Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I was really excited to get into this show. I had high hopes. I even bought a double booth space and put up the 15' for the first time.
First of all the show is a joy to do from almost every aspect. Unfortunately that missing aspect was sales. Setup is easy and leisurely. Staff support is wonderful. When I first go to my space there was supposed to be someone next to me but a bush in the area made it impossible for both of us to set up in the space and the staff immediately found a different space for the other booth with no argument or hassle. The staff person assigned to my area even hunted down a place where I could buy a shofly pie for me. A lovely breakfast was supplied Sat. and Sun. and there was a dinner but I didn't get to it. With a few exceptions the art work was exceptional. I felt honored to be among them. We were allowed to drive in and park behind or in front of the booth for breakdown which also went very smoothly.
But sales were awful. I zeroed on both Friday and Sunday with some minimal sales on Saturday. The weather was not great, hot and humid, but not the worst I have seen this season. Others around me had similar results. The only person near me that I saw making sales was a local painter. I saw very few packages. Usually I can at least engage people even if the sales are slim but even that was difficult. The only people who really talked with me were photographers who either wanted to give me advice or pick my brain for my techniques. I gave out a lot of cards and my website traffic spiked on Monday but so far none of the promised orders. It ended up being my only losing show so far this season.
If I were local and didn't have to get one of the expensive hotels in the area I might go back but I'm not local and I'll have to give this one a pass in the future.