Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I have done this show more than 25 times since the early 90’s.
But, it is time to say aloha. It no longer works for me, and also does not work for many others.
The attendees pay a $13 entrance fee and then walk down the middle of the road without looking or going into many booths. Go figure.
I guess they are easily entertained in Jupiter.
In it’s day this was a major show with sales easily in The &5K-$7k range.
Sadly those days are long gone.
I have reviewed this show many times so you can check my previous blogs for basic info about this threeday show.
Basically, the main flaw for this $500 booth fee show is that there are way too many exhibitors for too few of buyers.
That is it in a nutshell.
Artists who sell big ticket items can make out ok at this show. Three or four sales and they have a great show.
Guys like me with lower price points (mine are $30-$500) need 30-50 customers to have a good show.
Sadly they are not there for me.
There are always exceptions to this.
My good friend John Leben, a talented digital artist, kills there, and he has modest price points.
He is a very lucky man.
Frankly, paying a high booth fee, having to spend big bucks for lodging, plus pricey restaurants does not work when I only yield way less than $2k in sales.
This Show has been sliding for years
It is time to cut it loose.
I realize there are probably five people waiting to take my space.
God bless them, but we will see how long they last before cutting it loose.
Trouble is the show does not care. Bigger is better, no way they will reduce the number of artists.
Sorry to end on a negative note, but I am just telling it like it is.
Feel free to weigh in with relative comments, pro and con.
On a final positive note, if you go and then are looking for a great place to eat seafood at reasonable prices, do not overlook Old Florida Tavern restaurant on the Main Street in downtown Jupiter.
Double shots of Tito’s for $7, woo-hoo!