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Cindy Welch
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  • Houma, LA
  • United States
  • Tumbled Travertine, Solvent Ink,…
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Items for Upsale in Craft Booth

Started yesterday 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

What are you doing this weekend, January 20-22, 2017?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Jan 20. 9 Replies

I am starting the bandwagon early for us.Friday I'll make the flea market and resale shop circuit.  I keep a watch out for things I can upcycle/repurpose.  Sometimes dd is with me and can find…Continue

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Items for Upsale in Craft Booth

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 offer some art but a lot of crafts.  What I sell is on the crafts end.  I do travertine coasters and have a couple coaster holders I distress and otherwise add some color to.  A couple are bought and sold in the original finish.  I find it is an easy up sell to offer the coaster holders as an accessory to the coasters customers are already buying.  Those that are not altered are not eligible for Etsy so they are not on my shop.  My question will be pertaining to my booth at shows.I have started chalk painting home décor. I do a lot of vases, bottles, candlesticks, etc.  They are made up of a variety of materials ... glass, ceramic, wood, resin, metal, etc.  99% of the chalk painted items are one of a kinds.  They are usually flea market or thrift store finds that I upcycle and repurpose.Now…See More
yesterday
Cindy Welch replied to Pat Sorbini's discussion 2D and depth
"I also am finding that even with the 3-d pieces I do that a downlight provides a better photo."
Thursday
Cindy Welch commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Len, I know you are right about how they would not be there w/o the show. Due to no tent right now I am turning my sights towards indoor shows.  As of now, there is really no feasible place for scabs or interlopers to set up right outside the…"
Mar 21
Cindy Welch commented on margaret luttrell's blog post Fairhope......Art Fun in the Deep South for some!
"Len, I don't know but maybe the merchants had something to do with this?  As a draw to get people in front of their business?"
Mar 21
Cindy Welch posted a discussion

Escoda Brushes

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 specifically looking for brush size 2.  Any ideas on where to find this in the medium handle>TIASee More
Mar 11
Cindy Welch replied to Kelly Swartz's discussion Paypal v Square
"I wondered the same thing.  I use Square exclusively. Is this something that happens mostly to high frequency and/or high dollar amount users?  Or has it happened also to low frequency/low dollar users."
Mar 8
Cindy Welch replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"LOL  People can be so funny without realizing it."
Mar 8
Cindy Welch commented on John Leben's blog post My Lucky Streak Ended in Bonita Springs
"Sometimes shows can be hit or  miss.  It is hard though when we've seen success at a show, then take a downturn, especially by that much.  Thanks for sharing your story and best wishes on your other shows."
Mar 8
Cindy Welch commented on Alison Fox's blog post For The Love of Art
"Sounds like a fun event.  Sometimes it's a relief to do a smaller show, especially indoors.  Less noise, less walking to get from the entry to the shows, more attention to artists from the promoter, etc.  Wishing I lived closer,…"
Mar 8
Cindy Welch commented on Bari Tarmon's blog post An Odd Year
"Bari, I am in a similar boat too.  I am a crafts person.  I started with tumbled travertine products, coasters, trivets, etc.  Both coasters and trivets are/were very repeatable.  However, in the last year or it has…"
Mar 6
Cindy Welch commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post When artist call themselves high-end artists;
"Larry Sohn wrote To me this is the real meaning of 'high end'."
Mar 2
Cindy Welch replied to Susie Monzingo's discussion Lighting for ez up
"Not sure.  They just came in today.  We will have to try it.  We ordered one of each."
Mar 1
Cindy Welch replied to Susie Monzingo's discussion Lighting for ez up
"Dh just ordered these and we expect them in today.  We have not added lighting to our booth before.  I am anxious to see the…"
Mar 1
Cindy Welch replied to brian murphy's discussion suggestions for my booth from the sages
"Brian, I don't do photography but from what I've read, and everyone please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the photographers would advise one print bin only. About the tables.  I would advise putting photos (matted or framed)…"
Feb 28
Cindy Welch commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post When artist call themselves high-end artists;
"Interesting.  I suppose there are those who apply that label to themselves to help promote their product but it does not necessarily mean their technique or innate ability is high end.  I also thought of the term "premium" as…"
Feb 28
Cindy Welch replied to brian murphy's discussion suggestions for my booth from the sages
"I was thinking the same thing as Larry.  Solid walls such as you can buy with most tents will give the walls a more finished look. If the shows allow table covers to the floor then add that.  The tables look unfinished with short table…"
Feb 28
Cindy Welch replied to Kelly Swartz's discussion Jury standards in varying shows
"I am definitely interested in case things work out for me to apply to a more upscale event."
Feb 28
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? February 24-26, 2017
"I wish I was close enough! :D"
Feb 27
Cindy Welch replied to Ana Monsanto's discussion Barely Used Showoff Tent 10x10 and full booth propanels set up
"Wished I lived close enough to purchase!  Just can't make a trip to Miami any time soon."
Feb 27
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? February 24-26, 2017
"Shall I  pencil you in then?  LOL"
Feb 24

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

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.

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!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

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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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