"I can put up with crappy logistics as long as the sales are high enough. I did a new show for me, starting three years ago in Peoria. Easy set up, great organizers, close by parking. The first year was the Unicorn Year coming off Covid. Sales were…"
"For 2-3 day shows: 1. Minimum daily or average daily sales of $1K-$1.5K, 2, Minimum margin of 50%, 3. Easy set up and good management, 4. Less than 8 hours travel time, and 5. Was it fun, interesting clients, lots of friendly dogs, neat art for me…"
"1. Energy - If a show has little energy, sales die
2. Location - In an alley or dead street area is a non-starter
3. Attendance - No reason to go to a show if nobody shows up
4. Promoter - If the promoter is good at their job."
"Glass artist, 25 yrs doing shows. Price range $20-$500, Retired since 2019.
I'd go back to a show if..
1. easy drive up, setup the night before. 2. On-site parking for my van, that I sleep in. 3. No buy/sell. 4. Other artists I know are in the show.…"
"Were other exhibitors around you making sales?
did you notice what other people were buying?
Did your work look like other exhibitors in the show, which could kind of tell you what people are interested in purchasing
Did they interact with you and…"
This question always prompts me to think on the last day of the show. Are you looking just only the total net sales (minus all expenses) of the events or some other factors? Some artists told me that the present of the artists also could lead to…
"Tough question. Looking at this photo that isle is very narrow which would impede traffic. It is always difficult to figure out where to sit, sitting in the booth takes up space and impedes patrons from seeing my work. Not all shows have space…"
"Is this typical traffic of this show on the day(s) you were there? Possibly if it were busier they would have to be in their booth taking care of business helping paying customers, instead of sitting anywhere ---the aisle or inside their booth.
"You are absolutely correct in being concerned about this. Those artists sitting in the middle are lazy and inconsiderate. By doing this, they are blocking the natural flow of traffic and interfering with not only your opportunity to show work to…"
We went to a few shows and found some of the artists pulled their chairs and sat in the middle of the walkway, blocking the customers' traffic. When asking with the show organizers, they seemed to ignore our issues. When talking to them, they did…