"Well I've got to take this in a different direction. What I really look for and don't always get is, was the crowd the number advertised? I recently did St. Stephens art show next to the big Grove show. The website says 40,000. FNO says…"
"Barry, please your work is great.
I do jewelry, which is the worst for trying to get in a show. But I have a lot of friends that do jewelry too. We always say if you gave us the same raw materials (beads, metal) we would all make something…"
"Thanks for the great info. I didn't realize that. I've decided to really beat the bushes and find nice little shows within an hour to fill the spots. You know sometimes you can end up with more profit from a little show with little…"
"Hi Roxanne , I did the Butchertown show last year. My booth was at the far end and I didn't get near the traffic other people did, but had about 1300 in sales. A good friend of mine makes very nice beaded bracelets and only sold like 300.…"
"Robert, I did the Butchertown Fare last year and was stuck at the end of the row and still had about 1300 in sales. And I live here so low expenses. easy in/out and a laid back show. I plan on applying again. I dont know anyone who did Photography…"
"Thanks for the info Sandy. I was waitlisted at Broad Ripple and was feeling ok about that, then saw how many people were waitlisted. My score was 3.2 and I thought maybe its out of 5! then I saw some had 6.6. Can anyone tell me why their waitlist is…"
"Wait! Wait! I thought I was the Wait List Queen! Where did I put my crown? A few weeks ago I was waitlisted for South Miami Rotary and since I was going to be down there anyway, with my stuff I contacted the show and was aggressive about saying…"
Greensboro's farmers curb Market! My space looked like a jewelry yard sale!
What are the best things about art fairs
All the other Craft people!
Best show ever and why
A last minute day and a half show, some woman called out of the blue and needed to fill a couple of booths at an educational conference. You would have thought these women had never seen jewelry before. God bless them.
Worst show ever and why
This year at Nuse River Festival. My car broke down on the way there. (towing$) (repairs$) Had to take a fifty dollar cab ride to the thing $! left the top of my tent in the car! it was so hot I almost passed out! My jewelry was too hot to touch! Well it went downhill from there.
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Love your posts and really love your work- you have great insights into the marketing portion of this lovely ride we call Artfairs!! I live in a rural State, so doing the Ag Fairs, which are plentiful here was a natural transition here. Next month is my transition month- my final outdoor show is October 13th. After that, it's all inside til Christmas. Then after that3 months of almost no shows except for my monthly Art Walk. I hope to expand into more of those! As each of my surrounding communities does them on different evenings (First Tuesdays, Third Thursdays, Final Fridays) it would be at least one per week! I Like the Art Walks because they specifically target people interested in the Arts and hand crafts. And very community oriented!
Hope your season is going well- we are currently gearing up for fall winter shows- and the weather is definitely getting chillier!! Had some wild wind gusts at my outdoor show this weekend- the worst I have ever dealt with- about 70 mph, and I was right on the Bay. Had to close up early due to my tent having some damage, and jewelry being blown away! Off to the studio- time to work! Have a good week
Hey new friend! I know the feeling - there is never enough time to make all the jewelry pieces that we want, or try out new techniques. Someday you will just have to set aside some time to try some etching - it is really fun to do. I call it my doodle work - I draw all the designs on the metal by hand with Staedler luminace red markers - the work better than sharpies. What is great is that if you don't like it you can just sand it off & draw again.