I had applied to this show back in the early spring and when then results from the jury came back, I found that I was placed on the wait list. By the week before the show I had assumed that I was not going to do the show and made other plans.
Well, on Thursday, the first day of the show, I was called and asked if I wanted a booth space as I had been on the wait list. I think they called me because I live here in Virginia Beach (just 10 miles from the boardwalk). I accepted, and Thursday evening at 6:30pm we were setting up. I had a 10x10 space. I use the ever so maligned caravan tents. It was really windy, and began to wonder if having the caravan (an ez-up variant) would work and not blow away. It was gusting to about 25mph. The boardwalk has these embedded large aluminum railings and so I just strapped the tent back legs to the railings and used about 60lbs of weight on the front legs. I also tied in my homemade propanel look a likes to the tent frame so that it worked as a whole. I survived the weekend as it stayed windy! I learned that these popup tents can work if you just put enough weights on the legs and have hold down straps.
I am a photographer, so my booth has matted prints in two sizes (based on Larry Berman's advice which has worked well), framed photographs as well as canvas gallery wraps. And because I live here in Virginia Beach, I have a lot of local photography which worked to my benefit (For those interested, my website is davidcotephotography.com).
Friday turned out to be like most other shows that I have done, OK, but not great. The crowd was good, and there were a lot of people. The booth was almost always occupied by customers.
Saturday was the bomb. My booth was filled with customers from about noon until 6pm when the show closed. I sold the most on Saturday than I had ever sold. A lot of matted prints and 20x30 canvas gallery wraps and a few triptychs.
Sunday was almost just a busy as Saturday. I was amazed, I have never had what others perhaps consider a good show as I am just starting out (only been doing the art show scene for a year and a half, and seriously doing the shows since January when I was laid off from my former job). I know most don't talk numbers, but as a emerging photographer I sold over 4K, and have about another 2K in orders. I am shocked and very well pleased. I would absolutely do this show again and will work hard on my booth photograph and images I submit for judging and hopefully get in next year.
Issues I have with how the show is done is that there is no artist parking, one has to pay for parking in either the local garages or the various lots that dot the landscape on Pacific Ave. The other issue is that parking for trailers are only available at two locations on Baltic Ave down at the Harris Teeter and Farm Fresh down by 30th street, so if you are at the 19th street end you have quite a trek to get from your location to your trailer. As for RV's, I am not sure as live local and slept in my own bed (definitely a benefit of doing a hometown show)!