Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I was reading the worst question thread and thought this might be interesting too. Hopefully it's not too negative.
My wife and I are coming up on our first show and I'll be selling prints of my photography, and my wife is selling homemade greeting cards and sock snowmen.
I'm really worried people won't like my stuff, which is fine (everyone has their own taste), but being a county fair I'm a little worried their will be some bad apples in the crowd. I can handle no one buying anything, and even people not liking our stuff, but some people can be real jerks about it.
It'd be reassuring to know everyone has had to deal with an occasional jerk.
So, what's the worst thing you've heard someone say about your art or someone else's?
I use a lot of imagery in my work that some might consider weird or unusual. I had a couple come into my booth once and ask me about a piece. We had a nice little conversation and they seemed fine. At the end the guy paused, looked me straight in the eye and then sneered “I wouldn’t buy it or anything though”. And then they left my booth.
Some people are just going to be jerks. Hold your head up high and never feel bad about defending your work.
I don't remember what it was I was selling, but it was a vintage piece. A woman was looking it over, asking questions. She asked the price and I told her, don't remember what it was but I know it was under $100, may have even been under $50. She sneered and said, I wouldn't give you 2 bucks for it! or some ridiculous things amount that, and she walked off. I say good bye and good riddance.
Wow, that's just ridiculous and rude. Why say anything at all? Especially to your face.
I'm betting people who sell antiques probably get that a lot. Ya know the old saying, "one mans trash is another man's treasure", goes both ways.
I like the comment that photographers get: Were you there when this picture was taken?
As a fiber artist, I frequently got "Where did you get this stuff?"
You have to have a thick skin to do shows. While most people don't mean to be rude, some just can't help themselves.
It's not the worst comment I've dealt with but I've heard "I can make that" a few times. What the customer doesn't know is the unknown steps to produce the piece. I just smile at them and know even if they could make my product, they won't.
The other thing that makes me smile is, my price range is $30-$225.00. Of course, when someone is attracted to the most expensive item, sometimes they look then look again, then whisper, as if I am not aware, to their friends.....$225.00? Then there are those who just understand, pick out an expensive piece and thank me for my art.
Don't ever lose your smile at a show.
As a photographer, I like when they try to third degree me. "Where was this taken" "What camera" "What lens"... If I gave them my equipment and told them where to go, they still would not create what I did.
Sometimes when they say "What type of camera do you use?" or "You must have a really good camera" I state" I don't have a camera...I have a photographic memory but I'm out of film". Either way I do so in jest. I'm not there to compete with or alienate the potential customers. I try to turn any comment or question into a conversation, resulting in education and sales.