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Kelly Haehl
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Booth fees vs. Sales

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jane Shaffer Jul 16. 5 Replies

Hey! Wondering what people's perspectives are on booth fees vs. how much you make at shows. We visited a large show today (400+ "artists") to scope it out. 75% of the stuff was bad jewelry, home…Continue

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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
Gregory V Pencheff replied to Kelly Haehl's discussion Booth fees vs. Sales
"I go by the "did I make more money than if this sold in a gallery" theory to rank how well I've done at a show.  I add up the booth fee, application fee and credit card fees then divide that by my gross sales.  For example…"
Jul 16
Cindy Welch replied to Kelly Haehl's discussion Booth fees vs. Sales
"Mark, I agree with your reasoning. Success is more than doing "x" times the booth & jury fees.  When I was just starting out, about 5 years ago, sometimes the biggest value in doing a show was getting a lead on a better show than…"
Jul 16
Mark Loeb replied to Kelly Haehl's discussion Booth fees vs. Sales
"I am not a fan of using a booth fee multiplier to determine the value of the show. It negates the value of your time and your art. What do I mean? If a show has a fee of $25 and you sell 20 times the fee, you sold $500. For many of us that would be…"
Jul 16
Barry Shandler replied to Kelly Haehl's discussion Booth fees vs. Sales
"Many years, maybe 30, a writer named George Marion, proposed a theory that in his research ,a good decent show was sales should be 10 times the booth fee. At this time there were no jury fees anywhere and artisans got there information from others…"
Jul 16
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Booth fees vs. Sales

Hey! Wondering what people's perspectives are on booth fees vs. how much you make at shows. We visited a large show today (400+ "artists") to scope it out. 75% of the stuff was bad jewelry, home decor, buy/sell. The booth fee for this show is fairly high ($650+), and most of the people we know that had a booth there said they were doing fairly well.I guess my question or topic of discussion is what is your opinion on these types of shows? Huge (almost too big in my opinion), questionable…See More
Jul 14
Connie Mettler left a comment for Kelly Haehl
"Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Kelly. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members…"
Jul 14
Christina L. Towell left a comment for Kelly Haehl
"Hi Kelly, Welcome fellow Michigander!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site beneficial.  Thanks so much for subscribing to the newsletter and best wishes for…"
Jul 13

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Ceramics
Years in the Art Fair Business
5
First show ever
Dally in the Alley, Detroit
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http://haehlceramics.com
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Arts and Apples, Rochester, MI
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At 9:02am on July 13, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Kelly,

Welcome fellow Michigander!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site beneficial.  Thanks so much for subscribing to the newsletter and best wishes for continued success.

At 5:55pm on July 14, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

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