Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I am going to add new info for Labor Day right here so you don't have to go thru the whole dang thing. Monday was the nicest day, though very chilly. Think heavy wool sweaters with chilling breezes. People were out early, sales were being made. I had the most fun with people on Monday, did not make as much as Sunday, but I made a profit. When interviewing my fellow artists about Sunday sales, a number had done $4-5K on that day,a small number of artists. Most others if they did $1K they were lucky. Many unhappy campers who will not be coming back. We head home for Saugatuck today. Give me a day to unwind and I WILL REPORT A NEW BLOG WITH THOUGHTFUL OBSERVATIONS, MEANINGFUL EDITORIAL ADVICE AND GIVE THE PLUSES AND MINUSES TO THIS SHOW. Too bad Webbie could not make it here, he could have said a big load of things. Later Gators.
Below here is where I started my Friday report.
I have added new info since Fri. morn,Well, we are here.
Weather forcast absolutely sucks.
Today, heat at 95 degrees with 30% percent chance of rain.
Tomorrow, 90 degrees with 40%.
Sunday, mid-eighties with 30%.
Monday, sunny--high of 66 degrees.
We will do our best, but frankly, this is going to hurt attendance.
Pray for us. Nels and Ellen.
Returned to hotel Fri. nite, exhausted from 96 degree heat most of day. Guess what? Looking forward to a cool shower and a cool room. AC was busted, in the Westin, they moved us to a new room. That just about summed up the day.
Show is well organized. But, we are just one small part of this whole affair. It has the feel of a giant eight-block country fair with loud music booths and food boooths everywhere. Oh yeah, then there is some art, us.
We were mostly ignored. Most people did not do even $300 for the day. I made $236, Ellen made zero.
New info about Saturday
Just a few quick notes before leaving for show on Sunday.
Read the comments below especially on second page--they tell ya about the bad weather, again, that hit nthe show.
There was no warning about high winds when we decided to buckle up for the night at 7:30. But, it sounds like shades of Columbus all over again. One tell,Richard the Wooden Spoon Maker told us thet had done a manutory evacuation of the Ann Arbor Stadium earlier around 7 PM.
When Richard isn't wrapping a spoon every five minutes that tells you a lot about sales.
All I know is that in our section on 7th which is like the beginning of the show, sales were pretty abysmal for most of us. The Angel guy was killing them with lowend prints. Aaron from Georgia with great African folk art paintings made several big sales during the day. Ellen sold one small one for $295--that is her only sale for the whole show. Me, I didn't even do $1400 for the day. These people were wandering in La-La land. Very few interested buyers.
Weather is a factor, went to a high of 95 degrees which kills most sales. Economy in Royal Oak is not good.
On the other hand, out on the main drag, Washington Street, there were bigger crowds and a lot more successes.
Then, there are the legion of lost souls area. 7th crosses WaSHINGTON. MOST PEOPLE TAKE A RIGHT TURN AND WALK THAT WAY, BUT IF THEY KEPT GOING STRAIGHT, THEY WOULD FIND ABOUT 20 MORE BOOTHS HIDDEN BEHIND A GIANT FUDGE TRUCK DISPLAY WHICH ALMOST TOTALLY HIDES THEM. MOST PEOPLE THEIR WERE UNHAPPY CAMPERS. I TALKED TO THREE OF THEM, AND THEY WON'T BE BACK UNLESS A MIRACLE HAPPENS.
I AM PRAYING FOR A GOOD MIRACLE FOR ALL OF US.
THANKS MUNKS, FOR ZIPPERING UP OUR BLOWN OPEN TARP--YOU ARE A PRINCE. HOPEFULLY YOU WILL SELL A FEW BIG ONES TODAY.
THANKS TO JIM PARKER, AS ALWAYS, A STALWART FORCE AMONG ARTISTS.
NEW INFO ABOUT SUNDAY.
Cooled down finally to low eigthy, crowds werew larger and sales were somewhat larger.
Trouble is, most people were still unhappy with sales for the day. Lots of them did less than a grand, some were lucky to do $1600, and then a lucky number did outstanding sales.
Most exhibitors who were there last year agreed that thus was not the buying crowd they saw last year.
They are a blue collar crowd and they dont seem to want to spend much money. They reminded me too much of being like the Ann Arbor crowd we saw.
Ellen tells me we gotta go now in order to get our parking spot.
Will continue tomorrow where I left off.
Parker, others, feel free to jump in.
Aloha, Nels and Ellen.