2023 Market Schedule
SUNDAY August 6th 12:00-4:00 PM Durham Armory
SUNDAY December 3rd 12:00-4:00 PM Durham Armory
Application Opens MAY 1st
Application Closed JUNE 1st
Notified of Participation Status JUNE 8th
Application Fee Due JUNE 15th
The Patchwork Market is introducing a New Sliding Scale Vendor Participation Fee
Wording by Alexis J. Cunningfolk
The highest dollar cost reflects the true Vendor Participation Fee. It is the fee that all vendors would be asked to pay in the absence of a sliding scale. If you have access to financial security, own property or have personal savings, you would not traditionally qualify for sliding scale services. If you are able to pay for “wants” and spend little time worrying about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you.
The middle cost reflects the acknowledgment that paying the full cost would prevent some vendors from being able to attend, but who do not honestly find themselves reflected in either description for the highest cost or the lowest. If you are struggling to conquer debt or build savings or move away from paycheck to paycheck living but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., you belong here. If you, however, can ask others for financial support, such as family members, partners, or friends, please consider using those personal resources before you use the resources of the sliding scale and limit opportunities for others.
The bottom cost represents an honest acknowledgment that there are people whose economic circumstances would prevent them from being able to attend if there was not be a deliberate opportunity made for them to access services at a cost that is reflective of their economic realities. If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, you belong probably belong here and you deserve a community that honors your price as equal an economic offering as the person who can pay the highest tier. Even when the lower tier is still prohibitive, we will work with people to offer extended payment plans and other solutions.
Typically, there is a limited amount of space offered at the middle and lower end of the scale. Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. A lot of planning and work goes into the Patchwork Market. This pricing is an attempt to keep the market sustainable as well as making it more accessible to everyone. Please be considerate as you select your sliding scale option.