Art Fair Insiders

Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

Before the show:

•Eat a good breakfast.
•Pick up some flowers for your booth (your gallery).
•Keep your space clean – sweep and dust.
•Price everything clearly.
•Say good morning to your neighbors.

During the show:

•Smile all day.
•Never sit in or around your booth.
•Don’t use your Smartphone except for taking cc’s.
•Engage everyone who walks by. “How are you folks ?”
•Never “sell” your work, let people buy it.
•Talk less, listen more.
•Make sure your booth is not a cave, nobody goes into caves.
•Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
•Eat when you are hungry and drink a lot of water.

After the show:

•Be thankful you are an artist.
•Count your blessings.
•Pack up your booth with care – take your time, relax.
•If you sold well, congratulate yourself.
•If you did not sell well, chalk the show up to marketing.

I would love to know your thoughts and tips !

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Comment by Jennifer Beaudoin Moffitt on May 26, 2018 at 12:48pm

Great reminders!

I admit that I struggle with the "no sit" tip. Standing on my feet all day is exhausting. I know from being a customer that I generally don't like to 'bother' someone sitting down. I currently use a small, uncomfortable, stool so I can stand when people approach.

Comment by Denise Johnson on May 17, 2017 at 10:36am

Love your "After Show" tips Jeff.  It's hard not to be in a rush have to keep telling myself.."it's not a race." HA!

Comment by Barrie Lynn Bryant on May 17, 2017 at 10:32am

Read applications thoroughly before applying and subsequently all the communication from the show once accepted. Be informed and on top of things.

Arrive early and don't close until the posted closing time.

Comment by Mark Zirinsky on May 17, 2017 at 10:26am

Remember to have fun with it!. You are showing your work, most people never have that opportunity. If you are up for it, you can joke and clown around with people a little. "The inspiration for that design? I hacked it from V Putin". 

Comment by Julia Szabo on May 16, 2017 at 7:12pm

An additional thought: be nice to the Art Fair staff even when things don’t go that smoothly.  

Comment by Richard L. Sherer on May 16, 2017 at 2:05pm

I would add that being in good physical condition makes shows a lot easier. I am 73 and Jean is 70. We can do an 8 hour set up and not feel really tired at end of day. Year round we do yoga and weight/aerobic conditioning with personal trainer weekly, and we still hike in the mountains. Our shows are mini vacations in Colorado's resort areas.... my favorite tax write off.

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