Market Sponsor Spotlight: Tomte. Modern Craft

We are so thrilled to have such great sponsors for our 2011 Market season: Fancy Tiger Crafts, Tomte. Modern Craft and the Green Wish Foundation.

Today, we are excited to feature Tomte. Modern Craft! Tomte has recently moved into the Berkeley neighborhood, and is right down the street from the Horseshoe! On market day, May 7th, stop by Tomte before or after the market--they'll have a "Build Your Own Terrarium" station set up in their shop from 10 am- 2pm!


 Tomte's new space on 41st. It's beautiful and filled with great stuff!

If you're not familiar with Tomte. Modern Craft, we are a little boutique that features handmade goods. We are also the local outlet for our line of clothing and house wares, Vital Industries.

Since last fall’s Horseshoe Market, Tomte and Vital Industries are excited to relocate to the Berkeley neighborhood. We have been lucky enough to combine Vital’s studio with Tomte’s storefront into one space. This enables our customers to see where our products are made and enables our team to be much more creative. We also love the energy at Tennyson’s First Friday Art Walk. Overall, it’s a great fit and we are looking forward to being involved in the neighborhood’s future growth.

Come check us out and as an added bonus the day of the market, Tomte will have our Build Your Own Terrarium Station up and running. The station will run 10-2pm at our store at 4335 W 41st Avenue.

Tomte. Modern Craft
4335 W 41st Ave
Denver CO 80212

Inspiration Monday!

Despite these rainy, dreary days, we are still inspired by spring, and the blooming that's going to come from this moisture! We can't wait.

Check out the items below--many are Horseshoe Spring Market vendors and all are Colorado makers.
Happy Monday. Stay bright on this rainy day!

Horseshoe Preview & the Giveaway!

Have we mentioned how excited we are for our first market of the year??? We are so pumped about the lineup we have for the Spring Market! It's going to be pretty awesome, as it is Denver's Best Flea Market :) Here are some helpful details about the market. Get ready for a spectacular market day!

The Basics:

2011 Spring Horseshoe Market
Saturday, May 7th at 46th & Tennyson in parking lot behind Olinger Moore Chapel
9 am-4 pm
Thanks to our Market sponsors, Fancy Tiger Crafts, Tomte, and the Green Wish Foundation
  • Bring cash!!! (Some vendors take cards, but just to be safe have cash on hand.)
  • Park at Berkeley Park--best and closest entrance to use is at 48th & Tennyson
  • Be green and ride your bike! The Green Wish Foundation will have complimentary bike parking!
  • We'll be selling limited edition/quantity of very cool Horseshoe T-shirts and totes printed by the awesome, Vital Industries.
What you'll find:
What a day, huh? And that's just the first of three! Be sure to mark your calendars for the Summer Horseshoe on August 6th and Fall Horseshoe on October 1st.

After you spend some time at the market, make sure you stay in the Berkeley neighborhood, voted Denver's best local shopping district, and check out all the shops and restaurants on Tennyson Street!

Leave a comment below about what you're most looking forward to at the Spring Horseshoe and you'll be entered to win a set of Lucky Seven Garden Markers (see below) from vendor, Donna Diddit! We're randomly picking a winner tomorrow at 9 am. Hurry and post!

Giveaway Giveaway!!!

We have another spectacular giveaway happening this week! On Friday at 9 am, we'll pick a winner to receive a sweet package of garden markets from Horseshoe vendor and blog sponsor, Donna Diddit!! Leave a comment below, and you'll be in the drawing. Or, you can follow us on Twitter and mention us using @horseshoemarket to enter, too! Do it now and don't miss out on this great giveaway!

Table to Farm™ Garden Markers- reclaimed stainless steel flatware engraved with plant names. Shiny, easy to find in your indoor or outdoor gardens and containers, these markers really stand up to the dirt and weather. Stick 'em in the ground, hose 'em off, easy! Sourced and made locally in Denver, Colorado by Donna Diddit.

This Lucky Seven Set includes: Basil, Cucumber, Mint, Strawberry, Tarragon, Tulip, and Yarrow.

Swing on by the Donna Diddit booth and find over 60 varieties of Table to Farm™ Garden Markers to bring home in time for Colorado's first official day of planting- May 8th, Mother's Day!

Special Event Licenses and Permits

Guest business blogger and awesome Horseshoe volunteer, Kara Lundquist, wrote this blog last year before our October Market. We've had lots of questions from vendors about taxes and licenses so we thought we'd repost this to answer some of your questions. Hope this is helpful for all of you vendors as you're getting your preparations under way for the markets!

We promise that this blog won’t be a major downer as one could assume by the title! It’s good to have all your ducks in a row when it comes to what the government requires, particularly for being a vendor at Horseshoe Market and collecting state and city sales tax on your items.

Here’s the info from the City of Denver and State of Colorado about special event tax licenses that are required for the Horseshoe. We hope this information will be helpful as you plan for your successful day at the Market:

If you don’t already have a tax license for either the City and County of Denver and/or for the State of Colorado, you’ll need to apply for these licenses to collect the total 6.52% sales tax.

State of Colorado Special Event License
-You can apply for either a single ($8) or multiple (usually $16 but now $12 and valid through end of 2011) event license. If you plan on vending at Horseshoe next year, it may be to your advantage to apply for the multiple event license that will cover you for as many events as you need over a two year period.
-Colorado State Tax: 2.9%
-Questions? 303-238-7378
-Still more questions? You can attend a FREE tax class!

City and County of Denver Special Event License:
-This application has a $5 fee per event and is required to collect the 3.62% owed to the City and County of Denver.
-Questions? Call 720-913-9446.

It’s important to do your research with the State and City to make sure you have everything required of you as a vendor. We’ve provided some numbers above, so if you have any doubt, give them a call!

Once you have the license, how will you keep track of what you need to pay in taxes back to Colorado and Denver? As you are pricing your treasures, you may want to include tax into the price so that on the day of the Horseshoe you won’t have to spend precious time with your calculator and you can focus on showing off all your hard work!

We’d love to hear from some seasoned vendors out there about getting all the paperwork together for the fairs and markets they’ve previously attended. Let us know if you have any tips or tricks!

Kara Lundquist is a Colorado native that made her way back to Denver after some time in sunny Santa Barbara, CA and rainy Seattle, WA. She lives here with her husband and little yorkie pup, Mochi. She's currently working on her MBA in Marketing at Regis University but also enjoys time outside of schoolwork with embroidery, quilting and collecting fabric.

Inspiration Monday!

Good morning, all! On this beautiful morning, we're inspired by oranges, corals, yellows! Check out the pretties above. These cool items are all from Spring Horseshoe vendors and many are Featured Vendors! Happy Monday to all!

Blog Sponsor Spotlight: The Pink Attic Cat!

We're happy to feature a super blog sponsor and Horseshoe vendor today: The Pink Attic Cat! Check out this fantastic shop full of treasures in Littleton. Also, they'll be bringing some sweet stuff to each Horseshoe Market this year!

If you're interested in being a Horseshoe Market Blog Sponsor (includes ad on right sidebar, Sponsor Spotlight blog post, and chance to do "giveaways") email for more information.

The Pink Attic Cat is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Littleton, but off the main drag on Alamo Ave. The store is typically loaded to the hilt with vintage finds and one-of-a-kinds, as well as unique furniture pieces and architectural items. We offer everything from “soup to nuts” as my grandma used to say, buttons to bed springs and everything in between to spark your creativity. New items are added on a daily basis to keep the “attic” fresh – no moth balls here! The store aims to offer a customer friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy and take a walk down memory lane.

Our motto has always been, “We recycle America, one day at a time and we were doing it before it was cool to be green."

Stop in Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 5 and sometimes later (if the stuff is out front, we are here). Check the blog for upcoming events at the store including art shows, warehouse sales, and create classes using unique and curious finds!

Amy Doherty
The Pink Attic Cat
2555 W. Alamo Ave. Littleton, CO 80120

Inspiration Monday

Hello folks! What a weekend...we spent part of it (before getting sick! Boo...) at the amazing Makerie Retreat in Boulder. Wow. Talk about inspiration....there were a bunch of creative workshops with everything from shoemaking, to pattern-making to painting. I painted for a lovely full day with the superstar teacher, Flora Bowley. Check out her work for some juicy inspiration.

Flora showing us some fun techniques

The Makerie was all about crafting, creating, community and doing what you love and taking time for yourself. It was held at Chautauqua (wow!). The food was delicious, too. And, they ended the weekend with the fabulous Firefly Handmade Market. I was so sad to miss that, but it seems like it was awesome from the rave reviews on Facebook.

Now it's time to really switch into busy Horseshoe gear! Here we come!!! Saturday, May 7th from 9 am-4 pm--over 100 local artists, crafters, vintage collectors, yummy food, fresh flowers, and a whole lot of fun! Get ready to take home some really good stuff!


It's time for a super special giveaway! Horseshoe vendor Siouxsiequeue's is giving away this very sweet Tranquility Bracelet (above)--your choice of color (see below)!

To enter to win the giveaway, either leave a comment below, or follow us on Twitter and mention @horseshoemarket in a tweet!
We will be choosing a winner on Thursday at noon so enter SOON! You will be able to pick up your bracelet at the Spring Market on May 7th at 46th and Tennyson!

Inspiration Monday: Green and Giveaways

We're seeing more green these days. Green leaves budding on trees, greener grass, green sprouts in the garden...loving it. Here are some Horseshoe Featured Vendors getting their green on.
1. creative roost 2. hot butter 3. vital industries 4. neile


It's time for a giveaway! Yay! At the end of this week, on Thursday, April 7th at noon, we will be choosing a winner! Horseshoe vendor and blog sponsor, Siouxsiequeue's, is giving away a lovely Tranquility bracelet (value $25). Winner gets to choose whatever color they'd like!

There are two ways to enter the giveaway: 1. Leave a comment below! 2. Follow us on Twitter and then mention us using @horseshoemarket from now until Thursday at noon. You will be able to pick up your bracelet at the May 7th Horseshoe. Good luck!