Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I get asked the same question constantly, except that they ask for red. No matter what shade of red I show them, it's never the right one.
“No, not that red: that’s not a real red. (It’s a fake color?!) No, not that red, that’s too bright/dull/light/dark/orange/purpley.” I figure, they want a red to match their outfit so precisely, that it will be invisible against their clothing.
I had a woman who asked if I could a "pinkier pink" in a photo of mine. I said, "No, but I can do a checkier check," and smiled while saying it. She just had no sense of humor and stomped off.
Then there was the woman (I'm not picking on women, but they're 80% of my customer base, so the odds of getting oddball questions increase geometrically) who brought in her husband, mother and father and swatches and paint samples and found a photo ($59, be still my beating heart!) with a perfect match of all four colors. Her husband said "Hallelujah, she's been looking for something like this for two years!" Her parents nodded and smiled big time. Then, she said, "I just don't know, I'll have to think about it." I thought I'd have to do an intervention from keeping her family from piling on her. Of course, she never came back.
I am color-driven so any booth that has "my" colors gets a visit from me. I still go into other booths but I will always check out things in certain colors. I know it sounds weird but that is how my eye for what I like works.
And then I run into the problem where I may love an artist's technique but don't care for the subject of the work so I won't consider it.
I may be weird but I am happily weird!!
I make glass beads which I make into jewelry. The number one question I usually get asked is where do I buy my beads. The number two question I get asked is: Is this polymer clay?
So one time a woman asks me this question and I patiently explain it's glass and after a rather long explanation of the beadmaking process she looks me in the eye and tells me that it's polymer clay. No, I don't think so since I made it I'm pretty sure I know what the material is. No, she tells me, she's positive it's polymer clay but she doesn't understand how I got it transparent. I told her it was a secret recipe.
I make stone lamps. My favorite was a well dressed, upper classed looking woman. She looked over all of my lamps, thought for sure was an easy sale coming up. She came up to me and asked what my stone lamps were made of. It was the end of a very loooong day and without thinking I said "Uh..rock". She looked at me as if I called her a very nasty name and stormed out of my tent. Lost a sale, learned alot about dealing with people, but was hilarious