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

Roadside Assistance

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony burns Nov 20, 2020. 4 Replies

Good morning everyone!Dh has been looking for roadside assistance for our cargo trailer.  I believe it's a 6x12 if that matters.  It is pulled by our personal vehicle, a Suburban.  It is pulled only…Continue

Tags: flat, tire, trailer, cargo, assistance


Started Sep 24, 2020 0 Replies

Hey everyone!  I just signed up with Farragoz to take their 2 courses on patina finishes and projects.  This company provides…Continue

Tags: education, learning, online, projects, patina

Insurance for Vendor Cancellation

Started Aug 9, 2020 0 Replies

Hi Everyone on this Sunday afternoon.  I have a question about some insurance and I feel I already know the answer is going to be "no, no such thing" ... or ... "it's outrageously expensive."I am…Continue

Tags: business, vendor, insurance

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


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Latest Activity

Cindy Welch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Best way to show prices on canvases at an outdoor event?
"I can't help with pricing but my question is ... Is there no way to hang  your art?  I personally feel it devalues such art to have it resting on the ground.  JMHO"
Jun 16
Cindy Welch replied to Mark Zirinsky's discussion We are back
"I am happy for you!  I just don't see the referenced photo."
Jun 14
Cindy Welch commented on Fletcher Dean's blog post Catnip is Not Art
"Steiph, I don't do fine art shows.  I sell vintage home decor and furntiure I've refinished/repurposed.  Even the better shows we've done where categories are limited to a certain number of artists, you still find the made…"
Jun 14
Cindy Welch commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"Mona, we’ve had pets over the years too ... a dog and some cats.  I also love animals but not at shows.  I am concerned with dogs leaving liquid deposits on products, floor length table covers, or our tent sides. One other issue…"
Jun 12
Cindy Welch commented on Fletcher Dean's blog post Catnip is Not Art
"This show sounds like some we did in he beginning.  I was afraid of the big shows starting out.  We used these smaller dollar shows to get our feet wet so to speak, practice setting up on “game day”, and so on. The shows…"
Jun 10
Cindy Welch commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"I remember a time a lady was selling children’s clothing in a booth next to mine.  One of her racks at the front of her booth extended to the edge of mine, in such a way that some customers thought it was my merch.  (I do not sell…"
Jun 10
Cindy Welch commented on Larry Berman's blog post Meeting Famous People at Art Shows
"Cool!  Not counting on seeing, nor meeting anyone famous, but it would be a welcome event! :D"
May 5
Cindy Welch replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Would I be crazy ... ?
"I bribe my husband into helping me... I promise to feed him!  LOL We always go for a nice dinner at the end of the day.  The food usually includes a steak dinner one night."
Apr 29
Cindy Welch replied to Larry Maynard's discussion Promoters
"Totally agree!  It’s a total waste of the promoter’s and artist’s time."
Mar 27
Cindy Welch replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Client won't accept commission - now what?
"Signing for the mail proves they received it.  It means nothing if they do not open it."
Mar 13
Cindy Welch replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Transporting booth
"I remember when we started, everything fit into our GMC Acadia, with 3 adults in it.  LOL  Oh those were the days!  We did not have anything like propanels which are not needed for what we sell.We soon moved up to dh's Ford F150…"
Mar 9
Cindy Welch replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Transporting booth
"Great advice!"
Mar 9
Cindy Welch replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Read an article on pop up shops for photographer - thoughts?
"I understand about wanting to only put out your best work.  I don't do photography, except of my products.  However I could see how the type you mention -- a quickie -- would not allow for touch ups and other editing which is…"
Mar 9
Cindy Welch replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Table display ideas?
"I have used a4' and 6' plastic folding tables with professional table skirts that go to the ground.  I got them from Premier Table Linens.  You can get them with slits at each corner for easy access to the underside of the…"
Feb 12
Cindy Welch replied to Carol Knox's discussion Strategies for the Seasoned Artist
"I am not sure why I didn't see this discussion before. In the last 15 months dh (now 65) was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Fortunately he only needed radiation, no chemo or surgery.  However, even with just radiation, it has taken…"
Feb 12
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion 2021 Show Cancellations & Postponements
"At this time we have only one show on the books for this year and it's still on. Vintage Market Days of Southeast Louisiana Amite, La March 12-14, 2021 We purposely did not apply to others for various reasons.  Mostly those reasons…"
Feb 12
Cindy Welch replied to Kristen Nazzaro's discussion Table display ideas?
"You are using a 6' x 6' table?  What size booth do you have?"
Feb 12
Cindy Welch replied to Jason Grauberger's discussion Bone to Pick
"Ann Marie, think of how little art and beauty we'd have in our life if artists actually had to mine their stones and precious metals, or had to take time building canvases or go after the elements to create clay!That being said, I have signed…"
Dec 2, 2020
Cindy Welch replied to Jason Grauberger's discussion Bone to Pick
"I remember applying to a show in Shreveport, LA, Red River Revel, several years ago.  I was mostly making travertine coasters and travertine trivets but had started added upcycled, refurbished home decor.  For the coasters/trivets I used…"
Dec 2, 2020
Cindy Welch replied to Jan Hubbard's discussion Do you think you should sign up for shows 2021?
"I had plans this current year for 5-6 shows, which is about what we did the year before.  This year 2 of them actually "made."  The one in August, we decided against it because covid was hot and heavy there.  Did not want to…"
Nov 24, 2020

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…


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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.
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 9:48pm on December 15, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Cindy Welch a gift
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 12/1/2014.
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 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 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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