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Need advice on using a cash register at shows.

OK, I'm considering buying a cash register to use at shows and ditching the fanny pack. But, I would like to hear any advice or comments from more experienced sellers. (That would be any of you). What register is considered the "best" for this type of use. I know it should be AC/DC for when electricity is not available or simply cost prohibitive. So far, the only one I've seen is the Royal 115 cx, but I'm sure there are others. Tell me your good and /or bad experiences. Or, don't hesitate to…

Art in the Park Montana

Just wondering if anyone has any information on this show...?

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Encaustic supplies and tools for sale

If you are an encaustic artist, or have always wanted to try it, here's your chance. I am selling my entire collection of paint, wax, medium, brushes, heat tools, even a table and ventilation system if you need it. I will post photos a bit later but contact me if you are interested. I am in Salt Lake City but can ship (everything but the table).

7-foot ProPanels fit inside 10x10 EZ-Up from Sam's Club??

Hi all - I have my first ever outdoor art show next month, and have purchased a 10x10 EZ-Up from Sam's Club.  I really like the look of the 7-foot knockdown ProPanels w/ adjustable legs but have read blogs/articles online which seem to indicate the 7-foot may not fit under the EZ-Up....I'd like to have stabilizers, and lighting eventually as well so wondering if all of that stuff will fit? 

I plan on using the ProPanels for indoor shows eventually as well, and from what I've read on a…

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I would like to ask if anybody knows, how good is the Evanston Lakeshore Festival .

Please, help, let me know.


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Call for Artists: Shipshewana Art Festival

June 21 Shipshewana, Indiana 9 am - 4 pm 50 Artists Deadline: until full Join our first ever Shipshewana Art Festival on June 21 from 9 AM - 4 PM, only $50.00. Two opportunities:a 3 day trade show (June 19-21) If you are a full time artist and would like to do make it take-its or even sell brushes or overstocks. Please list…See More
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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.

Here is a recent interview "about me"

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Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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Call for Artists: Shipshewana Art Festival

Posted on April 20, 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

June 21

Shipshewana, Indiana

9 am - 4 pm

50 Artists

Deadline: until full

Join our first ever Shipshewana Art Festival
 on June 21 from 9 AM - 4 PM, only $50.00.

Two opportunities:

  • a 3 day trade show…

Call for Artists: Birmingham Street Art Fair

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 1:58am 0 Comments

September 20 & 21

Birmingham, Michigan

Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 10am-5pm

160+ artists…


Call for Artists: BBC Fine Art & Fine Craft Fair in NYC

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

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21st Annual BBC Fine Art & Fine Craft  Fair aka Ye Olde Village Fair

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Call for Artists: 10th Annual Levis Commons Art Fair

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

August 16 & 17

Perrysburg, Ohio

Produced by The Guild of Artists & Artisans

Sat. 10am-8pm

Sun. 11am-5pm

130 Artists

Deadline:  April…

Call for Artists: 40th Annual Art in the Park Arts Festival

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 6:43am 0 Comments

July 12 & 13

Steamboat Springs, Colorado 

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains

Saturday, 9 - 5, Sunday 9-4 

100 Artists

Deadline: April 15


  • Over 100 juried artists in a lovely park…

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At 10:47am on April 19, 2014, Allegra Brelsford said…
Thank you Connie, for all that you do! Best wishes.
At 7:32pm on April 18, 2014, Steve Kohr said…

Hi Connie - thanks, nice to meet you too!  Just added my photo, will take a look at everything else tonight!  Thanks for the tips!


At 9:30pm on April 14, 2014, Beth Covert said…
Thank you so much. I am hoping to find some time in the next week or so to explore the forums and complete my own profile.
At 12:08pm on April 11, 2014, Vincent Fink said…

Thank you for the warm welcome! I look forward to adding to this great community.

At 10:24am on April 11, 2014, Cynthia blair said…

Thank you Connie!

I am investigating all the wonderful pages and information you and your members share.

At 7:14am on April 4, 2014, Helen Harris said…

Thanks for the welcome Connie! I'm just trying to get familiar with this site. I've been away from outdoor show for a few years and need to renew my show lists and contacts. ...Helen

At 3:11pm on April 2, 2014, Ellen Jo Ljung said…

Thanks for adding me, Connie. This group is very informative and can help us improve what we do, and we are grateful!

At 7:18pm on April 1, 2014, Laura MacNaughton said…

Thank you, Connie, for the welcome- although the famous Larry B mentioned your site some years back, it is only very recently that I started following the site.  It has been EXTREMELY helpful as I try to plan the crafts show year ahead.

I hope to be contributing very soon, and in fact will post my thoughts on the Frederick Festival of the Arts 2013 tomorrow.


My partner & I have known Larry and his wife Mary for many years, back when we all made BIG money on the show circuit- how things have changed since then! Your site will help us keep ahead of the curve.


Also want to add a shout out to Larry who has always been more than helpful and somehow knows things that mere mortals do not!

Happy to be part of Art Fair Insiders!


At 7:23pm on March 31, 2014, Ann Kolovyansky said…

Thank you for the welcome!  I look forward to lurking a bit more and hopping into conversations soon!

Thanks again,

Ann Kolovyansky

At 8:36pm on March 30, 2014, Rebecca Lowery said…

Thanks so much!  I hope I can contribute in some way.



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