Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
A few weeks ago I whined about a show that was not so great for me. During the show, a woman stopped in and looked at one of my pieces - this horse. I have two reproductions - they are mirror images. They can be bought as singles or the duo.
This nice woman said..."these are really great, I am on the board of a nonprofit that is horse-related..." and before she went further, I told her that donating art [as the artist] is not really tax-deductible. And just between you and me and the lamp post, I was truly there to make some sales. She said "I know! But, I am thinking about BUYING these and donating them myself, I can afford them, and I'll take the tax deduction." She took my card and left.
Whaddya know, a week or two went by and I got an email. She not only bought both reproductions, she bought another set as well [full price, mind you] and paid for the shipping. A nice sale, totally unexpected. I expect the work to sell at their events, my name and web site will be seen by more people and I have a new friend. I know every show is a crapshoot, and I know after 10 years of dipping my toe into this crazy business - that anything can happen.
BTW - I have a policy on my web site related to nonprofits... since I get a LOT of requests for donations.