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Deborah Smolinske
  • Hoffman Estates, IL
  • United States
  • photography
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Complete Propanel booth for sale - Chicago suburbs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Smolinske Mar 23, 2016. 2 Replies

I am selling my entire 10x10 booth knock-down Propanels in pine needle (dark green). Includes desk, two large freestanding print bins, several smaller bins (attach to walls as needed). Used…Continue

My Show Setup Accelerated Life Testing Report

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deborah Smolinske May 7, 2012. 7 Replies

Hi, all. I've been doing something my engineer ex-husband calls "accelerated life testing" on my new show setup. My tent, walls, and artwork have been all set up out in my back yard continuously for…Continue

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Deborah Smolinske replied to Deborah Smolinske's discussion Complete Propanel booth for sale - Chicago suburbs
"Hi, Marilyn. Yes, the panels are still available. Asking $1700 for all. "
Mar 23, 2016
Marilyn Weisberg replied to Deborah Smolinske's discussion Complete Propanel booth for sale - Chicago suburbs
"Hi Deborah, I'm in the Chicago area (buffalo grove).  Are your panels still available?  What is the price? Thanks, Marilyn marweisberg@gmail.com"
Mar 23, 2016
Deborah Smolinske posted a discussion

Complete Propanel booth for sale - Chicago suburbs

I am selling my entire 10x10 booth knock-down Propanels in pine needle (dark green). Includes desk, two large freestanding print bins, several smaller bins (attach to walls as needed). Used approximately 12 times. In great shape! Cost $3100 new, asking $1700 for all.Located in Chicago suburbs, would prefer to sell to someone who can pick up, but will ship if buyer pays shipping.See More
Mar 17, 2016
Deborah Smolinske replied to John Tunney's discussion Vehicle survey
"Last spring, I decided to take the plunge and get a dedicated show vehicle. I didn't have a lot to spend, so I went looking on Craigslist. I found a 14-year-old Dodge Ram 1500 van for $2400. It had 90,000 miles on it and was in decent shape. I…"
Feb 14, 2013
Deborah Smolinske replied to Shannon Blosser-Salisbury's discussion Booth Shots to show examples to newbies
"Here's mine:"
Feb 14, 2013
Deborah Smolinske replied to Connie Mettler's discussion What kind of auxiliary activities are good for art fairs? which are bad?
"You mention the political season. I just had my first experience with this type of "vendor" this past weekend. On the first day of the show, the politician had three or four others in his booth with him. They were all out in the aisle…"
Jun 20, 2012
Deborah Smolinske replied to Carol F. Metzger's discussion New to Art Fair Biz - CFM Designs, Chicago
"I'm sorry, Carol, that I got the location wrong. Not sure why I even mentioned Hyde Park. Perhaps I was reading too many threads at the same time. Nonetheless, I'm not sure why your reply appears to be so snippy. Did I offend you in some…"
Jun 8, 2012
Deborah Smolinske replied to Carol F. Metzger's discussion New to Art Fair Biz - CFM Designs, Chicago
"Hi, Carol! Sorry to hear the show in Hyde Park didn't go well for you. I'm in the Chicago area too and have yet to do a show that really wowed me. I do at least make my booth at most shows, so, worst case, I've spent a day chatting…"
Jun 6, 2012
Deborah Smolinske replied to Pery Shusterman's discussion Best place for photography mat kits
"I like goldenstateart.com."
May 16, 2012
Deborah Smolinske replied to Deborah Smolinske's discussion My Show Setup Accelerated Life Testing Report
"Will do, Jan. The setup is coming down this Thursday to pack up for Saturday's show. I'll post anything relevant at that point. One thing I would probably do differently now is that I'd buy the full-size walls instead of the…"
May 7, 2012
Robert Wallis replied to Deborah Smolinske's discussion My Show Setup Accelerated Life Testing Report
"Excellent post!"
May 7, 2012
Jan Raven replied to Deborah Smolinske's discussion My Show Setup Accelerated Life Testing Report
"This is such a wonderful write-up!! Thank you for taking the time to do it. I am just in the beginning stages of considering a booth re-design and the use of ProPanels. Please update this thread with any insight gained once you use the booth at a…"
May 5, 2012
Deborah Smolinske replied to Deborah Smolinske's discussion My Show Setup Accelerated Life Testing Report
"I'm so happy you find it useful, Cricket. There are so many possibilities and options out there. It can be really daunting trying to figure out what works best for you. I spent months drawing things up on paper and reading websites and trying…"
May 2, 2012
Deborah Smolinske replied to Deborah Smolinske's discussion My Show Setup Accelerated Life Testing Report
"I'm glad you found it helpful, Morgan. It's been a real eye-opening experience for me. After doing over a dozen shows last year with a home-made setup of covered gridwalls, tables w/tablecloths and tabletop print pins, freestanding canvas…"
May 2, 2012
Cricket Hackmann replied to Deborah Smolinske's discussion My Show Setup Accelerated Life Testing Report
"Deborah, thank you for writing such a thorough review of your experiment and experience.  I'm a newbie to the art shows, and trying to soak up as much information as possible.  You've given me lots to take notes on!  Love…"
May 2, 2012
Morgan Johnson Norwood replied to Deborah Smolinske's discussion My Show Setup Accelerated Life Testing Report
"Wow!!  Thank you for such a great review!  So very helpful to read your experiences."
May 2, 2012

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Your Medium
photography
Years in the Art Fair Business
3
First show ever
A pathetic little flea market 4 miles from home.
What is your website?
http://deborahsmolinske.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Getting out of myself and the self-imposed exile that is photography.
Best show ever and why
A little church show on a weekend when my college-aged daughter surprised me and came home unexpectedly and tagged along to work the show with me. It was indescribably wonderful to watch my child respond with pride when customers complimented old mom's work!
Worst show ever and why
The show after the one my daughter did with me. I missed her more than ever!
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
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At 7:05pm on December 21, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders.com, Deborah.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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