I know some folks are doing well and god bless them. Frankly I'm tired of paying for so much up front only to have buy/sell next to me and having the organizers say,"well we won't have them back next year". Here's the news," I'm not coming back either." Not to mention the amount I'm putting out for jury fees. I'm considering alternative venues.
My question to everyone is what was the best non-art show situation you have had?
I will share that a few years ago I got a call from a woman who was selling booth space in a hotel/convention arena. She got my name off Etsy and said she was in charge of the booths for a Jr College Administrators conference. She had about 150 booths and had about 30 left and thought she would offer them at the last minute at a discount to local artists and would spice the show up with art. So far the booths were mostly books and learning programs. But she offered me a booth for the day and a half conference for either 30 or 60 bucks. About 12 other local artists came too. It was the closest I ever came to selling out of product. I ran out of bags and packing material. I had only been doing shows for a year and didn't have a great set up but you would think these ladies had never seen jewelry before.
Is anyone doing better at farmers markets? School gym shows? I'm willing to beat the bushes because I don't want to give up seling art.