Merchanting at Pennsic War
A view from Street of Gold in the Merchant Area
How to register as a Merchant
Merchanting at the War can be fun, prestigious, and profitable! Space
for vendors is very limited, and each merchant must go through an application
process each year. Acceptance of vendors is based on the following:
Official information can be found on the Cooper's Lake website under Pennsic War Merchanting.
Application fees for merchant space were between $100 and $400 at Pennsic 35 plus a $50 per merchant application fee. That means if there are three merchant businesses in one space, they must each pay the $50 fee, and the "primary merchant" pays for the space fee. These fees are separate from your personal site fee.
There are two kinds of booth spaces: tent space and bazaar space. The latter is a 10'x10' space in a large circus tent with shorter selling hours of 11 A.M. - 7 P.M. All other spaces are "bring your own pavilion."
The single tent spaces are parceled in the following (maximum) sizes, i.e. actual size is trimmed down to your tent's requirements.
Business Liability InsuranceAll merchants will be required to obtain event liability insurance with coverages at $2 million for general aggregate and a $1 million per occurence limit, minimum. The cost for such insurance is about $150-250 for a 30-day period. Some types of businesses (such as weapons sellers) will have to pay higher premiums because of exceptions and special cases in the insurance industry.
Applying By MailTo apply to be a merchant, request an application packet BEFORE MARCH to this address:
c/o Coopers Lake Campground
205 Currie Road
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Consignment MerchandiseIt is permissible for a registered merchant to accept Consignment Merchandise from other participants of Pennsic War. All merchandise must be considered appropriate for Pennsic and S.C.A., and the merchant is responsible for the merchandise including collection of sales taxes. If there is any question whether a consignment is appropriate, you should go to the Merchant Autocrat office and inquire.
Unacceptable MerchandiseHere is a list of items and services that cannot be offered, traded or sold by merchants:
Advertising OpportunitiesAdvertising on Pennsic.Net is a highly effective way to have your business seen by a large number of Pennsic War participants both before and after War. If you are a merchant and would like to advertise on Pennsic.Net, please see the Sponsorship Opportunities page.
Each year there is an on-site publication, distributed daily for the eight days of "War Week." This is an excellent opportunity for merchants and non-merchants to advertise services and wares. The current publishers are The Pennsic Independent
Strolling/Wandering MerchantsThe following information was provided by the merchant coodinator, for those interested in becoming wandering merchants at Pennsic War:
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