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Richard L. Sherer
  • Franktown, CO
  • United States
  • Leather
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A Close Look at Credit Card Processing Fees for Left Brainers Only

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Aug 12, 2016. 5 Replies

Although most artists use Square for processing credit cards, I use Clover Go, a First Data product offered by First Bank where I have maintained my personal and business accounts for over 30 years.…Continue

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ARTISTS RUN OFF WITHOUT PAYING SALES TAX

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sharon Brush Aug 4, 2016. 16 Replies

I have been doing the Golden Fine Arts for over 10 years and always paid my sales tax at the end of the show. It was never a big deal and no city licensing was required. The only problem I ever…Continue

Duck Tape Problem Solved

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Christian Dec 19, 2016. 12 Replies

I have been using duck tape to secure my PVC pipe weights to booth legs and to bind up various lengths of 1" steel conduit used for the booth frame. Problem one was the appearance of residual duct…Continue

Park Hill Art Festival, Denver CO

Started this discussion. Last reply by Camryn Forrest May 19, 2016. 1 Reply

May 20-22, 2016. Deadline has passed but just saw ad for it in Denver Post local supplement. It has good demographics. FYI for 2017.Continue

 

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Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What are you doing this weekend? February 17-20, 2017?
"We have been having a couple weeks of 60-700 weather at 7000’ SE of Denver so I have been attacking a pile of logs with the chain saw for a couple hours a day. I had a memorial service at church on Saturday that left me depressed and…"
5 hours ago
Richard L. Sherer commented on John Leben's blog post Florida Art Fairs vs Arizona & California Art Fairs
"Thanks Barrie. A couple things I can add. I have been told that if your are a C or S corporation, CA wants an $800 tax deposit up front. Travel in the mountain states is not easy as roads follow valleys and only cross mountains in a few places.…"
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Richard L. Sherer commented on John Leben's blog post Florida Art Fairs vs Arizona & California Art Fairs
"Thanks Barrie. A couple things I can add. I have been told that if your are a C or S corporation, CA wants an $800 tax deposit up front. Travel in the mountain states is not easy as roads follow valleys and only cross mountains in a few places.…"
Friday
Richard L. Sherer commented on John Leben's blog post Florida Art Fairs vs Arizona & California Art Fairs
"Check into SW Group. Check reviews for Tubac, Scottsdale and Tempe. I did Tubac and Scottsdale and did well ($1K minimum per day) but not well enough for me to travel there versus work on orders in studio."
Feb 11
Richard L. Sherer commented on Loc Tran's blog post People really do NEED art.
"I often hear people comment in my booth about saddle making and the leather work I do as a "dying art". True, there are fewer of us old survivors around but there is no shortage of new talent, but definitely a lack of business acumen among…"
Jan 25
Stacy Kleymann commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post COLORADO SUMMER SHOWS
"I must say Steve I had a pretty good experience at her Colorado Springs show last July 4th. I made booth covered all my expenses and came home with quite a bit of money in my pocket. But truly think I was about the only one! LOL Actually thank…"
Jan 23
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend, January 20-22, 2017?
"Wooo Hooo. Good for you. I contributed to the march. Great to get the kids involved as we arre going to need them down the road. "
Jan 19
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cindy Welch's discussion What are you doing this weekend, January 20-22, 2017?
"Studio work: I have to finish one new trick saddle and put a tree with a taller horn in another one finished last November. Both clients are Canadians who will be at an event in SD 2/1/17 so I need to get them done pronto. I inventoried belts for…"
Jan 16
Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Is anyone here earning a living?
"How I got to the point of making money as an artist. 1.1959-65 I served a 6-year apprenticeship while in high school and getting my BS in geology at Arizona State Univ. I lucked out and studied with some of the best saddle maker artists and…"
Jan 10
Richard L. Sherer replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Is anyone here earning a living?
"In my reviews where I have made $XXXX, I have posted my margin (Gross less total expenses including food, housing, travel etc.) Profit margin is something else entirely which probably wouldn't interest anyone outside leather work because we…"
Jan 8
Richard L. Sherer commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post COLORADO SUMMER SHOWS
"Some " not so great" ones have emerged in the last five years or so. The ones I mentioned are good, well managed and money makers for me. Read the reviews! And, post reviews to keep tabs on the others."
Jan 5
Steve Sawusch commented on Richard L. Sherer's blog post COLORADO SUMMER SHOWS
"Make sure anyone looking for Colorado shows does their research on the promotor/show (Colorado Event Design/Danna Tullis is one to do research on)."
Jan 4
Richard L. Sherer posted a blog post

COLORADO SUMMER SHOWS

FYI: Application for the Estes Park Labor Day show is up on their website. Applications for the Estes Park Memorial Day show and Steamboat Springs are up on Zapp. Nothing yet from Golden. The cycle begins anew. See More
Jan 2
Richard L. Sherer commented on Nels Johnson's blog post My thoughts on next year--after 43 years in this biz
"Merry Christmas from the proverbial optimist. Wind is howling in Battlement Mesa in wester Colorado. My son-in-law has to work today as gas wells just keep pushing out money and he has to monitor them. I'm looking forward to a great 2017. I am…"
Dec 25, 2016
Judy Christian replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Duck Tape Problem Solved
"We use rope- it's colorful, blues. But leather sounds better."
Dec 19, 2016
Richard L. Sherer replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Duck Tape Problem Solved
"still a good suggestion."
Dec 18, 2016

Profile Information

Your Medium
Leather
Years in the Art Fair Business
22
First show ever
Michael Martin Murphy's Westefest, Copper Mtn., CO
What is your website?
http://sherersaddlesinc.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Making money, expanding client base
Best show ever and why
Steamboat Springs. CO, mid 1990's: sold custom saddle and wrote order for another. Abotut $10K at today's prices.
Worst show ever and why
La Cantera, San Antonio, TX, 2011: profitable but poorly promoted and few if any buyers. A couple high end sales saved the day.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Just got an email from you guys.

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COLORADO SUMMER SHOWS

Posted on January 2, 2017 at 10:16am 3 Comments

FYI: Application for the Estes Park Labor Day show is up on their website. Applications for the Estes Park Memorial Day show and Steamboat Springs are up on Zapp. Nothing yet from Golden. The cycle begins anew. 

Estes Park Arts and Craft Show, September 2016, Estes Park, Colorado

Posted on September 9, 2016 at 5:00pm 6 Comments

Estes Park is the gateway to the east side of Rocky Mountain Park.  There are many summer homes in the area and it is a destination for a broad spectrum of nationalities, income levels, and interests.  I started doing this show in 2010, and I have done it every year since then.  I also do the Memorial Day show in Estes Park.   The show is produced by the Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary, Inc. and they do an all-around EXCELLENT job!!!!  The town is packed for the weekend, and leading up to the…

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GOLDEN FINE ARTS FESTIVAL REVIEW, Golden, Colorado, August 20-21, 2016

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 12:57am 7 Comments

 

This was the 13th consecutive year that I have done this show.  Golden is the county seat for Jefferson County whose motto is “Gateway to the Rocky Mountains”.  Golden is known for the Colorado School of Mines and the Coors Brewery.  The weekend of the art show is the time that students are moving into…

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REVIEW: Art Fair Jackson Hole, WY, July 8-10, 2016

Posted on July 12, 2016 at 11:00pm 6 Comments

There are two summer Art Fair Jackson Hole shows.  One is in July and the other is in August (8/12-14/2016).  Both are produced by the Art Association of Jackson Hole, WY. This review is for the July 8-10, 2016 show, but I would expect similar data for the August show.  This show was established in 1965 and this year was its 50th anniversary. 

APPLICATION AND SHOW SETTING

     You apply to this event on Zapp.  The jury fee is $35 and a 10X10 booth space is $395.  The…

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At 11:12am on June 27, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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At 2:32pm on June 9, 2016, Jan Hubbard said…
Richard I read your how to research shows really good information I do some of the similar things have done it for years but a lot of info I didn't know thanks. I also need your address so I can send the necklace that you won.
Thanks Jan Hubbard
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Congrats Richard on being awarded the Post of the Week - 7/20/2015.
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Richard, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive. You have been a great asset here at AFI
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At 9:26pm on February 03, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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You are a star! Thanks so much, Richard, for all you contribute to this site. Your perspective and down to earth advice is so helpful to the "young folks." My personal thanks for your friendship.
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At 10:14am on September 19, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Happy birthday, Dick! Hope it is a wonderful day and just the first day of your best year ever. Thank you so much for your continued support on AFI. Your comments really make a difference to so many.
At 12:11pm on September 03, 2014, Jacki Bilsborrow gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Thank you, Richard, for your review of the Estes Park Arts & Crafts Show. We appreciate your help. You are the best!
 
 
 

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