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Our first show of the year was a bomb. Not "da bomb", but a stink bomb, so we were really hoping that the Allentown Art Festival here in Buffalo would make up for it. Since we live in the neighborhood, it is way too easy to do and one tends to be more forgiving of so-so sales when one can bike home to walk the dogs in the middle of the day. 

Our assigned spot had a small parking lot right behind us, so we wanted to be up early to make sure we had a spot there. At 5:30, I jumped/staggered out of bed and made my way downstairs. Our big dog, Quincy, leapt up and raced me down which was unusual, but when he galloped to the couch and began to kiss Russell's face  I realized Russ must have had a restless night and come downstairs to watch TV.

"So, there you are" I said as I approached the couch, then, as I got closer "You're not Russell"

I didn't panic at first. We live in in the neighborhood where a big art festival was happening and it would not have been unusual for my guy to invite random artists to crash at our house. I went upstairs and asked him who was sleeping on the couch, his eyes popped wide and he said "Someone's sleeping on the couch?" I told him he needed to put his pants on and get downstairs.

Brave me waited halfway down the stairs, cell phone in hand, while Russ turned on some lights and stared down ant the sleeping guy. When he started nudging him and asking, "Who are you? hey, wake up, who are you" I got nervous. The guy eventually came around and slurred "I'm Kevin". Russ asked "Do I know you?" and the guy said that sure we knew him and when Russ advised him otherwise, brave me on the stairs with the cell phone called down "I have the phone in my hand and I am calling the cops if you don't leave this minute!"

He shuffled off to the kitchen to put his shoes on and started to apologize and which point I shook my big scary iPhone at him, advising him that I was sure he was sorry but we did not know him and he had to leave right now. I was amused inside that he was polite enough to shuck his shoes at the door.

Apparently, this lanky 20 something kid from the suburbs had been partying during the night and friends directed him to their house to sleep it off instead of driving and he got the wrong house and we had neglected the lock up during the pre show craziness.

"Kevin" became the punchline of the weekend. "where's the bag of bungee cords?" Kevin borrowed them. "I'm going to bike home and walk Quincy" Ask Kevin to do it. "Who got Best of Show?" Kevin for Confused Media. And on and on.

The show turned out to be decent for us, thanks to a beautiful, sunny Sunday.  Allentown is a huge show that spawned an adjacent non-juried show and more yard sales than you can count. Lots of competition for that mythical "20 dollar bill". 

Now I just need to rest my weary bones and train Quincy how to be a watch dog. Maybe Kevin can do it.

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Comment by Theresa K. Hardy on June 10, 2013 at 8:26am

This is hysterical. Thanks for a Monday morning laugh to start off my week.

Comment by Robin Kolb on June 10, 2013 at 9:23am

Wonderful story. thanks so much for sharing.

Comment by Donna Marie Thome on June 10, 2013 at 9:46am

thanks for the laugh

Comment by Geoff Coe on June 10, 2013 at 9:47am

Hahaha, this is a first!!  Great story!

Comment by Mike Smith on June 10, 2013 at 10:35am

Hi Pat...Mike Smith here...great story. Glad it turned out OK. We had a good Allentown as well thanks to the great Sunday weather. I always enjoy your writing, keep up the good work! ;-)

Comment by Pat Sorbini on June 10, 2013 at 10:37am

Hi Mike! Wish I had seen you. Only got to walk a tiny bit of it. Glad you had a good show.

Comment by Connie Mettler on June 10, 2013 at 11:12am

Great story! I look forward to meeting Kevin as a booth sitter at your next show.

Here are some photos from Allentown, courtesy of the Buffalo News:

450 exhibitors! That is a lot. More details about Allentown right here:

Comment by KS Funderburg on June 10, 2013 at 12:08pm

Maybe Kevin had your keys?

This made my day...glad it all worked out for comic relief

Comment by Kay Cummins on June 10, 2013 at 2:32pm

Totally enjoyed this - yep some dogs are lousy guard dogs.  Golden retrievers are notably lax.  Lock your doors!  

Comment by Britt Hallowell on June 10, 2013 at 7:34pm
I vote this for best blog of the year! Too funny!


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