Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is the Marketplace? Kawartha Local Marketplace is an incorporated not-for-profit social enterprise designed to make it easier for local producers to sell their goods to the retail buying public. Depending on the nature of the consumer product, we buy in bulk directly from local suppliers or offer consignment sales opportunities for specialty or artisan work.
How does consignment selling work?
- We offer consignment selling to both start up and veteran makers. Generally we look for local suppliers who have started or are on their way to starting either a full time or sideline business. We offer a 70/30 consignment split; we sell on your behalf, keeping 30% and remitting 70% back to the maker on a monthly basis. Presently there are no additional membership or transaction fees.
What are the criteria to become a Kawartha Local supplier?
- Kawartha Local Marketplace seeks to showcase an eclectic range of locally made products. This includes artisan and handcrafted works but also culinary, personal care, houseware & home decor, outdoor & garden, and everyday consumer products. Startups of all kinds are encouraged to apply (including part time or side-line businesses). Makers who have not yet formally registered as a business are eligible, however we are looking for enterprises that are developing a brand, have business cards and other point of sale materials as well as a strong social media presence. Members must be local to Peterborough and the Kawarthas region and the majority of product creation activities or manufacturing must be similarly local. Businesses based on reselling vintage items, imported products or items manufactured outside of the region are not eligible.