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Bobby Weiss
  • Beaumont, TX
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Bobby Weiss's Discussions

Bent trimline pipe... how to straighten?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Berman Apr 20, 2016. 1 Reply

I bent a portion of my trimline and I was wondering what kind of company might I find locally that can straighten it back out? I imagine this would be cheaper than replacing it and shipping...Thank…Continue

Money in brown paper bags???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Apr 18, 2016. 4 Replies

I was listening to the 2 Artists Share Their 40 Year History at the Art Fairs blog radio podcast and they mentioned, someone lightly that the 80s were a different time... or maybe the early 90s? I…Continue

What food to bring to a hotel?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nolly Gelsinger Jan 18, 2017. 15 Replies

I usually bring whatever is handy or canned soup... but I'm curious does anyone have something interesting that they just keep at the ready to bring to hotels when they have to travel?I'm thinking of…Continue

Book List -- Recommended Reading?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacki Bilsborrow Oct 22, 2015. 1 Reply

I just came across a thread and some books are mentioned. The other day I was here and saw another book recommended.I was wondering, do we have a book recommendation list? I think this is something…Continue


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Latest Activity

Bobby Weiss replied to Chris Bohannon's discussion How to transport Stabars
"Yes they are very heavy! I actually wanted to get another bag just to lighten the load. If someone has any bag alternatives I'm sure we would all love to hear them as well."
Apr 4
Bobby Weiss replied to Chris Bohannon's discussion How to transport Stabars
"I have the flourish bags as well. They are nice, but they are very expensive. While they do hold up, they also get holes in the ends. I would think I'm not the only one this happened to. If they were reinforced on the ends, I probably…"
Apr 4
Bobby Weiss replied to Otis Harville's discussion Marine Battery Booth Electricity Allowed or No?
"I've wanted to do this, but I saw another artist do it so I don't have much details... But basically he handcrafted a regular looking checkout counter. But he has the battery at the bottom and inside was the inverter. So from the outside…"
Feb 5
Bobby Weiss replied to Otis Harville's discussion Marine Battery Booth Electricity Allowed or No?
"I can't see why any event would say no, unless you do really dumb things like leave stuff exposed to rain or puddles. I'd make sure you leave everything unplugged and disconnect the battery at night. Otherwise, I wouldn't think it…"
Feb 3
Bobby Weiss replied to JEFF LEEDY's discussion I feel compelled to warn you.
"I can't speak to this company whatsoever. I know nothing about them. But the weird thing is promoting shows and basically scamming people seems to be a real thing. I came across someone like this a few years ago. They'll get ya, and then…"
Feb 2
Bobby Weiss replied to PHILIP JEFFERSON's discussion Need an honest answer
"I realize flea markets varies a lot in what that actually means. But I think a lot of people that do art fairs started out doing small shows that today we would not consider. However, when I look back at some of the worst shows I did, I'm glad…"
Jan 26
Bobby Weiss replied to PHILIP JEFFERSON's discussion Need an honest answer
"Be careful with the feedback you receive at flea markets if your ultimate goal is not to sell at flea markets. I would absolutely encourage you to do flea markets if that's where you're at. But just be aware that there are marked…"
Jan 24
Bobby Weiss replied to PHILIP JEFFERSON's discussion Need an honest answer
"Wow this is such a good reason. Maybe it's super cliche, but there is that saying that goes along the lines of, when you label me you negate me. In the sense of a piece of art, that piece is doing work to everyone in their own way. It's…"
Jan 24
Bobby Weiss replied to PHILIP JEFFERSON's discussion Need an honest answer
"Excellent answer! If I could add my 2 cents... from experience, I don't see this type of art at shows. I think the biggest reason is because it "looks" super commercial. If I was next to an artist who took incredible photographs, I…"
Jan 17
Bobby Weiss replied to TJ Thorne's discussion ProPanel Light Bars ad EZ-up Style Tent.. do they play nice?
"If you have even a little imagination then you can get just about anything rigged up to the insides of ez up tents. The question really becomes, how much do you want to mess with it during the setup? At the very least, for your first show if you…"
Dec 26, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Tom Suter Tom's Foolery's discussion Cleaning Pro Panels
"I'd be contacting the company before using steam or high pressure... because you are right those can effect adhesives. I have something similar to the propanel fabric (its basically outdoor carpet) and it's hardy stuff... but if there are…"
Dec 20, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Chris King's discussion Booth location - do you keep the same spot every year? why or why not?
"As long as I get a spot that isn't "hidden in the back" I'm okay. But I also have a friend who always gets the same spots because she says her customers know where to find her. It seems to work for her, although I imagine she…"
Dec 20, 2018
Bobby Weiss commented on Maggie DeMarco's blog post WOBBLY SHOWOFF TENT!
"Hard to say without seeing it or comparisons, but a huge mistake people have is thinking the high end tents are secure enough as is. Despite what many canopy sellers advertise, whatBarry andPaul say is true... every tent needs a lot of weight and…"
Dec 17, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Kimberly Salvati's discussion Tents?
"Thanks for the update. How much have you weathered rain in it? As far as I know, Vitabri is the only canopy that advertises rainproof in pop up category. But they make it sound like its just some sort of treatment, rather than the fabric itself."
Dec 12, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Erin Carpenter's discussion Indoor show setup
"The most sensible thing to do is simply ask. Indoor show setups can vary so widely. You might have sides provided and probably have a back... but you never know. Sometimes youll have a full booth which can be nice but then you need to think about…"
Nov 21, 2018
Bobby Weiss replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"Yea I guess count me in there... I've have not done many 4 day shows but that's pretty much a week show when it's all said and done. Traveling back and forth is usually the majority of a day if not more.  It wouldn't be hard…"
Nov 3, 2018

Profile Information

Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
What are the best things about art fairs
Being out there having new experiences, meeting people, and taking part in the marketplace.
Best show ever and why
My first... it got the ball rolling.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
No, I just have been reading things about trying to make my booth better.

Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 3:08pm on April 23, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Bobby.  I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo of yourself and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also, visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Many topics have already been discussed here before you joined us. You might like to try a search of your topic before you post your question. Just put your topic, canopy tents, jurying fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, etc, into the search bar at the top of the right side of the page. You might be surprised that someone has already asked your question.

We also ask that all new members take a few moments of their time to read the code of conduct. You will find it at There are a few guidelines that all members will need to follow because , as in any social community, we all need to work together.

Best wishes, Connie Mettler

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At 8:56pm on February 18, 2015, Bill Ronay said…

Bobby:  Have been retired from my Festivals Consultation business for nearly two years.  Have not been a part of the RRR for a couple decades before that.  My memory of RRR was the 4x4 tent arrangements which were innovative for shows and festivals in the '80s.  I used this example as a good variable in planning and logistics for crowd flow and movement.  The idea made a bunch of money for me and several events adapted the idea.  RRR was quite the show...still is.

At 10:49pm on June 16, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Bobby Weiss a gift
Bobby, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.

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