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Art faire on the square, lake forest IL

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Has anyone done this show in recent years? Have read mixed reviews of this show. Was invited off the wait list. Would have 300 miles to travel and expenses. Is it worth it? Thanks

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faye fisher-ward replied to faye fisher-ward's discussion Art faire on the square, lake forest IL
"Thanks Jane!"
Wednesday
Jane Shaffer replied to faye fisher-ward's discussion Art faire on the square, lake forest IL
"I have done it for the past few years.  It is always well attended.  Our sales have been good so we continue to do the show.  "
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Art faire on the square, lake forest IL

Has anyone done this show in recent years? Have read mixed reviews of this show. Was invited off the wait list. Would have 300 miles to travel and expenses. Is it worth it? Thanks
Tuesday
faye fisher-ward commented on Ron Mellott's blog post The Jury Process: Part 2 - Consistent Body of Work etc. etc. etc.
"Its a shame jurors aren't reading this....they should."
Sep 4, 2015
faye fisher-ward commented on Sandy Walker's blog post Why do we bother?
"Sandy, it's as if I wrote this article. I have th same feelings about doing shows. The unpredictable, sometimes, dangerous weather, lugging heavy stuff and setting it up, the BLT's (browsers, lookers, talkers), the financial gamble of it…"
Jul 21, 2015
Connie Mettler left a comment for faye fisher-ward
"Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Faye.   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 of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to…"
Jan 5, 2012

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Your Medium
leather
Years in the Art Fair Business
5
First show ever
stone arch art festival, minneapolis, mn
What is your website?
http://fisherwarddesigns.com
What are the best things about art fairs
getting exposure to my work....meeting other artists.....
making $!
Best show ever and why
My best show yet was "ArtStreet" in green bay WI, 2010. One of the reasons I think I did so well was because I was new to the show that year, and it's an event that everyone attends. The customers are appreciative and educated re. the arts. At one point I was so busy my husband had to take people paying cash and I had to take people paying w/ CC's. The booth fee was reasonable, the hotels were nearby and priced right, and the local places to eat were cheap! Great show for me!
Worst show ever and why
It's a toss up. My first year I made the mistake of booking a local show w/ the word "craft" in the title. (Riverfront Days in Hastings MN) Someone was actually selling tupperware there.
The other show was more arty but still had too many crafty things. That was in Nisswa MN. To be fair, it poured rain all day and it was a 1 day show. I sold 2 items. If it wasn't for a woman who wanted to make some wholesale purchases from me, I wouldn't have broken even w/ booth, hotel and travel.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Found it on the web. I think it was through festivalnet.com

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At 10:39pm on January 5, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Faye.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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