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Cynthia Margaret Bye
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Cynthia Margaret Bye replied to Jim Dalton's discussion How to make weights for your tent for less than $30
"These posts have been very helpful!  I would like for my weights to be at least 50lbs each.  5" pvc is sold in 10' length and I was going to get 1 tube cut into 4 pieces, 30" long, however, I asked someone at a show this…"
May 18
Cynthia Margaret Bye replied to Jim Dalton's discussion How to make weights for your tent for less than $30
"I also like your post from a few years ago about using rubber pads or something like that for extra grip on the bottom (of the PVC type). Thanks again!"
May 18, 2019
Cynthia Margaret Bye replied to Jim Dalton's discussion How to make weights for your tent for less than $30
"That looks nice!  I've been using The black EZ Up sandbags and they weigh 40 lbs each, but I want to upgrade my look.  Yes...sometimes they have weight requirements at the shows and will actually weigh them! I used to participate in…"
May 18, 2019
Cynthia Margaret Bye replied to Jim Dalton's discussion How to make weights for your tent for less than $30
"I like the buckshot idea!  I have been successfully using black sandbags that weigh 40 lbs each, but I am trying to make my display more sleek in appearance and the PVC tubes look nice!  Using shorter tubing will be more convenient to…"
May 18, 2019
Cynthia Margaret Bye replied to Jim Dalton's discussion How to make weights for your tent for less than $30
"Great Instructions and wonderful additional tips from others on the forum! My important question is: How much do these weigh? ...or more specifically... When using cement along with 4" PVC, what is the weight per foot? Most of my shows require…"
May 17, 2019

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Your Medium
Fiber and Leather
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Culver City Art and Antique Market ~ 1996
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
The people who are drawn into my booth because they like what they see!
Art Fairs magnetize people who love to live with art and their input as well as their direct purchases are wonderful opportunities to evaluate and grow as an artist.
Best show ever and why
Probably the KPFA Fine Arts and Crafts Fair in San Francisco (now called the Craneway Art Fair), because it was well organized and they had a huge loyal following of art lovers for the show. It was wonderful to travel from Aspen to San Francisco to participate in the show too!
Worst show ever and why
A Christmas Affair at the Convention Center next to the Cowboys' Stadium run by the Junior League of Arlington, Texas. So many Texas Junior League Holiday Shows are amazing venues for sales, but unfortunately this expensive show was not well attended at all. I suspect that it was not advertised well, although some women I know from Fort Worth and Dallas said that no one wanted to shop in Arlington especially after the Stadium was built there. Dallas people wanted it in Dallas, and Fort Worth people wanted in built in Fort Worth.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I had to return to Wisconsin a couple of years ago and I think I found your website myself on Google while asking about "Great Art Shows in the Midwest" and it has been helpful! Thank You!
What is one fun fact about yourself?
I was in a music video called "Ride" by Sir Mix-A-Lot in the 90's and it was featured and made fun of on "The Bevis and Butthead Show".

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At 9:26pm on February 26, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Cynthia. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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At 9:57am on February 16, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Cynthia,

Welcome to AFI!  We're delighted to make your acquaintance and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks so much for signing up and best wishes for continued success.  Very cool "fun fact"!


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