For Traders – How to apply

For traders

We are a friendly community of traders who like to pride ourselves on a high standard of high quality products, helpful customer service and a supportive attitude to each other. Many of us have found that the key to our market is to make a regular commitment and really build a relationship with customers who will come back again and again once you have won them over. If you are looking for a one-off mega-day of sales, this might not be the market for you – as we find that customers like to buy from traders they know and trust. But they do like to look and browse before they take the plunge so if you are prepared to put the effort in, then this could be the market for you. You will also reap the rewards of networking with other traders, testing customer reaction to your products and pricing, showcasing your work to potential wholesale clients like shop owners and other event organisers and using the market as a promotional opportunity for your business. We will support you on social media too, on our Facebook and Twitter accounts that have thousands of followers.

For these reasons there is a selection process – to see if your products fit our criteria of being handmade/ethical/original and sold by independent traders and also to assess your approach to trading. We also know pretty quickly if you will do well at our market or would be more successful elsewhere.

You should first fill in the application form below and submit to us so that  we can asses your application. If we feel that we would work well for you and you for us, we’ll send you a booking form. Once you return that we will book you in but please note that your pitch is only secure once you have paid. We require all payments a month before the date you wish to trade, except at Christmas when we need payment three months ahead.

Please note we do not supply tables or chairs and in fact prefer you DO NOT bring a chair unless absolutely necessary as it encourages you to sit down and not engage with the customer. Find out more about trestle tables to buy here:

To apply, please fill in the following application form and press the submit button. We will assess the application to see if we think we will work well together and let you know.

Alternatively please email bathartisanmarket@gmail.com with pictures or weblinks. We are looking to support small and local businesses and traders who are as sustainable and ethical as possible and love locally produced/sourced, vintage, art, handmade and artisan. We accept Fair Trade if it is genuine. If you do bring any “contraband” on the day it will be noted and you will be asked to limit it to a very small percentage of your stock or maybe not asked to come again.

Once we have assessed your application and if you are successful we will send you booking details. Payment is required in advance to confirm your place at each market you want to attend.

In the meantime do read our tips and tricks for traders here, especially if you are new to trading.

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