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Jane Shaffer
  • Mount Prospect, IL
  • United States
  • Jewelry
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Jane Shaffer replied to Kristen Truesdail's discussion buying better tent outer walls
"Your sides depend on the style of tent you have because they attach differently depending on the tent.  Creative Energies, the makers of Light Dome tents sells their sides separately and they also have a section on their website for sides for…"
Aug 3
Jane Shaffer replied to Kelly Haehl's discussion Booth fees vs. Sales
"After doing these shows for 15 years, the only way to know for sure if a show will be worth it to you is to do the show yourself.  For example, we do extremely well at Madison Wisconsin and Chicago's One of a Kind Show, but know several…"
Jul 16
Jane Shaffer replied to faye fisher-ward's discussion Art faire on the square, lake forest IL
"I have done it for the past few years.  It is always well attended.  Our sales have been good so we continue to do the show.  "
May 16
Jane Shaffer replied to Rachel Murray's discussion Newbie not getting into Art Fairs :( looking for booth feedback
"If you decide to go with pro panels you will need more space.  But the suggestions made by Tammie Everly will not take up any more room in your SUV than your current display."
Apr 9
Jane Shaffer commented on Walt Bennett's blog post Has anyone seen this? Tax reform and small business
"My sister, who is an enrolled agent with the IRS, says that this is not true.  In the proposed law there is no change to what you can deduct as a direct business expense if you own your own business.   There are changes to what can be…"
Dec 6, 2017
Jane Shaffer commented on Barry Bernstein's blog post Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show Potentially a Great Show
"Will do."
Oct 2, 2017
Jane Shaffer commented on Barry Bernstein's blog post Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show Potentially a Great Show
"I would not blame you.  I know it is a long shot, but I can stay free at my brother's house and visit with my relatives.  Thanks for the info."
Oct 2, 2017
Jane Shaffer commented on Barry Bernstein's blog post Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show Potentially a Great Show
"Barry,Based on your review, I decided to do the Royal Oak Holiday show this year ( I will also be able to visit with my relatives.)  I was wondering whether you used an inside setup with drapes or you set up your tent.  If you set up your…"
Oct 2, 2017
Jane Shaffer received a gift from Connie Mettler
Jul 3, 2017
Jane Shaffer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Ready for the wind and rain?
"I've been using the Eaton weights for years and am very happy with them.  it is particularly nice for  carrying.  I'm an old lady and I can carry one 15 pound weight in each hand without a problem, while I have trouble…"
May 29, 2017
Jane Shaffer commented on Barry Bernstein's blog post Royal Oak Farmers Market Holiday Show Potentially a Great Show
"I just saw that they are doing a Spring show in March.  They took your advice and changed the hours - a little - 10 to 8.  Do you have any thoughts on how this will go over in the Spring?"
Dec 13, 2016
Jane Shaffer commented on John Leben's blog post Six Wasted Days at One-of-a-Kind Show
"No, it happened to everyone.  My medium is jewelry -- should be the best seller for a holiday show, but not this year.  The regulars that I mentioned were jewelers, stain glass, textile and 3D. "
Dec 7, 2016
Jane Shaffer commented on John Leben's blog post Six Wasted Days at One-of-a-Kind Show
"It is unfortunate that you decided to try the One of a Kind Show this year because this was a very bad year.  I have done the One of a Kind Show for 12 years and it has always been successful, until this year.  Our sales this…"
Dec 7, 2016
Jane Shaffer commented on Paul Flack's blog post Chicago Art Show at Navy Pier?
"It is the first time for this show, so there is no history.  Navy Pier is a major event location in Chicago so it probably has union labor."
Oct 21, 2016
Jane Shaffer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Choosing the judges & passing out the prizes
"Donald, the three spots for the judges does appear to be fair, but the reality is that for many booths they just initial the sign (or put their sticker on it) and walk on without ever going into the booth.  I don't know about other…"
Sep 9, 2016
Jane Shaffer commented on Nels Johnson's blog post Des Moines Art Festival--the big one, not the a/c one
"Thanks"
Jul 18, 2016

Profile Information

Your Medium
Jewelry
Years in the Art Fair Business
10
First show ever
Custer's Last Stand
What is your website?
http://shafferstudio.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Good weather, good sales and nice customers
Best show ever and why
Madison Art on the Square - Most sales ever, and no one complained or tried to bargain
Worst show ever and why
Oak Brook Gift & Confectioners Show - no one came -- literally, the only thing I sold was to a fellow artist.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I found it when searching on line for information about the Gold Coast Show moving to Grant Park

Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 5:52pm on February 24, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Jane. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to getting to know you.

When you have a chance, please stop by the Discussions area to introduce yourself. 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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Connie Mettler

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At 12:09pm on March 31, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Jane Shaffer a gift
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Thanks for referring Susan to the site!
At 3:51pm on June 11, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Jane Shaffer a gift
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Thanks so much for your pledge. I appreciate it and it really helps me with my mission of supporting the artists so they can earn a living in this crazy business.
At 11:55pm on July 10, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Jane Shaffer a gift
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Jane, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
At 11:03am on June 27, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Jane Shaffer a gift
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Jane, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.
At 9:35am on July 03, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Jane Shaffer a gift
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Thank you, Jane, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.

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