Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
Well, just finished up our first fall show in Florida. For us this event was a first time as participants. It is only about 120 miles one way so the drive is relatively easy for us. We had called in advance about parking for our RV and were told they had availability on a first come first served basis. So we headed out hoping to arrive about 2 hours prior to the official setup time thinking we would get all nice and parked with our rig. We arrived to find the artist lot completely full as they also use it to park the public all day long. We were lucky enough to find an area along a curb inside the lot were we could stash the RV. So much for our plan. Anyway we located some nice folks with the show and let them know what we had done and it was all good with them as long as we were not blocking traffic etc. The staff was very friendly and helpful, we found our spot and setup was easy with us lucking out and finding a parking space on the main street right at the curb near our booth. Let me mention that the Amtrak railroad station is behind the park were the show takes place and they are doing construction all along the tracks on one side of the park so load in and out are only from the opposite side right now. This jammed things up a bit but everyone seemed to be cooperating with each other to get it done. Weather for the show was bright and sunny, not too warm for Florida. Crowds were steady both days and the interest level of the patrons was pretty high. We gave out a ton of business cards over the 2 days. Most patrons seemed knowledgeable and art savy. Our sales were in the fair to good category. One more good sale would have pushed it well into the good range and we were close more than a few times. We even were selected for judging with a brand new piece which was a thrill as it does not seem to happen very often. The artist awards and diner were nice and the staff, volunteers and support personel like the local Police dept were all friendly and helpful. A refreshing thing to find out there on the road. For load out they even changed it up a bit by closing the street to traffic on the one side and getting us all in to load with angled parking which went fast and easy. Cudos to the organization. A pleasure to do this one and start the fall show season.