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Connie Mettler commented on Melanie Rolfes's blog post Breaking down fast or enjoy the ride
"A great big tip for those of you in a hurry to hit the road: it can be dangerous, especially if you are long hauling it back to the city. Be very careful. My partner, Norm Darwish, was the king of the breakdowns. In a former life he was a teamster…"
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Call for Artists: 38th Annual Greater Cincinnati Winterfair

November 25-27  Covington, Kentucky Northern Kentucky Convention CenterPresented by: Ohio Designer Craftsmen220 artistsDeadline: July 8Application fee: $27/Booth fee: $390-$765The Greater Cincinnati Winterfair opens the day after Thanksgiving on one of the bsiest shopping days of the year.  This event attracts an average audience of 8,000 enthusiastic and loyal attendees from the tri-state area.Located at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, across the river from Cincinnati, the venue…See More
Connie Mettler replied to George L Smyth's discussion Art Fair Submission Recommendations
"George, exciting that someone is using those old techniques! Good for you. Please visit to see some offerings. Look at our top 50 art fairs also at Solid shows in your area, Bethesda, Reston, a newish one in…"
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publisher of &; art fair organizer and consultant
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Royal Oak, MI, and the following weekend the State Street Show in Ann Arbor. Baptism by fire!
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
When you go home with fat pockets.
Best show ever and why
Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair 2001 - best sales ever at an art show, lots of money flowing in the streets of Ann Arbor. We went home and paid all our bills!
Worst show ever and why
As beginners, grasping at anything, got talked into an "art show" at Boysville, a fundraiser at a rural boy's reformatory. The first day we pocketed $5 in sales. Instead of spending the night we cancelled our hotel reservation and went home.
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I started to build an online community around the nation's art fair business so artists and others could connect with one another for mutual support and fellowship.

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Call for Artists: 38th Annual Greater Cincinnati Winterfair

Posted on June 28, 2016 at 9:33pm 0 Comments

November 25-27 

Covington, Kentucky

Northern Kentucky Convention Center

Presented by: Ohio Designer Craftsmen
220 artists
Deadline: July 8
Application fee: $27/Booth fee:…

Call for Artists: Art Paired - 2 Days to Deadline

Posted on June 26, 2016 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

September 10 & 11 - Franklin, TN

September 17 & 18 - Memphis, TN

Presented by: ArtWorks Foundation, a 501c3 corp.

80 Artists

Deadline:  June…


"I'll Be Back; I'll Think About it"

Posted on June 24, 2016 at 7:30am 2 Comments

What to say next without being "salesy" or using a  "hard sell."

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Just in time for the big July art…


Call for Artists: 48th Annual Tempe Festival of the Arts

Posted on June 24, 2016 at 7:00am 0 Comments

December 2-4
Tempe, Arizona
Presented by the Tempe Foundation
Downtown Tempe…

Last Call: 5th Annual Winter Glory Fine Craft Show - 3 days to deadline

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

November 18 & 19

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Presented by the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council

47 Exhibitors

Deadline: June 24

Application fee: $35

Booth fees from $125 for members to $200 for non-members

Located just 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee, the Polish Center of Wisconsin is a charming…


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At 9:12am on June 26, 2016, chaya kipper said…

Thanks Connie for the welcome! 

At 10:48am on June 17, 2016, Joyce Toler Collins said…

Thank you! Such great information here:)

At 10:32am on June 14, 2016, Wendy Kendrick said…
Hi Connie, thanks for welcoming to this site. To be quite honest haven't had the time to sit down and figure it out. I was trying to make connections with other artists and get festival information (new to festivals).
At 10:51am on June 10, 2016, Kathi Jensen said…

Thank you Connie! 

At 10:09am on June 10, 2016, Steffe Harwood said…

Thanks for the tips, Connie! I've already been lurking around quite a bit and reading many threads on the topics I'm interested in. I'm doing my first 'show', a local farmers market, in a week so I am doing my best to be as prepared as possible. I'm very excited to sell in person! I used to sell handmade hats at the artist alley of anime conventions, so I know I'm a decent in person salesperson. :) We will see how it goes!

At 10:56pm on May 28, 2016, Brandi Powell said…

Thanks so much for the kind welcome & helpful tips, Connie!

At 7:51am on May 26, 2016, Michelle Miller said…

Connie, Thanks so much for accepting me into this group.  I've got so much to learn and I'm sure I will be able to find many answers and help here. :)

At 7:57pm on May 25, 2016, Dick Carter said…

Hello again,

 Thanks for your friend request. I'm happy to make new friends.

 I'm at the front end of producing an new Christian demo CD of music

that I've written and I'll be playing and doing the vocals too. Not as big a deal as it may sound but it will be consuming some of my time. I've read some comments in one of the recent newsletters wondering why Texas doesn't have better art fairs. I agree completely. There is a first time effort

coming up in League City, TX. Who knows how it will work out but there are some pretty sharp people involved. League City is located roughly

30 minutes South of Houston. Thanks for the welcome

At 9:36am on May 18, 2016, Lora Cheese said…

Connie, thanks so much for your friend request.  Sorry it took me so long to confirm it.  I don't come on here much, this will be my 3rd year doing craft shows and truthfully I get so busy making things that by the time I start checking out the forums here, I'm bushed. LOL  Anyway things are calming down a bit and I will be concentrating more on the internet part of my business.  Again, glad to be friends and looking forward to getting to know you!

At 7:43pm on May 17, 2016, Michael Childs said…

I need explicit instructions. I went to Discussions but couldn't find a link or a box to write my introduction. I am dumb as a post sometimes. Should I include this trait in the introduction?


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