Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Hello - We see this rule at many shows. However, there is never any details on how large that bin can be. I am really tempted to make a "bin" that is the size of our folding table fill it with the amount of prints we want and see if they allow that.
Any thoughts on this rule and how to get around/work with it?
Some shows, besides the limitation on bins, also limit the percentage of reproductions, percentage of non-hanging work (2D), etc.
When you say "print bin" you are referring to reproductions unless you are a photographer. If you are a painter, usually only one size is necessary. I've seen photographers make large bins to encompass multiple sizes of their photographs for shows having that rule.
Filling a booth with bins, or even one big bin that shows a lot of your work is not a good idea. People will come in enticed by the variety, then they'll flip through the images and walk away satisfied. It does not encourage sales. There is that temptation to show everything because you never know what the buyer will be interested in, and I don't blame you, but it does not translate into good sales.
Shows that ask this of the artist are trying to present a quality event that does not look like a garage sale. You want to come back to the show because it is a good one, then take a hard look and make that hard decision to limit the quantity.
Check out the tiered print bin sold by Armstrong, which is what I use. Pretty easy to put together and holds a lot of prints but is basically one unit.