Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
This last weekend another artist had his stash disappear at an art fair, see the story here.
I ask you, where do you put the cash from your sales? Yes, I know cash is not as popular a medium of exchange as it used to be, but it still appears now and then. Also, do you treat it the same as a check or credit card receipt? And, if using a digital capture of sales even if you may have those receipts stolen the money is in the bank already, right?
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I've taken to wearing cargo pants when I'm working a show, especially outdoors. Mine have buttoned pockets on the leg, and I slip my large bills in them throughout the day. At the end, I sometimes struggle to get the cash out because they button pretty tightly. I only keep enough cash to make change in my cash box. If it's a large show and my husband or kids are with me, we split the cash up, too.
I also zip-tie my cash box to part of my display. Even though it's tucked under a shelf, someone can come from behind and grab it if they're determined enough. I figure the worst they'll be able to do is spill it when they discover they're attached to half my booth and drop the box. When we're packing up, the only money left in the cash box is coins.
Ditto on the cargo pants and shorts
Cargo pants, too.
I used the pants method for a bit, but I felt like I might lose money going in and out. Twice I was lucky to notice that I dropped a bill... seemed like something that would eventually catch up to me!
Since I do volume, I use a cash register.
I have never had any money or checks stolen in all the years I've been doing shows. Maybe that's because over in the crafts business, we're not all competitors, but rather friends who watch each other's booth. Many of us have the same brand of register so the same key fits all of them. So when our neighbor is away from his/her booth, another exhibitor can go make the sale and ring it up.
Now maybe it's also a different mindset where we all do shows. Is theft a problem where you do shows? Are there incidents where somebody has had their cash taken while doing a show?
If that's the case, I'm safer with a register than with a box. If somebody takes a cashbox, they can hide it in a shopping bag. But try walking down the aisle with a cash register. Somebody's gonna notice!