Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Sorry, I am way behind on my blogs— busy show schedule.
So I will blog about my most recent, last weekend in my home town.
This is more a craft show than an art show.
People walking their dogs vastly outnumbered any buyers.
I have yet, in 45 years, ever sell a piece of my art to a dog walking fair- goer.
Maybe it is just me.
The dog senses my intent and secretly alerts his master. “This guy is trying to get you to part with hardwon cash. Save it for my dog biscuits.”
Dog always wins.
I wish they were walking their cats. I get along great with the felines.
Nels will you fricking tell us about the fiesta. Were the piñatas easy to penetrate?
No, I could not find any piñatas or margaritas.
If you have decorated toilet seats, carved tiki totems, colored food carrier bags or the usual art on the stick, you can make a lot of money here.
They just do not want to spend even $75 for art.
But, they will buy three carved totems at $250 each.
Last year, my first time here, I did almost $2K, in my own back yard.
This year I did not even break a thousand.
This Show is about one month after Images. It is a lovely craft show. About 220 booths with a $225 booth fee.
It used to be an easy setup the day before. They closed the streets off at noon and you could amble in.
This year they changed. No setup til after 6pm.
Trouble was we had 20 mph plus winds. Almost nobody setup.
Saturday morn it was tedious to get a van near the booth.
Saturday was a chilly, windy day. The walls were shaking. It was not fun and almost nobody was buying anything of significance. Lots of art on the stick going by,
I did $300 worth of biz. My neighbor with the tiki totems sold at least eight of them.
All I could sell was $30 photos. Not my crowd.
I went home whipped that nite. Drank way too many Manhattens. They were yummy at the time. But their was hell to pay the next day.
Sunday we had beautiful weather and moderate crowds, dogs still outnumbered buyers.
I saw maybe eight 2-D pieces go by the whole day.
They Just were buying cheap here.
I got out in an hour. I had Position A with my van. Some day, after I retire, I will tell you how to get successful PA. I have been perfecting it for 45 years.
Off to Gasparilla this weekend in my old hometown. Sure could use a great art show.
So far this season, they have been very elusive.