In 2011 the Tobacco Farm Life Museum began the “Stepping into The Past” Saturday event series in order to meet the Museum’s mission to “Preserve and Present the rural farming Heritage and History”, promote demonstrations of traditional arts and crafts, and increase the knowledge of agriculture’s significance in North Carolina. It is the staff’s intention to provide an interactive series that allows the public to experience what life was like in the early 1900’s.
We are thankful for all of the assistance that the 2014 participants have provided! We had an outstanding year. Without your assistance we would not be able to provide this programming.
We would like to invite you to participate in the 2015 programming. All vendors are welcome to set up on site and sell items, with prior notice. Due to limited supplies and staff we request that vendors bring all necessary materials (tables, chairs, etc.). Electricity is available onsite.
This program is being promoted from the Piedmont to the Coast through the Kenly Visitors Bureau, Johnston County Visitors Bureau, brochures, streaming ads, the TFLM website, a number of public calendars, weekly posts on Facebook, Twitter, and our continued TV advertisements on local cable networks in Johnston, Wilson, Wake and Wayne Counties.
Please return the Demonstrator Registration Form as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. If you have filled out the Registration Form in the last two years and your information remains the same, a new registration form is not necessary. The Museum staff requests at least a two week notice of participation for inclusion in programming.
Considerations for Demonstrating/Setting up on the grounds:
- The Tobacco Farm Life Museum does not charge a vendor fee but, donations are always appreciated.
- Vendors need to bring their own chairs, tables, and complete set-up. Set-up is to be done by 10am, and clean up/tear down completed by 4:30pm.
- Please register with staff prior to setting up and tearing down.
- Vendors/Demonstrators are responsible for picking up ALL unsold merchandise or demonstration materials. Should items be lost, stolen or damaged, the Tobacco Farm Life Museum is not responsible for compensating the vendor/demonstrator for the items.
- Setup and tear down will need to be done while staff is on the premises unless otherwise agreed upon.
- We cannot guarantee audience numbers.
- Photos will be taken during the events for promotional and programming purposes. In signing the registration form, you give the Tobacco Farm Life Museum permission to take your photo/record your activities onsite.
- Lunch is provided by Nik’s Pizza around noon. Please bring your own drinks and snacks for the day. There are several restaurants within a mile from the Museum.
- Pets are prohibited in the buildings. If pets are on the grounds they must be up to date on their shots and prior approval must be made by staff. The pets must remain with their owners in cages or on leashes at all times.
- Please feel free to bring assistants with you during the event; children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Lunch will be provided for two individuals per registered vendor.
If you have any questions, please contact the museum at 919-284-3431.
Due to changes in 2013 tax laws individuals selling items are required to have a certificate of registration number or a written personal statement that they are selling their own personal property. In order to abide by the law the Museum is required to request a registration number or personal statement prior to the sale of items on the grounds. We have posted the laws below. They can also be accessed at the North Carolina Department of Revenue website.
Responsibilities of the Specialty Market or Event Operator
Effective August 23, 2013, N. C. Gen. Stat. § 66-255 states, in part, "[a] specialty market operator or operator of an event where space is provided to a vendor must maintain a daily registration list of all specialty market or other vendors selling or offering goods for sale at the specialty market or other event. The registration list must clearly and legibly show each vendor's name, permanent address, and certificate of registration number. The specialty market operator or other event operator must require each vendor to exhibit a valid certificate of registration for visual inspection by the specialty market operator or other event operator at the time of registration except as noted below, and must require each vendor to keep the certificate of registration conspicuously and prominently displayed, so as to be visible for inspection by patrons of the vendor at the places or locations at which the goods are offered for sale . . . For purposes of the registration list, the exemptions in G.S. 66-256 do not apply." A person that only sells products of the farm produced by the person must provide a written statement attesting that the items were produced by the person or provide the qualifying farmer or conditional farmer exemption number issued to the person, as a farmer, by the Department to the specialty market operator or operator of an event. The certified statement or the qualifying farmer or conditional farmer exemption number obtained by the specialty market operator or operator of an event is required to be kept in conjunction with the daily registration list. Each daily registration list must be maintained by the specialty market operator or other event operator for no less than two years and must at any time be made available upon request to any duly authorized agent of the Department of Revenue.
N.C. Gen. Stat. § 66-250(5) defines a specialty market operator as "[a] person, other than the State or unit of local government, who rents space, at a location other than a permanent retail store, to others for the purpose of selling goods at retail or offering goods for sale at retail." N.C. Gen. Stat. § 66-250(4) defines a specialty market as "[a] location, other than a permanent retail store, where space is rented to others for the purpose of selling goods at retail or offering goods for sale at retail."
Responsibilities of the Flea Market Operator
A flea market operator must maintain a daily registration list of all persons selling or offering goods for sale at the flea market. The registration list must clearly and legibly show each person’s name, permanent address, and certificate of registration number. The flea market operator must require each person to exhibit a valid Certificate of Registration for visual inspection by the flea market operator at the time of registration, and must require each person to keep the Certificate of Registration conspicuously and prominently displayed, so as to be visible for inspection by patrons of the person at the places or locations at which the goods are offered for sale. If a person is only selling his own household personal property and provides a certified statement attesting to that fact to the flea market operator, then a Certificate of Registration is not required. The certified statement from the person is to be kept in conjunction with the daily registration list. The flea market operator is to require this person to exhibit the certified statement verifying the sale of household personal property at the time of registration, and must require each vendor to keep the certified statement conspicuously and prominently displayed, so as to be visible for inspection by patrons of the vendor at the places or locations at which the goods are offered for sale.