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Bobby Weiss
  • Beaumont, TX
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Bobby Weiss's Discussions

Bent trimline pipe... how to straighten?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Apr 20, 2016. 1 Reply

I bent a portion of my trimline and I was wondering what kind of company might I find locally that can straighten it back out? I imagine this would be cheaper than replacing it and shipping...Thank…Continue

Money in brown paper bags???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Apr 18, 2016. 4 Replies

I was listening to the 2 Artists Share Their 40 Year History at the Art Fairs blog radio podcast and they mentioned, someone lightly that the 80s were a different time... or maybe the early 90s? I…Continue

What food to bring to a hotel?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nolly Gelsinger Jan 18. 15 Replies

I usually bring whatever is handy or canned soup... but I'm curious does anyone have something interesting that they just keep at the ready to bring to hotels when they have to travel?I'm thinking of…Continue

Book List -- Recommended Reading?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacki Bilsborrow Oct 22, 2015. 1 Reply

I just came across a thread and some books are mentioned. The other day I was here and saw another book recommended.I was wondering, do we have a book recommendation list? I think this is something…Continue


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Bobby Weiss replied to Michael Skeen's discussion Fans!!!
"For that nice looking Rigid battery fan, has anyone tried to mount it so that it blows onto their customers from above or on a corner? I have seen box style fans mounted directly above, but I was thinking maybe one of the battery Rigid fans in each…"
Apr 10
Bobby Weiss commented on Judy Christian's blog post Two PA shows- Mt. Gretna and State College- short report
"Jacki you are definitely right. No security does keep some people away. I've talked to people who had thefts before and I've heard more than once they simply won't go back because of it. Of course, I imagine if people are aware of…"
Mar 21
Bobby Weiss commented on Judy Christian's blog post Two PA shows- Mt. Gretna and State College- short report
"Brutally honest. Thank you."
Mar 16
Bobby Weiss commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami FL
"Thanks for sharing :)"
Mar 2
Bobby Weiss replied to Ken Bayard's discussion My first year is behind me. What did I learn?
"Hi Stephanie, Your concerns are real and, fortunately, fairly straightforward to solve. No tent? Buy one used. You get the best value this way. Besides, even if you buy one brand new, it will be "used" after your first few shows. Many…"
Dec 28, 2016
Bobby Weiss replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Here Comes Santa! Part II - 2016
"May it serve you well! :D Glad you received it!"
Dec 28, 2016
Bobby Weiss replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Here Comes Santa! Part II - 2016
"I typed the whole thing late last night, hit a button and lost it all! But I hope my  enthusiasm is not lost seeing as how I must type this again! Haha!   Anyways!... I feel so fortunate to be a part of this Secret Santa gift exchange. It…"
Dec 28, 2016
Bobby Weiss commented on John Leben's blog post Six Wasted Days at One-of-a-Kind Show
"Thanks for sharing your review! I talked to a lot of folks here and it definitely was different this year. We were down although everything from our work, selection, display was up. I really like doing this show since it is so different and…"
Dec 10, 2016
Bobby Weiss commented on Kathleen V. Smith's blog post We would appreciate your suggestions on buying a tablet for taking credit cards with a new square chip reader
"I use a large screen cell phone 5.5", which is nice, but I will be trying a Samsung tablet shortly with data. I personally think the big screen will be a nice luxury. The people I talk to over the last 6 months or so seem to really praise…"
Nov 7, 2016
Bobby Weiss commented on John Leben's blog post Chicago's One-of-a Kind Show: Questions
"Don't know about the walls but I can tell you that they have lights and, well, if they are broke they will try to fix them. But I was there before and they could not fix one... Lesson learned. I saw some booths there and they were almost dim.…"
Nov 2, 2016
Bobby Weiss commented on Connie Mettler's blog post No one came into your booth last weekend?
"Connie you have so much more experience than me and many of us... I would love to know what you have seen in the past that is "irresistible" to patrons? I mean, the low hanging fruit is "new and different" but that doesn't…"
Sep 27, 2016
Bobby Weiss commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Naperville Woman's Club 37th Annual Art Fair .....just meh
"Bari, Congratulations on having a good show. You said something curious... would you mind expounding on what the personal changes in your approach were that you feel led to better results? Thank you."
Jul 15, 2016
Bobby Weiss commented on Anne-Marie Hyatt's blog post Counterfeit at Manayunk
"That sucks. I once saw a bunch of cops gather around and I asked what was up. They said it was fake bills and after talking to the cop they said fake 100's are more rare than smaller bills like a $10. I think because most businesses check big…"
Jul 14, 2016
Bobby Weiss commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Your Art in Thieves Hands
"Anyone ever put up a security camera?I've seen booths with those "youre on camera" notices before but I wondered if they were just a gimmick..."
Jul 1, 2016
Bobby Weiss commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Old Town: There is a reason it's #1...
"Quite a range!Maybe the crowd prefers conservative vs avant garde or vice versa?I've been to shows where my neighbors do great and i do poor and I've seen it's often because they know what to sell. One not too long ago had a lot of…"
Jun 20, 2016
Bobby Weiss received a gift from Connie Mettler
Jun 16, 2016

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Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
What are the best things about art fairs
Being out there having new experiences, meeting people, and taking part in the marketplace.
Best show ever and why
My first... it got the ball rolling.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
No, I just have been reading things about trying to make my booth better.

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 3:08pm on April 23, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Bobby.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

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At 8:56pm on February 18, 2015, Bill Ronay said…

Bobby:  Have been retired from my Festivals Consultation business for nearly two years.  Have not been a part of the RRR for a couple decades before that.  My memory of RRR was the 4x4 tent arrangements which were innovative for shows and festivals in the '80s.  I used this example as a good variable in planning and logistics for crowd flow and movement.  The idea made a bunch of money for me and several events adapted the idea.  RRR was quite the show...still is.

At 10:49pm on June 16, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Bobby Weiss a gift
Bobby, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.

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