Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Sebastian is perched right on the Intercoastal River about 24 miles south of Melbourne on Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
It has slowly developed over the years with lots of condo communities lining its roads, but it manages to keep its small village charm. Not easily done in Florida these days.
Most all the restaurants and tiki bars are aligned like a string of pearls along the River.
The Show is held on a riverfront Park with about 115 booths lined along the River and some are on an intersecting road that runs off the river.
It is a picturesque scene. Tall oaks filled with birds compete with slender palms for the sun.
In January, it can be very windy and chilly here. This year was the norm.
No rain, no real cold but we had to contend with 30mph gusts when trying to setup on Friday. It is a two day show with a music stage at the south end. And, the music is darn fine, lots of good bluesy vocals and instrumentals.
It was too windy for most of us on Friday to get fully setup. Many, did like me, got the basic shelter up, low as can be, and securely anchored to the ground.
I had my John Deere weights on the corners, then dog-staked each corner as well. It worked perfectly.
Most of us arrived early on Sat. Morn and setup in two hours or less.
I scored a great little AirBnB for about $70 per nite, complete with swimming pool.
I had a great cobia fish dinner Friday nite at the CrabShack along with a little tequila and a White Claw(a hard seltzer, mixes well with tequila, hell, anything mixes well with tequila).
Saturday was less windy and the crowds were out early, and they were buying.
Well dressed patrons from all over, geographically.
I sold to a woman who lives on Vancouver Island. Then sold to a young couple getting ready to open up an AirBnB in NYC. I decorated their bathroom.
My neighbor made sculptured fish out of winery cypress stumps. He about sold out.
My other neighbor did an array of mixed media pieces, all Florida themed. She sold very well.
People bought steadily all day. And, the crowds did not peter out after 2pm like what happens at most Florida shows these days.
This area is very conservative and traditional in their taste for art. Think fish, water and feathers.
I had a decent day and sold a large one($500) that helped make my day.
The winds had died down and we had a great sunset to finish the day.
Sunday was a perfect weather day.
But the crowds were slow coming and about half the size of Saturday.
It was a different crowd. They were nicely dressed and looked at the work..but, they would not buy.
I barely did $300 in sales, it was disappointing.
Looking around at my fellow exhibitors I saw very few sales being made.
We had an easy teardown, Most were out in an hour or less.
I will probably give this show a shot again. It has potential.