Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
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Ellen and I live in a historic, almost century house, in Ybor City which is a historic district on the east side of downtown Tampa.
First a little history lesson, then we will get to the reason for “Reefer Madness.
Martinez Ybor was a Cuban who brought the cigar industry from Key West to Tampa in the late 1890s.
Thus the area w live in is a historic district. It is a mix or retail, lots of bars and a lot of old historic homes and new condos. Lots of young people live…Continue
This is a two day show (last weekend) with a Friday setup.Everybody has ample rear storage room.
The booths are setup in a rambling pattern with no definite pattern for crowd flow.
Booths down by the river are kind of cut off from the main flow, and a lot of the crowd never makes it there.
Bonita Springs is just north of Naples and slightly south of Estero on the Gulf Coast.
It is an affluent area with lots of golf…Continue
It was good and I made money.
it was colder than you know what. Setting up in the low forties while handling cold metal parts sucks.
Naples Art League runs this annual show on the first weekend after New Years.
Setup is early Saturday morn with 300 artists jockeying for Position, it sucks too.
But that is what you tolerate in order to make mucho moola here.
Well, did my final show of the year, number 29, in my old hometown. It is always nice to be able to sleep in my own bed when doing a show.
Problem is, the show sucked. I made more money selling out of my driveway then paying Paragon $400 for a booth fee and not doing very well.
It is not Paragon’s fault. Bill Kinney does a super job producing the show. He gets the message out on billboards, print media and social media. Setup is very mellow, and for the most part, teardown…Continue