Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
This has been a long-running Show over 25 years old.
Held same week in Feb. as The Grove And Artigras.
This was my first time doing this show.
I bailed on Artigras, which I have done for nearly 30 years. It has been a downhill debacle for the last five years.
So, I always have heard great things about the Sanibel show.
Only about 220 exhibitors. Held in the height of season. Plenty of money around. Lots of Midwest tourists.
Well, the long and short of it was that it ended up being a one day show instead of two.
Crowds were packed early, and buying, on Saturday.
Sunday was like a desert, very few buyers walking around.
I talked to many of the Rotary Club volunteers. They were flummoxed too about the poor Sunday.
Never happened before, according to several veteran Rotarians.
It definitely killed me. Saturday, I sold several large framed pieces (I am a photographer).
Sunday I barely sold $300 the whole day. All Lowend images At $30.
This is a Well Run Show. Great staffing, solid info about the setup, boothsitters and free water abound.
Storage behind booths is a problem here.
Lots of booths were backed up to a mesh fence(they charge admission) with no rear storage. Yet, there was plenty of room to have the front of the booth out further without disrupting the flow.
Also, this show is strung out between three exhibit areas and a lot of the elderly did not make it down to the end where I was. I was booth 216 out of 220.
The crowd is mainly elderly, sixties and up.
The young people who came through did not give much attention to 2-D art, they just did not care.
I was disappointed with the show. I just did not see much sales going on for 2-D Art.
This is a fish and feather show. Very conservative tastes in art.
Also buying mostly Lowend. There will always be the exceptional whale who walks thru. Just not enough of them,
Personally, I think the crawl of autos on Periwinkle Way deters a lot of people from attending.
In season this island slows to a crawl. More people on bikes.
This is an expensive booth fee plus high hotel costs. You better be on your game if you try this show.
Lovely location but the sales are not commiserate with them.
So far, for me, the Florida shows suck Royal Canalwater.