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Kathleen Caid
  • Glendale, CA
  • United States
  • jewelry
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Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Pasadena Bead & Design Show
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Validation from the buying public. In the immortal words of Sally Fields when she won her Oscar: "They like me!!!"
Best show ever and why
Not enough experience to answer this question yet.
Worst show ever and why
Not enough experience to answer this question yet.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
No one. I was surfing the web to find as much as I could about this whole Art Fair world so that I can somehow wiggle my way in and, lo, I stumbled upon this site and became engrossed.

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Downers Grove

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 5:26pm 3 Comments

I just checked the site and I couldn't find any write-up for the Downers Grove show, mid-September. Anyone out there done this show? Any comments? It is one of Amy Ardmur's Chicagoland shows. She does so many in that condensed area during the good weather months. Is that a good thing or bad? Is it just too saturated with shows that the buyers are fed up; or, are there so many shows because one can't feed enough to the beast?

Lubbock, Tx Art Fair?

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 5:58pm 7 Comments

I am going to exhibit at the Woodlands Waterway show in Houston April 10th but since I am coming out from California, to maximize my trip, I thought I would apply to other Texas shows around that same time period. I was just accepted to the Lubbock Arts Festival for the following weekend but before I accept, I wanted to check if anyone out there has done this show and what they have to say about it. I could find no blog threads on the site relating to Lubbock. Anybody? Beuller...…


Bad News and Good News

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 6:30pm 40 Comments

Three weeks ago, while I was in Louisville, Ky, for the St James Court Art Fair, in the week preceding the show, my van was robbed and 3/4 of my beaded jewelry was stolen. I didn't realize it had happened because I wasn't using the van for driving around (I was there also to visit my son and granddaughter who live in that city) and didn't even notice it until I started out that fateful Thursday morning to go set up for the show.

Well, you can believe that I was devastated, in shock,…


Annapolis Fine Art, Craft and Wine Festival

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 6:03pm 12 Comments

Another learning experience for me.

I did this show because I was going to be nearby and could fit it into my schedule. It is held on a large field adjacent to the parking lot of the Navy/Marine Corp Memorial Stadium. Easy load in and load out as vans can drive right up to the tents with wide access aisles. No vendor amenities to speak of. They gave you water if you went to the show office and asked for it. Period.

There was a man directing you to your space when you pulled…


Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 10:36pm on March 31, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to, Kathleen.  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!

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At 10:11pm on May 02, 2011, Joy Hafford gave Kathleen Caid a gift
Welcome Kathleen. Nice to see you here. Your lamp shades and chandeliers are beautiful. Best wishes on your upcoming shows.
At 9:09am on May 10, 2011, Michael Romanik said…

Hi Kathleen -

Unfortunately, the Highlands Craft Show was a bust for me.  I pretty much made booth fee.  It's a nice show, a lot of high-quality work, but also some 'questionable' things.  It was not a good indicator when one exhibitor told me that someone on the show committee called him to ask him if he would be in the show last year.  I've applied several times to get in to the show and finally got in last year - but I think most everyone who applied got accepted.  If you're coming from CA, I'd strongly consider not doing it.  It seemed that clothing did okay there.  My jewelry was a bit too contemporary for the clientele.  An 'aged crowd,' it seemed that traditional, 'conservative' work did okay there.  I didn't apply this year and probably never will again.  I hope that this helps.  This is my experience with the show....

At 11:57pm on June 16, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Kathleen Caid a gift
Congrats on winning the Post of the Week - 6/16/2014.
At 10:38pm on October 27, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Kathleen Caid a gift
Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 10/20/2014.

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