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Sandra Tyler
  • East Setauket, NY
  • United States
  • fiber
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buying display racks or any ideas for?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cyreathia Reyer Mar 29, 2011. 5 Replies

I'm trying to think of some kind of hanging system; it doesn't have to be heavy weight or huge. I have a few framed tapestries I'd like to hang in my display tent, but maybe my handwoven purses too,…Continue

Tags: systems, hanging, racks, display

battery-operated spot lights?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Annette Piper Mar 21, 2011. 5 Replies

I'm interested in finding, if they exist, good battery-operated spot lights or lamps to light my displays; I find I can't always rely on electrical wiring, especially at one show coming up. Any…Continue

craft tents

Started this discussion. Last reply by Renee Sullivan May 13, 2012. 28 Replies

I need to buy my first craft tent and could use advise. I work alone, so it's got to be really easy to put up. Also, I don't do a whole lot of shows, so not sure how much I need to invest, or whether…Continue

Tags: shows, tent, tents, craft


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Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
A Home show in someone's yard
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Meeting new people who admire your work and actually buy it!
Best show ever and why
Huntington Historial Society -- well-educated buyers who appreciated handmade goods.
Worst show ever and why
At a convent -- vendors of handmade items had to compete with vendors of the Home Shopping Network. Awful.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
no one.

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At 5:59am on March 22, 2011, Jeanne Steck said…

I'm looking at 2 tents on  Either the EZ up encore 2 Ior the display hut.  One has aluminum legs, the other steel. For this year I'm going to ask the husband to devise a weight system.  I'm starting to have a tough time with the finacial outlay. I think I will apply to Sag Harbor. Maybe skip Center Moriches.  If you were going to do both days in the Harbor, I was going to suggest staying at my house.  It's "only" a little over an hour for you, but I know how exhausting it is at the end of a long day.

Also check out  The shows are not juried.  She has one at a vineyard in Southold that might interest you.

At 10:15am on March 20, 2011, Karole Bowlds said…

Hey Sandra!!

Thanks for the friend request!! Accepted!! Have a good Day!

At 9:02am on March 20, 2011, Jeanne Steck said…

The downside to jewelry is that there are so many of us.  So I try to have designs that are different or simply practical and affordable. At times I

also I sent you a friend request - it's the only way to have convos that aren't posted for the whol world to see

I haven't done either before, but have heard that WHB is good.  I like to do some of the local shows because it helps to build a local following.  Also its great to see a familiar face when friends and family visit!

At 6:52am on March 20, 2011, Jeanne Steck said…

I'm in Southampton.  I teach in East Patchogue. I looked for the Sag Harbor show a few weeks ago, but it wasn't posted yet.  Just double-checked the app - no photos??? You definitely will need a tent and weights. It can get windy in the harbor.  I heard mixed reviews last year.  But I'm considering it.  The Setauket fair is the same weekend as Sag Harbor.  I chose it over SH last year because of expenses.  This year I'm trying to step up my game. Preparing for my second career after retirement in a few years.

I applied for Westhampton the first weekend in June and I'll be in Hampton Bays at the end of the month.  I'm considering applying to some of Paragon's shows on the Island but need a tent and a better booth shot first. I used a market umbrella for my local shows last year.  Pretty amateurish - but it worked.

At 12:28pm on March 19, 2011, Jeanne Steck said…

It's great to see another Long Islander on here!

Have you ever exhibited at the Caroline Church's summer fair in Setauket?  That was my first, but I 'm not sure if I'm going back this year.  I've already commited to the rest of June and may need some down time.


At 12:41pm on March 6, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
Glad to have you here, Sandra. No, I do not sell online, am not an artist but my husband was. With good direction I've been able to make these websites work for me. Do you have a website? I hope so -- because on Tuesday I'm announcing a new site that is looking for handmade in America goods - it looks very promising for people like you who can't or don't want to travel. Look at it here: is not my site, I'm just doing some advertising for them to find artist clients.
At 10:11pm on March 5, 2011, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to, Sandra.  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 of yourself 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!

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