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Reid Watts
  • Lexington, SC
  • United States
  • Photography
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Reid Watts commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Hurricane Season Coming? Special Offer for AFI members
"Catchy clickbait title!  But in reality: 1) The hurricane season started on July 1: it is already here. 2) The only way to protect yourself, your tent, and your art in a hurricane is to evacuate along with everybody else.  These weights…"
Oct 7
Reid Watts replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"A perfect show would: Allow me to set up any time during a two day period before the show, and break down either the evening of the last day of the show, or the next day. That way I can work around inclement weather during setup and break…"
Aug 2

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2007 Craftsmen's Classic in Columbia, SC
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Posted on August 16, 2018 at 2:10pm 16 Comments

This is an answer to Connie’s question “Just wondering if any of you are having any luck trying Air BnB?”  I decided to start a new thread on this, since I think it is a substantive issue.

I have used Airbnb a few times, with positive experiences up until last month, when a host canceled my reservation.  The host, who is listed as a Superhost with all good reviews, canceled my fully-paid-for reservation “because a family member needs to use it”.  I was refunded my payment by Airbnb,…


Adding brakes to your utility trailer is easy and inexpensive

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 2:32pm 1 Comment

I just finished adding brakes to my 5x8 utility trailer, which turned out to be surprisingly easy to do. So I thought I would post a report:

I have been thinking for years that having brakes on my trailer might be a prudent investment, even though they are not required in the states that I use the trailer in. My trailer is a 5x8 utility trailer that weighs fully loaded 2200 lbs. I recently purchased a new tow vehicle that has an integral trailer brake controller with an anti-sway…


Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 7:11pm 11 Comments

In the midst of all of these “for sale” blog postings, I thought I should get a discussion going on a topic of interest to us all.  So here goes:

Despite historically low inflation, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) has increased by 18% in the last ten years (from 207.3 to 244.3).  Have you increased your prices by 18% as well?  If not, why not?

Your rig may be overloaded

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 2:09pm 12 Comments

I recently did a deep dive into vehicle loading, and discovered that it is much easier to overload a vehicle than one would think.  It seems like a simple calculation: get a vehicle and/or trailer large enough to accommodate everything you need for a show, then make sure that the tow vehicle and hitch are rated to tow the weight of your trailer plus a guestimate of the weight of your gear, and you’re done.  My tow vehicle is rated…


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At 7:43pm on November 6, 2010, Sabrina Aughenbaugh said…
Reid, Welcome to Art Fair Insiders. Checked out your site and really enjoyed viewing your pictures, especially the animals. Hope you have a great weekend,

At 11:45pm on November 6, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Reid. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. We all look forward to your participation here. Also visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.
At 11:23pm on September 22, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Reid Watts a gift
Congrats Reid on being awarded the Post of the Week - 9/22/2014.

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