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So I had good sales at the Crosby Festival of the Arts (at the Toledo Botanical Garden) this year. I jumped my 2013 total by over two hundred dollars. But I overheard a lot of artists were down this year. The weather was mostly dry this weekend with a one minute passing shower on Sunday. But boy was it hot! Sweated the show out both Saturday and Sunday. Just standing in your booth, it was very warm and a constant sweat poured off my head and body in general.

Ah, art fairs in the Summertime. And a few visitors in my booth did sing "Everything is Awesome". Well, I did not earn a ribbon this year. But sales were much needed income for my two big July shows... Plymouth's Art in the Park and the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. Plus, I am still baffled why I did not get into Ludington's West Shore Art Fair this year. You would think with my two big July shows, Ludington would be a piece of cake.

But the focus of Crosby was the sales. I like Crosby. They feed you with an Artist's dinner on Friday and have breakfast for you on Saturday and Sunday. Snacks are out during the fair in the artist's lounge. And a family member is a volunteer there. I also like when they schedule your breaks for the day. They roam around the fair with a clipboard and ask you when you want to take a break. Being a one man show, this is great. The only fair that I know if that does this.

Some sort of GoPro drone helicopter thingy...

The cramped red section. Good thing I was not there...

My yellow section..

My blog post today... taken at the Toledo Botanical Garden

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Comment by Christina L. Towell on June 30, 2014 at 9:29am

Thanks, Scott...glad you did well, love the photos!  Good luck with the upcoming shows too.

Comment by Dave Grabarczyk on June 30, 2014 at 12:26pm

I was also at Crosby in the next aisle over from Scott. My sales were slightly off from my previous 3-4 years despite having a larger selection of newer pieces.  The two artists on either side of me also said that sales were much lower than they expected because of their past experience with the show...but we all know that there will be good days and that there will be slower days for no rhyme or reason.  Yes the humidity was a killer and many of the customers looked drained as they walked past your booth.  I do like doing this show also as I get to meet new artists each time.

Comment by Robert Wallis on June 30, 2014 at 2:11pm
I forgot to look you up; I was over at Yellow 78. Strange sales; no flip bin sales whatsoever, but did sell several 20x30 canvases, although no framed pieces. I was sweating like a cheap crook in the back room of the police station in a 1930's detective novel. On Saturday I drank over a gallon of fluids and hit the port-a-pots once.
Comment by Scott Pakulski on June 30, 2014 at 2:19pm
Ha ha Robert! That image you created for the cheap crook is fabulous!
Comment by Scott Pakulski on June 30, 2014 at 2:20pm
By the way, I was yellow 41
Comment by Robert Wallis on June 30, 2014 at 2:37pm
There was a memorable moment when a group of six friends decided to congregate in front of my booth under the awning on Sunday. These folks are hanging out for about 20 minutes discussing someone's orthopedic surgery. Jan Bowden, a metal
sculpted was next to me. I asked her about how long she put up with hangers-on before she asked them to leave. She said she had the solution, and went to he front of her booth and began to ring some bells she constructs out of old industrial gas cylinders. These things sound like Tibetan bells. Sure enough, on the first gong, they start to move about a step but stop. Another gong, and another step. Another gong, and they finally left :-) Damn, it was like magic, LOL! We had a good laugh after they moved on.
Comment by Connie Mettler on June 30, 2014 at 3:20pm

Are there any LEGO that are little white tents? or artistic looking people?

Comment by Scott Pakulski on June 30, 2014 at 3:25pm
Yes! Here... http://integrityshows.wix.com/ferndale. But I also have a minifig that looks like an artist...
Comment by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on June 30, 2014 at 5:02pm
Aargh, a funky ferndale Lego photo!
Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on June 30, 2014 at 9:23pm

Robert you always seem to crack me up with your vivid descriptions.  I had a good laugh over your cheap crook comment.

Jan could make some good sales selling her bells to artists.  That sounds like they do the trick to get people who park move along.

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