NOW ACCEPTING MERCHANT APPLICATIONS

The Mercantile, presented by Mississippi Magazine, is a unique shopping event, open to the public, that celebrates the great retail offerings available in the Magnolia State. Visitors can shop ’til they drop within a “walking map” of Mississippi, and also learn more about where to stay, dine, and explore when they travel to the actual town!

Mercantile Mississippi will be held May 3-4, 2019, at the Mississippi Trade Mart.

If you are Mississippi retailer and you would like to be a part of our Magnolia State shopping celebration, click the link below.

FOR ONE WEEKEND, INVITE THE WHOLE STATE TO YOUR STORE!

One thing that makes The Mercantile unique among other retail shows is our show layout. Booth space is assigned according to where a retailer is located within the state. Our walkable map allows shoppers to experience a sense of where the businesses are based, so that they can walk to a “town” and not only shop there, but also visit a Main Street or Tourism booth, and learn more about the area. We hope that this approach results in shoppers embarking on their own Mississippi adventures to shop, dine, and explore, planning trips and visiting new towns!

WHAT DO OUR MERCHANTS SAY ABOUT THE MERCANTILE?

As people walked by, I heard several times how refreshing this idea is. I will be back next year! MS Mud Apparel

I had multiple customers come purchase outfits and/or pieces from the fashion show after they saw on models. Blush and Bashful Boutique

This show came off like it had been going on for years!  We hope to be a part of it again next year! Dad's Disappearing Salsa

Y’all did an amazing job of getting a quality shopper through the door.  We could not be happier with how things went at this show! Apple Annie's Gift Shop

TYPES OF BOOTHS AVAILABLE

CASH-AND-CARRY

These booths account for the majority of spaces and are dedicated to retailers with plenty of inventory on hand to sell to shoppers. These prices are for new merchants applying after 11/1/2018.

1 BOOTH (10′ x 10′)  •  $695
2 BOOTHS (20′ x 10′)  •  $1,095
3 BOOTHS (30′ x 10′)  •  $1,395
4 BOOTHS (40′ x 10′)  •  $1,695

TOURISM AGENCIES

These booths are 10′ x 10′ and are dedicated to Main Street Associations, Convention and Visitors Bureaus, etc. These booths are to promote their area or region to shoppers, providing information on local events, dining, activities, and more.

1 BOOTH (10′ x 10′)  •  $195

Please submit the application, indicating the size and type of space you prefer. We will notify you if your application is accepted and will be in touch. We are looking specifically for Mississippi retailers, with offices based here in the Magnolia State. Local locations of national franchises or multi-level marketing businesses are not eligible for booth space in Mercantile Mississippi.

There are several ways for businesses to partner with The Mercantile through sponsorships. Benefits include representation in our advertising, signage, and more! Please email mercantile@mismag.com to request more information.

 

We would love to speak with any media about The Mercantile’s goal of promoting shopping and traveling within Mississippi. If you would like to schedule an interview or receive a press release, please request more information at mercantile@mismag.com and we will be happy to speak with you or provide you with any information or graphics.

 

We would love to speak with any media about The Mercantile’s goal of promoting shopping and traveling within towns throughout Mississippi. If your CVB, Main Street Association, or Chamber organization would like to have someone come speak with your members, please inquire at mercantile@mismag.com and we will be happy to schedule a time.

MERCHANTS’ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When and where is The Mercantile?
Mercantile Mississippi will be held May 3-4, 2019, at the Mississippi Trade Mart.

Is The Mercantile a cash-and-carry show?
Yes.

What types of businesses are accepted to be merchants at The Mercantile?
We will accept retailers that sell things like clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, art, home decor, garden items, packaged food products, and more. We cannot offer booth space to independent representatives of multi-level marketing companies. Businesses must be based in Mississippi.

How do I apply to be a merchant at The Mercantile?
A form can be found soon here on our site. Print and complete the form, then mail it 5 Lakeland Circle, Jackson, MS  39216, or email it to mercantile@mismag.com.

Will I automatically be accepted as a merchant?
We will make every effort to include as many businesses as possible, while still maintaining a variety of the type of merchandise sold and a well-balanced representation of towns from around the state. For example, if we already have applications from several jewelers from the “Starkville” area on the map, we might reach a point where we won’t accept any more.

If I am accepted, will I automatically get the number of booths I want and/or a corner if I request it?
Again, we will make every effort to fulfill those requests. Applications are considered in the order they are received. If for some reason we cannot provide the number of booths or location you desire, we will contact you to let you know what we can offer.

I sell my own food/beverage products. Can I sell these items at The Mercantile?
Please contact us regarding these types of booths. Food and beverage policies for the venues must be followed and it depends on the type and amount of food.

What is provided with the cost of my booth(s)?
Booths come with a skirted table, a chair, and an identification sign. However, you are not required to use them.

Will my booth have electricity?
Electricity does not come with the booth, but may be arranged with the company that constructs the booth set up and provides all electrical services. Once your booth space is reserved, you will be contacted to ask about your electrical needs and any other services that can be offered for an additional fee. Those arrangements will be made directly between the booth construction service and the merchant.

Will there be Wi-Fi connection for my point-of-sale equipment?
Yes. This will be provided at no additional charge to you. We contract with the venue for a very powerful connection capacity. You should have no issues running your credit card equipment. Merchants are not allowed to contract to third parties to bring in Wi-Fi service.

Will I have to pay taxes on my sales there at The Mercantile?
Yes. State and city laws require that the taxes due from sales of merchandise there at the show be paid at the close of the show. Tax forms will be provided to you, and everyone selling merchandise is required to complete the form and pay the taxes at the close of the show.

What sort of promotion will there be for The Mercantile?
Coverage will be provided in several issues of Mississippi Magazine, There will also be comprehensive newspaper, billboard, television, and social media campaigns.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS