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Terri Drake
  • Female
  • Ossineke, MI
  • United States
  • Fiber artist, quilter,…
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Your Medium
Fiber artist, quilter, photographer, painter, make fully jointed teddy bears
Years in the Art Fair Business
Just starting out - am a new business in the arts
First show ever
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival - did photos of participants for donations to Lighthouse Museum
What are the best things about art fairs
Chance to network, meet new people and see what seems to sell and what doesn't and why.
Best show ever and why
Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival - all kinds of artisans attended, most geared to nautical or lighthouses but lots had wide variety to offer. Great people/community pulling together and it was in its 15th year.
Worst show ever and why
Quilt/Fiber show in Phoenix, AZ - not a lot of quilts or artisans, mostly trade people pushing people to buy and majority not geared to quilters or fiber artist, i.e., selling vacuum cleaners, rugs, etc. and had tiny area geared to selling of fiber artist materials, fabric and/or quilts and patterns.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
Over crowding. Was a quilt/craft show held in a tiny church and only 6-8 people could be in the room at any given time. Room had no circulation so became unbearably hot to point where I almost passed out.

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WOW, thanks for the feedback!

Posted on November 1, 2011 at 10:27am 2 Comments

When I posted my blog piece "Why aren't I selling?" I did not expect the response that I received. All I can say is WOW! I just finished reading each and everyone of them and appreciate the various comments, opinions and thoughtful insights that others have on the subject.

Michael R. made the remark "... sold to 4 out of every 10 that stopped by? Really?" To that I have to respond, "Yes, really," however, when I gave that figure, I did not say whether or not the individual had gone by…


Why aren't I selling?

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 12:13pm 16 Comments

Although I don't have a lot of vending/exhibiting experience under my belt, I was amazed when a "seasoned" exhibitor stopped at my booth at the recent Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival and lamated that he wasn't selling anything and people just seemed to pass by his booth. He couldn't figure out what was wrong. I told him I would have to get back to him on that one as I needed some time to gather my thoughts. Actually, I didn't want to hurt his feelings or make him angry with my response so I…


Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival - A good Time Had by All!

Posted on October 9, 2011 at 4:53pm 6 Comments

The 16th Annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival is now a sweet, and tiring, memory. It was held in Alpena, Michigan from October 6-9. The main event was held at the APlex in Alpena and there were artistisans, authors, a homemade sausage vendor, entertainers such as Carl Bearinger who sang about the Great Lakes and the wonderful lighthouses, there were satellite events at all the Lighthouses found in Northern Michigan from Mackinac to Tawas to Presque Isle. The weather was absolutely…


Quick Howdy

Posted on July 8, 2011 at 8:56pm 0 Comments

It's been a while since I've posted anything and that is due to be extremely busy. Have participated in a few retreats with a basket guild, doing photography ops and working on some fiber art. A lot of my time was taken up with proofing and approving a book that I have written. It has been released and I guess I'll be busy with the promotion of it. It's nothing earth shattering, but does get my foot in the door in the world of writers and it has been an interesting journey.

Just a…


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At 12:12pm on June 03, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Terri Drake a gift
Many, many thanks for all your support!
At 9:23pm on January 20, 2010, Terri Drake said…
I am in and out with school. Tuesday and Thursday after 11 am or anytime Friday are best time to reach me. Friday I don't have any classes but usually lots of homework almost as though the Profs are afraid I might have a little fun. Hope to talk with you soon. Take care.
Namaste - Terri at the Drake's Nest I'm biting the erasers off my pencils trying to do Algebra problems!
At 1:41am on January 10, 2010, Sharon said…
Terri..... I will give you a call..... this is actually my slow time of year!

Blessings, Sharon
At 10:28pm on January 8, 2010, Terri Drake said…
That would be wonderful. Tell me what I need to have to get started. Perhaps when the weather lightens up a bit, we could get together. Would love to meet you face to face, as well as figure out where I know you from . I'm not in Ossineke proper, but between there and Alpena - I'm approx. 8-10 miles south of Alpena and about 2-3 miles North of Ossineke proper. Send me a private email to and I'll email you my phone number, would love to chat with you. Thanks and looking forward to meeting you sometime.

Namaste - Terri
At 7:55pm on January 8, 2010, Sharon said…
Hi Terri,

I would be happy to help you with your website. I built my own website and everyone seems to like it. Do you live in Ossineke? I am not very far from you.... just south of M72 west of Hubbard Lk Rd. Let me know. My site is Hope to talk with you soon!

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