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Frequently Asked QuestionsHow do I become a vendor at Lone Star Mercantile?
You being by filling out and submitting the Vendor Application. We'll be in touch!
What booth options are available?
We have a variety of booth sizes ranging from bookshelves to 10'x20' spaces. The full break down is available on the Vendor Application Page.
Is there a contract requirement to lease a booth?
Yes. LSM offers 2 contract lengths; 6 months and 12 months. All vendors are expected to fulfill the full length of the contract.
Do I need to be on-site or in my booth to sell merchandise?
Absolutely not! LSM employs a professional staff 7 days a week to serve you and customers.
Are all sales final?
Yes, all sales are considered final.
How do you keep track of the items sold out of my booth?
Transactions will be reflected in real time in your online vendor account. You will be able to login to your account from our website to see your daily totals. This report also serves as a reminder to restock and ensure you maintain a healthy supply of inventory within your booth.
Is there a work shift requirement in order to lease a booth?
No way! LSM does not require any work commitments. We employ a professional staff to perform all of the store's needs.
Are you open year-round?
Yes! LSM is open 7 days a week except for major U.S. holidays.
Does Lone Star Mercantile collect a commission on the sale of my product?
Yes, LSM collects 8% on all sale transactions.
Do I need to pay sales tax on the product that is sold?
No, LSM handles this task for you. Upon each transaction, LSM collects the sales tax and reports it to the state on a monthly basis.
How do I get paid?
There is one sales period for each calendar month: the first day of each calendar month through the last day of the same month (e.g. April 1st - April 30th). Sales accumulated during the sales period are applied towards your rent and commission fees. A check will be issued on the 1st of the following month if your sales exceeded your rent balance and commission fees. If not, a balance will be due on the 1st.
How do I tag my inventory?
LSM uses an online system for which you'll have a your own account. We do not use hand-written tags. The online system generates barcodes for your items. You'll be responsible for uploading all of your inventory into your account and printing the barcodes to put onto your merchandise. All items for sale in your booth must be in your online account. The barcodes are formatted to print on address label paper (Avery 5160) and require a laser printer. Don't worry! We make the process easy for you by providing a written guide as well as instructional videos.
How much inventory do I need in my booth?
Your booth is expected to be fully stocked at all times. A good rule of thumb is to have at least three to four times your monthly lease worth of product available for sale.
Are vendors allowed to decorate booths?
Yes! Presentation is everything! We strongly encourage you to make your booth fit your product. Examples include painting, stenciling, decorating and shelving. Lighting is very important as well.
Are there security cameras?
Yes, please smile, you're always on camera! We monitor the interior and exterior of the store.
Is Lone Star Mercantile affiliated with any other mercantile stores?
No, we are proud to be family owned and operated. We love providing a one-of-a-kind experience for our community!
Are there any items which are restricted from selling?
Per the city ordinances, the following items are not allowed to be sold within the store:
A: Alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or weapons
B: Animals of any kind
C: Open flames, fireworks, dangerous chemicals, electric heaters or hot plates
D: Counterfeit, pirated, bootleg, or stolen goods.
E: X-rated movies, adult toys, or anything of the like
F: Products with certain profanity may not be openly displayed *Will be discussed further with owners.
Do I need to be local to have a booth?
Nope! Contact our management team for specifics.
When can I stock my booth?
You can stock your booth any time during normal business hours. LSM offers several vendor work nights throughout the year providing an opportunity for you to work on your booth after regular store hours as well. These nights are great for loud booth work that may be too disruptive to complete during store hours (i.e. excessive hammering, wall build out, drilling, etc.). All large stock items must come in and out of the loading dock.
How do you advertise?
LSM uses several different proven methods of marketing. Some of the most common methods are the use of flyers, local advertisements, and an extensive social media presence.