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1) PIC deaths refers to pneumonia, influenza, and Covid-19 deaths.  The CDC tracks PIC to remove the errors of mis-identification of the cause of death on death certificates.

2) Even when ignoring the last few weeks (which is always suspect due to slow reporting of the data), the death count is now within the range of the 2018…


Added by Reid Watts on October 24, 2020 at 1:36pm — 7 Comments

Are any art fairs still being held?

Rather than trying to follow the ever-growing list of cancellations, I was wondering if any art fairs anywhere in the country are still actually being held.

According to Zapplication's calendar, there are still uncanceled art fairs scheduled for this weekend.  Is that for real?

Anybody gearing up to participate in an art fair this weekend?  Next weekend?

Added by Reid Watts on March 25, 2020 at 9:16am — 7 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,…


Added by Reid Watts on August 16, 2018 at 2:10pm — 16 Comments

Adding brakes to your utility trailer is easy and inexpensive

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…


Added by Reid Watts on December 8, 2017 at 2:32pm — 1 Comment

Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?

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?

Added by Reid Watts on November 19, 2017 at 7:11pm — 11 Comments

Your rig may be overloaded

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…


Added by Reid Watts on October 12, 2017 at 2:09pm — 12 Comments

A gift for all of you worry warts, pessimists, and grumpy old men

May you have a very merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017!

Added by Reid Watts on December 21, 2016 at 7:45pm — 3 Comments

Charlotte riots and the "Festival in the Park"

I noticed on that Charlotte’s “Festival In the Park” this weekend is still going ahead as scheduled, despite the Charlotte riots and curfews.  I was wondering how that is working out.  Are the artists and crafters actually setting up?  What were they told by the promoter?  Will anyone show up tomorrow and Sunday?  Are the police actually able to provide credible security?

Added by Reid Watts on September 23, 2016 at 2:14pm — 6 Comments

Tricks of the trade

Melanie Rolfes:  I love to read your show reports – they are always full of useful information.  One of the things in your reports that always baffles me is how you get your booth set up and broken down so quickly.  It takes my wife and me between 5 and 7:30 hours to load in and set up our booth, and 3 to 4 hours to break down and load out.  And that is for a single Trimline, not the double you are setting up.  How you are able to get it done in 1:30 hours and 45 minutes amazes me.  What is…


Added by Reid Watts on April 30, 2016 at 9:25pm — 30 Comments

Atalaya and the approaching Atlantic storm

For the upcoming Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival in Murrells Inlet, SC, AccuWeather is predicting over 4” total rain on Thursday (setup day) and Friday (setup / opening day), with showers lasting 17 hours on Thursday (with winds of 20-32 mph) and 20 hours on Friday due to an Atlantic storm coming onshore around Myrtle Beach that was thought to have “tropical characteristics” a few days ago.…


Added by Reid Watts on September 23, 2015 at 10:10am — 4 Comments

Paragon is changing the rules

Paragon is changing its rules on limited editions of photographs.  Paragon’s website now states:

“Each image must be signed and numbered with editions being inclusive of all sizes and not to exceed 250 prints in the edition.”

On Zapp, you can still find their old rule under their Greater Charlotte Festival, where no mention is made of limited editions.  For their Sarasota Festival, they state a less onerous version of the new rule: “All images are to be editioned with editions…


Added by Reid Watts on August 24, 2015 at 6:12pm — 14 Comments

Which are the worst fairs for parking?

I participated in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park Art Festival last weekend, and I found myself spending a lot of time worrying about something I don’t normally give much thought to: parking.   So I was wondering if there are other art fairs with parking situations as bad as Piedmont or perhaps even worse.

The promoter offered no parking for artists, but did post a list of local parking lots on their web page, and let us know where not to park to avoid getting tickets.

Piedmont Park is…


Added by Reid Watts on August 21, 2015 at 10:08am — 5 Comments

A modest proposal

Here is my proposal, for consideration by all of you, on how to change the behavior of promoters with respect to collecting and releasing data that would actually be useful to artists and crafters.  This thread is a continuation and evolution of the thread I started called “How can this be?”.

I propose that we as a group write an open letter to all art fair…


Added by Reid Watts on September 18, 2014 at 2:07pm — 55 Comments

How can this be?

How can this be?

  1. A craft show rated by Sunshine Artist as #4 in the nation based on survey-reported revenue alone is still begging for applications less than two months before the show. (Craftsmen’s Classic in Chantilly)
  2. Another art show, reported by Sunshine Artists surveys to be almost impossible to make any profit at (1/3 of the respondents reported revenues of less than $2000, and almost all of the respondents reported revenues of less than $5000), is widely…

Added by Reid Watts on September 14, 2014 at 11:31am — 62 Comments

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