A unique combination of performance festival, professional development conference, and tradeshow –
we expect more than 500 people to travel from all over the world to attend our event this year!
Booth prices go up on December 31!
Vendors who sign up before December 31 are included on our ticket giveaway.
All vendors who sign up before December 31 have their business name listed on our free Fan Admission tickets. These tickets are distributed by all of our vendors, at special events, and throughout the country for the two months leading up to The Great Burlesque Exposition. They may be redeemed for a free fan admission, and the vendor who has the most tickets redeemed with their name on them gets a free booth for the next Great Burlesque Exposition!
|Happy shoppers at BurlExpo10, 2016.|
As we have been for the past ten years, we are at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Cambridge (575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA). The conference hotel is minutes from Harvard Square, Central Square, and M.I.T. There is plenty of parking and a shuttle bus from the local MBTA stations for those shoppers without cars. Discounted parking is available at the hotel’s garage and there is a loading dock for those vendors who need it.
We strongly encourage all exhibitors (not just salon vendors) to stay at the Conference Hotel. Carting your goods back and forth, or having to run back to another hotel if you have forgotten something is no fun for anyone.
We will do our best to get everyone in; priority will be given to those who get their applications in earliest. We also consider whether your product or service is appropriate for the burlesque community and similarity to other vendors (i.e., the third vendor of a particular type of good or service is going to have a harder time getting in than the first vendor of that type).
We strongly suggest you get your complete forms in as early as possible. We will not “hold” a booth for you if you send an application without payment. Any vendor who is not accepted for any reason will receive a full refund.
Your suggestions, feedback, and ideas are always welcome. If you have any questions about the exhibit space, don’t hesitate to or email our vendor coordinator.
The Main Exhibit Hall
Located next to the theater, The Main Exhibit Hall is the heart of The Great Burlesque Exposition, in addition to Vendors it includes a variety of displays, exhibits, and special events designed to draw traffic into the hall. This year, we are limiting the number of dealers to 36 booths.
The Exhibit Hall is open on Saturday and Sunday, February 11 & 12 from noon until 8:00 p.m. (there are no one-day rates; if you rent a booth, you must be there for the entire weekend). Staying open until 8:00 p.m. allows you to sell to both the conference attendees and those who only come for the evening shows.
We have a wide variety of events designed to draw customers – both casual and conference – to the show floor. We’re pleased to announce the return of our art show, featuring pin-up drawings and photography, autograph signing sessions with our VIPs, and our spectacular costume exhibit. There is also a lounge area for visitors in the Vendor Hall to encourage them to linger during their shopping.
Each 8'x8' space includes two chairs and a draped, 3'x6' table (optional). Please note: All your merchandise must fit in your booth. You are welcome to bring your own racks, displays, etc. but if you need more than 8'x8', you want a second booth or to be a Salon Vendor
Until December 31, 2016 vendor spaces are $100.00 for a single booth for the weekend (there are no one-day rates). After December 31, vendor spaces are $125.00 for a single booth for the weekend and booth rates go up to $150.00 on February 1, 2017. To allow for as much vendor diversity as possible, we encourage merchants to fit all of their wares in a single booth. That encouragement comes in the form of a financial incentive; if you really want a second booth, and are therefore going to keep out another vendor, you're going to pay for the privilege. Double-sized booths are given on a case-by-case basis and cost $50.00 more than the price of two single booths (i.e., if you purchase a single booth for $100.00, but really want a second booth, the rate will be $250.00; two single booths at $100.00 each plus $50.00)
For those vendors who wish more space or who wish to sell all weekend, we are offering Salon Vending, where you can rent a hotel room and use that to sell your wares. Some vendors need more space or more privacy than can be had in The Main Exhibit Hall. This is particularly true for those vendors who do custom clothing or want to provide prospective customers with a fitting room. Salon vendors must rent a room at the hotel; all vendors will be placed next to one another on the second floor of the hotel, adjacent to the restaurant. There will be signage throughout the event space promoting the Salon Vendors.
There are only 17 Salon Vendor spaces available: 10 KIng rooms (rooms with one King-sized bed) and 7 rooms with two double beds.
Salon Vendor space is only $75. for the weekend. Note: This does NOT include the price of the room; you are responsible for renting your own hotel room. Hotel staff will remove furniture from the room for a small additional fee.