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Reid Watts
  • Lexington, SC
  • United States
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Reid Watts replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion FLOURISH GIFT CERTIFICATE SOLD
"Richard:  Your post made me think about weight placement.  I’m not sure what you mean about vertical and horizontal components and how bridges relate to canopies.  But here are some of my thoughts about canopy weights: Weights…"
Jun 16
Reid Watts replied to Terry Corcoran's discussion PUBLIC DOMAIN do you really know?
"I think this discussion is mixing together different areas of law: privacy, trademark, copy right, and model’s rights to be compensated. That’s why it appears to be confusing.  To the specific question “Can I enter art fairs…"
Jun 16
Reid Watts replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Trailers 1 axle or 2 Decisions
"I think a lot of them are made in GA, so that would make sense."
May 22
Reid Watts replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Trailers 1 axle or 2 Decisions
"My comments/advice: The only reason to consider double axles is to handle more weight. If you anticipate going over 3000 pounds GVWR, definitely go for a double axle. Otherwise, save the weight, inefficiency, and cost and go single. Getting a…"
May 21
Reid Watts commented on S Brian Berkun's blog post Saint Louis Art Fair Jury Results
"I found that going through the submissions and noting which ones were accepted was an informative exercise. About a third of the way through, I found that I could with great accuracy predict which submission was accepted or rejected simply by…"
May 10
Reid Watts replied to Jan Herman's discussion can't decide on a site builder
"I tested your site with both my Edge and Firefox browser.  No issues, security or otherwise."
Apr 29
Reid Watts commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"This is an interesting discussion. It made me wonder why jurors behave the way that they do. So created a hypothetical scenario to help understand it: Our hypothetical juror is an artist knows his medium well, but he is very focused on what he does,…"
Mar 6
Reid Watts commented on Ron Mellott's blog post Juries, Jurors and Scores of "1" - an option to consider
"Ron: I don’t have any problems with your rant. You express the observations and frustrations that many of us have. As I recall, you have been involved in the running of shows yourself. Perhaps you still are. So why don’t you try out your…"
Mar 6
Reid Watts commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"My guess is that the “Krasl incident” is not isolated, but may be closer to the norm. (There are people reading this who know whether it is or not and can provide data to prove it one way or another.  Their silence will be taken as…"
Mar 3
Reid Watts commented on Larry Berman's blog post I scored a "1" at the Krasl Jury
"At minimum the variance of scores between jurors should be managed.  A juror scoring everything with 1’s and 7’s on a 7 point scale should have no more impact on the outcome than a juror scoring everything with 4’s and…"
Mar 3
Reid Watts commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Need some because I fall into scam.
"Oscar:Put your emotions and pride aside for a minute and listen to me. Your problems may be far from over. As I previously pointed out, your iphone or computer or both may be infected with malware that will only lead you into your next trap. If they…"
Dec 20, 2017
Reid Watts commented on Oscar Matos Linares's blog post Need some because I fall into scam.
"Oscar: My guess is that you were not actually dealing with Lendingtree but instead a scam artist posing as Lendingtree. How did you get to the site to begin with? Was it by typing www.lendingtree.com into a browser? If so, and you ended up on a fake…"
Dec 16, 2017
Carol Larsen commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"Robert Wallis - those were the exact words I used this past weekend at a "craft" show. Lowering prices did not increase sales. I say craft show because I do a few around the holidays and had my sister with me and she was getting all upset…"
Dec 11, 2017
Christina L. Towell commented on Reid Watts's blog post Adding brakes to your utility trailer is easy and inexpensive
"Great advice and information, thanks for sharing it with us, Reid.  Thanks, too, from all the innocent bystanders..."
Dec 11, 2017
Reid Watts posted a blog post

Adding brakes to your utility trailer is easy and inexpensive

I just finished adding brakes to my 5x8 utility trailer, which turned out to be surprisingly easy to do. So I thought I would post a report:I have been thinking for years that having brakes on my trailer might be a prudent investment, even though they are not required in the states that I use the trailer in. My trailer is a 5x8 utility trailer that weighs fully loaded 2200 lbs. I recently purchased a new tow vehicle that has an integral trailer brake controller with an anti-sway feature. So I…See More
Dec 8, 2017
Richard L. Sherer commented on Reid Watts's blog post Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?
"I built and sold my first full flower carved saddle in 1962 for $325, top price at the time. I was 18 and three years into my apprenticeship. That same saddle today would sell for over $6,000. If something wasn't selling, rather than lower the…"
Nov 21, 2017

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Photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
10
First show ever
2007 Craftsmen's Classic in Columbia, SC
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http://wattsphoto.com
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Larry Bearman

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Adding brakes to your utility trailer is easy and inexpensive

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 2:32pm 1 Comment

I just finished adding brakes to my 5x8 utility trailer, which turned out to be surprisingly easy to do. So I thought I would post a report:



I have been thinking for years that having brakes on my trailer might be a prudent investment, even though they are not required in the states that I use the trailer in. My trailer is a 5x8 utility trailer that weighs fully loaded 2200 lbs. I recently purchased a new tow vehicle that has an integral trailer brake controller with an anti-sway…

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Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 7:11pm 11 Comments

In the midst of all of these “for sale” blog postings, I thought I should get a discussion going on a topic of interest to us all.  So here goes:

Despite historically low inflation, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) has increased by 18% in the last ten years (from 207.3 to 244.3).  Have you increased your prices by 18% as well?  If not, why not?

Your rig may be overloaded

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 2:09pm 12 Comments

I recently did a deep dive into vehicle loading, and discovered that it is much easier to overload a vehicle than one would think.  It seems like a simple calculation: get a vehicle and/or trailer large enough to accommodate everything you need for a show, then make sure that the tow vehicle and hitch are rated to tow the weight of your trailer plus a guestimate of the weight of your gear, and you’re done.  My tow vehicle is rated…

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A gift for all of you worry warts, pessimists, and grumpy old men

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 7:45pm 3 Comments

http://www.gallup.com/poll/200126/economic-confidence-inches-new-high.aspx

May you have a very merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017!

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 7:43pm on November 6, 2010, Sabrina Aughenbaugh said…
Reid, Welcome to Art Fair Insiders. Checked out your site and really enjoyed viewing your pictures, especially the animals. Hope you have a great weekend,



Sabrina
At 11:45pm on November 6, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Reid. 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 to your profile 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 11:23pm on September 22, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Reid Watts a gift
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Congrats Reid on being awarded the Post of the Week - 9/22/2014.

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