Great news! We are always on the lookout for fresh talent. Keep on reading and we will tell you how to do so.
I heart Market is a curated market and we choose our traders carefully. Applications are reviewed by an informed team who look for products that are a cut above the rest. We do not accept every application that we receive. Rather we chose the products that we think will best suit our customers and that are unique and different to what we already have on offer at I heart Market.
We’re here to offer a retail space for independent creatives to showcase quality locally designed and produced goods in the areas of design, craft, fashion and food. We believe in building a local economy for the greater prosperity of our community.
We want to create awareness around the environment and the power of shopping local. This means YES to unique, locally produced goods and a strong NO to imported goods and mass production. Think hooray for handcrafted, organic, repurposed or upcycled items and a big sad face for tired trends, extortionate price tags and imports.
This is what makes us who we are and keeps market-goers coming back on the first Saturday of every month. It’s something we’re proud of and it’s what we look for in traders who want to join the I heart Market family.
The I heart Market provides a platform for makers and entrepreneurs to find their customers and for customers to find items they love. By carefully curating traders who align with our ethos, we can continue to deliver a magical market experience. To help with this curation process, we have introduced a non-refundable application fee of R115.
This enables us to go through your application thoroughly, ask you for more supporting documents and provide constructive feedback so that you know how to make your product a good fit for the I heart.
The application fee is valid for four months.
You’ll need to upload your proof of payment in the application form. This will need to be a proper POP, no screenshots! Once we have received your application, we’ll check to see if the payment has cleared and proceed. We do not accept Cash Deposits at the Bank Teller. Please either do a EFT or Cash Deposit at the ATM. Thanks : )
We reserve the right to decline any application fee for whatever reason we see fit.
We have launched our Shop Small Online Directory that promotes creatives, designers and foodies, freelancers and creative small businesses that align with our ethos. This directory serves as a central point where customers can search for unique, dynamic and local businesses.
Through this Directory, we showcase amazing small businesses from all over the country. So, if you are too far away to attend I heart Market, perhaps you would like to join our Directory too. Mail us for more at firstname.lastname@example.org
No. We believe in creating and reaping the sustainable benefits of a local economy. We do not accept any imported goods that are made in any other country other than South Africa, even if designed or managed by a South African person.
Unfortunately not. We take great care in crafting a suitable table plan for each market. Many different criteria are considered, such as the size of the stall, the category thereof and any other specific requirements.
We understand that sometimes you have other commitments and so we do not require traders to trade every single market. We will however ask you to reapply if you have not attended three markets in a row.
We try our best to keep the same location of each stall as the previous month – but cannot always guarantee this. If you skip a month, we cannot reserve your position for the following month.
Fill out our online application form here. but do read the rest of our FAQ’s before filling out a form.
Please take the time to complete the form as thoroughly as possible so that we can get a complete understanding of your product. We ask the questions on the form in order to be in a better position to review each request according to a set of criteria in order to ensure that the products are in keeping with our ethos and vision.
Please explain your product and the manufacturing process clearly.Sell your product to us. We review dozens of applications each week and only select those that stand out to us – therefore the more detail you give us, the better positioned we are to review your product.
Unfortunately our processes do not allow us to accept anything other than a completed Online Application Form.
Please check the following and try again.
Ensure that you have completed all the compulsory fields (those which have an asterisk next to them).
Ensure that the size of your photo’s / images / PDF’s do not exceed 200 KB each (as indicated on application form).
Check that your internet connectivity is not too slow and therefore timing out
Check that you are not experiencing any browser issues.
A good test or workaround is to try and submit from another computer.
You should have received an email stating that we have received your form. If you have not (do check your Spam folder too) then there was a problem with submitting the form. Please read the ‘I have a problem with submitting my form, please help!’ tab for more details.
Please note that we process new applications from the 16th to the 20th of every month. For December applications, we close on 16th November. We ask for your patience while we consider your application and consult our committee. If more information is needed we will email you. Otherwise, we will get back to you as soon as we have made a decision.
Once we have made a decision you will receive an email stating whether we have accepted or declined your product. Please note that we get large numbers of applications and we are forced to be very selective of the stalls.
If we accept you, we will send you all the relevant T’s & C’s, banking details, payment reference, payment deadlines, etc. via email.
Once payment is received in full, your participation in the event is considered fully confirmed.
We only accept samples of products that fall under the skin care or food categories so that we can test and taste them. If/when we are ready to sample your products, we will contact you via email to arrange a time to drop off samples. Depending on the nature of your food, potential vendors must supply food samples wrapped as they would be when serving at the market. Please ensure that you do not use polystyrene and reduce the amount of plastic used. If the nature of your food product will perish quickly, we can potentially, with prior arrangement, arrange for the vendor to prepare the food on site.
We have a hugely popular food section at our market. At I heart Market we are looking for foods that are ready to eat on site or deli goods, cakes, pastries that can be eaten there or taken home. I heart Market is not a farmers market and we focus more on meals or treats rather than fresh produce.
Electricity points are at a premium and wherever possible, we ask vendors to use gas or other alternatives. When applying please state if you require power and we will assess if we have a spare plug point.
All Health and Safety regulations must be strictly adhered to; failing to do so will result in being dismissed from the market.
All food traders are required by law to have a Food License for the I heart Market venue. As this license is address specific, we will assist you with the application process only once/if we have accepted you as a new trader.
We encourage all our traders to consider the impact that their products and packaging have on the environment carefully and to rather than choosing the cheapest or most obvious option; to find a creative solution that has the least impact on environment.
When considering packaging, please consider using natural fabrics, paper or glass rather than plastic. Plastic is permanent, it takes hundreds of years to break down and often makes its way into the oceans damaging and poisoning sea life and is then passed along the food chain to humans.
We do not allow plastic straws, polystyrene packaging, balloons or plastic packets at the market and are working towards removing many single use plastics at the I heart Market.