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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 commented on Wallace Fuller's blog post Mountain State Art and Craft Festival
"And then just say...it's okay, I forgive your oversight. We will only be here for x days and then it's over so no big deal RIGHT? And let them wallow in their weirdness..."
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Carol Larsen commented on Wallace Fuller's blog post Mountain State Art and Craft Festival
"Vertical means two things, slope and someone stupidly only giving a "double booth which means 20' of face-out a single access through an end i.e. 10' of face out. I once had an idiot give me a corner booth - WITH no access - an inside…"
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May 25
Carol Larsen commented on John Leben's blog post Brooksville: Nice Venue, but Dismal Sales
"But the majority of people are volunteers and are trying to do the task someone told them to do, they most likely have no idea the business side of what is going on. And they are upset because they failed. It's a double edged sword."
Mar 14
Carol Larsen commented on John Leben's blog post Brooksville: Nice Venue, but Dismal Sales
"Now, if the event had contacted me previously, explained how my donation was going to be used, such as one does a silent auction and all proceeds goes towards college scholarships, and I am listed in marketing/website etc as a donor, that's…"
Mar 14
Carol Larsen commented on John Leben's blog post Brooksville: Nice Venue, but Dismal Sales
"Thank you for the comment about donations and direct competition with yourself. I have never understood this train of thought from show organizers. There seems to be a total disconnect that an artist's is working for a living. When I have…"
Mar 14
Carol Larsen replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"Okay...I have been laughing hysterically and frankly really needed it. I like probably everyone else on here is all over FB with associated groups. I have worked in my medium for 42 years, have a degree, started 50 years ago...like mostly everyone…"
Mar 11
Carol Larsen commented on Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's blog post Trailer Experience, Do You Have Any?
"I have a Legend, considered by many the Cadillac. Aluminum frame, etc. v-nose, 13x6 x 6, side door w/step and rear door goes down into a ramp with pulley system literally lifts by itself. They are manufactured in Michigan. New $6,000. Did I say it…"
Dec 11, 2016
Carol Larsen commented on John Leben's blog post Six Wasted Days at One-of-a-Kind Show
"And to add on to that, the lack of foot traffic is painful. A recent show I historically had lines out my booth changed buildings, the layout is traditional however has all the big draws in one spot, not spaced out forcing people to walk the show.…"
Dec 10, 2016
Carol Larsen commented on John Leben's blog post Six Wasted Days at One-of-a-Kind Show
"As silly as it seems, I had great shows, all up this year, until mid-October, just before the election. I have never seen the rampant fear as in this election. I truly believe people are not spending for that one reason alone."
Dec 8, 2016
Carol Larsen commented on steve appel's blog post Square chip reader and working with parkinson's
"The weighted optional base for the chip read slides in and there is a cap that holds it in. Go to the main Squareup.com website for POS. I have all inventory, send electronic receipts, it gives you hourly, daily, weekly, compared to year before…"
Nov 29, 2016
Carol Larsen commented on steve appel's blog post Square chip reader and working with parkinson's
"Ps, that little slide in piece on the base can be tricky for people with hand problems, I just leave it off as do my friends."
Nov 29, 2016
Carol Larsen commented on steve appel's blog post Square chip reader and working with parkinson's
"I love the chip reader with base. It stays in place on my checkout counter. It takes about 4 hours to fully charge and it has gone 10 hours with no problems. I re entry switched to Square's POS system and also the loyalty points. I have had…"
Nov 29, 2016
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Sep 9, 2016
Carol Larsen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Over $20K in art Stolen from Booths at Park City Festival
"Karen, thank you for sharing more details, I know it couldn't have been easy, as it took me over a year to speak about it to others. On purpose I had kept quiet for many reasons (beyond the police reports). My insurance that yes, I had all this…"
Aug 22, 2016
Carol Larsen commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Over $20K in art Stolen from Booths at Park City Festival
"You are right Brenda, and no one should ever approach closing up their booth especially outdoors as being exempt from theft, it's a false sense of security the guards give. "
Aug 17, 2016

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Your Medium
Textiles
Years in the Art Fair Business
10
What is your website?
http://www.riversedgefiberarts.com
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 ArtFairInsiders.com? 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.…

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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.

 

Here are some tips:

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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…

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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 ArtFairInsiders.com, 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!

Best wishes,
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
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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
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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
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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,

Thanks,

Bari Tarmon

At 5:42pm on January 18, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
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Happy new year, Carol. Thanks for playing Secret Santa!
At 11:49pm on June 21, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Carol Larsen a gift
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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
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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
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Thank you, Carol, for referring Jennifer Falkowski to Art Fair Insiders.

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