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Kristin Perkins
  • Ypsilanti, MI
  • United States
  • Jewelry - Glass and Sterling
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Kristin Perkins's Discussions

Artscape Parking

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Bondroff Jul 14, 2011. 3 Replies

So is anyone doing Artscape? All of the parking suggestions they gave have a height limit of 7' and I need a bit more. Any suggestions? Also, if you will be there, please post your booth so I can…Continue

Royal Oak Clay Glass and Metal

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristin Perkins Jun 16, 2011. 3 Replies

I'd like to add this to the show reviews, but I couldn't find how to do that. I didn't see this show listed. Hello! I exhibited at Royal Oak Clay Glass and Metal for my third year this past weekend.…Continue

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Your Medium
Jewelry - Glass and Sterling
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
First outdoor show ever - Franklin Art in the Village.
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
I love meeting and interacting with the customers. It is very valuable to see who is buying my work and what they buy. For the first six years I was in business 95% of my income came from wholesale and I had no clue who my customers were and how people reacted to my work. One of my favorite things is to see a customer come into my booth wearing a piece of my jewelry! I also love meeting other artists - sharing experiences. I have made a lot of friends at art fairs!
Best show ever and why
My first show of the first season I had my own tent and hit the art fairs hard was two years ago at Royal Oak Clay Glass and Metal. It was a great show and I won the award for Best of Jewelry. What a great start and I will always have the fondest memories of that show. Customers reacted very well to my work and it was busy! My best sales in one day at an outdoor show so far has been Charlevoix.
Worst show ever and why
My worst show was when I did a small show in the Michigan Union that was not well advertised and did not generate much foot traffic. I sold nothing that day, but someone told me about Etsy so in that way it was very beneficial.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I found out about ArtFairInsiders from doing searches on various Art Fair topics such as booth design and by looking for information on various art fairs.

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At 9:56pm on March 5, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

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

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