Selling Jewelry at the San Francisco Street Artists Program

The San Francisco Street Artists program is an excellent artisan market administered by the San Francisco Arts Commission.

It's an affordable place to get started selling your handmade necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

  • This artisan market is actually a city sponsored program developed to enhance the strong artistic heritage of San Francisco by providing local Artisans with an opportunity to sell handmade crafts in some of the most prime real estate locations:  the tourist laden Fisherman’s Wharf district, the glamorous shopping areas surrounding Union Square, and the Organic Farmer’s Market at the newly renovated Ferry Building in the Embarcadero.

  • Application Tips


    You’ll have to schedule an appointment to be screened, and they will let you know what you’ll need to bring in terms of paperwork, fees if you are accepted, and when your demonstration appointment is.  Yes that’s right!  You have to come in with materials and show them that you can actually make what you sell.  They even take pictures and file them for reference when they do their walkthroughs (The committee actually visits the selling sites and makes sure everyone is selling handmade).

    Once you are approved, you will have to go to a lottery every other day to choose spaces, consult with the San Francisco Street Artists Manual they give you to see when and where you need to show up. Here is a handy overview of the districts, you should walk these spaces to see traffic patterns and what might work best for you:

    Fisherman's Wharf: In this district, the most popular spaces are on Beach street, near the cable car turnaround. The closer you are to where people get off the cable cars, the more competitive the space. There are a few spaces scattered amongst the Cannery shopping area as well, and these can be quite popular.

    Downtown/Union Square: Depending on your price range/target customer, there are different areas from which to choose.

    For targeting the lower end of the customer range, spaces at the cable car turnaround on market street are popular, see the Hallidie Plaza map for details. The spaces most used are 1-6.

    For mid to higher end jewelry, try to stay within a two block radius of union square, above Geary Street. You'll have to experiment to see what works best.

    Ferry Plaza Organic Farmer's Market: With limited spaces, and a super early lottery time, this is the most competitive to get a space in, but could possible be well worth your time. Don't bother coming here if your jewelry isn't unique, or if your average price point is below $25.

    There are opportunities like this in every major city, maybe not as well organized as the SF Street Artist Program, but similar in ideology. Do a quick local internet search for artisan markets and you should be able to find one near you to try.

  • San Francisco Street Artist Fees


    The yearly license costs less than one weekend at a top tier juried craft show, $679, which is payable in quarterly installments of $170.

    For more information on selling jewelry in San Francisco at one of the San Francisco Street Market sites, please visit the well maintained San Francisco Street Artists website.

    This artisan market is actually a city sponsored program developed to enhance the strong artistic heritage of San Francisco by providing local Artisans with an opportunity to sell handmade crafts in some of the most prime real estate locations:  the tourist laden Fisherman’s Wharf district, the glamorous shopping areas surrounding Union Square, and the Organic Farmer’s Market at the newly renovated Ferry Building in the Embarcadero.


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