Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I did a cursory search for this topic but there are so many posts about prints, that I think it would take a while to find an answer! Sorry if this has been discussed before.
I am going to be selling prints in addition to original paintings at fairs this year. There is a lot I don't know yet, but my main question is this: Should I offer prints of a piece ONLY if I've already sold the original? Or, would it be normal to have the original hanging in my tent with print reproductions of the piece a few feet away in my print rack?
I've heard that people looking to buy originals vs people looking to buy prints are 2 completely different demographics, so maybe it doesn't matter? I just have no experience with this yet, so I'd love your feedback.
First of all, don't refer to them as prints. Call them reproductions because the original exists. You will find that not all shows allow reproductions. Some of the top tier shows state no reproductions in their application. As for actually selling them, some shows want them to be editioned and some don't care. Whether or not the original is for sale is irrelevant. You might need two booth pictures, one with a bin and the other without for shows that don't allow reproductions.
You will find, depending on how you price your originals and reproductions, they will appeal to different people. Actually you want them to appeal to different people. The point of selling reproductions is to have something for people who can't afford your originals.
Hi Larry, you are always so quick to respond, thank you!
Don't worry, I've thoroughly read the rules for each show I've been accepted into to find out which allow reproductions, what percentage of the booth they can take up, etc.
It makes sense that originals vs reproductions would appeal to different people.