Setting up a Microstore at Small Shops Marketplace starts, like many other things, with an idea. While it may seem simple to just grab some items from your home, or order a box of junk from Ebay and then grab an application, there’s more that must be considered.
The first is your inventory. There are three things we look at when considering whether your items would be a good fit for Small Shops Marketplace:
Uniqueness – That you are not selling a line of products already carried by someone else
Consistency – That your products all mesh with each other to create a coherent ‘Store’. Ex: Not selling both handbags and vacuum cleaners
Availability – That you have a reliable source of inventory for which to restock
The next thing to consider is how often you can be in the store. While you do not have to stick around to sell your items, being able to come in at least once a week to manage your store is ideal. Additionally, while we use email, phone calls, and Facebook groups to connect with our partners, it still pays to come into the store and personally check for updates and news.
Finally, you’ll need to know what kind of fixtures you plan to use. While we don’t want to stifle anyone’s style, there are a few guidelines that we enforce. A copy of our display guidelines is provided when you apply, if you apply online, you can come into the store to receive a copy.
Once you have everything together, you’re ready to apply! Either come into the store to pick up a paper application, or use our online form! Applications generally take 1-2 days to be processed, and you will receive a phone call to let you know whether or not you’ve been approved.