“Mother Me” Book Launch Vendor Registration

Have goodies to sell that you think might be a fit for the women attending my book launch?  Tell me about it below!

 

Vendor Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • What are the event logistics?

Date: July 20, 2024

Location: Arts District Mansion (Pavilion), 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas

Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Set-up begins at 8 a.m. The first shopping segment is 10-11:30 a.m.  From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., all guests, including Vendors, will enjoy a plated brunch and the book launch portion of the program (including giveaways!).  During that time, the shopping space will be closed with a security officer monitoring the area.  Shopping will resume at 1 p.m.  The event ends at 2 p.m.

Check-in: Upon arrival, you will check in at the registration table and receive a Vendor badge that will provide you access to the shopping space at any time.  Please have your ID ready.

Parking: ADM has ample parking in its attached, underground parking lot.

 

  • What will it cost me to participate as a Vendor?

$0.00.  I want you to make profits from sales, and prayerfully I do the same with my book.  Plus, I imagine having you as a Vendor will help attract some more guests!  However, I do ask that you consider joining me in donating a portion of your profits (net) to MOBB United or YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, the non-profits I’ve decided to support through my book sales.  More information below.

 

  • What do I receive for participating as a Vendor?

You will receive one free registration for the brunch and a drink ticket.

As part of the shopping event itself, you’ll be provided with a six-foot table with tablecloth and 1-2 chairs.  ADM will have WiFi available, in the event you need it to complete transactions. If you need more than one table or additional chairs, please email me so we can determine whether we can accommodate. contact@theorangechair.com

 

  • What can / should I bring as a Vendor?

I strongly encourage you to bring (1) a printed logo, like a banner, that you can affix to the front of the table to maximize space on the table for your products or other materials and (2) small bills for possible cash transactions.

Also consider bringing a business partner or support staff - both to help with selling but also in case you want to rotate shifts so each of you can shop too! If you need more than one additional person, please let me know so I can make sure you have enough space.

If you sell food and beverage products, make sure they are packaged for consumption later. We are having a plated brunch provided by Culinaire International and want to respect this (delicious!) caterer on site. 

Lastly, bring all your friends to come shop with us! 

 

  • What is the target audience?

Anyone who is a mom or mom-adjacent.  Here’s the event blurb that explains it:

Are you a bio mom, stepmom, adoptive mom, foster mom, play mom, god mom, expectant mom, auntie, friend of moms?  Then this is for you.  We women have a way of putting little humans before ourselves or seeing our friends / sisters / etc. doing the same.  Take some time away and mother yourself at this “Mother Me” sip & shop brunch + book launch.

 

  • Are kids allowed?

Although I’m launching a children’s book, this is a ladies-only event (ages 13 and up).  I want it to be a free time for women to sip, shop, and fellowship.  In full candor, I will bring my kiddos to see their mama for her debut book launch, and I’ll have a young friend do the book reading. 

 

  • Why are you donating to MOBB United and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas? How does your event support them?

BIPOC representation is a challenge across industries, book publishing being no different.  More on that in my blog (“Diversity in Children’s Books”).  Recognizing my opportunity to craft my own stories, I decided my books will feature BIPOC characters like my own children.  Where possible, I’ll donate to non-profits that align with those books. 

This particular book is about a young Black / AfroLatino boy and his mother.  It’s a perfect fit to support Mothers of Black Boys.  Below is a snippet from their website to understand their mission:

MOBB United aims to provide information and support for moms of Black sons while promoting positive images of Black boys and men.

What we share is unconditional love for our Black sons, and we want others to see them through our proud eyes.

For more information, visit their website: mobbunited.org.

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Additionally, I'm a proud Board member of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas.  Many of us out there in the world grew up with a Y story, as I did, but I'm learning more and more about their mission and vast offerings, like Safety Around Water or childcare in various community sites (as opposed to YMCA branches).  It wasn't lost on me that many of the things the boy loves to do in my book are actually things you can do through the Y - science experiments, basketball, karate, and even overnight camp!  It only makes sense that I'd also use my platform and book launch to support this mission.

I will donate a portion of profits from each book sold.  I ask that you do the same for either / both of these organizations.

 

  • What if I need to cancel?

I hope this doesn’t happen but completely understand how life will do what it will do!  Please give me as much notice as possible so that I can make necessary arrangements.  It would be wonderful if you could suggest someone in your stead, but of course that’s not necessary.

 

  • How do I register? Sign me up!

 

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