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Three CT Shows in 3 years - Short Report

Please feel free to comment or make any opinions, thank you.

Dates, may not be exact, just posting from memory.

Three small shows along the CT coast, all in small scenic pleasant towns. Easy to do. 

1. 2015 -Guildford CT, Craft Expo, mid July. Set up easy Fri morning for me. Grassy center of town green area. Show Hours were easy- Fri from 3-8 pm or something like that. Sat and Sun, no long hours. Tear down easy.

Fee for customers. Quality was good, booth fee around $680 or so. Show was not crowded, but steady.

I was happy with sales. I don't know about anyone else, although most of my neighbors said they have been doing this show for some years, so I assume they are satisfied. 

Do not recall painting as this was considered a craft show. My hotel was about $100 or so a night, close.

No logistic problems with parking, eating, etc.  Customers appeared to be interested in the show and the artwork. Very nice weekend. Would return but there is a schedule conflict for me with the State College Show, which is in my town.

2.2016- Mystic Seaport Art Show, mid August.  Great bustling little scenic town. Very hot this weekend, people were being told to stay indoors if possible. Set up on street. Saturday morning we were there at 5:30 am. to set up.

Hot at 5:30. Set up easy except the heat. Sales, poor, although for the few customers that were in my booth, I did enough to pay all of my expenses, so I believe the customers are out there. 

I was on a street that was a new area for the art show, and that could have hurt, too.

Hours, easy Sat and Sunday. Tear down easy. 

I believe this show could work if the weather was better, however, I do not have plans to return because I don't think I could live through another hot show on pavement, if it came to that!

3. 2017- Old Saybrook, CT, last weekend in July.  Same as the other shows- easy set up, hours, etc, 

on a green in the center of town. Perfectly happy with this show, made enough money to justify doing it, some nice work in booths and some that you just wonder about....

Crowds seemed to be about the same for all three shows in that I found a number of people who were interested and happy with my work and purchased.  

I live about 5-5 1/2 hours from these locations. These shows were easy to do and pleasant, which justified doing shows were sales were decent, but not phenomenal. 

So, my question if anyone can help- I see a good fit with my work and this area of the country. Are there larger shows nearby with larger crowds?  Another artist told me that the Paradise city shows were about the same for her as these, but that is only one person's opinion, thank you.

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