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Cindy Welch
  • Female
  • Houma, LA
  • United States
  • Tumbled Travertine, Solvent Ink,…
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Cindy Welch's Discussions

What are you working on?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kathleen J. Clausen Sep 14, 2018. 4 Replies

I have been getting some things done in my house and was about to head to The Barn (in the backyard) when a downpour started.  So I jumped in here to look around.  Now i am wondering what everyone is…Continue

Tags: plans, working, on, weekend, doing

Back Home from Mobile, AL

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loc Tran Aug 29, 2018. 5 Replies

Good morning everyone!  I was gone this past weekend to Mobile, AL for a Vintage Market Days (VMD) show.  We got back last night around 11:30.   Got to bed about midnight.  Though John went right to…Continue

Tags: alabama, show, mobile, vmd, market

What are you working on, August 20-25, 2018?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Aug 24, 2018. 9 Replies

Good afternoon/evening everyone.  I am wondering what everyone is working on or where you are going for your next event?This past Saturday dh and a friend of ours went to The Painted Pelican (TPP) in…Continue

What are you doing this week? August 14-18, 2018

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Aug 17, 2018. 15 Replies

Dh and I got back yesterday from a long weekend on the Mississippi coast.  It was a combo trip .... our 39th anniversary plus we did some pickin'.  We were in the Long Beach area and went picking…Continue

Tags: on, workshop, shop, barn, working


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Latest Activity

Cindy Welch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion sell everything in shot?
"When I read this just now, I thought it has to be a scam.  Too many people, including myself, have gotten emails/phone calls/etc. about wanting to purchase from our website and have the purchaser's shipper ship or their rep pick it…"
Jun 6
Cindy Welch replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"I have done it both ways, charged tax and also at one time included it in the price.  For all the reasons listed so far, I prefer not to include it. We do not want to deal with coins, so... If someone is paying with cash and their total is…"
May 29
Cindy Welch replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Estes Park Art Market This Weekend, Colorado
"The last time I wore long john's was back in March for a show we did in south Louisiana.  But we were in layers because it was predicted to get warm enough to ditch the long john's.  I think the mornings started at about 30º…"
May 21
Cindy Welch replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Making acrylic craft paint more permanent on painted wood?
"Sometimes surfaces have to scuffed up a bit, even if they feel and appear *not* glossy. I work with chalk paint and this occurs from time to time. Try using some steel wool."
May 12
Cindy Welch replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Where do you sleep?
"Hotel. Since I am working during the day I want quality sleep. I don't do life well without it."
May 2
Cindy Welch replied to Carol Larsen's discussion How can you plan with such a short time line
"I agree with having a rolling production ...several things in the pipeline many they may each be in various degrees of completion. i am cutting back on shows because I have a booth that is in a vintage/antique/repurposed mall.  It is open…"
Apr 25
Cindy Welch replied to Hal Moran's discussion Retirement from art fairs
"I would love to hear also. Happy retirement and wishing you Godspeed in your journey."
Apr 24
Cindy Welch replied to Kristin Gholson's discussion Resources for Vendors
"To everyone, I do t considered myself a vendor.  I upcycle and repurpose furniture and home decor some I am I an artist?  Like  it or not, that is often what show promoters call us, no matter what we call ourselves."
Apr 15
Cindy Welch replied to Ted Martin's discussion Booth to crowded?
"You have received some good advice.  My question is, are those moving blankets on your tables?  That is what they remind me of.  We use them for moving our furniture for my upcycle/repurpose business.  Not attractive for a…"
Apr 15
Cindy Welch replied to Laura Lee's discussion Review - Vintage Market Days of Charleston, SC
"The one Laura attended was in Charleston.  The one I went to was in Amite, La.  VMD is held all over the country."
Mar 29
Cindy Welch replied to Laura Lee's discussion Review - Vintage Market Days of Charleston, SC
"Laura,mi am sorry you had a poor experience.  Since all these shows are franchises, they are independently owned and operated.  The one I have a booth at in Southeast Louisiana is very different in how it’s run.  The…"
Mar 25
Cindy Welch replied to Mike Olson's discussion New to forum, new to art fairs.
"Glad you're here. Best wishes in applying to shows."
Mar 23
Cindy Welch commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Old but New
"Love number 5.  Let me say the struggle is real!  LOL"
Mar 22
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Any ideas on how to change demographics at the art fair?
"Judy, if their work is of that quality, what is to stop them from applying to, and getting into, another show to replace the one they are rotated out of ... given they are supplies with enough notice of the rotation?"
Mar 3
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion Any ideas on how to change demographics at the art fair?
"Robert I love your suggestions even for crafts shows, vintages shows, etc. There is a one day show I did for about 3 years, spring and fall.  Eventually I quit it because dh requested no more one day shows due to our extensive set up.…"
Mar 3
Cindy Welch replied to marirosa hofmann's discussion Advice on Marion art festival
"Your reasoning is exactly the reason we gave up 1 day shows.  It is also one of the main reasons we went with a permanent booth in a store ... * Protected from weather * Set up fixtures once * Rearrange & add new items as needed, usually on…"
Feb 10
Cindy Welch replied to Hal Moran's discussion A few thoughts from a part timer
"Larry I don't do fine art, but I have found a place that is open every weekend for antiques, vintage, upcycled, repurposed, unique items.  In this store some artists have rented wall space that is quite affordable.  They used to be…"
Feb 10
Cindy Welch replied to Derek Voigt's discussion Building a new display
"Derek, I agree with keeping things at eye level.  Customers don't like shopping much below hip level or above eye level.  I am only 5' tall so for us shorter customers, it means an even lower top shelf!"
Feb 8
Cindy Welch replied to Barbara Bader's discussion Craftsman's Fair Columbia, SC
"Just wanted to jump in a say that not everyone who buys wholesale tries to pass it off as something he/she made.  I have carefully selected items that are wholesale, and they are mixed in with vintage pieces, antiques, and home decor and…"
Jan 25
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion The Grand Secret Santa 2019 Wrap-up
"Congratulations to you both, Robin and Debbie!"
Jan 25

Profile Information

Your Medium
Tumbled Travertine, Solvent Ink, Chalk Paint, Metal, Resin, Wood, Glass
Years in the Art Fair Business
Since December 2012
First show ever
At a local church
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Getting to show/sell something I've created!
Getting to meet awesome people
Being outdoors at shows
Best show ever and why
Southdown Plantation Marketplace in Houma, LA
We have a good day in sales, it is the closest to my home (less than 5 minutes)
Worst show ever and why
In general, shows at churches .... they almost never have properly advertised for artists/crafts people nor for shoppers, leading to little to no foot traffic
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Internet search
What is one fun fact about yourself?
Been married to the same awesome man since 1979!!

Cindy Welch's Blog

Vintage Market Days (VMD) of Mississippi Review

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 9:53am 5 Comments

Let me start by saying I never really know where to put these reviews because it is not an "art" show.  So Connie, if you want to move it elsewhere, please do.  I will fill you in on our experience but YMMV. 

This past weekend dh and I went Brandon, MS, which is a suburb of Jackson, to attend Vintage Market Days of Mississippi.  VMD is not for every artist or crafts person, which is true of any show.  There is no show or event that fits everyone, including VMD.  VMD is a…


Review: Vintage Market Days of Mississippi

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 10:09am 10 Comments

This past weekend my husband, our daughter and I had a booth at Vintage Market Days (VMD) in Brandon, MS, near Jackson.  This was our first ever VMD event.  I had applied to the one in southeast Louisiana but was wait listed due to my category being full.

VMD is a franchise based promoter that has been doing shows around 5 years.  They started off in middle America, Oklahoma I think.  Promoters buy a franchise or a given area to run a bi-annual show, spring and…


Bust of a Show

Posted on March 19, 2016 at 9:22pm 31 Comments

We had that show that is near my house.  It has been a bad weekend all around for the artists, the organizer, the shoppers, EVERYONE.  Oh, and the weather was a major player too.  Where do I start. 

Let's start with the weather.  It was predicted it would begin…


Trunk Sale vs. Craft Show

Posted on December 9, 2015 at 5:19pm 17 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I hosted a trunk sale in my home.  I had mentioned it here on AFI and Connie mentioned blogging about it so here I am.  Specifically Connie had suggested blogging trunk sale vs. a craft show.  This is my first blog here so try to be forgiving if I don't pull it off well. 

I have been doing my craft, making travertine tile coasters, trivets and plaques for 3 years this month.  I actually got into this coaster business somewhat accidentally.  I had taken a…


Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 6:37pm on June 14, 2014, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Cynthia.  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 10:17am on September 3, 2014, Linda Patrick said…

Hi Cynthia!  We have been in Memphis visiting grandkids.  You can see my jewelry at Laurindalee's Paper Bead Jewelry on Etsy or Facebook - Laurindalee's  or my home page on facebook  Linda Myer Miller Patrick.   My son lives in Metairie and manages Rick's Sports Bar on Bourbon.  To find those festivals just look under a search for festivals in Alabama.  Look for Elberta Sausage Festival, Daphne Jubilee Festival, Strawberry Festival in Loxely Alabama.  It just takes some time doing the legwork.  Love your coasters!

At 5:51pm on November 20, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
Happy birthday, Cynthia. Thanks so much for being such a great team player here. Hope the next year is your best ever and dreams come true.
At 11:15pm on December 01, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 12/1/2014.
At 9:48pm on December 15, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 12/14/2015
At 9:18am on June 27, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
Cindy, I can't tell you how much I (and others) appreciate your upbeat and helpful comments and posts on AFI. Many thanks. I hope all your family's health problems are going away. Really soon.
At 4:23am on December 04, 2018, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
Thank you, Cindy, for your continued help to others on this site. I think you deserve this tiara. Happy holidays.

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