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I posted a different thread here last week about taking too much inventory to an art festival, and it turns I have been. So now I'm looking at purchasing a used 6x12 enclosed trailer and turning it into a mobile art gallery. i.e., go to an art festival, only take about 45 pieces mixed between paper and canvas to the 10x10 tent, but have the trailer parked near by with EVERYTHING else. Over the course of the event we can switch out work with the inventory in the trailer... plus...

If a potential buyer seems genuinely interested in my work, I can offer to show them more art by giving them an secret your of our art trailer. If the organizers are open to the idea I can also have my son stay at the trailer and have his own art gallery there. The trailer I'm looking we would modify with internal lighting, carpet, and french cleats down the outside to hang large art on. I know others have done this.

My ponderance is this: how strange would it be to offer to take someone from the tent to the parking lot to see more art? 

I can also use this trailer to just go park somewhere on a random weekend and have an pop-up art gallery in a parking lot. The city of Fort Worth and Dallas both have mobile vending permits so it's legal (but the city I actually live in, Arlington, does not, maddening). 

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The trailer itself is not the issue here.  I agree that many of your female buyers would be reluctant to traipse off to a parking lot with a strange man to look at art in a trailer.  I spent too many years doing shows solo to not be aware of possible security concerns.

Sandra, this is exactly what I was trying to get across, especially after I saw some of the trailers.  It’d not the trailer, it’s going off the beaten path with a stranger.

Uh, yes there IS a difference.  When I am in the booth on the street, I am not leaving the venue to go to an unknown location with a stranger.  

I'm in total agreement with Peter, and I have a mobile gallery. And it's being used.

By the way I participate in what are probably the best shows in the country and as long as the show is in a street I have not had any problems with the shows, and it has increased the bottom line in my income and expense statement.

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Ynon: Absolutely awesome!. I looked at your attached jpegs and your mobile gallery IS the future,....and no doubt cheaper than the horrible sum of show costs over a relatively short period. Good luck and keep the ideas flowing, this may be just the beginning. And the naysayers will be copying your ideas down the road, be ready for that!


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