Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
I participated in my first mountain festival Aug 11, 2018.
I feel it was a success, sold quite a few pieces (mostly stickers and economical prints, a few giclee’s).
In setting up my booth I decided to professionally frame my 16x20’s and original sized artwork to grab the customers attention. It worked, but a lot of people did not want to purchase those they wanted the smaller size and I found myself constantly showing what that size looked like. I am curious to learn how other artists handle this. Do you display various sizes of your prints?
Another potentially critical issue was condensation on the inside of my framed art on the wall that had sun. This could have been disastrous and ruined my prints. I quickly pulled the frames off the wall and wiped the inside off. I was able to display them shortly after now that the glass was accilimated to the temp. Whew!
Make sure the air can flow through your tent. At one point my tent wanted to take flight. I thought with the heavy walls hanging from the railing would help (and it did) until the wind turned head on into my tent. Shortly after I added a bucket of water to the front of my tent on ea. side which took care of the wind issue.
I use Shopify for my website and POS. The only issue I had is I needed WiFi for the swipe reader to work, which was not available. I was able to manually type the card in but I felt like I spent a lot of time looking at my phone vs the customer. Does anyone have a suggestion to improve this issue for my next event?
Your constructive feedback and comments are requested and welcomed :)