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Sandra J. Atkins-Moran
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Craft Hut for Sale

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sandra J. Atkins-Moran Mar 14, 2016. 2 Replies

Craft Hut for Sale.Shoulder surgery has made me need a lighter weight tent; so selling an old and loyal friend. Original heavy gauge steel pipes, skylight, awning zippers on all sides.  Zippered…Continue



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Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on Connie Mettler's blog post When Will This Happen Again?
"right now, it's probably in the "See that flying pig?" category. Best wishes to everyone in this difficult time.  Staying safe and staying well are priorities."
Aug 6, 2020
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran replied to Chris Umhoefer's discussion Amdur Productions festivals. Are they worth it?
"I generally considered them overpriced and under-good.  Probably the question is whether it's too soon for people to consider attending an event and whether, once they get there, they will be interested in standing in a 10x10 booth. Do you…"
Aug 6, 2020
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on marirosa hofmann's blog post How is ART IN BLOOM in McKinney texas
"I did the show (with paintings) a couple of years so maybe things have changed. Then, my take on the show was that traffic was sparse and those people, while nice folks, were mostly looking.  I live here and won't do the show."
Jan 17, 2020
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Who wouldn't apply to this show? Didn't you always want a pony?
"Adorable.  Finally, someone with a sense of humor that is not at our expense. "
Dec 4, 2019
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran replied to Larry Sohn's discussion Speaking with customers, at Art Fairs
"There are, of course, days when you are more"on" than others.  But I always found it helpful to at least talk with my customers rather than sit on my butt in the back of the booth.  More enjoyable for them and for me.  Often…"
Sep 25, 2019
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran replied to Matt Gwinn's discussion Wayne County Fair
"That is an incredible amount of time to spend for so little return, despite the low booth fee. I realize this was your first fair, and it's a tough learning curve.  Suggestions for the future: take a look at the show hours before you apply…"
Sep 12, 2019
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran replied to Rick Wallace's discussion Trailer as a gallery?
"The trailer itself is not the issue here.  I agree that many of your female buyers would be reluctant to traipse off to a parking lot with a strange man to look at art in a trailer.  I spent too many years doing shows solo to not be aware…"
Aug 25, 2019
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, 2019
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on margaret luttrell's blog post "It's Getting Hot In Here"
"Hadn't heard the wet sneakers idea before, but be sure to wear socks.  I've gotten blisters from walking around in wet shoes.  Thanks for all the ideas, guys."
Jul 19, 2019
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on margaret luttrell's blog post "It's Getting Hot In Here"
"Yes to all of the great ideas above.  And, yes, if you've been seriously heat affected once you are more susceptible to problems every time you encounter sever heat or exercise in high heat conditions.  I've ended up in the…"
Jul 19, 2019
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on Ejaz Khan's blog post SEVEN MINUTES WITH THE ARCTIC WOLF by Ejaz Khan Earth
"Wonderful!  What a treasure these creatures are. And thank you for capturing their beauty on film and for helping conserve them.  Bless you!"
Jul 3, 2019
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on Victoria Jackson's blog post Looking for a Trimline Tent
"OK.  Good luck."
May 29, 2019
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran commented on Victoria Jackson's blog post Looking for a Trimline Tent
"Can you use a Light Dome and mesh display sieds as well as the normal canopy sides?"
May 29, 2019
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran replied to Darlene L Sours's discussion New here and hoping to get enough information on set up to hit the Fall Art Fair circuit
"I have a Light Dome canopy, mesh sides, weights, etc if you're interested in a less expensive way to begin. I'm in the Dallas area and can give you some show pointers as well (I spent 46 years in the business doing art fairs solo.)"
May 20, 2019
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran replied to Ted Martin's discussion Booth to crowded?
"Make sure you have enough room for handicapped access.  Wheelchairs do need enough room to maneuver.  These people are your customer, too."
Apr 15, 2019
Sandra J. Atkins-Moran replied to Sonja Jones's discussion Has anyone had experience with the Toledo Zoo "Wild About Art" show?
"For what it's worth, a similarly-themed show in Dallas was a total bust."
Apr 11, 2019

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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Sertoma - Austin, TX
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
The job security and he insurance package!
Best show ever and why
Art on the Square - Belleville, IL
hey take god care of their artists and teat them like valued guests instead of paid renters.
Worst show ever and why
Art of the Square - Madison, WI 2009
Booth broken into twice on the same weekend-ransacked, stock dropped into water on the ground. Second night was peed in and several pieces stolen. Staff was great in helping with cleanup,but it never should have happened once much less TWICE!!!! Over $2000 loss and damage.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Read the offering regularly, decided it was time for me t have some input. (Plus Connie is one of my favorite people)

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