Engraving and Sandblasting (Jewelry, Glass & Metal)
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
A tiny little craft show at my mother-in-laws church. It was free and she asked me to do it since I was already doing glass etching as a little side business. I fell in love with it and went from there. Since then many things have changed from how and what I do to the type of shows that I sell at.
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What are the best things about art fairs
The atmosphere. I get to work with wonderful crafters and meet great customers. I am a Mom first before anything else, but getting away to the shows is like therapy for me. I also really like petting everyones dogs.
Best show ever and why
Flagstaff Highland Games. The promoters are so wonderful and supportive. They have volunteers that move all of our "stuff" for us because we cannot drive onto the grass. The customers were wonderful and spent money. This show was only a few hours from home as well.
Worst show ever and why
A small Easter show in Ahwatukee. They did not promote it as a craft/vendor show at all. Nobody wanted to buy anything as they were just there for a day with the kids. We were not able to drive to our spot and they blocked most of the ways in with their fencing, so it was very difficult to set up and tear down. The people running the show were very uncooperative.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
I have missed a couple of shows, but have never left in the middle of one. I missed one show because I not only had a leak in a tire, but my battery died. I just felt that I was not suppose to go to that show and instead of just getting a new battery, I took my car in to get checked out. Turned out that I had a breakage and there was axle grease on my back brakes and my front breaks were not great. To get to that show I would have been driving mountain roads with a trailer. I probably would not be here now if I had gone.