Can I ship to CraftBoston?
Shipping directly to the Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts is not available.
The Cyclorama has very specific rules about using the loading dock for commercial carriers. Art-in-Motion knows these regulations and has delivered in past years. If you would like to use a carrier other than Art-in-Motion, please specify the name and contact information on your Load-in Form so that we can be in touch prior to load-in. Artists may also have the option of advance shipping to their hotel, although this method can be pricey. Please contact your hotel directly to see if advance shipping is an option.
How to Ship to the CraftBoston Holiday:
*** To set up shipping to the show visit My Freeman Online ***
There are three ways to ship your booth and/or work to CraftBoston:
1. Advance ship to Freeman warehouse
2. Direct Ship to Hynes Convention Center
3. Ship via a third party carrier, such as Art In Motion
Any materials shipped to CraftBoston must be shipped in care of Freeman (C/O Freeman) and material-handling fees will apply. Please contact Freeman or your commercial shipper directly for a quote. Exhibitor shipments will not be accepted at the Hynes Convention Center unless sent in care of Freeman.
1. Advance Ship to Freeman Warehouse Advance shipments will be accepted at the Freeman Warehouse from November 13, 2017 -- Dec. 6, 2017 . Materials arriving after Dec 6, will be received at the warehouse with an additional after deadline charge. *Please Note: The warehouse will be closed on November 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day and on Thanksgiving Day. Shipments will not be accepted on these dates.
Address shipments to the Freeman Warehouse as follows: CraftBoston Holiday Exhibiting Company Name Booth #_____ C/O Freeman 25 Doherty Ave. Avon, MA 02322
Show site shipping address: CraftBoston Holiday Exhibiting Company Name Booth #_____ C/O Freeman 900 Boylston Street Cambria Street Entrance Boston, MA 02115
*Your material handling costs for advance shipping will be slightly higher than if you ship directly to the show site, but CraftBoston show staff recommends advance shipping. Your materials will be in your booth and ready for installation when you arrive for setup.
Freeman Exhibitor Services Department: 508-894-5100.
2. Direct Ship to Hynes Convention Center Direct shipments may arrive at Hynes Convention Center beginning at 11 AM on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 or Thursday, December 14, 2017. The delivery hours are very strict; please adhere to them to avoid your shipment(s) being rejected.
3. Art in Motion, DAX or other Commercial Shipper If you are hiring a Commercial Shipper to transport your booth materials to the show, please indicate the name of the company on the Mandatory Exhibitor Arrival and Storage Form.
When is load-in/ load-out?
Wednesday, April 19, 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, April 20, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday, April 23, 5pm - 10:30pm
Wednesday, December 13 - 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, December 14 - 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday, Dec 17 from 5pm - 10:30pm
Will there be help at load-in / load-out?
There will be a limited amount of volunteers to help exhibitors unload or load vehicles. Do not depend on having their help. Volunteers help all exhibitors a little bit and cannot become a personal assistant. Be prepared on your own. BRING YOUR OWN DOLLY / CART. We do not have enough carts to help everyone and often the CraftBoston owned carts go missing. No motorized carts are allowed on premise of either CraftBoston location.
Do artists and assistants need I.D. Badges?
For security purposes, all exhibitors and their assistants are required to wear badges at all times during CraftBoston, including during load in and load out. Each exhibitor will receive one exhibitor badge with his or her name and two generic exhibitor assistant badges. Additional booth assistant badges may be purchased for $10.00 either in advance or on site.
What is Massachusetts Sales Tax?
Massachusetts tax is 6.25%
How do I Register for Massachusetts State Sales Tax Certificate?
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all exhibitors to register with the state to collect state sales tax on all transactions made during CraftBoston. Exhibitors must have a valid state sales tax certificate (TA-1). You can register online or call 617-887-MDOR. After applying please print out a copy to keep as a temporary certificate until you receive yours by mail. If you have questions, call the Massachusetts Department of Revenue at 1-800-392-6089. Please bring a copy of your certificate to the show. CraftBoston cannot not advise exhibitors in tax-related matters. Thank you for your understanding.
Exhibitor Refund/Return/Exchange Policy
CraftBoston strongly suggests exhibitors post their refund, return, and exchange policies in their booth. It is not sufficient to have the policy printed on sales receipt as the receipt is received post-sale.
Exhibitors must provide their own shopping bags for customers at CraftBoston.
Liability & Insurance
Exhibitors display all work at their own risk and should carry appropriate insurance. Exhibitors are urged to carry ALL-RISK INSURANCE to protect against damage, loss and all other hazards, from the time the materials leave place of origin until they are returned after the show. Riders can usually be added to existing policies to get the needed coverage.
Do you provide booth sitting services?
CraftBoston provides complimentary booth sitting services for exhibitors. Booth sitters will be available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm in 30-minute increments. If you are working alone in your booth, please take advantage of this service so that you don't leave your booth unattended during show hours. Sign up for booth sitting services on site at the Exhibitor Services desk.
What are CraftBoston Cancellation Policies?
Refunds are honored within 30 days of payment made. After the 30 days, CraftBoston will not offer refunds on deposits or booth payments. This information is also provided in your CraftBoston exhibitor contract, to which you agree to the terms upon signing when confirming participation in each show.