Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Ive done a few shows this past May......and oh oh.....the economy is so bad!....everyone is saying, no the weather was bad......but really I can tell....there were a couple of nice Saturdays and no crowd.......
Face it .....it will be a long year.......and I will enter less shows.....and do shows close to home.....hope the recession will be over soon.....but really with the goofy politics in this country and the electorate electing the bad guys way to much......it will be a while before things return to profitablilty for us artists....
Michael......The terms by which you describe yourself is your biz....I really dont care how you describe yourself.
But there is no reason to think that being a vendor (not you, of course) somehow implies that you give deals.....it is strictly your biz if you give deals.....
Me I am an artist who is a vendor too......and I give deals....
I hate the term vendor, I think of the guy at the Mariners stadium selling "PEANUTS, PRETZELS, ICE COLD BEER"! We're selling hand crafted items that are art, not buy/sell or food items. As far as the economy, I really appreciate the perspective of the other artists here. As for our experience this year, we've done 5 shows, the first 3 were WAY up from last year's shows, the next one was way down, then we tried a new show that I think has potential but wasn't great for us this year. I'm finding that people have the disposable income to buy what they really want and sometimes it's just not the pieces we've made but pieces made by another artist. We're artists, not vendors, selling items that will eventually be bought by those who decide they what we have is what they are willing to part with their hard earned money for, has that really changed?
Hey people! Get a grip. Nobody's that important.
I dislike the term also, but legally, whether we're selling popcorn, or fine art, we are vendors.
It's all semantics. We can call ourselves the Queen of England if we want. So what? I call myself an exhibitor. But I "vend" my work at the shows. Just like all the rest of you.
So Dave calls himself a vendor? So what??? Is it impacting your sales? It's not impacting mine.
Chris......I am looking to discuss things in a rational way......the only way to do this is for all who want to discuss an issue to define terms the same way.....so we are all on the same page and can discuss things without disagreeing on definitions...so we can concentrate on the isssue....like how the economy affects art shows...I dont think you or me or Nels or anyone else should define the terms.....really it is the dictionary (which often gives several related definitions of any term) that should be used to define any term.....like for example, "vendor".....a dictionary tends to give common definitions that have been used over time.....
Really it is silly to even discuss things here if some people want to use their own definitions......and not common dictionary definitions of any given term......
Gee Dave, The whole purpose ofthis thread was that you were whining about making no great money at art shows, and how the economy and etc. really sucks. AM I right? Cause that was how you started this thread.
Guess what? Most ARTISTS friends I know are out there making money at the shows now. Me included. I am up 20% over last year.Meanwhile you are VENDING your way to poverty.
Gee, maybe you need to come up with a new business model, because yours doesn't seem to be working very well.
OH well, continue to vend your little heart away.
The word "vendor" comes from the Latin vendo :meaning , "I sell."
We all are known by many names at the same time: woman, wife, mother, lover, friend, daughter.
I believe that what we think of ourself First or Highest, like SOUL vs JOCK shows how evolved we are emotionally.
I am an ARTIST.
As much as I fight the "its the economy" I find it really is the economy. I do about 30 shows a year and so often I overhear people say quietly, "it is not a need" or "I cant justify the purchase" Long gone are crowds of impulse buyers. And hello to the people who say, "I don't want to go into that shop or to that art fair because I don't want to be tempted."
I have changed up my artwork, I dress to impress and I have a great attitude. I smile when someone says, "nice work, I just can't afford it right now." And there are only a select number of "rich" people with disposable incomes that we all try and attract.
To add to your list of artists who have "great" shows: Those who are retired, have retirement income and/or inheritance so selling art is just the icing on the cake.
"Geez, sick of words like recession, bad economy, etc. It's time to move on! Just complaining about it it's going to make it worse and remind people to spend less and less even if they can afford it. They will just feel guilty and keep cutting expenses."
The facts are the facts. We are in a severe recession and unless something happens soon, half the country believes we will be in a depression within the next 12 months. We can't stick our heads in the sand and hope it will go away. We face it head on.
We can't depend on anything from Washington because everybody is in campaign mode and both parties will lie right to our faces to get our vote.
People are buyng flatscreens because China kept making them although there were no orders. The warehouses were overflowing with stock. So the price plummeted from over $500 to under $300 for a 32 inch model. People saw a bargain. And tens of thousands of TVs die every day. And all you can get is a flatscreen, so that's a NEED, not a WANT. Ipads and the latest phones? It's the kids who are driving those sales. By "kids" I mean those under 30 years old.
Now many of us are doing the right thing in this situation. Reinventing ourselves, or finding another venue, or lowering prices.
As far as "good shows", everybody has a different opinion of "good". Some make $1,000 at a show and think the economy is booming, while another makes $1,000 and asks "when will the misery end"?