Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I know I’m late with this, but better late than never I suppose…
See also my review from 2013.
First up, the Edmonds, WA show, Father’s Day weekend, June 13-15. Setup on Thursday at assigned times. The show runs Friday and Saturday 10-8 and Sunday 10-6. Booth fee is $150 in line plus 15%. This was my 2nd year doing this show.
This show is set up in a park near the waterfront in the town of Edmonds, WA, just north of Seattle. I drove up from Portland on Thursday morning. I was a little late getting to the site, but unlike last year I didn’t have long to wait to drive onto the field to set up. Most of the others around me were already set up so getting my car in wasn’t a problem. Again, the booths were pole to pole and back to back with NO wiggle room. It makes setup very difficult. Putting up my sides was a challenge. At least this year, since there weren’t many other artists still setting up around me, I was able to set up out of my car and didn’t have to work around stuff piled in the center of my booth. The weather was sunny and warm. I didn’t see much sun the rest of the weekend.
The weather, pretty much the whole weekend was either raining, or threatening rain and chilly. My Friday sales were almost non-existent. Saturday and Sunday were also down from last year, but not as much. I had some repeat customers. Traffic was down substantially from last year. I ended up down about 35% this year, coupled with the fact that I had to pay more for lodging left me with little profit. I heard some other artists saying about the same.
Load out was a mess. It was pouring rain. It was almost 10pm before I finally got out of there with the help of my booth neighbors. I was very glad I decided to spend the night in Edmonds instead of driving home. I may try this show again to see if last year was unusually good or this year was unusually bad. I like the location, the people and there aren’t many early shows in this neck of the woods. It's a show I really want to work for me.
I should mention that the organization of this show is excellent. Communication is good, there is a frequent shuttle from the artist parking and they provide snacks and coffee daily and an artist dinner on Sat night. They also have wandering booth sitters that come by to see if you need a break. All the volunteers seem to enjoy what they are doing.