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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

Taking the Plunge for a Cargo Trailer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little on Saturday. 8 Replies

Tomorrow we are taking the plunge on ordering a cargo trailer to haul our craft booth supplies, tent(s), and art/crafts.  Yay!  Till we get the bill, anyway.Up until now we have used a couple of…Continue

Tags: cargo, trailer, double, booth, 20

Moving Up to a Bigger Booth

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Jun 27. 6 Replies

I am beginning to think about next year, yes 2018, and how I want to expand.  The way I am thinking of expanding is to a bigger booth.  I have had a 10x10 since I started in 2013.  I want to graduate…Continue

Tags: business, expanding, size, booth

What are you doing this weekend, June 9-11, 2017?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Jun 11. 7 Replies

I know it's earlier in the week than we usually begin this post, but here goes.  What are you doing this weekend?Summer is in full swing now that we are in June.  There are not as many shows around…Continue

Tags: doing, fun, you, are, June

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

 

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Michelle Robison replied to Cindy Welch's discussion One of a Kind Show+Sale Chicago
"I've gotten their adverts too..I did two Amdur shows in Chicago and sold nothing.. My friend used to go Chicago and sold a lot but the show sales started declining 10 years ago and she even stopped doing Chicago shows.."
49 minutes ago
Cindy Welch commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post Ever had another artist screw you over?
"Wendy, when people act like your neighbors did I have felt it smelled of insecurity which can be made up of many parts ... jealousy being one of them.  Maybe they were jealous of all she had done by this point in her life, compared to what they…"
Monday
Greg Little replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Taking the Plunge for a Cargo Trailer
"Congratulations on your new trailer..."
Saturday
Cindy Welch commented on Joel Lockridge's blog post Ever had another artist screw you over?
"I suppose one take-away is this is a reminder to check references on anyone we want to do custom work."
Friday
Cindy Welch replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Taking the Plunge for a Cargo Trailer
"We are excited. Can't wait to get it hitched up. LOL"
Friday
Larry Sohn replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Taking the Plunge for a Cargo Trailer
"Sounds like my old horse trailer, giddyup  :-)"
Friday
Cindy Welch replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Taking the Plunge for a Cargo Trailer
"Larry, yes it has its own brakes. It has double doors on the back side and a locking side door on the curbside."
Friday
Larry Sohn replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Taking the Plunge for a Cargo Trailer
"Will your trailer have it's own brakes? It may not have the weight requiring it, but I believe, it is a good feature to have."
Friday
Cindy Welch replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Taking the Plunge for a Cargo Trailer
"We have not taken possession yet. They did not have any gray in stock but had just placed an order for some trailers. It'll be a few weeks. However we are taking this time to work on other booth/trailer related stuff. If I can find s photo…"
Friday
Judy Christian replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Taking the Plunge for a Cargo Trailer
"Hi Cindy, Did you get your trailer and how do you like it? Judy"
Friday
Larry Sohn replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Taking the Plunge for a Cargo Trailer
"Sounds great Cindy. I have been considering a Class C Toy Hauler. Shorter in length than my truck plus a trailer. Ability to sleep in. Easier to drive. lower toll costs. possibly easier parking spots. room to do shop work (to an extent) on the…"
Jul 17
Cindy Welch posted a discussion

Taking the Plunge for a Cargo Trailer

Tomorrow we are taking the plunge on ordering a cargo trailer to haul our craft booth supplies, tent(s), and art/crafts.  Yay!  Till we get the bill, anyway.Up until now we have used a couple of different vehicles and managed okay, but it has been tight at times.  When we first started, believe it or not, we got everything into a 2008 Acadia.  Yes, a smaller sized SUV did the job.  Then we graduated to dh's 2006 (I think) Ford F150, with a camper shell.  Some of you may remember I posted the slider system he built to make it easier to load and unload.  Then we started using the 2011 Suburban we got when he was advised by our mechanic to get rid of the truck quickly, as in yesterday.I have been wanting to graduate to a double booth, 10x20.  Up until now we just did not have room.  Dh is an excellent packer and we could not force any more any, save a stick of gum.We have been looking online at local BST Facebook groups, talking to friends and so on to find a good used one.  There are…See More
Jul 16
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Promotional Tips for our favorite Art Fair organizers
"Barry I remember your story about the artist driving her vehicle into the show.  Crazy. Down here in south Louisiana, many events include arts, crafts, food, some kind of festival and, of course, beer and on occasion, stronger drinks.  I…"
Jul 14
Cindy Welch replied to Craig Roderick and Sara Beck's discussion Coolers
"We have never used an expensive cooler.  We have used the suggestions provided like ice but also frozen bottles of water, keeping it out of the sun, etc.  Our water, etc stays chilled during the day.  Expensive does not always = a…"
Jul 10
Cindy Welch replied to Cindy Welch's discussion One of a Kind Show+Sale Chicago
"Anna, thanks for your experience. We will not be going to Chicago for any reason any time soon."
Jul 5
Cindy Welch replied to Jane Doe's discussion Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show 2017 - Do Not Apply Until You Read This
"Greg, the shows we've done with food vendors ... the food vendors paid a higher booth fee than those like us there with our art/craft."
Jul 5
Anna Repke replied to Cindy Welch's discussion One of a Kind Show+Sale Chicago
"Oh Cindy, Cindy,  it's quite the risk!!  I was talked in to doing it because the gal was SURE my stuff would just "fly off the shelf".  I thought it couldn't hurt to try as an emerging artist at the holiday show…"
Jul 5
Cindy Welch replied to Jane Doe's discussion Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show 2017 - Do Not Apply Until You Read This
"I agree that shows, like many other events, change over time if they are long running enough. There is an arts and crafts show here in my town that I believe is experiencing some struggles.  It is a twice per year fundraiser for a plantation…"
Jul 4
Cindy Welch commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Part two--how I spent my June--Columbus Art Festival
"Nels, great review as always.  Can't wait for the next installment."
Jul 4
Cindy Welch replied to Wendy Merkle's discussion What's in a Show's Name? Fountain Square OR Evanston Artisan Summerfest
"Wow!  1.5 hours!  We are totally packed up and loaded within an 1.5 hours ... most of the time."
Jun 28

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!!

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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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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.

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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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