Where are you located?
We are conveniently located at 1380 Hopkins St., Unit #5, Whitby. Just minutes from the 401 and Thickson Rd.
What's the best exit?
Stevenson Road South is your best exit.
Where do I park?
There is lots of parking right out front.
Do I need to be a member to use your pickup service?
How does the pickup service work for Makers?
- Enter ‘THE MAKERS PORTAL’ through the menu (top right). If you haven’t registered to access The Maker’s Portal yet, you will need to do so. It’s free to register.
- Then click on “Schedule Pickup”. Enter your customers name and email address and hit ‘Add to cart’. You’ll need to do this for each pickup. Remember, each customer must be input separately. Don’t forget to checkout! Video tutorial—-> here.
What should I put on my packages?
- Your business name. A business card, sticker or stamp work great!
- Customer’s first and last names.
How does the pickup service work for customers?
Your customer gets an email from us telling them their pickup is ready. That email will contain an order number and all the details they need for pickup, like address and hours. Then they come into The Hub for pickup with the email or order number.
How do I schedule pickups if I have 2 different businesses?
Each business will need to be registered with ‘The Maker’s Portal’ in order to create a user profile for each one. Each business will need their own username and email address to create a profile.
Just be sure to be signed into the appropriate profile when scheduling pickups so the correct information is pulled to notify your customer of their pickup. Sending out the wrong business name for pickup could lead to confusion for your customer.
How do I register for The Maker’s Portal?
Simply go to themakershub.ca. Click on the ‘MAKER’S PORTAL’ button in the top right.
Click on ‘New User? Click to register’. It’s absolutely free to register!! Video tutorial—-> here.
HANDMADE BOUTIQUE FAQ
What is The Makers Hub Handmade Boutique?
The Maker’s Hub Handmade Boutique (TMHHB) is an online store operated by The Maker’s Hub (TMH) to assist local Makers and Artisans with sales and distribution of their products.
Who can sell in the shop?
Our store is available for Handmade Makers of Durham Region (Ontario) and surrounding areas, to sell their handcrafted products. The Maker’s Hub uses an application process to add new products to the shop.
How do I get paid?
Sellers will be paid through monthly deposits, less commission fees owed. That’s right, no picking up cheques and waiting for them to clear!!
What do I need to do to sell in your shop?
You will need to submit a product application form for approval. This includes information about you, your product, process and policies.
There is no fee to apply.
Once approved a representative from TMH will be in touch with you with our seller agreement and link to register.
For your listing(s) to become ‘live’ you will be required to pay the ‘Listing Fee’. For more information about the Listing Fee please see FAQ ‘What are the monthly subscriptions?’.
What products do you recommend listing?
In-order to make the most of your investment with selling through TMHHB we recommend listing top sellers. If an item doesn’t tend to do well on your other platforms, retail outlets or markets, we wouldn’t recommend listing it.
Can we list custom pieces?
Yes, we do require images of each piece.
We sell them through the product variations and link each option to the image.
We can have up to 10 different one-of-a-kind pieces per single listing.
Can I list Digital products?
Not at this time.
What is a variation of a product?
Variation of a product is when a product is similar overall in description, and identical in price. Meaning it’s available in more than one option, such as size, colour, scent or saying etc.
Can variations be different prices?
Yes, you can define your variation pricing in the ‘Listing Form’.
How many product variations can a listing have?
Each listing comes with 5 variation options included.
What is the ‘convenience fee’ and what does it cover?
When you make a sale, TMH will deduct a 12-15% commission (depending on your seller’s subscription plan). This fee covers; monthly direct deposits, pickup service fees, detailed monthly reports, processing fees, website servicing, wages, printing, packaging and USD conversion rates.
How does HST work?
TMH will not be charging HST on the product pricing. If a seller collects HST it must be included in the cost of the item and the HST # must be provided to TMH to include in the product listing.
The seller is responsible for remitting HST.
Is this site just for Canadian sales?
At this time the shop is only available for local sales. If you can drive to our location, we consider you ‘local’. We do have plans to expand and offer shipping Canada wide, but unfortunately, it’s not currently available.
Who collects payment for the items sold?
TMH will collect payment through the Shopify payment gateway on the website.
How do we track our sales?
TMH will be sending out detailed sales reports.
Sellers will be notified by email with every sale.
Sellers can also visit their listings at any time. This will allow them to see how many items remain in inventory and calculate how many items have sold.
How do the businesses receive payment for sales?
TMH will payout the first and third Friday of the month.
If a listing is created during a payout week, the first payment will be the following payday.
Delays in supplying TMH with direct deposit information will result in subsequent delayed payouts.
What is the return and/or exchange policy?
All refunds, exchanges and/or repairs will be handled between the buyer and the seller. TMH is happy to direct inquiries and facilitate the transaction drop off and pickup.
Do you offer shipping?
TMH does not currently offer shipping, but we’re working on it!
What categories are available?
The Maker’s Hub Handmade Boutique (TMHHB) is open to Makers and Artisans who make Accessories, Artwork, Baby, Beauty & Personal Care, Clothing, Shoes & Handbags, Home, Outdoor & Home Care, Jewelry, Kitchen & Dining, Pet Supplies, Stationery & Party Supplies, Toys & Games, Novelty and some Food products. If you don’t see your category listed, this does not mean we do not allow the sale of those items in the store. If this is the case, please send any inquires and requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Food products are approved for selling?
Currently, we only accept food products that do not require any refrigeration and have a shelf life until picked up.
Food products must also be packaged.
We cannot guarantee ‘peanut free’ etc as they may be stored in proximity with other products with these ingredients from other vendors at TMH.
Are there different requirements for Food vendors?
Yes, food vendors must provide proof of the following;
- DineSafe certified kitchen
- Food handlers permit
Do I need to have business insurance?
While we recommend all businesses carry business insurance, those without business insurance will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A decision will be made based on the levels of risk and liability associated with the product(s) being sold.
What if I already sell online?
No problem! You can list your products with us too!!
If I sell online elsewhere do you require the pricing to be the same?
We do not require you to price your product the same as you sell it elsewhere, but we recommend it, as it builds customer trust and consistency within your brand.
Do you offer exclusivity to an item?
No. The only way this would be possible is if the Maker creates an original product.
Quality product photos will be paramount for listing approvals. Photos must be clear, in-focus, square crop, bright.
Stock photos with a bright white background, using different angles and/or in-use product shots are recommended.
We have partnered with Christine Small Photography for professional photos, stock and in-use, for affordable professional photos and group rates. If you’re investing in professional images, we highly recommend using Christine Small Photography or a professional photographer of your choice.
You can book a private session with Christine Small Photography. The minimum to book a private session is $200 and includes up to 30 images (31-40 = $250, 41-50 = $300). These can be stock photos, in-use photos and/or headshots. If you wish to book a private session please contact Christine Small directly, email@example.com.
We also offer a group option through TMH using Christine Small Photography. We require a minimum of 30+ images before we can schedule a session with Christine. These images are limited to stock product images & flat lays, with a white background. You are welcome to add as many images as you like to your cart and check out. Whether it’s 5 or 15, plus or minus. Images are $7.50/each. Once we reach a collective minimum of 30 images, we will book a session with Christine. You are responsible to drop your items for photographing off at TMH with a brief overview of how many images/angles etc of each product you would like.
What marketing efforts will be made by The Maker’s Hub to promote the shop, drive traffic and assist will sales?
TMH has an extremely active social media presence with daily posting and engagement. We are consistently and regularly promoting and driving traffic from our social media outlets to the website.
TMHHB will be integrated with both Facebook and Instagram which will allow for easy, clickable links to send customers directly to the shop.
We also have a direct marketing channel through our newsletter which boasts over 1,400 subscribers and is continuing to grow.
In-house promotion is also present through our Showcase Gallery which is an in person display of products.
Will The Maker’s Hub cross promote other retail venues we sell at?
No, we will not be promoting other retail locations in our shop. We will promote the Maker and their business, but no links to other sites or markets as our intention is to keep traffic on our site to promote sales through our sales channel.
If this is something you are interested in you can include it in your business listing on the Handmade Shopping Directory, www.themakershub.ca/shops/. Which is included in your subscription fee. You can add links and cross promote your business and various platforms there.
Is the Maker required to communicate with the buyer at any time through the sales process?
No. Unless there is a specific question about the product TMH cannot answer from the product listing, or there is a dispute about the final product requiring a return, exchange or repair. All unusual questions or disputes will be re-directed to the Maker to handle.
Can a listing be put on ‘vacation’ mode?
Yes. Listings can be put under vacation mode and unavailable. The regular monthly listing fee will still apply to hold the listing in the shop. If a Maker would like to remove their listing, we do require a minimum of 2 weeks notice. If a listing is removed it may be subject to reapplication to be relisted by submitting a new Listing Form.
All vacation requests must be submitted through firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if there is a medical or health emergency and a Maker is unable to fulfill orders?
If a seller is unable to fulfill an order that has been placed and paid for TMH needs to be informed immediately in order to communicate with the buyer. TMH will reach out to the buyer and offer a full refund or a delayed completion date (indicated by the seller). It will be up to the buyer to decide what works best for them.
If the seller has already been paid for the sale, TMH will deduct the amount owed from the next pay deposit. If there are no pending deposits or the deposit does not cover the amount owed, the seller will be invoiced and expected to pay within 24hrs.
What if we need to close due for medical reasons?
Medically related closures will be handled the same way as vacation mode. The regular monthly listing fee will still apply to hold the listing in the shop. If a Maker would like to remove their listing, it may be subject to reapplication to be relisted by submitting a new Listing Form.
With medically related closures, we will waive the 2-week minimum notice.
All requests must be submitted through email@example.com.
What about privacy issues/laws?
Please refer to Shopify’s privacy and legal page, www.shopify.com/legal/privacy