information booth. At check-out, vendor fees of $1.00 plus 10% of total sales shall be paid. (2/3/93)

      All grass areas and all benches are off limits to strolling vendors and any other Market members for the purpose of selling wares (2/3/93). These areas are for the exclusive use of Market patrons.

      Strolling vendors must make every effort to cover the entire Market grounds during the day and may not stay in the same area more than 30 minutes at a time. Strolling vendors may not claim a specific territory as their own. Vendors returning to the same spot over and over again during any one day will be considered to have violated these regulations. Vendors who do not "stroll" will be considered in violation of Market standards and will be issued a "Notice to Appear". In addition a $7 booth fee may be assessed for the day at the discretion of the Market Manager.

      Strolling vendors may not stop or vend in front of another vendor's booth except to complete a sale.

      Strolling vendors may not "hawk" their wares. (Hawking is defined as "offering goods for sale by calling out loudly").

      Strolling vendors may not impede normal traffic flow by blocking aisles.

      Strolling vendors must be mobile and able to carry all of their wares. Craft strolling vendors are not permitted any carts or wheeled vehicles without the express permission of the Board of Directors. A portable, collapsible table measuring no more than 2'x2' is permitted.

Priority Point System for Members

      The priority point system is used when it is necessary to determine who should come before someone else in selecting a space at any of Saturday Market's events or for any other purpose. This system has evolved over a number years as a way to give preference to vendors who are currently supporting the Market by attending on a regular basis. At the current time there are two different priority point calculations:

      Park Block Priority Points: One point for each Market attended during the current Park Blocks season. One-tenth of a point (.1 ) for each day sold during the prior Park Blocks season and for each two days sold during the prior Holiday Market. One point for each past year of continuous membership up to a maximum of five years.

      Each Saturday, booth spaces available for daily use are made available to non-reserved members at 8:50 a.m. The order in which these booths are assigned to members is determined by using this point calculation. This calculation is also used to determine priority position for reserved booth spaces on the Park Blocks. Reserved spaces assignments are based upon last year's total priority points.

      Holiday Market Priority Points: One point for each Market attended during the current Park Blocks season through May 31. One point for each Park Blocks Market attended during the last season. One point for each Park Blocks market attended in the October and November of the season previous to the last season. One point for each two days attended during the last two Holiday Markets. One point for each past year of continuous membership up to a maximum of five.

      Booth holder of record status for Holiday Market is accorded to each member who occupied a Holiday Market space for three of the five time blocks in the prior year and who has at least 50% of the Holiday Market priority points possible as calculated above.

      After booths are assigned to booth holders of record, booth assignments to members who are not booth holders of record are made in the order determined by Holiday Market priority points

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