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Cindy Welch
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  • Houma, LA
  • United States
  • Tumbled Travertine, Solvent Ink,…
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Farragoz

Started Sep 24 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 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

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

 

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Farragoz

Hey everyone!  I just signed up with Farragoz to take their 2 courses on patina finishes and projects.  This company provides online instruction on mixing/making paints/finishes and instructions on some projects that look awesome.  If you have taken one or both of these classes and have tips or tricks, I would love to know what helped move you along!  So far the customer service has been great.See More
Sep 24
Cindy Welch posted a discussion

Insurance for Vendor Cancellation

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 wondering if anyone knows if there is insurance a vendor can purchase for himself in the event he has to cancel attendance at show?  Perhaps it would be purchased on an annual basis.  I am thinking in terms of covering the fees paid such as jury and booth fees.I have never heard of this type of insurance but am wondering if such a thing is available.  Anyone?See More
Aug 9
Cindy Welch replied to Barry Bernstein's discussion Art Fair Cancellations--Post Here.
"I had posted elsewhere here at AFI that Vintage Market Days of Amite would be in October.  It has now been cancelled.  They are now focusing on their March 2021 show."
Aug 8
Cindy Welch replied to Richard L. Sherer's discussion Shipping with USPS
"I sent a package Saturday before last by USPS Priority, my usual way of shipping.  It took a full 7 days to go from Louisiana to New Jersey.  The customer was not happy but there was not much I could do.  I have never had a package…"
Aug 4
Cindy Welch replied to Rick Wallace's discussion anyone else have a non de plume (alias)?
"Maybe a drop in the number of sales but your income could still go up. You could keep your lower priced line and but still move forward with a line or two that has higher  price points.  You could offer a low, entry level line, a mid…"
Jul 10
Cindy Welch replied to Kimberly Salvati's discussion Future of Shows?
"Kimberly, I agree.  I choose not to mask for 2 reasons equally ... as you stated ... not living in fear and I have no health issues.  I have said all along that is physical distancing works, why push masks on people?  Also if masks…"
Jul 9
Cindy Welch replied to Danielle Lynch's discussion We have a post about cancelled shows. How about open for business shows?
"Connie, the shows I’ve listed are confirmed to go on.  I can’t speak for all the VMD events.  Some may be cancelled or still up in the air.  You’d have to contact the promoter for the particular show to get up to…"
Jun 22
Cindy Welch replied to Danielle Lynch's discussion We have a post about cancelled shows. How about open for business shows?
"I'll bite!  LOL I am doing the following shows.  These are not fine art/craft but I am not saying fine art/fine craft isn't to be found.  If you are unsure if these are for you, contact the show producer directly.  I…"
Jun 22
Cindy Welch replied to Judy Christian's discussion Stimulus- Has anyone received or know of someone who got theirs?
"Yes, Judy we’ve paid plenty over the decades.  Dh has worked full time since he was 15 And is 64 now."
May 26
Cindy Welch replied to Judy Christian's discussion Stimulus- Has anyone received or know of someone who got theirs?
"Dh and I got a debit card with funds loaded on it, arrived yesterday.  We have a retail b and m unrelated to my craft business.  It’s an s-Corp and its profit has been our livelihood but also was counted when figuring if we…"
May 24
Cindy Welch replied to Kimberly Salvati's discussion Future of Shows?
"So you will have customers enter the trailer for shopping?  If so, is there head room for that in that size trailer?"
May 19
Cindy Welch replied to Judy Christian's discussion Stimulus- Has anyone received or know of someone who got theirs?
"Not everyone. We own a brick and mortar retail store.  It is an s-corp.  We do not qualify because they not only look at our take home pay but also include the business profit as our income."
May 12
Cindy Welch replied to Judy Christian's discussion Stimulus- Has anyone received or know of someone who got theirs?
"Our daughter qualified and received hers last week."
Apr 22
Cindy Welch replied to collette fortin's discussion Just joined up
"Thank you Kathleen.  Today is day 3 past his last treatment.  The oncologist said after about a week dh should begin to tell he is feeling better.  Halfway to the first week mark!"
Apr 10
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post What are you doing to keep the $$ rolling in?
"Connie, my FB page is Cynthia Welch DesignsI have not promoted as much in the last couple weeks.  I feel really torn about asking people to get out and about, even to do a contact free pick up."
Apr 9
Cindy Welch replied to Dave Buerger's discussion Stuck at Home? Here's a show just for you.
"Shows the cash awards on the registration form."
Apr 9
Cindy Welch replied to collette fortin's discussion Just joined up
"We are doing well.  No illness!  This past Tuesday dh just finished 45 treatments for prostate cancer.  Our only issue is we are completely self employed ... my vintage business and our BM that is oilfield related.  Trying to…"
Apr 9
Cindy Welch replied to Brian Reagan's discussion Event Promoters
"There was one show I had applied for and got accepted for this past spring, in March. I have done it before and it's a 3 day show, more vintage than "art fair".  I had to cancel in mid-February, I believe.  My dad was not…"
Apr 9
Cindy Welch replied to collette fortin's discussion Just joined up
"Welcome!"
Apr 1
Cindy Welch commented on Connie Mettler's blog post What are you doing to keep the $$ rolling in?
"I am working on small pieces for the most part, things I can sell for about $20 or less.  But I’m planning setting up vignettes to photograph about 3 smalls together to give customers ideas on how to set them up together.  This has…"
Mar 23

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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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.
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.
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Congrats on being awarded the Post of the Week - 12/1/2014.
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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 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 http://www.artfairinsiders.com/page/code-of-conduct. 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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