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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 working on?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen J. Clausen Sep 14. 4 Replies

I have been getting some things done in my house and was about to head to The Barn (in the backyard) when a downpour started.  So I jumped in here to look around.  Now i am wondering what everyone is…Continue

Tags: plans, working, on, weekend, doing

Back Home from Mobile, AL

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loc Tran Aug 29. 5 Replies

Good morning everyone!  I was gone this past weekend to Mobile, AL for a Vintage Market Days (VMD) show.  We got back last night around 11:30.   Got to bed about midnight.  Though John went right to…Continue

Tags: alabama, show, mobile, vmd, market

What are you working on, August 20-25, 2018?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Aug 24. 9 Replies

Good afternoon/evening everyone.  I am wondering what everyone is working on or where you are going for your next event?This past Saturday dh and a friend of ours went to The Painted Pelican (TPP) in…Continue

What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Aug 17. 15 Replies

Dh and I got back yesterday from a long weekend on the Mississippi coast.  It was a combo trip .... our 39th anniversary plus we did some pickin'.  We were in the Long Beach area and went picking…Continue

Tags: on, workshop, shop, barn, working

 

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Cindy Welch commented on Alyn Federico's blog post When the camping is better than the Art Shows.
"Yeah, no pics to view."
Sep 14
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on?
"We spent last weekend in Fort Wayne at the Jefferson Pointe Art Fair in a nonstop rainstorm.  The only variance was how hard it rained.  We discovered that we had a number of leaks in the canopy and spent the weekend shifting jewelry to…"
Sep 14
Heike Strobel replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on?
"I will have 3 weekends almost in a row coming up at Cathedral Park in Santa Fe, NM. September and October are the most busy month here. We could use some rain here, we are in a drought..."
Sep 14
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on?
"I’m finishing up a shoulder holster order and some white straps for a client and saddles.  Monday, we leave for the “Hot Springs Road Trip” across UT and NV to celebrate our 50th anniversary.  We are taking the dogs and…"
Sep 14
Judy Christian replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on?
"I hope that everyone is ok with the hurricane and weather? I have been staying close to home with an off and on flooding basement the past few weeks. There has been too much rain. I live on a mountain, halfway, and the ground is too full of…"
Sep 14
Cindy Welch posted a discussion

What are you working on?

I have been getting some things done in my house and was about to head to The Barn (in the backyard) when a downpour started.  So I jumped in here to look around.  Now i am wondering what everyone is doing this week/weekend?  Prepping for a show(s)?  Going to a show?We did Vintage Market Days of Mississippi last weekend.  We left on Thursday AM for check in and set up starting at 1:00 PM.  This was a date changed from the original weekend in November.  This event was in the same venue though.  Let me tell you, September is much too hot in Mississippi for a show with no climate control.  There was some behind the scenes stuff that caused the date to get moved.  I won't bore you with those details.  The biggest news was that the promoters have sold off Mississippi.  The Carltons, the outgoing promoters, are really great people.  However they we were doing 2 shows a year in Mississippi and 2 in Louisiana, near Hammond.  They are from Louisiana and so it makes sense to sell off…See More
Sep 13
Cindy Welch replied to Chris van atta's discussion Booth Photo Review Please | Which photo is better?
"I like the 2nd photo better.  Mostly because of the angled bin."
Aug 31
Loc Tran replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Back Home from Mobile, AL
""Vintage Market Days" for art/craftspeople that recycle/repurposed home related antique/vintage goods?... not sure if I'm doing the description justice but... think HGTV. I believe they are franchising their brand in different cities…"
Aug 29
judy schmidt replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Back Home from Mobile, AL
"What is VMD ?"
Aug 29
Larry Sohn replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Back Home from Mobile, AL
"Most shows I do, will not allow "25% Sales" or other posted markdowns."
Aug 27
Kendra Bennett replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Back Home from Mobile, AL
"It was great to meet you. Your booth looked great. Sorry it wasn't a better show for you. Hoping your next one is fabulous."
Aug 27
Loc Tran replied to Cindy Welch's discussion Back Home from Mobile, AL
"Congrats on completing another show. I know how grueling it can be especially when you feel like you didn't make the $$ you should have earned by all the work you put in. I set-up/broke down 2 shows on the same weekend a week ago. One show, the…"
Aug 27
Cindy Welch posted a discussion

Back Home from Mobile, AL

Good morning everyone!  I was gone this past weekend to Mobile, AL for a Vintage Market Days (VMD) show.  We got back last night around 11:30.   Got to bed about midnight.  Though John went right to sleep, I did not finally fall asleep till about 2:00 AM.  Ugh.This is the 2nd time we went to a VMD in Mobile.  The first time was this past spring.  It was kind of weird.  It seemed like the foot traffic was better in the spring than for this "fall" show.  I use quotes for fall because it is not very fall like at all here on the gulf coast.  We tend not to get the great "feels good" weather of fall till late October.  As far as weather it is summer-like.  We did not have any weather to contend with as far as our drive over, setting up, the show or load and drive home.We arrived on Thursday about 11:30 and had time to get lunch at Chick-fil-a before heading to the venue.  Our check in time at the venue was 1:00 PM.  We got there a little early and was able to go ahead and set up.This event…See More
Aug 27
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on, August 20-25, 2018?
"Seven days left until we leave for Estes Park, CO show, my last one this year, but there are only 3 1/2 effective working  days left. All of the special orders from Carbondale and Winter Park, CO shows are done and shipped. I have a few carved…"
Aug 24
Jeff Wise replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on, August 20-25, 2018?
"I would love to know how the Museum show goes.  Discovered that too late this year."
Aug 22
Judy Christian replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on, August 20-25, 2018?
"Thanks for the info! I have done Allentown but took a year off and lost my premium spot. There is a smaller show nearby in August but I have never done it. I have always heard nice things about it. Also Letchworth but that is another show that is on…"
Aug 22
Jeff Wise replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on, August 20-25, 2018?
"NY is good.  Parents love and we do well in Ithaca and around the Finger Lakes.  Easy drive from where you and I live.  Buffalo area has been a bit hit or miss though there are plenty of shows and nice areas.  Been hitting…"
Aug 22
Judy Christian replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on, August 20-25, 2018?
"Thanks, Jeff. I lived in Ohio for years until 2010, so I have done most of their shows. Stan Hywet is the wrong weekend for me, so I have never been there. I did Yankee Peddler in Sept, so was always short on pots.  Chardon is good if you tie…"
Aug 22
Jeff Wise replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on, August 20-25, 2018?
"We were there two years ago.  Beautiful area and nice people.  Did fine but was borderline worth it to return.   For about three years we went all around the Akron/ South Cleveland  area enjoyed it and made some money but…"
Aug 22
Judy Christian replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you working on, August 20-25, 2018?
"Art on the Green, Hudson, OH, small town between Akron and Cleveland. Are you going?"
Aug 21

Profile Information

Your Medium
Tumbled Travertine, Solvent Ink, Chalk 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

Vintage Market Days (VMD) of Mississippi Review

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 9:53am 5 Comments

Let me start by saying I never really know where to put these reviews because it is not an "art" show.  So Connie, if you want to move it elsewhere, please do.  I will fill you in on our experience but YMMV. 

This past weekend dh and I went Brandon, MS, which is a suburb of Jackson, to attend Vintage Market Days of Mississippi.  VMD is not for every artist or crafts person, which is true of any show.  There is no show or event that fits everyone, including VMD.  VMD is a…

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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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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!

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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