The Crafty Cuppa Shelf Rental

Welcome to the Crafty Cuppa’s rent a shelf page.

Rent a shelf is a great option to promote your work and have a brick and mortar mini shop without the cost of owning a shop.  You will also find that customers visiting the café will see your work as well as all those also renting. Like a creative market!

Another benefit of renting at the crafty cuppa is the opportunity to rent the workshop space at a discounted price so you can teach your skills to others. 

So let’s discuss rental space. 

Shelves are 77x28cm. These are £25 each per month, paid a month in advance. 3 months for £65

12″x12″ Kallex unit shelves £20 each (18 available) These will be in the window so need to be suitable for sunlight. 3 months £55

Glass cabinet shelves £20 each (4 shelves available) 3 months £55

Wall Space £20 each 1/4 (4 available) 3 months £55

Dresser shelves £25 each (3 available) 3 months £65

Greeting cards £5 a month for up to 30 cards. Cards will all be grouped together in various places. If you want an entire shelf for greeting cards then please see the above options.

Crafty Cuppa Workshop teachers will get priority shelf space and !0% off shelf rental

There will be no commission taken. However you will have to cover the cost of card transactions for your products at around 1.75%(depending on zettles inflation). You will need to provide a PayPal or bank account in order to be paid for any sales

As there will always be bottom shelves and top shelves your stock may change space over the month to enable everyone to experience prime middle spaces, so don’t panic if you are worried about your shelf position as this is likely to change over the month. 

All new applications will be considered monthly and if no space is available there will be a waiting list. As we want there to be a variety of items available in the cafe it is unlikely we will stock several of the same type of creations, in this instance new applications will need to be vetted before being approved. An application does not necessarily mean a place in the shop. 

Window displays. 

Windows both have kallex cubes placed in them to provide more space for creators. These will only be given to people who’s art won’t be effected by extreme sun. To reduce the effects of the sun blinds will be lowered when the cafe is closed. Some shelves are not easily accessible from the inside but still prime to view from outside. These are great for security but not so visible so it is always worth viewing these shelves before committing.

Please can you take note of the following stock conditions. 

All products must be handmade or designed by you.

All products must not be in breach or copyright laws.

All products must comply with any legal requirements such as trading standards, CE tested, warning labels, food safety, pat tested etc if relevant.

Any products found in breach of any of these requirements will immediately be removed. We will let you know if this happens. 

Primarily the Crafty Cuppa CIC will aim to rent shelves to only Dorset creatives. 


You the stockist will be responsible for the following;

  • Delivery of stock to The Crafty Cuppa, 46 High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HU
  • Provide a full list of delivered stock, with descriptions and prices using the spreadsheet emailed to you. This helps us and you to keep track of stock on our system.
  • Make sure you have public liability insurance to cover your products. Supply evidence of cover.
  • Provide correct and up to date contact details for you the stockist
  • To pay required amount for the rental of display space, on the date agreed. And then monthly for each month you have a space in the cafe
  • To give one months notice to vacate your space in the shop. Failure to give notice or if notice is given on or after rent payment date will mean that rent is due for that month. If you are paying monthly you will need to give 1 weeks notice.
  • Failure to pay rent will create a debt payable by the stockist to The Crafty Cuppa, stock will not be returned to stockist unless debt is payed. The Crafty Cuppa may choose to take 30% of sales until rent is paid.
  • To remove stock from the cafe once notice period has ended, unless alternative arrangements are agreed upon in advance
  • Stock that is not collected on the date specified will be removed from the shelves or continue to be sold at 30% commission basis until collected/returned to stockist.
  • Distance stockists are responsible for covering the cost of returning products by post to themselves at the end of their contract. 
  • Stock must meet the stock condition requirements set out above regarding the law and copyright.
  • Spaces are rented for a maximum of 3 months before reviewing. You may be declined to carry on for a few months to allow another seller a chance to sell in the café. If your stock sells well or there is no one on the waiting list then you may continue renting a shelf at the discretion of the owner.
  • It is recommended to frequently visit the café to rearrange your stock and replenish to keep your display fresh.

We the proprietor will be responsible for;

  • Noting all stock entering the premises, and recording on a stock listing spreadsheet and then upload to the computerised system.
  • Keeping records of all sales, and monies owned to the tenant
  • Ensuring money is paid to the tenant at the end of each month, minus any card transaction fee’s
  • Ensuring that the shop is safe and secure and fully insured to cover all products within.
  • The Crafty Cuppa will be staffed at least five days a week, from 4-6 hours, some days will be longer and may include evenings and Saturdays. There may be occasions when the shop has to shut, in all instances we will attempt to contact all renters to inform them in advance. We will do all we can to try and ensure that this does not happen.
  • Marketing the shop, hosting events and ensuring that customers are able to be in the shop to browse.