Becoming a Vendor at The Shops on West Ridge FAQ
- How much does it cost?
Prices vary for the different sizes and areas of booths. The range is approximately $169 to $299 per month. The cases are $55 per month.
- Do you charge commission for sales?
No. We do not charge any commission for any sales.
- What forms and certifications do I need?
The only certificate you need to sell here at The Shops is the New York State Certificate of Authority to Collect Sales Tax. If you do not have it you will have to go online to tax.ny.gov. It takes about 3 weeks to obtain. And believe it or not, still free!
- Do I have to work any days?
Yes, working 1-4 days per month for each case or space is required by us. The number of days required does increase in November and December as those are extra busy months.
- What if I can’t work? Are there other options?
Yes! You can buy out your required day at a rate of $40 per day.
- How and when do I get paid?
You get paid every two weeks. All sales go through our central cashier stations. We calculate the sales tax we collected for you, but it is included in your pay. The first pay period of each month, the rent you owe for that month is deducted from your sales. Also, we deduct 4% for any credit card sales. A check and full report of your sales activity is placed in a mailbox we will have for you here for you to pick up.
- Do I have to sign a contract?
No. We operate on a handshake. You are not forced into any long term commitments here at The Shops. We only want you to stay with us if you are happy and successful. The average time a vendor stays with us is 7 years. You also have the option of moving throughout the building whenever a space becomes available.
- What can I sell?
We allow anything except the following items: firearms or anything resembling a fire arm, used clothing (true vintage is allowed), paint, marijuana pipes, or pornographic material.
- How long have you been in business?
We have been in business in upstate New York for 25 years. Originally opened as the Craft Antique Co-Op, we changed our name and upgraded our image in 2010.
- Who runs The Shops?
The Shops is operated by the Marple family. Started by Homer Marple in Hilton, now The Shops is run by his grandson Nile Marple.
- How much money do I need to get started?
The costs to get your shop open are modest. We produce a sign, furnish an apron, and your basic package of price tags for just $50.
Please feel free to contact Nile Marple at 585.368.0670, if you have any additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment to see what shops are available at this time.