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Judy Christian
  • Bellefonte, PA
  • United States
  • ceramics
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New Tax Laws -quick fyi

Started this discussion. Last reply by C.C. Barton Dec 26, 2018. 3 Replies

I apologize that this is short and not thorough. I'm short on time, preparing for a show next week.Anyway----New for 2018-Different tax rates and brackets.Increase in standard deduction, such as from…Continue

Tags: 2018, reform, tax, taxes

Problems with Square releasing my money-anyone ever heard of this?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg Little Jul 23, 2018. 16 Replies

Has anyone ever had this happen- I have never heard of this.I did a show over last weekend, went to square site today and see that I must verify my business. They have all of my funds on hold from…Continue

Tags: square, with, problems, Square

The V Word-

Started this discussion. Last reply by David S. Hoornstra Aug 5, 2018. 20 Replies

I notice some people using the word "vendor" to describe us lately, and also recall seeing this word used to describe us-in materials passed out to me at the art shows from the promoters.So,…Continue

Tags: vendor

Boston Mills- has anyone heard?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonja Jones Mar 5, 2018. 5 Replies

I read that the jury results were to go out Feb. 28.I have not heard anything.So, has anyone received their results, or was there a delay?I emailed but no reply yet.Thanks.JudyContinue

Tags: jury, Mills, Boston

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Judy Christian commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Next Podcast: Can Facebook Really Help You Sell Your Work?
"I only have an etsy shop with very minimal listings- 6 months of the year my shop is completely empty- art shows. Selling online has turned into a very minimal hobby for me. My shop only has just a few functional pieces of pottery.  BUT, even…"
yesterday
Judy Christian commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Next Podcast: Can Facebook Really Help You Sell Your Work?
"Ok I listened, first time ever to listen to a podcast as I thought I might have trouble hooking it up- no trouble at all- just click and listen! Thanks for posting it. I have a better understanding of using facebook now for bus."
Thursday
Judy Christian replied to Derek Voigt's discussion Building a new display
"What type of work do you show? You can go as high as you want/can do safely. I have high shelves on the back and one side of my booth. I use them to put up work because I need the space but also to make my booth and work more visible. With the tent…"
Feb 7
Judy Christian commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Absolute Best Way to Ship Art? and the consequences
"Hi Everyone, I calculated that I have shipped approx. 1000 times through the years. Pottery. I use USPS and in the past 10 years have had two damages----NOT USPS but UPS, due to customers requests. One was done UPS freight with a wholesale order…"
Feb 7
Judy Christian replied to Annette Piper's discussion Artist Marketing Formula - Paid Program - Has anyone done it?
"Well, then I don't have any knowledge on that. I understand how to get traffic to my etsy website and that it takes some ongoing work. I have done a few things and I have had good results. My problem is that I don't have the time to…"
Feb 2
Judy Christian replied to Annette Piper's discussion Artist Marketing Formula - Paid Program - Has anyone done it?
"Thanks for the explanation. So, do you actually sell on facebook, or is that a way to get people to go to your website to make the actual purchase? I know some people use their fb bus page to drive traffic to their website."
Feb 2
Judy Christian replied to Annette Piper's discussion Artist Marketing Formula - Paid Program - Has anyone done it?
"Do you mind if I ask where do you go online to sell/buy from facebook? My daughter in law buys from there often. Annette, I also would like to sell more online, but I know that my problem is that I don't have enough time to devote. I have sold…"
Feb 1
Judy Christian commented on Connie Mettler's blog post 10 Most Boring Tips for January Days
"Good list! This has been my usual day now for the past 4 weeks or so. Also included in my list is moving sometime this spring, which of course means moving my studio. I find this time of the year good for working on new ideas."
Jan 24
Judy Christian replied to Steve Sawusch's discussion Craft show jury fees: Is there normally one?
"Yes! They do get some reputable jurors so I'm relieved that I don't have to fret over it!"
Jan 22
Judy Christian replied to Steve Sawusch's discussion Craft show jury fees: Is there normally one?
"Oh, that's funny! I pay a processing fee to a show where I am fortunate enough that I do not need to go through the jurying. Same price as the jury fee."
Jan 22
Judy Christian replied to Edgar Williams's discussion Do Low Prices Upset Other Artists?
"Everyone has posted some very good points, and I respectfully agree with all of them. Edgar, you would be completely right to price your work however you wish. We are in a free enterprise system, and pricing is all over the place out there. Usually…"
Jan 17
C.C. Barton replied to Judy Christian's discussion New Tax Laws -quick fyi
"Thanks for explaining it, Donna.  Now I understand :-)"
Dec 26, 2018
Donna McGee replied to Judy Christian's discussion New Tax Laws -quick fyi
"It is better because now your medical expenses only have to be 7.5% of your income ("income" defined separately), rather than a full 10%; this is in order for you to use these expenses as an itemized deduction. "
Dec 26, 2018
C.C. Barton replied to Judy Christian's discussion New Tax Laws -quick fyi
"Hi Judy, Thank you!   A question...how is the medical expense deduction going from 10% down to 7.5% better?  I don't do my own taxes (probably because I don't understand things like this) but would still like to know…"
Dec 26, 2018
Judy Christian posted a discussion

New Tax Laws -quick fyi

I apologize that this is short and not thorough. I'm short on time, preparing for a show next week.Anyway----New for 2018-Different tax rates and brackets.Increase in standard deduction, such as from $12,000 for MFJ to $24,000, and eliminating the mortgage deduction.Elimination of personal exemptions.Child care credit will be increased.529 can be used for education other then college, such as private schooling.As for businesses, there is proposal for taxes on 80% of business income, 20% is…See More
Nov 10, 2018
Judy Christian replied to Donna Gilbert's discussion Show change from 3 to 4 days
"If you are a potter that sells, I can vouch that every minute of studio time does matter. We work by the kiln load.I fired my kiln Monday starting at 5 am. This is Tues and it won't be ready to open until after 2 a.m. Wed morning. I plan to be…"
Nov 6, 2018

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Three CT Shows in 3 years - Short Report

Posted on August 30, 2017 at 11:12am 0 Comments

Please feel free to comment or make any opinions, thank you.

Dates, may not be exact, just posting from memory.

Three small shows along the CT coast, all in small scenic pleasant towns. Easy to do. 

1. 2015 -Guildford CT, Craft Expo, mid July. Set up easy Fri morning for me. Grassy center of town green area. Show Hours were easy- Fri from 3-8 pm or something like that. Sat and Sun, no long hours. Tear down easy.

Fee for customers. Quality was good, booth fee…

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Two PA shows- Mt. Gretna and State College- short report

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 12:31pm 7 Comments

Just a quick post with a little info on two shows.

Anyone, please feel free to add or comment.

Mt. Gretna Art Show, Mt. Gretna, PA

Jenifer VonStein posted a bit back on Mt. Gretna Art Show.

Thought I would add. I have done this show about 7-8 times over the past 10 years.

This show is a two day mid August. Situated in scenic Mt. Gretna, PA.

Wonderful setting.  Trees, grass, decent food and background music.

Apps are on Zapp :…

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Reston VA Show, a short report

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 9:27am 22 Comments

Two things:

1. Beautiful show, great work, great presentation, great food, great looking crowd,

in a sophisticated area (DC). Perfect. Show committee did a wonderful job here. Everything was great.

2. Sales. Not. 

The customers that I had all told me the same thing---they WALKED from their condo to the show!

This show was too good to not be visited by people from the greater DC area- where were they?

 For a $500 booth fee, $50 jury…

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Manayunk Art Show 2013

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 9:00am 38 Comments

Here are a few thoughts on the show, while they are fresh in my mind:

Manayunk, June 22, 23, 2013.

 

Large street show, variety of work, good quality and some ok work.

Nice area, nice atmosphere.

Interspersed in between booths- commercial booths- 5 Hour Energy, Geiceo, etc.

Also gave out tons of free yogurt near me- tons, so people were carrying entire BOXES of cold yougurt, hands full, and I would say no longer shopping as they just received some…

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At 8:32pm on October 6, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
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At 7:44pm on August 20, 2014, Nate Feinberg said…

Thank God for you.   I thought that I was strictly alone regarding my comments.  As old as I am I am still stunned that some people (very, very few) are watching The Ed show!  I am open to all opinions within reason and listen to different discussions but I do not tolerate stupidity-and that is what we have so much of.  I am honored to be your friend and please keep in touch.

Nate

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