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Matt Gwinn
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Wayne County Fair

Started Aug 14 0 Replies

Wayne County Fair, Belleville, MI August 5-10, 2019Fees: $100 deposit, $50 for 10' x 10' indoor space, $25 for electricWhat we were selling: Photography prints, homemade greeting cards and sock…Continue

My first booth

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sonja Jones Aug 7. 4 Replies

Well, tomorrow is the first day of my first fair selling my prints. I'm sharing the space with my wife's crafting business (also her first fair).I think it turned out relatively well for our first…Continue

What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Sohn Jul 20. 8 Replies

I was reading the worst question thread and thought this might be interesting too. Hopefully it's not too negative.My wife and I are coming up on our first show and I'll be selling prints of my…Continue

Signage Questions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matt Gwinn Jul 19. 6 Replies

I was looking at a bunch of booths in the booth review forum and noticed that a lot of them don't have any signs with the artists name/company on them. Is this the standard way to do it, or is that…Continue

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Matt Gwinn replied to Ann R Alexander's discussion Tent decisions
"How do they compare to EZ-UP Tents?I am also buying my first tent, and the ABC and EZ-UP are comparable in price.I do know that a strong with can bend the supports in an EZ-UP. Does the ABC have the same problem?"
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Wayne County Fair

Wayne County Fair, Belleville, MI August 5-10, 2019Fees: $100 deposit, $50 for 10' x 10' indoor space, $25 for electricWhat we were selling: Photography prints, homemade greeting cards and sock snowmen (my wife and I shared the booth space.This was my first fair and overall it wen't better than I feared, but not as well as I'd hoped.This is my first review, so I'm not sure what etc best format is, so I'm just going to go through some bullet points first• This was the fair's first year doing an…See More
Aug 14
Louise Buth replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Need help with my first show!
"I'm from Tucson & my local biz display company sometimes sells used tabletop "spinner Racks" very inexpensively for cards or postcards. They really save space, slow lots of cards & are not too expensive,...in fact, you might…"
Aug 9
Sonja Jones replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion My first booth
"Haha, it is stunning how many people ask that kind of question!  I get asked at least once every show if I painted everything.  One woman asked if I did my own prints, to which I said "no" because I have professional company…"
Aug 7
Matt Gwinn replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion My first booth
"It went pretty well. I guess Tuesday is the slowest day of the fair, and it rained a good chunk of the day, but I sold 2 framed pieces and my wife sold some cards and one of her snowmen, so we're happy so far. I did have to adjust the booth a…"
Aug 7
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion My first booth
"How did it go, Matt?"
Aug 7
Matt Gwinn replied to Jim Dalton's discussion What's the worst question you have been asked at an art fair?
"Today is the first day of my first fair and before the doors even opened another vendor asked me "did you take all of these?". I'd say 75% of people asked that. The one that took the cake though was the guy who asked me "have you…"
Aug 6
Matt Gwinn replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion My first booth
"More pics"
Aug 5
Matt Gwinn posted a discussion

My first booth

Well, tomorrow is the first day of my first fair selling my prints. I'm sharing the space with my wife's crafting business (also her first fair).I think it turned out relatively well for our first time out, but not as nice as I would like. I think it looks comparable to the other booths at the fair.We're right near the doors, so there's some glare on some photos and one of the lights above our booth is out, so the booth pics are not the best. We'll probably bring in a light to hang from the…See More
Aug 5
Matt Gwinn replied to Becky DePaulis's discussion Transporting gridwork panels
"The used 24" x 84" panels I recently bought have the middle cut out of them which makes them a lot lighter. The previous owners had velcro panels that went over the openings. Don't know yet if forgoing on also buying the velcro panels…"
Jul 29
Larry Sohn replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"As a photographer, I like when they try to third degree me. "Where was this taken" "What camera" "What lens"... If I gave them my equipment and told them where to go, they still would not create what I did. Sometimes…"
Jul 20
Genmarie Stiber replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"You have to have a thick skin to do shows.  While most people don't mean to be rude, some just can't help themselves.   It's not the worst comment I've dealt with but I've heard "I can make that" a few…"
Jul 19
Elizabeth Turner replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"I am a paper artist combining paper sculpture and quilling. Someone looked at one of my most complex pieces that took quite a while to complete. Her response to the $250 price was "Why would anyone spend that much on paper?" As if the only…"
Jul 19
Barry Shandler replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"I learn a long time ago if you cant deal with the public get out of this business. Forbes magazine once wrote 17% of people in any country of the world are total jerks or worse."
Jul 19
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion What's the worst comment you've ever received at a show?
"I like the comment that photographers get:  Were you there when this picture was taken? As a fiber artist, I frequently got "Where did you get this stuff?""
Jul 19
Matt Gwinn replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Signage Questions
"Fortunately all of the vendors in indoors and the building gets locked every night at 10pm. I still plan on covering everything with a sheet after we close down for the day. I might even take my print bins home with me. Hopefully getting framed…"
Jul 19

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Wayne County Fair, August 2019
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At 8:43am on June 29, 2019, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi Matt,

Welcome fellow Michigander!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll take advantage of everything the site has to offer.  Thanks for subscribing to the newsletter and best of luck as you move forward.

At 9:21pm on June 29, 2019, Connie Mettler said…

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