Don’t miss your chance to shop with fabulous Mississippi retailers from all over the state—in one weekend, under one roof!
Friday, May 1 from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mississippi Trade Mart · Jackson
Advance tickets will be available beginning February 2020!
Only $10 gets you in for one or both days. Senior citizens tickets are only $8.
MERCHANT APPLICATIONS FOR 2020
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.
Mercantile Mississippi will be held May 1-2, 2020, at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson.
Enjoy nearly 200 booths of Mississippi merchants arranged by region, giving visitors not only a HUGE selection of apparel, gifts, décor, and gourmet goodies, but also suggestions on where to shop, dine, and visit when they travel around Mississippi.
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!
I had multiple customers come purchase outfits and/or pieces from the fashion show after they saw on models.
This show came off like it had been going on for years! We hope to be a part of it again next year!
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!
TYPES OF BOOTHS AVAILABLE
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 before 12/31/2019.
1 BOOTH (10′ x 10′) • $595
2 BOOTHS (20′ x 10′) • $995
3 BOOTHS (30′ x 10′) • $1,295
4 BOOTHS (40′ x 10′) • $1,595
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. There are a limited number available.
1 BOOTH (10′ x 10′) • $195
First, submit your 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 email@example.com to request more information.
MERCHANTS’ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When and where is The Mercantile?
Mercantile Mississippi will be held May 1-2, 2020, at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson, MS.
Is The Mercantile a cash-and-carry show?
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?
An online form can be found here on our site. The form can be completed online or printed and mailed to P. O. Box 16445, Jackson, MS 39236, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 a certain 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.
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.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
Contact Jessica Woods at (601) 982-8418, extension 72, or email email@example.com if you have any additional questions not shown above.