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Carol Larsen
  • Grand Ledge, MI
  • United States
  • Textiles
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Would appreciate opinions about management software

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Brewer Stone Jun 10, 2016. 2 Replies

Hi,So confused. Every time I do a search I come up with 2-3 suggestions for software for managing the art side of my business.I would really appreciate opinions about art specific management software…Continue


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Carol Larsen replied to Melissa Driver's discussion What do you bring as main scents?
"You may wish to search out the soapmakers groups on Facebook. They are very active, a lot of my friends who exhibit their handmade soaps belong to them. You may get "more" there where it's people doing similar if you don't get…"
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Years in the Art Fair Business
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What are the best things about art fairs
The attendees, other vendors, visiting other places.
Best show ever and why
I vend 20+ shows a year, and every single one is special in a certain way.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I receive the Art Fair Calender I came across online, and this was referenced on that e-newsletter many times.

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How I have grown my business over the last year...

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 10:25am 2 Comments

I joined this group many years ago to help me move from being a "dyer" which many refer to as "indy dyer" over to Surface Designer - which is actually what I have always done for over 55 years, mixed with garment design. I have been afraid for too long to move into the art world with my work and everyone here has helped me transition.

People's supportive commenting about art shows, etc in this group couldn't be more generous. I know sometimes mine have been blunt and to the point.…


Safety on the Highway

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 9:50am 26 Comments

I have decided to write about some safety trips, as I drive a 40' motorhome all over the eastern half of the US, and there have been some very eventful experiences over the years. When I speak to others about traveling safely, I am always shocked at the danger people put themselves into, without giving it a second thought, many times for the sake of vanity.


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Square V Paypal Swipe FYI

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 10:22am 16 Comments

Over the years I have always looked for upgrades, better service, better pricing, etc re: credit cards. AND no, this is not an advertisement for either, it's an FYI.

I was part of the test for Paypal's similar program to the Square before they introduced it to everyone. (yes I had the SAIL too...but that proved to be way too limiting and according to Verifone they did that on purpose to get you hooked so you would purchase into a larger program with them, per the phone conversation I…


ADA Compliant and general "White Space"

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 10:26am 9 Comments

I just returned from one of my most favorite places on earth to exhibit. We had a fantastic turn-out, sales were up 50% over any of the previous years sales figures and the event appears to finally have found it's "place".

I was all excited on Thursday's set-up, finally a tiny room that could barely hold 9 exhibitors with spaces 6' deep by 13' finally laid-out to fall in the ADA complaint category, and I was thankful on many fronts.

The main being that I suffer from a type of…


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At 8:53pm on February 23, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Carol.  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!

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Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you.  That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds.  It's a great time-saver.
At 2:00pm on April 29, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award - 4/29/2013.
At 9:15pm on June 11, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
Thanks for your pledge, Carol. I appreciate your support for our websites that help us with our mission of helping artists earn a living in our crazy business.
At 4:23pm on June 29, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
Carol, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
At 2:54pm on August 17, 2015, Bari Tarmon said…

HI Carol,

I sent you a reply to your e-mail from this morning, (August 17) regarding logo design but I got a "Mail Delivery System" message that it could not be delivered.

Could you please e-mail me again so I can re-send my reply,


Bari Tarmon

At 5:42pm on January 18, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
Happy new year, Carol. Thanks for playing Secret Santa!
At 11:49pm on June 21, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
Carol, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.
At 1:59pm on September 09, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
Thank you, Carol, for referring Jan Quarles to Art Fair Insiders.
At 9:42pm on May 25, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
Thank you, Carol, for referring Jennifer Falkowski to Art Fair Insiders.

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