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Kathleen V. Smith
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  • Chicago, Illinois
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • jewelry/stained glass
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Does anyone else have this problem?!!!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patti Monroe-Mohrenweiser on Saturday. 12 Replies

Every time we go out of State to a show, our bank (TCF-our Business acct.) wants to know the dates we will be gone in case we use our card out of State-they will know it was US!  2 years ago we were…Continue

Zapplication

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Apr 27. 5 Replies

I like to go thru Zapplication-but I have been noticing with some of the shows "You can apply up to 20 times...WHY would ANYONE apply 20 times...SERIOUSLY??!!!!!!!Continue

New Jersey Juried Art Fairs...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Apr 27. 15 Replies

Hello!  We have friends who tell us we need to do some New Jersey Art Fairs (+ we want to visit each other!).  He mentioned Smithville, NJ., but I was wondering if anyone knows any JURIED Art or…Continue

I'M ASKING FOR THE NEWEST IDEAS FOR A MARINE BATTERY SET-UP!! THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR IDEAS!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mandy Paul Apr 26, 2017. 14 Replies

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A MARINE BATTERY WITH US FOR ALL SHOWS-ELECTRIC IS NOT ALWAYS AVAIL., & IF IT IS, IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE! SOMETHING WAS POSTED A LONG TIME AGO ABOUT THIS BUT WE WERE HOPING…Continue

 

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Patti Monroe-Mohrenweiser replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"This used to happen to us all the time when we used our Visa debit cards when traveling.  Chase Bank told us to make sure we used the card as a debit so that the PIN could be entered and that should take care of the problem.  That seems to…"
Saturday
Greg Little replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"Any and all safety precautions are well worth it even though they might be a pain in the ass at times. I have had my credit card compromised twice recently with fraudulent charges...in July and then again in September. Both times the bank contacted…"
Oct 12
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"It has happened to us, too, but usually it only takes a phone call to set it right.  I appreciate that they are looking out for us because on one or two occasions it wasn't us, but someone who had somehow gotten our number.  We have…"
Oct 10
Kaytee Sumida replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"I've had the problem at trade shows-- local/in my "home town", but vendors coming from other cities, states, and even other countries. This means my credit card seems to be in use in several widely separated places within a short…"
Oct 10
C.C. Barton replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"I think in this time of increased fraud, this is S.O.P. with credit card companies, Kathleen.  I've had it happen to me (and now I do call them before I travel to avoid having my credit card denied when I stop for gas) and I've…"
Oct 10
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"You are right-it SHOULD only take a phone call to remedy this. We called the fraud dept. & they told us to go to our bank which was 8 hrs. away! We just need a bank chain closer to the areas we will be selling...I think I answered my own…"
Oct 10
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"Yes, Larry, one call SHOULD do it, but it isn't their policy in either bank-these bank are too midwest for us now. I think to have a bank(like a chain) that is in most of the states we will be traveling to would be the answer. I could see…"
Oct 10
Cindy Welch replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"I see having to notify my bank when I am out of town as another security issue.  Who knows who has access to that info?  Who will those people with the info will pass it along to their less than reputable friends who will find my house and…"
Oct 10
Larry Hering replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"And this is a bad thing?   In this day of rampant fraud and identity theft THEY'RE PROTECTING YOU!  I had one of my cards hacked recently; my bank theorized that the card was read remotely when I bought gas at the pump at a gas…"
Oct 10
Larry Sohn replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"No problem like this. Sometimes when travelling over seas, especially to known problem areas, they will take mild action on first purchase. One call and ur's good again.  I too, would not be willing to tell them, every time I travel. It is…"
Oct 10
Kendra Bennett replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"I have this problem with my credit union debit card. However I can call the fraud department and they will push my purchase through. Very annoying however I love the credit union in all other ways. "
Oct 9
Richard L. Sherer replied to Kathleen V. Smith's discussion Does anyone else have this problem?!!!
"Business and personal cards (3) with Chase - I notify them if traveling out of US, otherwise no and no problems.  They called me once when Jean was back east and bought some stuff on a Cherokee Reservation. I told Chase " it's just my…"
Oct 9
Kathleen V. Smith posted a discussion

Does anyone else have this problem?!!!

Every time we go out of State to a show, our bank (TCF-our Business acct.) wants to know the dates we will be gone in case we use our card out of State-they will know it was US!  2 years ago we were out of State & we couldn't use our card-it said FRAUD ALERT when we tried to use it & the bank put a security LOCK on it!!! I called MY banker that I KNEW & she said that this is pretty standard & it is only to "protect us from fraud..."She said our number was randomly…See More
Oct 9
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Larry Berman's discussion In Memoriam: Photographer Ron Wilson
"I'm so very sorry to Rons' Family & all who knew him. He indeed had a great talent & will be missed. "
Oct 2
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018
"We're looking forward to doing the FLATS in Cleveland again!!!"
Aug 15
Kathleen V. Smith replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Flats Festival for the Arts experience?
"The Flats is a very good show for us. HAE knows how to advertise to bring in an Art-minded crowd. It is a trendy area as well with plenty of $$$ & if you have what they like, money isn't an issue. There are many expensive condos on the…"
Aug 9

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Your Medium
jewelry/stained glass
Years in the Art Fair Business
30
First show ever
I started in 1976 at the Mn. Renaissance Festival.Pounding spoon rings and selling my stained glass.My first actual art show was Excelsior Art Fair in Mn. 1980.
What are the best things about art fairs
Showing my artistry to persons who appriciate the work I do is the best part.Art shows are also a fun venue to make the sales which enable me to continue making my art pieces.I also enjoy the travel and meeting all kinds of people and other artists.
Best show ever and why
Laumeier Art fair in St. Louis was a great show.The entusiasm of the patrons has never deminished thru the years. Even with incliment weather, tons of rain and a couple tornadoes to the north of us, people came out to the show.Sunday, the last day of the show after the great flood, it was sunny and Beautiful out.The staff was rushing to artist tents spreading staw to try to make us comfortable in the three inches of standing water in our booth.I readied my self for a slow day, but low and behold all kinds of ladies showed up dressed in their sunday best, carrying their shoes in one hand, the mud squishing up between their toes.In the other hand they had thier pocketbooks and they came to buy.What a bunch of troopers.
Worst show ever and why
Unfortunatly, I can't remember the name, I guess we try to forget, but also in St. Louis. a three day show we decided to do.The attending artists, which we had checked on the artist list were well qualified and had nice professonal booth set ups.Twelve dollars for patrons to get in the door.They looked but didn't buy from us or anyone else.Sat,no one showed.WE were in a huge sports complex.Sun,Rams football game.70,000 people walked by our doors, none of them interested in art. and they used all the parking for miles.Hardly any one came through the doors.An artist next to us got lucky.He did beautiful Santas out of recycled mink coats.He hadn't sold a single one.A store owner came through after the game and puchased almost all of his stock for window display in his store.The only sales we saw for the whole show.More research was definatly required on our part.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
We had the joyous opportunity of meeting Connie when we did the Greektown arts festival years ago and have turned to her sometimes for advice on applying to different shows.
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I ALWAYS follow my dreams~~!!!

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We would appreciate your suggestions on buying a tablet for taking credit cards with a new square chip reader

Posted on November 3, 2016 at 11:57pm 35 Comments

~Also we want to go pre-paid with no contract. your suggestions will be appreciated! Thanks so much. Kathleen Smith & Steven Hedstrom

HI~ We are needing to purchase an awning for a 10X10 EZ UP.(WHITE)

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 2:00am 3 Comments

We prefer to buy a new one, but if you have a used one that's white, clean & in good condition, please send a picture on here, Thanks!  Kathleen & Steven

ARIZONA ART/CRAFT FAIRS~Nov~May!

Posted on September 13, 2013 at 1:45pm 2 Comments

Hi~We are already in some of the larger Art Fairs in Arizona, & are waiting for other acceptances, but we will be there for 6 months, & we would like to also do those what I call "bread & butter" shows in between the larger ones.  I know there are a lot of "sites" out there, but it's always better to get any recommendations or opinions on promoters or shows.  Looking at sites as you all know is like looking at words. I can research to a POINT, but it is always better to hear from…

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At 9:54pm on April 27, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Kathleen. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.


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At 11:26pm on May 19, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Kathleen V. Smith a gift
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Thank you, Kathleen, for referring Damian Koorey to Art Fair Insiders.

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