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Name The Forbidden Market
Producer Spark-Luscious Events
Time Sunday 21st of May 2023, 3:00 pm–7:00 pm (PDT)
Location Billy DeFrank Community Center, San Jose
Category Festival
This event is 18+ only.

The Forbidden Market

A maker's market for the LGBTQ+ & Leather community... and a mini Flea Market!


We are excited to host our very first South Bay LGBTQ+ & Leather Market Fair — The Forbidden Market ✨ With local artists & makers from the Bay Area community, your friendly neighborhood kink event organizers, and a Flea Market where you could sell your 2nd handed goodies OR treasure hunt for your new favorite toys/outfit!

Event Details

Date: 21st May 2023
Time: 3pm - 7pm
(Door open for Vendors to set up @2pm)
Location: Billy DeFrank Community Center (Hall)
Please come in from the parking lot

What’s here?

We are open for vendor applications now! Please check the details below in the section “For Vendors & Booths” if you are interested in selling your arts & crafts!

  • Bloodmoonvamp leather
    @Bloodmoonvamp is a talented Fem POC leather maker from San Francisco. She will be showcasing and selling her handmade leather bondage and impact toys, including but not limited to bondage cuffs, finger floggers, dragon tongue whips, boinker sticks… Also taking custom orders.

  • The Sharky Cats Club
    We are a shark-lover and cat-lover duo with a passion for making cute crafts and cool art related to our queer Asian American identities! Come check out our prints, stickers, temporary tattoos, zines, and handmade crafts (i.e earrings, collars).

  • Copper Wolf Woodworks
    @Thecopperwolf is proud to present their woody impact toys. Especially the coconut rope x wooden paddle! Also, their signature stampers — evil instruments made with carbon fiber rod, a wooden handle, and a wooden stamp… to mark your bottom w/ a cute heart or your custom design!

  • Bootblacking & Leather care by MrBlu
    @MrBlu started bootblacking in 2004 when he was in infantry school... and now bringing his experience, knowledge & talent to the community. He is the resident bootblack at Mr.S Leather and the Society of Janus' Happy Hour. MrBlu will be providing his bootblack service, giving small demos, and answering questions regarding bootblacking and leather care. Bring your leather & boots ✨

  • Various jewelry by Alice
    Chokers, necklaces, earrings, and more!

  • Fairy Hair Sparkles
    Add some rainbow to your hair! Fairy sparkles are coated garment threads tied to one strand of hair. Heat resistant, applied in seconds, and lasting as long as the single hair it is tied to. Check out their work on IG: fairyhairsparkles

  • Major Sketch
    Spicy uncensored 18+ art by a local queer artist. Check out their work on IG: majorsketch_art

We are also excited to have our local organizations here!

  • Society of Janus
    @SocietyofJanus is a member-supported, San Francisco-based social and educational organization for people interested in BDSM. They have been serving the community since 1974, promoting consensual & non-exploitive kinks, and providing support, education, outreach, and opportunities to socialize to all members of the community ever since.

  • Murder They Wore
    @MTWDressedToKill is a fetish fashion brand that strives to create a space for extreme elegance and killer looks especially around latex, leather, and other parts of fetish fashion culture to educate, collaborate, and celebrate. They will be showing off and selling their latest fetish fashion collection ✨

AND more to come!

For Attendees

  • This is an 18 + event. No minors allowed.
  • We will check your photo ID & vac card at the entrance.
  • Please be respectful and responsible to other attendees, staff/volunteers & vendors.
  • There is zero tolerance for hate speech. Help create a safe space for everyone, regardless of their role, gender, ethnicity, orientation, or religion.
  • No nudity allowed. Please cover your genital & nipples (for all genders)
  • Ask before touch, that goes for people, their belongings, AND vendor’s products.
  • Do not bring illegal or regulated items, including but not limited to guns, recreational medication, alcoholic drinks, darts etc.
  • The Billy DeFrank Center is an alcohol, drug and nicotine-free facility, this includes no vaping indoors.
  • We do not allow any type of play, including testing toys on other people. You may try them on yourself lightly.
  • You may only take photos of people whom you asked for explicit consent. If you wish to take a photo of a vendor’s booth, please ask for their consent also.
  • Please bring cash for the Flea Market booth.
  • Most Vendors will accept Venmo or cards.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry or ask you to leave for any reason.

For Vendors & Booths

Renting a table...

  • All applications are approved on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Each vendor table is $50. Your application is completed only after we receive your payment. We will provide payment instructions via e-mail after we receive your application.
  • We will provide 1 x 72” x 30” table, 2 x chairs, and a handful of candy for each vendor. You may bring more chairs, decorations, and displays if you want to.
  • One table can be shared by a maximum of 2 vendors.
  • You may and only may display your products and promotional materials on your table & in your booth area (marked by floor tape)

What can you sell?

  • We are primarily looking for LGBTQ+ and/or Leather culture art & craft. But we welcome all makers from our local community!
  • Your goods must be handcrafted/designed/created by you and/or your employees. Locally sourced, small-run production from the Bay Area will be accepted for certain products. (We do accept prints of your original artworks)
  • Do not sell illegal or regulated goods, including but not limited to guns, recreational medication, alcoholic drinks, darts etc.
  • Do not sell bladed weapons and knives.
  • If you wish to sell homemade food or drinks, please have individually package them for sanitary reasons.

Other rules & logistic

  • We do not allow any type of play, including testing toys on other people. The customers may try them on themselves lightly.
  • All booths will be set up on the day of the market. Vendors must arrive promptly for setup time (2pm - 3pm)
  • You are responsible for registering any license you might need. Vendors are responsible for their own sales, collecting sales tax, and reporting to the BOE.
  • Vendors can cancel their space up to 2 weeks before the market date for a full refund. Cancellations made with less than 2 weeks notice might not be issued a refund.

Want to sell your arts/crafts at the event? Apply here! Our tables are first come first serve basis.

We also welcome promotion & fundraiser booths for our local LGBTQ+ or kink groups, please contact @Nocturnal_Events for details.

The Flea Market

If you wish to sell at our Flea Market booth, please arrive at 2:30pm with your items.

  • There is a flat fee of $1 for every item sold. (If the item didn’t get sold, you will not need to pay for the listing.)
  • We only take cash at the Flea Market Booth.
  • You will have to fill in a card in order to list your item, including: Your contact information, asking price, and description of your item.
  • We do not accept illegal or regulated goods, including but not limited to guns, recreational medication, alcoholic drinks, darts, bladed weapons and knives etc.
  • We do not accept food or drinks at the Flea Market booth.
  • We reserve the right to refuse listing your item(s) for any reason.

Covid Stuff

  • We will check your photo ID & the vaccination card. You will need the original 2 vaccinations & 1 booster.
  • Masks are recommended, but not required. We will have surgical masks for you if you forget yours.
  • If you feel sick, please stay home.

When in doubt, message @Nocturnal_Events or email

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