The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for wholesale suppliers to stock the 300 sq. ft gift shop at the new Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center. To be considered applicants must meet eligibility requirements:
We will be buying inventory (no consignment) to stock the gift shop and preference will be given to vendors that can extend Net 30 terms.
Wilds Cooperative Members.Vendors must be Juried Artisans or Creative Service partners in good standing. Not a member? For info on how to join visit The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania.
Wholesale Pricing.Vendors must create work that can be reproduced and sold in quantities of 20 or more and offer wholesale pricing (we use keystone pricing to calculate our retail pricing). Selected vendors will be invited to submit this information in digital form via a buyers' pack.
You can read more about the opportunity here.
As you fill out the application please be sure to complete all of the fields with as much description as possible. We may not be familiar with your work and this is the time to let us know what and how you make your products.
You may apply to become a juried member of The Wilds Cooperative of Pennsylvania at any time of year. However, jury decisions are made twice annually; you may choose between two membership cycles:
submission deadline: third Monday in September
jury decision: no later than the third Monday in October
If you missed the fall jury deadline you may register for the Spring 2018 Jury Review Session.
Jurying is required for Artisans (Visual, Food & Craft) and Creative Service Partners.
Jury panels, made up of professionals from relevant fields, will decide about acceptance into the program after reviewing your application materials, including the required images and the information you complete when registering for the jury session. For a variety of reasons, tasting is unfortunately not a required part of the review of food items. Only in rare cases might juries request food samples.
Renewing members must undergo jurying at least once every five years.
Artists’ applications and related images are evaluated on artistic merit (70 percent), marketability (20 percent) and design/material sourcing (10 percent).
Juries for artisan food producers, craft artists and local eateries focus first on local aspects such as ingredient/material sourcing (40 percent), followed by aesthetics & technique (30 percent), presentation and marketability (20 percent) and value-added features (10 percent).
You may read more about the Jury process here.