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  • Bellefonte, PA
  • United States
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Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian 8 hours ago. 23 Replies

I haven't thought this out- just quickly posting-I'm going to be vague here because I don't know if this will turn into a legal problem.I was just notified by email by a third party, for a company…Continue

Tags: trademark

How to take a year off from a show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Jun 19. 3 Replies

When everyone who sees you at a show tells you that they bought from you in the past, and they love their PAST purchases-How do you take a year or two off, then return?I have been able to do this…Continue

Need info Health Ins for self employed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Jan 19. 12 Replies

The last time that I had health ins for my husband and myself was in 2008 through an insurance agent for $10,000 emergency plan.We are currently insured under my husband's plan at his work, but he…Continue

Tags: Employed, Self, Insurance, Health

Buying a second chip reader

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cindy Welch Nov 28, 2016. 11 Replies

Since we are talking about the square in another thread, I wondered- did everyone get a second chip reader for a backup?I plan to. Has anyone been able to get one for free?My first chip reader cost…Continue

Tags: reader, chip, square

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Judy Christian replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"Yes-you can trademark anything, it seems. I just found out that that phrase "Life is Good" is now trademarked! When I get some time, I plan to look into and understand all of this about trademarking-I'm sure it has been changing out…"
8 hours ago
Judy Christian commented on Al Scovern's blog post A Bad Year?
"I brought this post back because at the time that it had gone up, I had nothing to report, as I hadn't done any shows in 2017.  Now I have 4 shows behind me, various types. All 4 have turned out well. The two smaller 2 day ones of course…"
Oct 9
greta anthony replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"Wow I'm going to be spending a lot of time on that site."
Oct 5
Larry Berman replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"If you're a Grateful Dead fan, Archive.org has about 2700 Dead concerts to listen to. They used to be available to download but most have been changed to streaming only.Larry Berman"
Oct 5
greta anthony replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"Thanks for the archive.org site, had a lot of fun with their "way back machine" looking at my old sites"
Oct 5
Steve Sawusch replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"You can trademark almost anything. Defending it is a whole nother story. Talk to a lawyer. If it is too descriptive/generic, a lawyer would have to try to get the trademark voided. Someone needs to play the lawyer though..."
Oct 4
Judy Christian replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"Alison I will go look on the forums for posts with shabby chic. I notice cottage chic now, wonder if that is why? I'll look at the facebook group, too, thanks. I agree it sounds silly. The term onesie is trademarked, I believe. This has nothing…"
Oct 3
Alison Thomas replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"I suggested checking out the Etsy forums because a lot of people on there have had the same issue with shabby chic and other terms.  There are workarounds but I'm afraid even if you used it before if you didn't trademark it, you are…"
Oct 3
Judy Christian replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"Their work is not on etsy. They have a huge website.  I have to deal directly with this company, yes, much larger than me. Their trademarked name was registered in 2016, two years after I have been using the term as a description."
Oct 3
Larry Sohn replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"You have already posted a partial solution to your own problem. "...Etsy will not allow work that has been challenged..." So you can contact Etsy, and challenge the other company's product. Thereby getting Etsy to remove their…"
Oct 3
Judy Christian replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"Update- Since I have their trademark #, I looked it up, and their app date is in 2014, and I have proof-online, that I used the term 3 months earlier, than their app date. My proof is a sale made and recorded, online. So? What next do you…"
Oct 3
Judy Christian replied to Scott Zuziak's discussion Newbie... Please critique my booth & photos
"I see why you want to present your booth with your floor and tables as it shows that your end result will be a nice classy booth. But- somehow you will have to resolve the lack of inventory. Some shows may be concerned that you may run low on…"
Oct 3
Judy Christian replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"Annette, Yes, I remember the shabby chic, although I didn't follow it. Thanks. Larry, I am not using their company name. I am only using a word that is in their name, as it is a common word, when I describe a few of my pottery items on the…"
Oct 3
Alison Thomas replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"Spend some time in the Etsy discussion areas. You will find this is a very real problem for online sales. You will also find some ways to describe your work without using the trademarked phrases."
Oct 3
Larry Sohn replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"Just because they are using tactics to achieve top listings in Google Searches (SEO) Search Engine Optimization, there is nothing illegal about that. A lot of companies do it. As to your naming system. You may have been there first, however 2 things…"
Oct 2
Annette Piper replied to Judy Christian's discussion Business confrontation over my pottery style, use of terms- need advice
"I have heard of the Shabby Chic problem - apparently one woman in the UK appropriated the name specifically to her range back in the 80s.   She moved to the US, expanded, overextended, went bankrupt and then went into partnership with a…"
Oct 2

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Three CT Shows in 3 years - Short Report

Posted on August 30, 2017 at 11:12am 0 Comments

Please feel free to comment or make any opinions, thank you.

Dates, may not be exact, just posting from memory.

Three small shows along the CT coast, all in small scenic pleasant towns. Easy to do. 

1. 2015 -Guildford CT, Craft Expo, mid July. Set up easy Fri morning for me. Grassy center of town green area. Show Hours were easy- Fri from 3-8 pm or something like that. Sat and Sun, no long hours. Tear down easy.

Fee for customers. Quality was good, booth fee…

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Two PA shows- Mt. Gretna and State College- short report

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 12:31pm 7 Comments

Just a quick post with a little info on two shows.

Anyone, please feel free to add or comment.

Mt. Gretna Art Show, Mt. Gretna, PA

Jenifer VonStein posted a bit back on Mt. Gretna Art Show.

Thought I would add. I have done this show about 7-8 times over the past 10 years.

This show is a two day mid August. Situated in scenic Mt. Gretna, PA.

Wonderful setting.  Trees, grass, decent food and background music.

Apps are on Zapp :…

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Reston VA Show, a short report

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 9:27am 22 Comments

Two things:

1. Beautiful show, great work, great presentation, great food, great looking crowd,

in a sophisticated area (DC). Perfect. Show committee did a wonderful job here. Everything was great.

2. Sales. Not. 

The customers that I had all told me the same thing---they WALKED from their condo to the show!

This show was too good to not be visited by people from the greater DC area- where were they?

 For a $500 booth fee, $50 jury…

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Manayunk Art Show 2013

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 9:00am 38 Comments

Here are a few thoughts on the show, while they are fresh in my mind:

Manayunk, June 22, 23, 2013.

 

Large street show, variety of work, good quality and some ok work.

Nice area, nice atmosphere.

Interspersed in between booths- commercial booths- 5 Hour Energy, Geiceo, etc.

Also gave out tons of free yogurt near me- tons, so people were carrying entire BOXES of cold yougurt, hands full, and I would say no longer shopping as they just received some…

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At 8:32pm on October 6, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Judy.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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At 7:44pm on August 20, 2014, Nate Feinberg said…

Thank God for you.   I thought that I was strictly alone regarding my comments.  As old as I am I am still stunned that some people (very, very few) are watching The Ed show!  I am open to all opinions within reason and listen to different discussions but I do not tolerate stupidity-and that is what we have so much of.  I am honored to be your friend and please keep in touch.

Nate

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