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Cindy Welch
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  • Houma, LA
  • United States
  • Tumbled Travertine, Solvent Ink,…
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Cindy Welch's Discussions

What are you doing this weekend, May 12-14, 2017?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch May 11. 2 Replies

I know Mother's Day is this weekend.  That alone is enough to keep some people busy all weekend.  There may also be some graduations.  I know LSU is having graduation this weekend.Are any of y'all…Continue

Items for Upsale in Craft Booth

Started Mar 26 0 Replies

I am offering my question here because I believe y'all are true professionals at selling at art or craft shows.  I believe I can get serious replies.Let me start by saying I do shows that usually…Continue

Tags: shows, increasing, sales, craft, selling

Escoda Brushes

Started Mar 11 0 Replies

I am looking for the following Escoda brushes, rounded tip (2nd brush down), with a medium length wooden handle.  I found them at Cheap Joes but they ended up being the long handle brushes.I am…Continue

Tags: artist, bristle, natural, brushes, escoda

Tornados in New Orleans

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Feb 16. 4 Replies

I just want remind everyone to remember the fine citizens of New Orleans who faced down several tornados yesterday.  There were some tornados in outlying areas too.  But in New Orleans alone, there…Continue

Tags: weather, storm, tornado, orleans, new

 

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Cindy Welch commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post Review: Asheville Fine Art Show -- such potential
"I am happy for you for the good part .... easy load in and load out, plus good art. I am sorry for the low sales ... low number of sales numbers and $$.  That is a disappointment no matter what level of show you are doing.  It…"
15 hours ago
Monica Langowski replied to Cindy Welch's discussion One of a Kind Show+Sale Chicago
"Relax. You don't need to justify anything to anyone here.  Just breathe. We all have the same fears and concerns. I am moving to NC later this year and applying to shows for 2018 with no idea what I am walking into. When the stars align…"
yesterday
Cindy Welch replied to Cindy Welch's discussion One of a Kind Show+Sale Chicago
"Thanks for your input Connie. I have done my share of trying "new to me" shows in my area, up to about 4 hours away.  It is not the idea of trying something new that is scary.  In this case it's more of the monetary…"
yesterday
Connie Mettler replied to Cindy Welch's discussion One of a Kind Show+Sale Chicago
"First of all, Monica, thank you for this report on the OOAK Spring Show. This is the first feedback I've heard.  Here's the deal: Chicagoans LOVE art fairs, they attend, they put them on their calendars to attend, they bring their…"
May 17
Cindy Welch replied to Cindy Welch's discussion One of a Kind Show+Sale Chicago
"Monica, Thank you for the firsthand review of your experience there.  Congratulations on doing so well! Quite honestly, we have never felt drawn to Chicago, even before the uptick in crime over the last few years.  That much exposure would…"
May 17
Monica Langowski replied to Cindy Welch's discussion One of a Kind Show+Sale Chicago
"Cindy - I did the Chicago One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale in 2016 (it's inaugural spring show), and I was completely terrified of the booth fee. I do fine art repros and reimaginations on flea market furniture, so my product is definitely…"
May 17
Cindy Welch replied to Dawn Casella's discussion Please give advice on my booth shot
"Larry, I am curious why you advise to downsize the small stuff."
May 15
Cindy Welch replied to Matt Ganote's discussion Thank You Art Fair Insiders
"Congratulations on a successful first show!"
May 13
Cindy Welch replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend, May 12-14, 2017?
"Sounds like a full weekend, but filled with work and pleasure activities."
May 11
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend, May 12-14, 2017?
"I for sure will still be hand sewing woolskin linings to three pairs of antique saddle skirts with 7 or 8 stitches/inch. It's tedious work but machine stitching would break the edge of the old leather. I'm listening to a 24 CD lecture…"
May 11
Cindy Welch posted a discussion

What are you doing this weekend, May 12-14, 2017?

I know Mother's Day is this weekend.  That alone is enough to keep some people busy all weekend.  There may also be some graduations.  I know LSU is having graduation this weekend.Are any of y'all doing shows this weekend?I am having a pop up shop in our retail store.  Our retail store is focused on work wear and steel toe boots, so totally unrelated to my craft business.  So why am I having a pop up shop there?  Because I can.  Because I am going where some people will naturally be shopping for work but also they can pick up their mom, wife or SO a gift ... all in one stop.  I'll have a variety of price points to satisfy most shoppers.  I have not done this before in our shop around Mother's Day so I am not sure how it'll turn out.  I'll be there Thursday through Saturday.See More
May 10
Cindy Welch replied to Cecelia Blenker's discussion Silent Auctions at art fairs, your thoughts?
"Excellent ideas in your article, Larry."
May 7
Cindy Welch replied to Cecelia Blenker's discussion Silent Auctions at art fairs, your thoughts?
"ne show I do asks for a voluntary donation but I have not done it the last couple of times and it has not hurt my entry to the show.  The last time I donated I did this.---donated something I had reduced for hanging around too long. …"
May 7
Cindy Welch replied to Laura Lee's discussion Tall Chair Recommendation
"We ordered 2 of these back in 2014.  We love them.  They collapse and transport easily.  Unfortunately, they are not available. Click  here to see it ... Tall Director's Chair"
May 2
Cindy Welch commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Ah ha! A Tequila Report for after Fort Worth
"Nels, I am from Louisiana and live about an hour out of New Orleans.  We used to live in Natchitoches back in '89-90.  Quaint little town.  It is quite lovely and full of American and Louisiana history.  I appreciate your…"
May 1
Cindy Welch commented on Cindy Welch's blog post Review: Vintage Market Days of Mississippi
"Thanks, Connie. One thing I know I will NOT do is to stoop to selling buy/sell. The only thing I had that my hands did not alter or completely remake was a couple of coaster holders. To me, this is equivalent to a photographer or artist buying, but…"
Apr 28
Connie Mettler commented on Cindy Welch's blog post Review: Vintage Market Days of Mississippi
"People were lined up out front to enter at opening ... especially on a Friday ...then you expect BUYERS. Sorry to hear that didn't happen, Cindy. Sounds like you had plenty of time to think/rethink what you are bringing to the show and…"
Apr 28
Cindy Welch replied to Brandi Powell's discussion Sales Techniques or Conversation Starters
"At the 2 shows I did recently I began conversations by asking if they been to that show in the past or if it was their first time. First time?  Well thank you for coming out.  We love to meet first-timers here.  Thanks for being…"
Apr 19
Joel Lockridge commented on Cindy Welch's blog post Review: Vintage Market Days of Mississippi
"It was for the show in MS. That alone throws a red flag -- nobody wants ME that bad, LOL."
Apr 16
Cindy Welch commented on Cindy Welch's blog post Review: Vintage Market Days of Mississippi
"Wow, Joel.  Talk about being heavy handed in the invites.  Speaks of desperation to me.  Was it one particular location that was seeking you out or the main office in Oklahoma?"
Apr 16

Profile Information

Your Medium
Tumbled Travertine, Solvent Ink, Challk Paint, Metal, Resin, Wood, Glass
Years in the Art Fair Business
Since December 2012
First show ever
At a local church
What is your website?
http://www.cynthiawelchdesigns.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Getting to show/sell something I've created!
Getting to meet awesome people
Being outdoors at shows
Best show ever and why
Southdown Plantation Marketplace in Houma, LA
We have a good day in sales, it is the closest to my home (less than 5 minutes)
Worst show ever and why
In general, shows at churches .... they almost never have properly advertised for artists/crafts people nor for shoppers, leading to little to no foot traffic
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Internet search
What is one fun fact about yourself?
Been married to the same awesome man since 1979!!

Cindy Welch's Blog

Review: Vintage Market Days of Mississippi

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 10:09am 10 Comments

This past weekend my husband, our daughter and I had a booth at Vintage Market Days (VMD) in Brandon, MS, near Jackson.  This was our first ever VMD event.  I had applied to the one in southeast Louisiana but was wait listed due to my category being full.

VMD is a franchise based promoter that has been doing shows around 5 years.  They started off in middle America, Oklahoma I think.  Promoters buy a franchise or a given area to run a bi-annual show, spring and…

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Bust of a Show

Posted on March 19, 2016 at 9:22pm 31 Comments

We had that show that is near my house.  It has been a bad weekend all around for the artists, the organizer, the shoppers, EVERYONE.  Oh, and the weather was a major player too.  Where do I start. 

Let's start with the weather.  It was predicted it would begin…

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Trunk Sale vs. Craft Show

Posted on December 9, 2015 at 5:19pm 17 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a trunk sale in my home.  I had mentioned it here on AFI and Connie mentioned blogging about it so here I am.  Specifically Connie had suggested blogging trunk sale vs. a craft show.  This is my first blog here so try to be forgiving if I don't pull it off well.  <smile>

I have been doing my craft, making travertine tile coasters, trivets and plaques for 3 years this month.  I actually got into this coaster business somewhat accidentally. …

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Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 6:37pm on June 14, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Cynthia.  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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We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at http://www.artfairinsiders.com/page/code-of-conduct. There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

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At 10:17am on September 3, 2014, Linda Patrick said…

Hi Cynthia!  We have been in Memphis visiting grandkids.  You can see my jewelry at Laurindalee's Paper Bead Jewelry on Etsy or Facebook - Laurindalee's  or my home page on facebook  Linda Myer Miller Patrick.   My son lives in Metairie and manages Rick's Sports Bar on Bourbon.  To find those festivals just look under a search for festivals in Alabama.  Look for Elberta Sausage Festival, Daphne Jubilee Festival, Strawberry Festival in Loxely Alabama.  It just takes some time doing the legwork.  Love your coasters!

At 5:51pm on November 20, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Happy birthday, Cynthia. Thanks so much for being such a great team player here. Hope the next year is your best ever and dreams come true.
At 11:15pm on December 01, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 12/1/2014.
At 9:48pm on December 15, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 12/14/2015
At 9:18am on June 27, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Cindy, I can't tell you how much I (and others) appreciate your upbeat and helpful comments and posts on AFI. Many thanks. I hope all your family's health problems are going away. Really soon.

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