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Jan Raven
  • Female
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • United States
  • Jewelry - silver and gold wire
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Jan Raven's Discussions

Did anyone else have a heart attack about the set up time for the Third Ward show in Milwaukee?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hannelore Jundt-Pritchard Aug 28, 2013. 3 Replies

Chances are that not many (or any) of you reading this have done this relatively new show produced by Amdur Productions. It is held in the historic Third Ward area of downtown Milwaukee, and this…Continue

Tags: up, time, set, Wisconsin, Ward

State Income Taxes....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynda Wallis Mar 31, 2011. 13 Replies

So!  Anyone else brave/foolish/honest enough to fill out income tax forms for all the states in which you earned income?  This is the first year I am attempting to do so, and to be honest, I am not…Continue

Tags: state, tax, income

Sales Numbers - Why the mystery?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jennifer Donald Oct 7, 2010. 19 Replies

This may be a huge can of worms, but I will go ahead and open it because I am curious.  What is behind the resistance to actually stating your sales numbers at a show?  I recently wrote a blog post…Continue

Tags: income, sales

Any suggestions on my newest booth shot?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Megan Martin Aug 18, 2010. 14 Replies

I will be having my newest booth design professionally photographed next week and am looking for any final suggestions that will be easy to implement.  I've attached a collage of my last four booths,…Continue

Tags: jurying, booth


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Profile Information

Your Medium
Jewelry - silver and gold wire
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Arts @ The Oval, Roseville, Minnesota
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Getting to see and explore other parts of the country.
Best show ever and why
The War Eagle Fair, October 2010. SALES, SALES, SALES!!
Worst show ever and why
Indoor craft show at the Blaine Sports Center (MN). "Did you really make all this??" got old very quickly. I actually only did this show to work the bugs out of a new booth redesign, so my expectations were low to begin with. Definitely not "my people!"
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I found AFI through a Google search. I don't remember what I was searching for at the time.

Latest Activity

Jan Raven commented on Sharon Lee's blog post Tampa FL. Jewelry display tables, glass panels and models for sale Feb 24-27 2017
"I am thinking about tweaking the design of my booth and may want the black earring displays, and *possibly* some pieces of glass. I am in MN right now but will be in Florida next week for three weekends of shows. I could get to Tampa easily. I will…"
Feb 17
Jan Raven replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Naughty or Nice? 5th Annual Secret Santa at AFI
"Is it too late to sign up? If not, please add me!"
Nov 30, 2016
Jan Raven replied to Julia Taylor's discussion Newbie with wind/weight issues, please help
"Weights above the ground: yes and no, I think. If the weights are firmly attached to the leg, then the weight of the weight is added to the weight of the tent, PLUS, there is the benefit of additional friction on the ground. With my method (see my…"
May 25, 2016
Jan Raven replied to Julia Taylor's discussion Newbie with wind/weight issues, please help
"I have a Trimline tent, use 45# sandbags (the nice looking black canvas bags made by EZ-Up), and I also do shows in the summer in the Colorado Rockies. I have been in VERY windy conditions and have had no issues whatsoever. Here are a few…"
May 25, 2016
Jan Raven commented on Michelle Robison's blog post Anyone here go Bling show in Highland Park Illinois ... total bust
"I tried Amy's shows again two years ago and will never, ever do any of them again. Poor sales, high fees, WAY too many jewelers (when I did the Highland Park show two years ago 53% of the booths were jewelry!!!!), poor placement of booths…"
Nov 18, 2015
Jan Raven replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion PROCESSING NEW EMV CHIP CARDS - A HEADS UP IF YOU TAKE CARDS
"I pre-ordered the Square chip card reader (not the even newer reader that also processes Apple Pay) last winter and received it the last week of May. I use it with my very old iPad 2; no problems at all."
Aug 11, 2015
Barbara Pitorak Bloom commented on Jan Raven's photo

Black Cherry Pearls

"simply elegant.  Great job"
Sep 22, 2014
Jan Raven replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this Weekend? August 8-10, 2014?
"Main Street to the Rockies Art Festival in downtown Frisco, Colorado. A Howard Alan show. This will be my third time at this show; it has been good the past two years."
Aug 7, 2014

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ArtSplash: Labor Day Weekend in Sioux City, Iowa

Posted on September 14, 2010 at 7:47pm 2 Comments

After enjoying this site for several months, yet still wishing there were reviews on the shows I was interested in doing, I have finally decided to get my butt in gear and write my own reviews, no matter how flawed or incomplete they may be. This is my first, but I intend to work my way backward through the year to give my impressions for other shows.… Continue

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At 9:45am on June 26, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Jan Raven a gift
Happy birthday, Jan! I hope this will be a fun-filled day for you and you really celebrate. May the year upcoming be one full of adventures, creativity, friends and your best one ever.
At 8:54am on February 13, 2011, Jeanne Steck said…

I just checked out your website, Jan. Your designs are stunning!  I envy your expertise.


At 11:21pm on October 11, 2010, Sandy Spilker said…
I'd be happy to. I've only just got the credit card hardware to attach to my phone, but have been using the application for all my cash sales all summer long. I'll post what I know at this point and as I use it, I'll add to it. My next show is November 13-14th. This is also the end of my first season of art festivals/shows, so I'm really new at a lot of this still.
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At 11:51am on June 03, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Jan Raven a gift
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