Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
My last four shows have not been as profitable as I would like. I am new to the art show world, and I am trying just about every show that I think may be a possibility in my area. I live in Texas, and have decided to stay in my state for the first few years to get my feet wet, and figure out which shows work best for me. My fall shows are all new to me, and each have been within at least a four hour drive.
What is interesting for me, is that for my past four shows, if it were not for men surprising their wives for either a Birthday or Christmas, I would not have made profit. These have all been large paintings, and one commission, that have been purchased as a surprise gift. The wives perused the booth first, and then a few minutes later, here come the husbands ready to buy, and practically whispering just like the knock-off rolex dealer with a trenchcoat on a major city corner. I love to be a part of this, and I have decided that romance is not dead after all (slight nudge in my husband's direction, bless his unromantic heart...). It made my day, literally and figuratively.
It does make me wonder though, if this is a common occurance, or if people are waiting to make large purchases for special occasions instead of outright buying something that they like. Since I am still new to this business, I am wondering if this is common?