Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
We can order hats like that from Vista Print or a tshirt
To preface my story, I will start by telling you that I use all natural dried flowers and foliage in my art.
With that said, I was at a show in January when a young guy of maybe 19 or 20 came into my booth. "What's this thing?" he asked as he pointed to a cluster of whole dried poppy pods. I replied, "It's a poppy pod". He turned and looked at me and said, "Dude." (Ummm. Do I look Like a dude?!?!) "Dude, can you smoke it???" Taken aback and highly annoyed I reply, "I don't know". He says, "Dude" (Again!?) "Lemme buy it off of you. Seriously...I'll pay you for it."
I looked at him, obviously ticked off and I said, "Dude, get the H@*% out of my tent."
A Chicago gardener aquaintance had to stop growing poppies in his front yard. Said there were too many teenagers hanging around, and the neighbors were starting to look at him funny. Seriously.
"we're not putting that crap on our wall"
I guess I should explain. My art is fish. Here's how it usually goes. A man will step into the booth and as he's looking at all the fish he sees the one that he has to have. He looks over to his wife, points to the fish he wants, and before he can say anything she will utter those sale stopping words.
I have learned to take "did you make all this yourself as a compliment. I still haven't figured out the best way to reply to "how long did it take to make this?". But the one I really hate is "Your prices are too low". I never hear this one from folks who are actually buying the art.
All that being said, I can't wait to get out there again next weekend and hear these all over again.