We have six successful markets under our belt and plan on making year seven even greater! We have amazing and helpful volunteers and a thriving community of support that makes our market stand out! In addition, entrance to the market is FREE!
Market Hours and DatesThe Free the Captives' Christmas Market will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CostBooth fees are listed below in the application. Your participation means that more Houston teenagers are being set free from sex trafficking. We appreciate your support, and we work hard to take care of our vendors. We provide all of our vendors with free tables and chairs. Merchants are still required to pay the full booth price even if they choose to bring all of their own tables.
We also have our special hospitality volunteers that come around on both days to offer you complimentary water, soda and snacks. You are important to our mission in rescuing and restoring teenaged victims.
Refund Policy50% of registration fee if notified more than 30 days before the market25% of registration fee if notified more than 14 days before the marketNo refund of registration fee for "no shows" or for notifications made less than 2 weeks before the market"No shows" will not be allowed to participate in future Free the Captives' Markets
Sales and Donations/GiveawaysYou are responsible for all sales, taxes and orders. You or a representative of your company must be in attendance to collect money for merchandise. At the end of each day of the market, you will be required to pay the 15% donation before packing your booth and departing. Please bring two checks. Only checks will be accepted. We also require the donation of one item valued at $25 or more for raffles or giveaway purposes to help promote the event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org a photo of your donation or "like" products so that we can promote it and your business on social media.
Merchants may begin setting up their booths on Thursday, November 21 from 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm. All booths must be completely setup and ready by 7:00 pm on Thursday evening. Merchants are required to participate for the entire event. The church will have a few extra dollies available to help with unloading and transporting products. Breakdown of booths may not begin until after the market closes at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
PublicityFor the past four years we have had news coverage form two local news stations. In addition we advertised on KSBJ and had print adds in the Bellaire Buzz and West University Magazines. The church posted information about the market on the church website, church bulletins, during Sunday morning announcements at both church campuses (West University Baptist and Crosspoint Church), social media, and through their Women's ministry events. Free the Captives also advertised on their website and social media outlets.
Food Vendors/Live EntertainmentWe will continue to offer food vendors, coffee, and live entertainment to provide a festive and comfortable atmosphere.
Merchant HospitalityOur market provides vendors with supportive volunteers and a hospitality room that offers light refreshments and drinks. Our volunteers are available to assist those vendors "flying solo" by giving them opportunities to take short breaks, as well.
Vendors are required to donate 15% of their proceeds from our market to Free the Captives. These funds will be used to fight the sex trafficking and exploitation of teens in Houston.
DONATION AGREEMENTIf accepted to the market, I agree to donate (15%) of total pretax sales and sales orders from the Free the Captives' Christmas Market to Free The Captives. By submitting your online application, you are agreeing to a 15% donation.
INDEMNITY AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENTThe Merchant agrees to indemnify, defend and save harmless Crosspoint Church (hereinafter called the Church) and Free the Captives, as well as their officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees from any and all charges, claims, demands, liabilities, and causes of actions by third persons, including, but not limited to officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees of the Merchants and of the Church and Free the Captives based upon or arising out of any damages, losses, expenses, charges, costs (including attorneys' fees and court costs), injuries, or illness sustained or incurred by such person or persons resulting from or in any way directly or indirectly, connected with the performance or nonperformance of this Agreement of Merchant, its employees, agents or contractors of the vending services, provided, however that notwithstanding the foregoing, the Merchant does not agree to indemnify and save harmless the Church and Free the Captives, its officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees from any charges, claims, expenses, costs, injuries, or illness arising out of any act of gross negligence or willful misconduct by the Church and Free the Captives or any of its officers, directors, agents, or employees. In the event a claim is filed against the Church and Free the Captives of which the Merchant is to be held liable under the terms of this agreement, the Church or Free the Captives will promptly notify the Merchant of such claim and will not settle such claim without the prior written consent of the Merchant.
By submitting your online application, you are agreeing to everything stated on this website page.
TO APPLY FOR A BOOTH: Complete the application below and pay the $20 non-refundable application fee.
After you have completed BOTH steps, you will receive an email from Free the Captives confirming your application. If you have been accepted to register for the event, you will be sent a link to pay for your booth. Please do not pay for your booth until you have been notified that your application has been received and accepted!