Top of the Line has been a Visalia holiday tradition for 25 years. Please accept our invitation to join a long list of artisans and craftsmen and the 8,000 customers who will join us November 7, 8, and 9 for an extravaganza of festivities and a mad shopping frenzy.
Top of the Line is not an arts and craft fair, a festival or a traditional fundraiser, but it has elements of all three. As soon as shoppers enter the beautifully decorated Visalia Convention Center, they are plunged into the holiday spirit as the result of the festive décor and holiday music. Attendees will be provided with a booklet that lists the wares of each vendor, cross referenced to a map locating them all. The booklet features event and sponsor logos. Oversized shopping bags are available from a local youth group which sells them as a fundraiser. Entertainment is scheduled through out the 3 day event.
The 2008 Holiday Marketplace will feature 220 merchants offering unique items for the entire family, including clothing, accessories, jewelry, home and garden décor, fine arts, pottery and ceramics, woodcrafts, metal sculptures, gourmet food, toys, and much more. All artisans and craftsmen will be located in the Exhibit Hall, small ballrooms and lobby . All imported handcrafted items and commercial food items, gifts, as well as antiques, will be located in smaller ballrooms upstairs.
We have united with the local YMCA to provide child care and we offer craft activities for children, and pictures with Santa. We are offering demonstrations by vendors so that attendees will have a better appreciation of the skill and time it takes to create your works of art.
To enhance their overall shopping experience, we provide a package check system, complete with carryout service to attendee’s cars. There is free parking within walking distance of the facility. A small entrance fee is charged, and discount coupons are distributed thought the media, by our vendors and club members, and on our website.
The 3 day event begins with an upscale ticketed preview party and private shopping on the eve of the show. A raffle runs throughout the night, sponsored by our vendors through donations of gift certificates to be used only in the donor’s booth. The entire event is organized and operated by the Soroptimist International of Visalia, Inc. The proceeds from this event are used to support projects in the community and world wide that benefit women and children.
Our 26th year, 165 quality vendors and 8,000 attendees are testament to three days of fun and holiday festivities! This premiere holiday marketplace in Central California features gifts for everyone on your list: from clothing and accessories to stained glass, from specialty candies, fruits and nuts to candles, from hand-carved wood gifts to jewelry and fine wines. VIB Party Friday evening with wonderful door prizes. Plenty of free parking. Loading dock for easy set up and tear down. Applications due by Sept 30. Applications are available on-line and tickets will be available on-line. Proceeds benefit Soroptimist International of Visalia.
Our 26th year! 165 quality vendors, 8,000 attendees, holiday fun and festivities! Package check desk. Free parking. VIP (Very Important Buyer) Pre-Sale Party with door prizes. Applications and lots of information on our website!
Advertising Done for This Event
$20,000 is spent to advertise this event. Promotions in the past have included television, radio, 3 local newspapers, 4 valley newspapers and 2 local magazines, and direct mailing of postcards and discount coupons to 10,000 household. We have also utilized community calendar listings, announcements through the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, flyers, billboards and yard signs.
Event/Application Rules & Regulations
No canopies are allowed; easy-up frame okay. All tables must be skirted to the floor. Booths may be shared, but both partners must be listed as well as all items to be sold. All sellers must have a California Resale license and a city license. City license fee is $20. Food sellers must pay $65 health fee and complete Health Department form. Booths are required to be staffed the entire weekend. No early breakdown is permitted on Sunday.Common Rules Selected:
Previous acceptance does not guarantee re-acceptance. Include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope with enough postage for the jury materials you are sending to be returned to you. Vendors can share a booth. City law requires city issued vendor permit. Spots are assigned prior to show based by promoter. No Refunds. Show Credits available by condition. Conditional Partial or Full Refunds by conditions such as date and whether your space is resold. Held Rain or Shine! Overnight Security Provided. ALL product categories must be itemized on the application. No vendor may sell any soft drinks, name brand drinks, or bottled water. No streamer poppers, snaps, silly string, stink bombs or other similar items may be sold! No pop guns, marshmellow guns or other disruptive items may be sold. Trash must be removed from your space to provided receptacles. No Gas Generators. No Early Packup Allowed. Raffle / Door Prize Donation Required. Floor Length Table Cloth Required. Food Service will take orders from and deliver to vendor booths. Event Helping Hands will come around/be available to relieve you for short periods. NO Setup until vehicle fully unloaded and moved. Vehicle must be parked in designated areas. Standard Rules:
All work and displays must stay within designated space.
No boxes, extra merchandise or debris should be visible.
Spot area must be kept clean throughout the event and be left spotless afterwards.
No soliciting, approaching patrons, or distribution of advertising material outside of booth area.
All vendors must have a state sales tax license. Vendors are responsible for collecting and remitting all sales tax.
Event Quality Level Determining Flags:
Photos of workshop, supplies, or works in progress required.
All items must be entirely hand-made, no Embellishments only.
All items must be entirely hand-made by the artist alone.
Limited number of Artists per category.
Artist must be present day of show.
Floor length table cloths required.
All product types to be sold must be listed on application.
Pre-show inspection of items and booths will be performed.
Vendors with items violating contract terms WILL BE asked to remove them. Determined Quality Level: 7
quality levels explained