We have a booked up Spring schedule & we are working our little butts off trying to get everything from paintings to reproductions ready. Unfortunately our shows are small to medium sized events.
Medium sized, being Fairview, Lubbock...Small being local wine shows and small local shows. We aren't going to venture out of state this year and want to make these count. We averaged around $1000 per show last year..If you're a painter with original canvases & reproductions like us, what do you earn as an average per show?
To earn more; Do you limit the variations on your print sizes? Do you hike up your prices on your originals, in relation to the booth fee/expenses?
I'd rather sell a high priced canvas, but am fearful of spending our whole time worrying we don't sell anything because we've out priced ourselves for a small show. It seems to take courage to price our 24x24"canvases above $500..
A relative our mine once told me he nearly went out of business in his manufacturing plant, because he was too competitive with his prices. As a last resort he doubled his prices and his business became a resounding success!
Is upping the price the true gutsy move to success?