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Christine Jarvis commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"#1)  My #1 complaint is jury fees!  If an art festival cannot afford to take the time to pre-view an application, than they should not be holding the festival.   All the seller fees for the show should be part of the booth or…"
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Richard L. Sherer commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"Not necessarily neighbors but families holding their reunion in front of my booth blocking or diverting traffic away. Good old boy realtors who haven’t seen each other for a while holding court in my booth. “Hey guys, I’m running…"
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Cindy Welch commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"Mona, we’ve had pets over the years too ... a dog and some cats.  I also love animals but not at shows.  I am concerned with dogs leaving liquid deposits on products, floor length table covers, or our tent sides. One other issue…"
Sunday
Mona Martin commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"Pet Peeve #7 but right up there with unruly children and people who eat messy things in your booth is people bringing their dogs. I love animals and have had several beloved dogs over the years. An Art Festival is no place for them. At the outdoor…"
Saturday
Kaytee Sumida commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"For the #2/#3 "problems", I've offered "wholesale"; 40% discount if they are a legit business which sells such items (and have the resale certificate AND business license to prove it), plus meet a minimum order requirement.…"
Friday
alicia buckler-white commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"I had new and pristine pro panels with tables against them forming a U-shaped display area for my jewelry at an indoor show when I noticed the tables on one side shaking.  I looked over and saw that the panels on that side were pushing the…"
Thursday
Cindy Welch commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"I remember a time a lady was selling children’s clothing in a booth next to mine.  One of her racks at the front of her booth extended to the edge of mine, in such a way that some customers thought it was my merch.  (I do not sell…"
Thursday
Larry Schneider commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"Although the six things are annoying, they are not frequent happenings. I can live with them.    Common things that I hate are neighbors extending beyond there booth with....... noise from their radios, smoke from there cigarettes',…"
Thursday
Terri Cheatham commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"It was drizzling at my last show, and a woman stood inside my booth and had a long and lengthy conversation on her phone without so much as acknowledging me!  I wanted to physically throw her out but, of course I didn’t.  Then when…"
Thursday
cindy devine commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows
"Yes!  Can I hang this in my booth?!"
Thursday
Spencer Knowlton posted a blog post

6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows

As an artist or crafter, you’ve put a lot of effort into making certain that you are prepared for the shows you attend. However, dealing with other vendors and even your potential customers can cause a lot of frustration once you're there. Make sure you're prepared mentally by checking out our list of five things at fairs that drive artists and crafters crazy:1) OVERLY CHATTY NEIGHBORSFairs, shows, and festivals are intended to be a gathering place where you can meet new people, network, sell…See More
Wednesday
Spencer Knowlton posted a blog post

What's the Deal with Additional Insureds?

Attending shows, festivals, markets, fairs, and other events throughout the year to sell your work means exposing your business to liabilities multiple times a year. As an artist, crafter, or tradesmen, you need to have the necessary coverage in place to protect against third-party liability claims that may come your way.At ACT, we’re well-versed in the most common claims that occur at art events and want to talk about…See More
Jun 3
Susi Schuele commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 10 Bits of Inspiration to Lift an Artist's Spirits
"Thank you for your inspiration Kathleen! I am in the northwest suburbs (Carpentersville) and the nearest big art communities are about 1/2 hour away in the Fox Valley area. I am looking into it. Just keep running into roadblocks. I'm still…"
May 25
Kathleen J. Clausen commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 10 Bits of Inspiration to Lift an Artist's Spirits
"Susi, it sounds like this has been a very disconcerting time what with CoVid and the move.  Are there just no art associations near where you are?  Too often we think that Illinois means Chicago.  What about places where art is being…"
May 25
Susi Schuele commented on Spencer Knowlton's blog post 10 Bits of Inspiration to Lift an Artist's Spirits
"These are wonderful quotes. Needed for me right now because I moved back to Illinois last year during the pandemic and I feel disconnected. I moved to be near my daughter and new grandson. However, I'm having trouble getting established in art…"
May 25
Spencer Knowlton posted a blog post

10 Bits of Inspiration to Lift an Artist's Spirits

Being an artist is a great life. Artists spend their careers creating and using what they create to help others see the world differently, change in positive ways, and infuse their own lives with creativity, but like any other job, being an artist comes with other worries like selling your wares, purchasing insurance, and creating an awesome online presence. Sometimes, it can be easy to forget why you wanted an artist’s life in the first place. Now more than ever, it's important to remember why…See More
May 24

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6 Pet Peeves Artists & Crafters Have When Selling at Shows

Posted on June 9, 2021 at 12:15pm 10 Comments

What Is An Additional Insured?

As an artist or crafter, you’ve put a lot of effort into making certain that you are prepared for the shows you attend. However, dealing with other vendors and even your potential customers can cause a lot of frustration once you're there. Make sure you're prepared mentally by checking out our list of five things at fairs that drive artists and crafters crazy:

1) OVERLY CHATTY NEIGHBORS

Fairs, shows, and festivals are intended to be a gathering place where…

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What's the Deal with Additional Insureds?

Posted on June 3, 2021 at 2:02pm 0 Comments

Attending shows, festivals, markets, fairs, and other events throughout the year to sell your work means exposing your business to liabilities multiple times a year. As an artist, crafter, or tradesmen, you need to have the necessary coverage in place to protect against third-party liability claims that may come your way.

At ACT, we’re well-versed in the most common claims that occur at art events…

Continue

10 Bits of Inspiration to Lift an Artist's Spirits

Posted on May 24, 2021 at 1:00pm 3 Comments

10 Bits of Inspiration to Lift an Artist’s Spirits

Being an artist is a great life. Artists spend their careers creating and using what they create to help others see the world differently, change in positive ways, and infuse their own lives with creativity, but like any other job, being an artist comes with other worries like selling your wares, purchasing insurance, and creating an awesome online presence. Sometimes, it can be easy to forget why you wanted an artist’s life in the first place. Now more than ever, it's…

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4 Tips to Improve Your Artist Website

Posted on May 18, 2021 at 12:46pm 0 Comments

4 Tips to Improve Your Artist Website

Running a business based on the art, craft, or trade you love is a big but rewarding task. Getting feedback from customers who love what you do and want to be able to purchase more is always a good sign and you’ll need to find ways to improve on the processes you follow. You’re likely hard at work creating new products, taking orders, sending them out, and doing your best to manage it all. If you have a website, when’s the last time you updated it?

ACT is here today…

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At 11:07pm on April 22, 2021, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Spencer. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members make it. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike.

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Many topics have already been discussed. We suggest you try a search of your topic before you post your question. Click the SEARCH tab at the top of the page and “search” for your topic: tents, jury fees, Ann Arbor Art Fair, the name of a show, etc. You might find that someone has already asked and answered your question.

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Each of us is unique and has a gift to share that can help someone else. We all look forward to your sharing on ArtFairInsiders.com.

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