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Two things:

1. Beautiful show, great work, great presentation, great food, great looking crowd,

in a sophisticated area (DC). Perfect. Show committee did a wonderful job here. Everything was great.

2. Sales. Not. 

The customers that I had all told me the same thing---they WALKED from their condo to the show!

This show was too good to not be visited by people from the greater DC area- where were they?

 For a $500 booth fee, $50 jury fee, hotel costs, etc, for a beautiful show in a densely populated area- where was everyone?  Other shows draw customers from a distance, easily. I am used to seeing customers at shows who drove 1-2-hours to get there.

Exhibiting artists were from several states. The work was tops. For all of the energy that went into presenting this show, what happened to getting the attendance?


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Comment by Bill McLauchlan on May 19, 2015 at 12:40pm

Judy - did you pay extra for a "premium" booth location?  If not, did you hear reports of better sales from those who did?  Thanks.

Comment by Judy Christian on May 19, 2015 at 1:12pm

No, I did not. This was the first time that I applied to the show. But thank you for telling me that!

Comment by Bill McLauchlan on May 19, 2015 at 2:24pm

I'm not sure if it would have made any difference based on your report but who knows!

Comment by Melanie Rolfes on May 19, 2015 at 8:46pm
Thanks for posting. Just got home from this show late last night. Sorry it didn't work out for you. I will try to post more tomorrow. Booth location does seem to make a difference at this show.
Comment by Judy Christian on May 19, 2015 at 9:14pm

Thank you, Melanie. I was in an area near the art center, not at the end, and there were plenty of other booths all around me.  Not on the main street, but there were lots of areas not on the main street. I did not see what I considered much traffic or buying. I saw some packages, but not many. We also saw a lot of beautiful dogs being walked at the show.

Comment by Melanie Rolfes on May 19, 2015 at 9:30pm
I was at 708 also near art center on the new street added near the vine sculpture. Sounds like we were close to eachother.
Comment by Judy Christian on May 20, 2015 at 8:28am

Yes, I was on Explorer, 811. I could see all around the square park area, and I just did not see a lot of activity. Yes, there were people, but not what I call busy.

The reason that I posted this, is because I knew that Reston is a quality show, but I have never been able to get/find any info on how artists have done with the sales.


Comment by Sandra J. Atkins-Moran on May 20, 2015 at 10:56am

I've never liked the idea that one had to pay more for a "premium" booth.  What does that make the rest of the booths?  If the show has a number of lousy booths, why do they put anyone in them?  Does that mean that the artists who are financially stretched to the limit and can't pay more deserve to sell less at the show? It's just one more way for shows to gouge the artists, along with the ridiculously high jury fees ($50--really?)  and climbing booth fees.

Comment by Anne Wooster on May 20, 2015 at 2:39pm
I was on Explorer 506. I did just OK. Two other people on my block did well, the rest appeared to have a poor show. I actually did better last year at the top of the show on a side street. The people seamed very price conscious. I was not expecting that. I thought the buying energy was down this year. I have no idea why. We did have a threat of thunder storms. I did not see as many fancy shoes this year. I thought the launch party was great and the programs were wonderful. Everything was very well organized.
Comment by Ginny Herzog on May 20, 2015 at 3:05pm

This was my 15th year exhibiting at this show. I agree that traffic was down this year and with good weather (only lost the last hour on Sat. - due to a thunderstorm), I expected more traffic. I'm not sure why we didn't have more. The Metro now goes to Reston so, perhaps they need to publcize heavily that aspect throughout the DC area. They did include this info on the show's website, as well as in the publicity throughout the metro area. Perhaps the public did not pick up on it.

Public Transportation

Metrorail: NEW! Silver Line service: From the Wiehle-Reston Metro station, ride the free shuttle bus provided by Reston Limousine, direct to Reston Town Center during the festival. 
Fairfax Connector: 703.339.7200
LINKS/Reston RIBS bus: 703.435.5465
This year the artists did not open their booths on Friday night as in the previous couple of years. Instead, we were invited as guests to attend the Launch Party. 
They no longer solicit the artists for donations to their C-Note fundraiser. There is still room for improvement - drop the extra $100 fee to specify which block you are requesting for your booth. Instead, booth requests should be in order of booth payment. 
Although I had good sales, my number of buyers was down. I think they made several improvements this year and are soliciting suggestions for improvement, so please offer up your thoughts to them - not just on the closed forums.


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