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Cindy Welch
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  • 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 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.…"
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."
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
Cindy Welch replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Speaking with customers, at Art Fairs
"People become uncomfortable when that eye contact lasts a little too long.  I have experienced it in a situation in a different situation.  The other person and I made eye contact and he held it a bit too long.  Made me want to…"
Sep 6
Cindy Welch replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Things I learned from my First Outdoor Event
"Matt, I agree with all the advice given already.  I would advise you to wait as long as possible on purchasing a dedicated art show vehicle. Even then, look for one gently used, possibly someone who is having to retire suddenly for…"
Aug 29
Cindy Welch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"Uh, yes there IS a difference.  When I am in the booth on the street, I am not leaving the venue to go to an unknown location with a stranger.  "
Aug 25
Cindy Welch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"Sandra, this is exactly what I was trying to get across, especially after I saw some of the trailers.  It’d not the trailer, it’s going off the beaten path with a stranger."
Aug 25
Cindy Welch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"Yeah, seems creepy to me too. Kinda reminds me of those guys who hold open their trench coats or opens their trunk and says, "Man have I got a deal for you!  Just step this way.""
Aug 22
Cindy Welch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"If I were a customer, I am not sure I'd want to trek to a trailer which could easily be quarter to half mile away.  Then the return trip.  Physical ability has nothing to do with it.  For one thing, as a female, possibly…"
Aug 19
Cindy Welch replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors atjuried art festivals
"There is a local show (not fine art) that purports to be "all handmade."  I saw a lady who had a bunch of bags for sale.  Think of the bag company 31?  It was similar to that style.  I asked if she made all the…"
Aug 13
Cindy Welch replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion IS THIS "BUY SELL"
"Larry, about photogs who print elsewhere.  Without the image, there would be nothing to print.  It all starts with the keen eye for subject matter and skill to get it photographed correctly.  To me that is the art, not the method or…"
Aug 13
Cindy Welch replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"Maybe you answered your own question right at the end! About pricing ... I have seen/heard of that happening a wide variety of shows.  I price everything in my booth and still get questions.  If you place a sign and do not price each…"
Aug 5
Cindy Welch replied to Susan Williamson's discussion Hi I'm new here.
"Welcome!  Glad you're coming out of the woods to join us!  LOL"
Aug 4
Cindy Welch replied to Elizabeth Kline's discussion Have you Ever Cancelled Out of A Show Due to Weather?
"We live in coastal Louisiana so we understand the hot, humid, and rainy weather.  We have done shows since 2013.  The days of outdoor shows in the heat are long gone. I now have a booth at a vintage/antique mall that is open every…"
Jul 30
Cindy Welch replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"I don't remember what it was I was selling, but it was a vintage piece.  A woman was looking it over, asking questions.  She asked the price and I told her, don't remember what it was but I know it was under $100, may have even…"
Jul 19

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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