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How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Sep 5. 12 Replies

I wonder if this is a common thing that I just need to get used to, or if I should be doing something differently to effectively communicate. I sell wildlife paintings and prints. In my booth I have…Continue

Arts at the Gardens, August 18-19

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynnette Shelley Aug 31, 2018. 5 Replies

This past weekend I participated in Arts at the Gardens at Sonnenberg in Canandaigua NY.Thoughts on the show (from a first year rookie):This was a small show, with about 90 or so artists. Beautiful…Continue

Thoughts On My Very First Art Fair

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristy Guenther Sep 3, 2018. 12 Replies

Did my first show this weekend (Corn Hill Arts Fest in Rochester, NY) and thought I would share my experience (Sorry in advance- this is going to be long!). I'd love to hear anyone's…Continue

Selling Art Prints

Started this discussion. Last reply by Derek T Collins May 18, 2018. 3 Replies

I did a cursory search for this topic but there are so many posts about prints, that I think it would take a while to find an answer! Sorry if this has been discussed before.I am going to be selling…Continue

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Larry Sohn replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"Paul, Very well stated. :-) "
Sep 5
Kristy Guenther replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"I am learning more and more that things that seem obvious to me absolutely are not obvious to non-artists. At first it was irritating because I didn't understand where the disconnect was, but it is getting better as I learn to think from their…"
Sep 4
Kristy Guenther replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"Thanks for your thought-provoking reply, Paul! I am new at this and I am still getting used to talking to people in this sort of setting. I tend to be shy and I'm not good with words (or at least, not good when I am face to face speaking off…"
Sep 4
Sonja Jones replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"Hi Kristy.  I’m also paint wildlife, and unfortunately, there’s no way around this.  Like you, I have clear labels and prices on everything.  I label each original painting individually with the painting’s title, the…"
Sep 4
Paul Flack replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"Interesting but your question is actually about "communication" as opposed to reading comprehension. When people speak to us, they are actually trying to communicate, what they are saying is tricky. My experience is the questions can be…"
Sep 4
Kristy Guenther replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"Interesting!! I bet this is true!"
Aug 6
Linnea Lahlum replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"I have a theory for why people don’t read signs, even when we put them all over. Ditto prices. I think that when they get into a visual mode, their reading is affected. Like a left brain versus right brain phenomenon. Images versus language. I…"
Aug 5
Kristy Guenther replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"Thanks for the clarification, that helps!"
Aug 5
Larry Berman replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"A "print" is considered an original in the art world. It refers to one of a kind mono prints or photographs. Where the original exists, as in paintings, it is considered a reproduction. If you post the proper definitions in your booth it…"
Aug 5
Kristy Guenther replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"This just an honest to goodness genuine question, why is the term "prints" inaccurate? Repros are made on a printer. Just curious. I've only ever heard artists call them repros, everyone else (at least in my experience) calls them…"
Aug 5
Larry Berman replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"They are not prints, they are reproductions. Label each item in your booth as an original or as a reproduction. The label should also have the price and if possible the name (and dimensions) of the piece. You can hang a paper with definitions so…"
Aug 5
Cindy Welch replied to Kristy Guenther's discussion How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs
"Maybe you answered your own question right at the end! About pricing ... I have seen/heard of that happening a wide variety of shows.  I price everything in my booth and still get questions.  If you place a sign and do not price each…"
Aug 5
Kristy Guenther posted a discussion

How to Communicate Better to Customers at Fairs

I wonder if this is a common thing that I just need to get used to, or if I should be doing something differently to effectively communicate. I sell wildlife paintings and prints. In my booth I have things very clearly labeled. Where I have my originals displayed on the walls, I have a big sign labeling  them as such. On my table where I have my reproductions, I have those clearly labeled. Every item is labeled with a price tag as well. But invariably I still get lots of people who are confused…See More
Aug 5
Kristy Guenther replied to TC Crumpton's discussion Including tax in price?
"I include the tax in all my sales. No way am I dealing with coin change! I have a sign attached to my sales tax license that states this. It is legal in my state (NY). All of my sales receipts have a line item for tax worked out backwards from the…"
Jul 3

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Acrylic Paint
Years in the Art Fair Business
1
First show ever
My first show will be this summer, the Corn Hill Arts Festival in Rochester NY!
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http://www.kguentherart.com
What are the best things about art fairs
I will know this summer 2018! I have been accepted into 3 so far
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Yet to be discovered!
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Yet to be discovered!
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I found the site while searching on Google for advice on applying to art fairs. I've found a lot of useful info on this site so far!

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At 9:02am on April 30, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Kristy,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll find the site helpful as you begin this journey.  Thank you for signing up and best of luck as you move forward.

At 10:36pm on May 2, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

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