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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 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
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion The Grand Secret Santa 2019 Wrap-up
"Robin, you can contact me at when you are ready to discuss your prize.  Congratulations!"
Jan 25
Cindy Welch replied to Johnny Hulgan's discussion Credit and debit cards
"Kaytee, I am not very technically inclined but even I was able to figure out invoicing via Square all on my own.  :D"
Jan 22
Cindy Welch replied to Johnny Hulgan's discussion Credit and debit cards
"I use Square.  No problems.  I guess I don't know what you mean by "better"."
Jan 20
Cindy Welch replied to Steve Sawusch's discussion Scam Alert: Email regarding purchasing a list of attendees from a show
"Nothing like threatening with a blackmail payment!"
Jan 17
Cindy Welch replied to Adair Hinds's discussion Credit card reader advice
"I have Square and have used it for 5 years.  What I like now is that they have acquired Weebly, which is where I have my website.  I can import inventory from Square to my website.  However I have not tried that since I had already…"
Jan 15
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion The Grand Secret Santa 2019 Wrap-up
"Thank you Connie!"
Jan 11
Cindy Welch replied to PHILIP JEFFERSON's discussion Need an honest answer
"Being a Christian, I would be drawn to your work because it is faith-based. However I am not sure how the juries would look upon it---if it would help or hinder your chances."
Jan 10
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion The Grand Secret Santa 2019 Wrap-up
"Connie, thank you so much for this opportunity!  Though I am not a "fine" artist, I appreciate the acceptance & encouragement I have found here.  Looking forward to the new year here!"
Jan 9
Cindy Welch replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Hand Miter saw with more teeth per inch, suitable for hardwoods?
"Okay, I am admittedly not up to speed on power tools and diy for woodworking. So in light of that, let me ask about a term y'all are using. What exactly is KERF? I have googled it and still really don't understand what y'all mean.…"
Jan 4
Cindy Welch replied to Scott J. Morgan's discussion introduction
"Welcome Scott!  Glad you're here. About "how to best take advantage of the show exposure to collect new fan/customer info for email/social network following,etc." I am there to sell my work.  The way I see it, if they love…"
Jan 3
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post A little Christmas Cheer for our Artist Friends
"Thank you so much for sharing this.  Every time I see this I want to burst out crying by the time it's over!"
Dec 26, 2018
Cindy Welch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion art studio advice needed
"That was my thought too!"
Dec 24, 2018
Cindy Welch replied to Steve Sawusch's discussion Scam Alert: Email regarding purchasing a list of attendees from a show
"Wow, I must really be low on the totem pole.  I have never received anything like this, though I have received my share of scam emails.  There is fix for that.  It's called the delete button."
Dec 22, 2018
Cindy Welch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion art studio advice needed
"Rick, I don't do canvas work but I do paint.  I flip furniture and home decor, so yes, painting is involved.  Dh built me "The Barn", my studio, and started it about 11 months ago.  The Barn is similar in size to your…"
Dec 21, 2018
Cindy Welch replied to ana maria hoyos's discussion How I can make a successful sales
"There is a book out there, Why We Buy, by Paco Underhill. *Supposed* to be the authority on this topic. I've started the book but got sidetracked. I need to get back to it."
Dec 14, 2018

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.  <smile>

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. …


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.

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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
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

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