Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
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I wanted to weigh in on Bayou City Spring show in Memorial Park. When it was 300 artists and 30K attending at a paid gate, sales were OK. Now there are 450 artists and less than 25K (many teens with no $$) BECAUSE THERE IS NO PARKING. The 1 lot for bigger spenders + the shuttle (people with money shun the shuttle) and the City won't let folks park on the park roads (why?) so a city of 2-4 million only turns out 25K attendees, pathetic! Either move the venue to downtown or bribe the city to…Continue
Like some other old timers, I've been doing shows for 30 years and after some breaking in, sales during the 90s and early 2000s were great!!! Sausalito, Ft. Worth, Sun Valley, about 17 per year and sales were booming. Then 9/11 and later the recession of 2008 I noticed my sales were HALF of the usual. I also noted that the booth fees did not dip, nor the hotels, or gas or food. So each show was a gamble after that time. Dave Piper may have had it right- Bayou City may be dead in a few…Continue
It's a great question. And over the years I have always opted for a double booth for my own reasons.
It looks much more substantial which customers can assume , "Oh this is more impressive, this artist is more successful THEREFORE I'd better check it out."
I specialize in humor which at first blush always suffers from the Rodney Dangefield effect- "Don't get no respect". But once people catch on to what I have (sometimes it's the color that draws them in- sometimes it's my…Continue
Fairhope used to be a very decent show but has slipped in last 5 years. They do get 150,000-200,000 or so attendees but many are also going to the Art Center show down the way. That show always struck me as the "sad sister" to the Chamber show. It's not a high end show for sure. And the sad kicker is that several shops and outsiders set up "also booths" to capture sales although they are not in either show. The public does not know this and probably does not care. And the Chamber & City…Continue