Art Fair Insiders

Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

February 27
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Located at the Kalamazoo Expo Center 
    (indoors, since it's February in Michigan!)
Presented by Road Wife Productions 
    (artists Bonnie Blandford & Michael Kifer)
130 Artists
Deadline: October 1
Application fee: $20
Booth fee: $145 and up for larger booths
This show gives art show artists the ability to sell their secondsoverstock,duds and things you're just tired of looking at for discounted prices to anenthusiastic crowd of buyers. Art that you've traded for over the years and supplies are also welcome. But no/buy sell is allowed. 

Last year when we opened the doors we had hundreds of people in line waiting. 4500 people came to the show in the 6.5 hours we are open. Some years the weather isn't great since it is Michigan in winter but we still get huge crowds of buyers. And it's just fun! We bring in pizza during Friday night set-up and there's always some Friday night exhibitor shopping going on as well.

We advertise in print media, on 4 television stations, sometimes a billboard, yard signs, banners and we're really big on using social media. We do contests to give away free tickets and hand out postcards for the show starting immediately after last years show. Plus we have a huge mailing list for both snail mail and e-mail that we send to. The bulk of our money goes into advertising.

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Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on September 21, 2015 at 9:27pm

I can't wait for this show!  The shoppers are so ready to buy when they walk in the door.  If you haven't ever done this show, you really aught to.

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