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Video: Chicago One of a Kind Show '13 & Buyer Interview

Video from a trip to the One of a Kind Show in Chicago, December 2013. Only 3 and a half minutes, but you'll get a feeling of the activity on the floor of the show and hear an interview with Ed Seidman, a 30 year shopper at the nation's art fairs. Why does he buy? Find out here.

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Comment by Christina L. Towell on February 2, 2014 at 10:05am

This was pretty cool, Connie...did you know this guy or how did you line him up to be interviewed?  He's the one you want stepping into your booth, I guess...a buyer!

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 2, 2014 at 10:35am

Ed and I have been email friends for years and we share our info with each other. I did a podcast with him and Geri Wegner a few years ago, Who is Buying at the Art Fairs and Why. It is full of helpful info for artists looking for customers.

It was a pleasure to finally meet him and his wife Judie, and their friends who also get our emails. I stopped to say hello to jeweler Christine Bartling and the man speaking to her said, "hello Connie!" and it was Ed. 

Comment by Christine Cadorette on February 3, 2014 at 12:12pm
Great video for a great mom and I have been attending from Dallas for the last two years and I'm thinking about screwing up my courage and applying. This show is so much fun and you see so many extraordinary things there. And I definitely see people buying. Does anyone out there know what the deal is with the application? They list two dates on Zapp...the first for the main jury and the second for the final jury. I haven't seen that before (total first real show will be Main St Fort Worth this year). Is it like early admission where you can apply by the first date or the second (understanding there are fewer spots available by the second date) or is it more like a gauntlet where you have to be accepted by the main jury for consideration by the final jury? Thanks again for the was nice to relive some holiday shopping memories on this cold February day!
Comment by Aida Sarvan on February 4, 2014 at 11:18am

Hi Christine - My name is Aida Sarvan and I am a part of the One of a Kind Show staff. We are happy that you are considering becoming a part of the show. Your first assumption was correct :) the first jury, if accepted, will give you the priority placement on the floor and may also give you a chance to apply in a category that may not be open by the second jury (depending on the number of applicants who get accepted in that certain category). Hopefully this will answer your question and encourage you to apply to the show. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask. If you are ready to apply, please click here. Thanks!

Comment by geri a. wegner on February 4, 2014 at 1:26pm

So that is Ed.  I have often wondered if I was standing near him at an art festival over all these years and this summer, if I am, I will know it!!  (if I remember what he looks like!!)

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 4, 2014 at 2:03pm

He and I had traded a few emails so I knew we would be there the same day, but it was very funny to stop to speak to Christine and there was Judie trying on jewelry and he turned to me -- surprise! Yes, let's all get together this summer. Maybe at Old Town, or at ACE.

Comment by Christine Cadorette on February 4, 2014 at 7:56pm
Aida, thanks so much for the clarification...that totally helps me out! I figured I'd take some booth shots in Fort Worth but that show falls after the first deadline. The flexibility of the second deadline will really make entering a possibility for me! One way or the other I'll be there again this a customer or artist, because we have too much fun at that show!
Comment by Connie Mettler on February 4, 2014 at 8:56pm

I really wanted to have a small visit with printmaker George Raab. He has large one of a kind beautiful etchings, nothing trendy, just very fine work and the several times I approached him he was too busy with serious conversations with buyers. This was good to see. You (I) expect the jewelry, wearables and "gift-able" exhibitors to be busy, but George seemed to be doing well also.

Comment by george raab on February 5, 2014 at 10:38am

Thanks for your kind words Connie. I did have a great show in Chicago.

One never knows..... especially in such a huge show.

The Art Fair Insiders provides an excellent forum.... thanks for that too.

Comment by Connie Mettler on February 6, 2014 at 9:50am

George, have you ever done this show before?


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