2021 Buying Update
Product Submission Guidelines:
Mellow Monkey offers a mix of innovative manufactured products as well as a highly curated selection of products by designers and regional artisans, at a range of media and price points.
If you are a local or regional artist or vendor interested in submitting items for possible sale at Mellow Monkey, please review the following guidelines, policies and procedures.
Mission, Product Requirements and Selection Criteria
Mission | Mellow Monkey operates both a global online store and a local brick and mortar shop in Stratford, CT. The mission in both stores is primarily the same - to provide a comprehensive selection of distinctive home décor, furniture, lighting, wall décor and sculpture - as well as handcrafted jewelry and a wide range of unique gifts that express the local color and flavor of coastal Connecticut. Above all, Mellow Monkey strives to offer our customers products that fit our tagline, "Anything but the ordinary."
Mediums | We accept handcrafted work in ceramic, wood, glass, mixed media, jewelry, and metal.
Product Assortment Needs | Customer demand, current market trends and our existing product mix are all taken into account when reviewing products.
Sales Potential | Revenue potential and profit margins are thoroughly evaluated.
Quality and Value | Product quality, materials, cost, retail value for comparable products and minimum order quantities are considered. All products must meet Mellow Monkey's quality standards. Examples: jewelry must be hypoallergenic, reclaimed wood products must be kiln dried, ceramics intended for food use must be certified food safe, items that use electricity such as lamps must be UL certified.
Retail Readiness | Products considered for sale at Mellow Monkey must be retail ready. This includes but is not limited to: product information labeling including materials used and source, hi quality/high resolution images of products both against white background and in appealing, lifestyle settings, retail packaging and marketing material (such as easel back story about products, artists, etc.) and online marketing material.
How to Submit Your Work | In order for us to properly process and review all product submissions, we kindly ask that you follow the guidelines below and meet the minimum requirements outlined above.
1. Download the Merchandise For Review Form
2. Complete all sections of the form, scan and mail back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org -or- send it to us via mail to the address shown on the form. DO NOT bring the completed form to the retail store as it will not be accepted.
What Happens Next? | Mellow Monkey's Buyer Team meets periodically to review submissions. Items are carefully and thoroughly vetted for their quality, price and appropriateness to our store as outlined above. The selection process is quite competitive, as we receive many inquiries and submissions.
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of interest, we are not able to respond to submission that have not been chosen for the store. Please do not attempt to follow up with repeated phone calls, emails or inquiries in the store. This only serves to annoy the team and will greatly reduce the chances of your product(s) being selected.
If we find that your product is appropriate for our store, you will be contacted. If you do not hear from us, we have not selected your product(s) and there is no need to follow-up. Because of the volume of requests, we are unable to follow-up on submissions not chosen for the store.
Still have questions? Please email us at email@example.com and include in the subject line "Product Review Question." No phone calls or walk-ins please!