Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Here are a few thoughts on the show, while they are fresh in my mind:
Manayunk, June 22, 23, 2013.
Large street show, variety of work, good quality and some ok work.
Nice area, nice atmosphere.
Interspersed in between booths- commercial booths- 5 Hour Energy, Geiceo, etc.
Also gave out tons of free yogurt near me- tons, so people were carrying entire BOXES of cold yougurt, hands full, and I would say no longer shopping as they just received some free food that had to go home and be refrigerated.
Load in is not easy,tight, but everyone seemed to be ok with it. A trailer , which is what I have, no use trying to get anywhere, we had to walk far and dolly but it went ok.
Crowd- plenty of people, people who looked like they could and would perhaps purchase a few items. Lots of younger people, ages 25-40 I'd say was the majority of the crowd.
Hours- My setup arrival time was 5:30 am, others were 5 am, and 6 am.
I left my booth up overnight, it was safe.
Sales- here's the problem, at least for me and my area of artists. Those that I spoke to were not happy and said they could not afford to do it again.
One artist in my area was very happy with sales, 2D.
I saw people in booths, primarily the jewelry.
My sales were not good. I won hon mention, which they called 2nd place in my category, glass and clay, I also had one of my pots featured on their webpage AND in the arts fest tv commercial, so I was well received.
So I have been analyzing this.
I usually check last year's exhibitor list before I apply to a new show, and I did for this one, and that is where I took my chance. I did not recognize any names, and there were not many potters, which is normally a bad sign for me.
So, lots of people, looked like a younger, educated, middle class crowd, not much buying, at least not in my area. ????????
I should have been able to do better than I did, so that disturbs me.
I KNOW for a fact that people still buy lots of pottery, and normally like my work, and it is affordable.