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Michelle Sholund
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  • Reisterstown, MD
  • United States
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Your Medium
palm wax candles and other scented gifts
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
My first show was at a church show where I sold all but one item - I was hooked every since.
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting and talking to the people who will be fans and collectors of your work.
Best show ever and why
My best show was several years ago at a juried out door street festival. I won a first prize ribbon in the category - I can't remember what the category I entered. I sold out that day.
Worst show ever and why
The worst show was one where only 25 people came through the whole weekend and the only food vendor left at 1:00. It was pretty pathetic.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Never left a show early - I am there to the end as you can get your best sales at the end of a show.

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New Blog Series - The ABC's of Doing Art Fairs - A is for Advertising and Advantage

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 10:33am 1 Comment

Hey all!  Remember me?  The gal who did a 40 Questions Blog Series?  I had A LOT and I mean A LOT of fun doing the whole series here on as well as on my own blog -, but it wasn't until this summer a follower of the blog said - didn't you cover it all in 40 questions?  What more can you talk about? After some thought, I realized it never ends - the advice, the experiences,…


The Maryland Seafood Festival... My review!

Posted on September 13, 2011 at 8:54am 3 Comments

Greetings all!  I have been on a hiatus (of doing fairs) since May - mostly due to the scorching heat we get here in MD...  and since this has been a record breaking year in the heat department, I think I made a right choice.  However, was the choice right in doing The Maryland Seafood Festival?


The nuts and bolts... 

Dates:  Sept. 10/11 from 10-9…


Hurricane Irene - art fair cancelations??

Posted on August 26, 2011 at 4:57pm 5 Comments

Hey all!  I am a Marylander and (while I am away on vacation) it seems the whole East coast is battening down the hatches.  Have there been any art fair cancelations?  If not, and you are doing a show in the Carolinas on the way up to the New York area, are you still planning on going and setting up (take a risk)?  Are you making the decision of not showing up?  Just curious as it isn't every day a big hurricane comes through...

I'm back and have a story to share!

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 8:52pm 11 Comments

I just want to say to Connie and all who particpate on this site that while I have disappeared for a month or two I am in love with this site all over again.  The content is great!  I love seeing booth shots and detailed reviews of art fairs.  The month of May was hectic - shows each weekend and no time to really catch up doing stock.  All the fairs were in Maryland and have to say Maryland is a good state to be in as my sales are better than last years totals.  


The "story"…


Apparently You Can Damage a Trimline Canopy... Here's how!

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 7:29pm 7 Comments

First off I am a lover of Trimline and will always be.  You will see why I say so further in this post.


So it all started 1 week ago when on a sunny yet windy day I got out my trimline to wash it.  Go through the steps of setting…


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At 5:07pm on September 10, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Michelle Sholund a gift
Happy birthday, Michelle. I hope this day is full of fun and friends and that the upcoming year brings exciting adventures into your life and lots of answers to life's burning questions.
At 9:58pm on January 11, 2011, Connie Mettler gave Michelle Sholund a gift
Congratulations, Michelle. The members of this community have chosen your blog series as "best of" the blogs for 2010. Thank you so much for sharing this information and asking the questions.
At 7:21am on September 10, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Michelle Sholund a gift
Happy birthday, little Virgo! Hope this is a great day for you and the rest of the year brings excellent adventures and much fun. Thanks so much, Michelle, for all your contributions to this site.
At 11:16am on April 10, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Michelle Sholund a gift
Thanks so much, Michelle, for your thoughtful comments on my recent blog post. I value your participation here.
At 10:21pm on February 10, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Michelle Sholund a gift
Thanks Michelle for referring Peter to the site!
At 10:27am on February 05, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Michelle Sholund a gift
Congratulations, Michelle. The members of Art Fair Insiders have chosen you as a Featured Member in recognition of your generous spirit and helpfulness in building the community. Thanks so much.
At 3:51pm on January 22, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Hi Michelle,

I just saw your excellent article in your blog about Business Resources. I'd be pleased if you are interested for you to put that article here, and/or to start it here and have it link to your site. Or, I could copy/paste it into my blog posting giving you credit. What works for you the best that would not mean my taking ownership of it -- it is your work and your ideas, but deserves to be seen by more audiences.

Additionally, I visited this blog another day and i was going to leave a comment, but I couldn't figure out how to do took me to another site(s)!
At 10:26am on January 19, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Michelle Sholund a gift
Thanks Michelle, for adding to your blog post about sending out applications! January is a busy month - seemingly devoted to applications.
At 2:06pm on January 11, 2010, Roberta Harris gave Michelle Sholund a gift
Hope 2010 is better for you.roberta
At 8:27pm on December 14, 2009, Teri Biehl said…
Thank you Michelle. I guess I have the typical newbie questions. I'll check out the links. :)

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