So, I just completed my first art fair, it wasn't a big or fancy show but had big prizes, and is (apparently) trying to build up to something great. It was good, though not too busy, the weather was absolute perfection! I made a friend in the artist next door, so we had a lot of fun talking and enjoying the (small) crowd. The festival itself was well run, easy load in and out, they were great about making sure we stayed hydrated, and had trustworthy booth sitters for little breaks. I don't know if I'll do this show again or not, because I have nothing yet to compare it to, but I sold a lot of prints and made a few valuable contacts. So all in all I say it was a good first experience.
I have to say, though, that even though I never feel comfortable in situations reminiscent of sales of any kind, I felt fully prepared to be there, I am a shy person and prefer not to talk to, or make contact with, people face to face. Thinking about it now even makes my palms sweat a bit-but the info I found here was like a treasury of people whispering In my ear that I can do it, that this is where I belong, and that I have the tools for this job.
I have to tell you that this site has given me such fantastic information. The information I have used from here has given me another gift: acceptance notices are starting to roll on in after a bumpy start (I had a poor excuse for a booth shot and poor shots of my work.) I had gotten few rejections, but now I am getting accepted to nearly all the shows I'd like to be a part of. I know fully, that I would not be getting in were it not for this site. So thank you to everyone who has posted a little thing about this or that on here, all those little bits of knowledge are a fantastic coach to those of us who are new to this, and a bigger thank you, to those who run this site. It is priceless service.