Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
This is a one-day show sponsored by the Kalamazoo Art Center. It is held in and around Bronson Park and artists with booth locations on the interior can drive in on the sidewalks for set-up. This was my 5th. year in a row doing the show and it has become a real gem and a pleasure to do since they offered the Friday set-up.
This was the second time they suggested we be open on Friday evening. Last year we arrived in the late afternoon and were busy setting up while patrons were milling around the show. We didn't sell anything that evening, but had a very good Saturday. This year we came early and were ready for the 5 to 8 PM opening. We sold nearly $400 and didn't close-up until 8:30 PM.
Saturday morning the show picked up right where it left off. Many of the same patrons from the night before came by and made their final purchases. There is a parade that goes by the park and provides a distraction for an hour or so and the library had a book sale that is well attended. This year the Art Center had a "Garage Sale" in their galleries and that was fun too. There is also "craft" show set up a half-block away to take advantage of the large crowd.
The day became more and more overcast and rain was predicted for 7 PM. The show closed at 5 PM and within a half-hour the rain began as a drizzle. We all packed out wet but most of us were really pleased with our sales. Any one-day show that can deliver a $2000 + paycheck is a winner for me these days.