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What are you doing this weekend? February 17-20, 2017?

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Putting 2016 Secret Santa to Bed

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Is anyone here earning a living?

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ProPanels ladder shelving unit for sale or trade

Well, I thought I had a new booth set-up worked out, but it just didn't work for me. I

have the freestanding shelf unit with one additional half-width shelf and three mini shelves, all in oatmeal. I've used them twice. Bought for $400, sell for $300 or trade for a ProPanels hand cart, or other hand cart that would allow me to transport my big paintings parallel to the cart.

You'd have to pick the shelving unit up on the Eastern Shore, or meet me at a show. If you get in touch…

Hang weights on frame or fabric?

Can anyone help out with exactly where to attach the weights to our tent? I've made PVC/concrete weights. It seems like the frame is where I need to attach them, but some shows specify they must be attached to the canopy. Are they referring to the fabric top, or are they using "canopy" to refer to the framing? Thanks for any insight!


Full time Missouri resident and did first out of state fair last summer in IA. Do I need to file a state tax return for IA?

Print Bins and Desk for Sale

2 print bins and 44" desk with 2nd shelf.They were never used and in perfect condition.Charcoal grey color.Manufactured by Armstrong Products.Located in South Florida.Total cost new is $796.00.Selling for 250.00 cash.

Looking for a web site designer that I won't have to take out a bank loan for!

I threw together our website over 12 years ago with MS Front Page and that's not supported by much of anything today - not to mention how dated our site looks!  I've gone through a dozen developers in our area and no one is interested - not enough $$ for them!  We don't want a shopping cart.  We've already got our domain name and am happy with iPower for hosting.  What we want is a drastically more artistic and visually appealing site that we can EASILY update with pictures, shows and other…


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Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? February 17-20, 2017?
"We have been having a couple weeks of 60-700 weather at 7000’ SE of Denver so I have been attacking a pile of logs with the chain saw for a couple hours a day. I had a memorial service at church on Saturday that left me depressed and…"
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Wallace Fuller commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Throwing in the Towel
"Sorry to read this. Lu and I were across from Archie at Summerfair for a number of years. Still remember a lamppost instant.  Have passed this message on to my brother-in -law who may have an interest in the dulcimers. Good Luck Archie and our…"
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mary j dallas replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? February 17-20, 2017?
"This is my daughter, Abby Mae, (with hair up) and her friend from class with their neon piece."
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Scotty Jones replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? February 17-20, 2017?
"Hi Connie ! Yes we have a great place right here in town called " the original treasure mart " (they have a website). It's a big old 4 story factory filled with all kinds of goodies. The stuff changes often. You could easily spend…"
Judy Christian replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? February 17-20, 2017?
"I'm in the process of moving. A SLOW move from State College, PA, back to northeast OH. So most weekends I'm over in Ohio, moving a load and working on the house. My studio will be in the lower level of the house this time, and I need to…"

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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.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
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"

Another one on Barney Davey's Art Business Blog: Art Fair Insiders - Connie Mettler - the Real Deal:

Learn more "about us" at this link:

Here is my story in the ZAPP News, 8/1/13:
Industry Spotlight: Connie Mettler, Creator of ArtFairInsiders and ArtFairCalendar
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Call for Artists: Royal Oak Clay, Glass & Metal Show

Posted on February 19, 2017 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

June 10-11  Royal Oak logo
Royal Oak, Michigan
Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 11am-5pm
120 artists
Deadline: March 5

Application fee: $25; Booth fees start at $320…


Call for Artists: Great Lakes Art Fair '17

Posted on February 18, 2017 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

April 7-9

Novi, Michigan

Suburban Collection Showplace

200 Artists…


Call for Artists: 'Round the Fountain Art Fair

Posted on February 17, 2017 at 6:04pm 0 Comments


May 27
Lafayette, Indiana
9 am to 4:30 pm
95 Artists…

PODCAST: 2 New shows for 2017 - Should I apply?

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The guests:

Samantha Saturn is reviving a popular Nashville, TN, art fair: American Artisan, June 16-18.…


Throwing in the Towel

Posted on February 17, 2017 at 12:03pm 1 Comment

From my mailbox:

Hi Connie and all my friends,

It has been a long time since I have been in contact, much water has flowed under the bridge and my situation has changed.

I am now 73 and had my 4th and most serious back surgery a couple of years ago with fused vertebra and metal rods inserted.  (Have so much metal in my back that I…


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At 1:10am on February 20, 2017, John Kraft said…

Thank you, Connie! Great to be here! Watching a video of you providing an overview now... Cheers. ~ John. 

At 9:49am on February 17, 2017, Susan E Wright said…

Hi Connie-Thank you for the welcome and info! Greatly appreciated.

At 10:54am on February 10, 2017, Alison Simmons said…

Thank you for welcoming me, Connie, you are very kind!

At 2:25pm on February 9, 2017, Lisa Therese Benson said…

Thank you very much for the great welcome Connie. I can see that there are a lot of wonderful people here as well as lots of valuable information. My husband and I are planning on spending the summer visiting art fairs with the hopes of participating after that. 

At 6:51pm on February 8, 2017, Laura Soetebier said…
Thank you so much! I have been reading the comments on this site for a few years and have found much useful information. I also bought your 2014 Best Art Fair Survey and found it extremely helpful as well.
At 1:20pm on January 25, 2017, LORI Schinelli said…

Thank you for you kind welcome, Connie.

 I am quite the art fair newbie as I will participate in my first art fair in March.

I have explored many blogs with art fair advice and I am in the process of gathering information in order to set up my booth in the most attractive manner.

I appreciate you all sharing your wisdom.



At 10:04pm on January 24, 2017, Mark Andrew Thomas said…

Thanks for the welcome Connie! Really looking forward to getting to know all of you on here. I'm a tad bit nervous, actually abject terror would be a better adjective, but I think it's time to give this a shot. I hope y'all don't mind a ton of questions LOL.

At 11:17am on January 16, 2017, Karen Lilla said…

Thank you for welcoming me....looking forward to checking out all the info everyone has acquired through their experience. You've already given me helpful hints about this website and how to get around on it...thanks

At 10:21pm on January 5, 2017, Magyuris McKenna said…

Connie,I'm trying to decide if we want to apply for the Harrisburg Artsfest 2017 over Memorial Day weekend.  I tried to find a review from last year but all I seem to find are links for the Call for Artists for the 2017 show.  Am I missing something?

Maggie McKenna

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Ruckersville, VA

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