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Walt Bennett
  • Haymarket, VA
  • United States
  • Wood
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Walt Bennett's Discussions

Looking for a web site designer that I won't have to take out a bank loan for!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Roxy Lentz May 5. 14 Replies

I threw together our website over 12 years ago with MS Front Page and that's not supported by much of anything today - not to mention how dated our site looks!  I've gone through a dozen developers…Continue

Light Dome for sale w/accesories in No. VA

Started this discussion. Last reply by Walt Bennett Mar 10. 4 Replies

Trying one more time!  Have an older model (cast aluminum corner joints & feet) for sale. Used but not abused. Has served us extremely well for eight years. Since I'm now 72, my wife's 62 and we…Continue

Tags: canopy

Light Dome for sale w/accesories

Started this discussion. Last reply by mike willenborg Jun 19, 2016. 7 Replies

Have an older model (cast aluminum corner joints & feet) for sale. Used but not abused. Has served us well for about eight years. Since I'm now 72, my wife's 62 and we need to get something…Continue

Tags: dome, light

Square combo Chip & Mag Stripe Readers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wendy Merkle Dec 13, 2016. 35 Replies

I've about had it with these. When they came out I got one and found it didn't work with my old smart phone. Had to upgrade the OS, and then it worked periodically. At that time it wasn't mandatory…Continue

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Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
I'd rather not remember - it was that much of a disaster!
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
The ones that are well managed, well laid out, and helpful for first-time vendors.
Best show ever and why
The first Richmond National Folk Festival - weather was bad one day, set-up and take down were not easy, but sales were stupendous.
Worst show ever and why
2006 Celebrate Fairfax, Fairfax, VA. Terrible layout for artisans/crafters resulted in next to no traffic for any of us (everyone went to the rides, music and commercial vendors), poor judging, over 12 hour days (3 1/2 days long), and county police insisting ALL attendees be out before we could bring in vehicles. Only positive aspect was the county employee volunteers who were friendly and helpful, but couldn't do much else.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Have never left one once setting up.

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Walt Bennett's Blog

Keeping your company name and reputation in a globalized economy . . .

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 10:33am 5 Comments

I haven't put anything up for a while, but this morning's events got me going.  It started with an email from a lady in the UK wanting to know where her Amazon order for two bowler hats was.  At first I thought it was a phishing attempt, but I decided to reply stating that we'd never sold on Amazon, only through our own website and that my wife doesn't make men's hats.  She replied that 'there must be more than one AB Hats' and thanked me for the note.

That got my interest -…


Don't know for certain, but this could affect Square!

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 3:59pm 19 Comments

This has been out for a few days, but I just found some of the details.  Reason I'm posting this is that we've been using a 'dial-pay' merchant account for years, but NOT on a smart phone.  We've been planning on getting one and moving to Square - which is certainly more cost effective save for the data charges.  Best I can figure we'll save a bit, but it'll be much more convenient. 

My bio includes over fifty years in IT and data communications, so this article kind of waves a red…


Looks like this season could be a 'lost' one!

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 2:33pm 6 Comments

Sometimes things just happen and your left with no way to commit to shows when they want money six months out.  My wife and I have two different mediums and both of us have a reasonable amount of inventory - not great, but workable.  Day after Christmas, we found water leaking through the ceiling in our kitchen pantry.  This became a completely unbudgeted total bathroom renovation (that means I'm doing most of it!).  Just before Christmas, my wife began experiencing hip pains that have become… Continue

We didn't vend there, but I'm left wondering why anyone did . . .

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 7:38pm 1 Comment

One of the two wood turning clubs I belong to likes to have booths at local events to promote the club. This was their second time at this two day one nearby that was held near a somewhat rural town about ten miles from the club's 'home', a moderate sized city in the Mid-Atlantic area. (I really don't want to be more specific than this.)

This 'craft' event had about sixty five 'vendors'. At least five or six were commercial or political. Another ten were obvious buy/sell, with another… Continue

Comment Wall (2 comments)

At 10:21am on October 13, 2009, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome, Walt! Such a pleasure to find all of you folks from Virginia joining us.

I'll have to tell you I was plenty confused when I started approving the photos -- hats, okay, then suddenly wood turnings! Does this person have multiple personalities? Then I came to your page here and I'm a little mollified :)
At 3:05pm on May 03, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Walt Bennett a gift
Hello Walt! Thanks for referring Adrienne to the site!

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