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I won the perfect prize, from the perfect sponsor!

I entered the Art Fair Pledge Drive a little late, never thinking I would win anything. Somehow my mind always works in the "early bird gets the worm" channel. But I donated and entered anyway, and when to my surprise my name was selected quite far down the list I figured I didn't have much of a chance for the prize I really wanted since I was number 20 on the list. But I had nothing to lose, either, so I listed the mesh panels from Flourish as the number one choice out of 4 possibilities.

Five years ago I splurged on a 10' x 10' Trimline canopy from Flourish, and because I'm a big fan of outdoor canopy stability I also splurged on the StaBar set to keep things from shifting around unnecessarily (had a bad experience with a flimsier canopy which shall remain nameless). The only downside was that I had no money left over for the finishing touch--the mesh panels that would make the display of my paintings neat as a pin. 

So-o-o-o...imagine my surprise when I saw that I had actually won those very panels! I wasn't sure at first that I had won--it seemed such a remote possibility--and I thought maybe it was just a list of everybody's first choices. After a reassuring email back from Connie I permitted myself to rejoice!

Flourish makes such a great product that I knew even five years later that the panels would still be the perfect ones for my canopy. I got contact information for them today, emailed them, and they have already scheduled shipping and I shall have my treasure soon. Their customer service is just as outstanding as their products and I will be forever grateful that they decided to support the pledge drive in such a generous way!

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Comment by Layl McDill on May 25, 2017 at 9:39pm
Congratulations Ali! I'm so happy you won exactly what you wanted. I too was super lucky to get my first choice of a gift certificate from Pro Panels. I am a huge fan and you would think I have enough propanels and display materials but NO there is always more to add! I think I am going to get a shelf tree- I just now discovered it on their website and it looks like just what I need for my teapots. Super exciting! Thanks to Connie for setting up these great prizes and ALL her hard work year around!!
Comment by Richard L. Sherer on May 26, 2017 at 12:24am

I am happy I won the $100 Amazon gift card. I usually select jewelry for my wife, but I intend to give her the gift card. Otherwise, I would just get more tools with it. 

Comment by Susan Hohman on May 26, 2017 at 8:34am

I had my eye on the copper earrings from the first time I saw the post go up!  Was so disappointed when I didn't see my name pop up.. but yay for second chances!  I got myself up early to get that email in and scored Mendy Marks amazing earrings that she so generously donated!  It's so awesome that so many people donate their beautiful things to this pledge drive.  This whole organization is top notch in every way.  The information is invaluable but it's nice to feel the community as well.

Comment by Wallace Fuller on May 26, 2017 at 9:01am

I entered the Pledge Drive not expecting to win anything, but to support Connie and the work she does with Art Fair Insiders which I read almost every day. I was very surprised when I found that we were number 6 in the prize list. 

Lu and I have been considering the Canopy Weights for some time, but kept putting of the purchase of the weights. I made it my first choice and that was what we won. 

I contacted Canopy Weights and they shipped them out the next day. We are very pleased with the weights and their prompt service.

We will continue to support Connie and Art Fair Insiders.

Comment by Alyx Morgan on May 26, 2017 at 10:57am

AFI is always such a great resource for info & tips, so I'm happy to pledge each year.  And YAY!  I won something this year, too!  I get to have a one-hour consultation with the lady herself, Connie!  I can't wait to work with her to see what insights she has into how to make our art fair business more successful.

Comment by Al Scovern on May 26, 2017 at 9:13pm
I think I've won a prize in every Pledge Drive I've entered and it occurred to me that this is exactly the opposite of my acceptance rate into the Plaza Art Fair. Coincidence? Hmm. Anyhow, many thanks to Connie for a great site and to Propanel, for their generous donation of three $200.00 gift certificates, one of which I won. I will put it to very good use.
Comment by Michael Thomas on May 28, 2017 at 11:26am

I am excited to have won the "E's of Selling Art" workbook and flash cards. This will be so helpful as I begin my venture into selling my photography at art fairs in the near future. I can't wait to get into these resources! Thanks for the prize!

Comment by Karen Couture on May 30, 2017 at 11:16am

I love the emails.  I love to receive the emails to plan which fair to attend on the summer weekends.  It only seemed natural for me to donate as part of the Pledge drive.  I was so excited to win the beautiful Nat Clymer Giclee print.  Thanks for doing such a great job of keeping us all informed!

Comment by Susan Hohman on May 30, 2017 at 12:47pm

Wallace Fuller.. you'll love those weights.. we got them for the first time last season and are so pleased with them.  One of my best purchases so far!  Great choice.

Comment by Larry Sohn on June 6, 2017 at 8:59am

I would have donated regardless of any prizes being offered. This site is so helpful. Not only Connie but the many artists sharing their knowledge, experience and insights. 

Not all agree but varying perspectives are great.

I was fortunate to be able to gain a prize. I've never tried Red River papers. This will give me an opportunity to try something new. 

Thank you Red river for your contribution.

As always THANK YOU CONNIE, for the services you provide us through AFI.


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