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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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Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion 8th Annual "Naughty or Nice?"
"Thanks Connie.  I much prefer something made by whoever has my name.  It does not have to be valued at the top of the price limit either.  I just appreciate the effort and creativity that goes into it."
Dec 3
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion How Much is that Warhol on the Website?
"I totally agree Larry."
Dec 3
Cindy Welch replied to Chris King's discussion How to cover curtains in convention center?
"Dh rigged the same thing for us.  We can configure several variations from 10x10 up to 10x20.  The horizontal pipes are cut tin 5’ lengths to give more flexibility in set up."
Dec 3
Cindy Welch replied to Connie Mettler's discussion 8th Annual "Naughty or Nice?"
"I'll participate.  Do we have a minimum or maximum value for the gifts?"
Nov 30
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Cool Ad! Would you attend?
"Well, whether as an artist or shopper, it seems more "modern" themed than I am used to.  I prefer vintage, antique, repurposed type things and events.  So I am leaning towards "no"."
Nov 30
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Cool Ad! Would you attend?
"Maybe!  Depends on them details."
Nov 29
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Speaking Up: Talking to Show Organizers
"Oh yes, on the fire hydrant.  Where is a fire marshall when you need one? The proximity of the booth to the hydrant should have resulted in a citation and a fine (of the promoter) from the fire marshall but if no inspection was done after the…"
Nov 27
Cindy Welch replied to Scott J. Morgan's discussion seeking indoor fine art (only) shows and interior designers
"The guy mentions clicking on the sign up link, never saw it.  I do not do fine art ... I flip furniture and vintage home decor.  Wondering if his course would work for me?  Whether I do it depends a lot on the cost."
Nov 18
Cindy Welch replied to Joey Welsh's discussion Cargo Van vs. Pickup w/ trailer
"Randy, you give some good things to think about.  There is only one thing I want to address ... Leaving your stuff in the trailer when not doing shows. We live in coastal Louisiana.  We have extreme temperatures here starting in…"
Nov 4
Cindy Welch replied to Sara B Letsch's discussion Hello all! Glad to finally have joined!
"Welcome!"
Nov 4
Cindy Welch replied to Ruel Martin's discussion Howard Alan or Hot Works Festivals
"I have not done the shows you are asking about.  However, I much prefer a show with a gate fee.  One that I do twice a year is a 3 day show.  Each ticket allows reentry on any of the following days.  Friday is $10, Saturday and…"
Oct 31
Cindy Welch commented on Troy Smith's blog post Art Fair Etiquette
"Can this be copied and pasted to our biz Facebook page(s) with proper credit and/or link provided?"
Oct 21
Cindy Welch replied to Joey Welsh's discussion Cargo Van vs. Pickup w/ trailer
"Larry makes some very good points. When we started back in early 2013, we were using a 2008 GMC Acadia.  We were packed in like sardines!  Graduated to dh’s Ford F-150 which had a camper shell.  We then moved to a surburban.…"
Oct 16
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Hurricane Season Coming? Special Offer for AFI members
"Connie, I have done 3 different shows ... Southeast LA, Jackson MS, and Mobile.  All are done very well."
Oct 15
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Hurricane Season Coming? Special Offer for AFI members
"Connie ... your question about shows. I have been in a permanent booth since mid-July 2018.  The store is open every Friday-Sunday.  We are able to leave our booth in place.  It is like a show every weekend without the set up and…"
Oct 14
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Hurricane Season Coming? Special Offer for AFI members
"Reid took the words right out of my mouth.  Hurricane season runs June 1-November 30.  The peak of hurricane season activity and threat is mid August through mid September.  Living in coastal Louisiana I had to chuckle at the title.…"
Oct 11
Cindy Welch replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Wayne County Fair
"Matt, there are a lot of variable about why an artist does not do well.  One thought is that this was not your target market.  Feeling like a museum attraction ...  been there and done that.  That makes me think this was not your…"
Sep 13
Cindy Welch replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Speaking with customers, at Art Fairs
"I agree with giving a hello/good morning with a quick smile to those passing by.  Who knows, maybe hey are making a quick run to the restroom and will make their way back to your booth.  That smile and greeting may be the only one they…"
Sep 7
Cindy Welch replied to Cindy Dubielak Yeager's discussion Unusual, Self-taught or Folk Festivals
"I would love to attend something like that whether as shopper or with a booth!"
Sep 6
Cindy Welch replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Speaking with customers, at Art Fairs
"I think it's about keeping it conversational, relaxed.  High pressure puts people off whether it's an art show or the local Best Buy store.  Most people like talking about themselves.  Asking general (but not nosy) questions…"
Sep 6

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?
http://www.cynthiawelchdesigns.com
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 ArtFairInsiders.com? 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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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!

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Thank you, Cindy, for your continued help to others on this site. I think you deserve this tiara. Happy holidays.

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