hi and thank you for your message.we are having a very difficult time finding shows that don't have the walmart crowd and people who want to copy us.noneof the fall shows in the Chicago area are any good if you have a quality product especially in the fall season.
my husband has been designing and handcrafting jewelry for over 40 years and now we are trying to get into shows where we have to compete against people who lie about making their product and are cheaper than us.many of the fine art shows have the same people in the shows and we can't seem to get into them.we won't participate in Howard Allen shows.
I am selling my hand knitted hats and scarfs and I need to find upper middle class women who come to the shows.
We were told that the Gilmore and sugarloaf shows were good.what other shows out east should we apply to.as you can tell we are very frustrated.
I finally had to put a no photo sign in my booth when I caught a woman just before she was about to take a picture of my booth.
are there any decent shows out west for the winter-arizona,Californiaetc..there are too many older women coming to the shows in Florida who treat the shows like free entertainment.the crowd from 55+ only want to copy what everyone is making?they take a few courses and think they are experts!ask questions about how you make your product etc..
I know we are 't the only ones facing these problems but we can't seem to come up with decent shows to apply for.
I don't mind being juried into shows if there actual openings but I dislike paying when the promoter already has your category already filled.zapp seems to be a waste of time.the same people get into shows and everyone else is ignored.thanks for your help and input.nancy jones
At 10:31am on September 10, 2014, Shari Both said…
Hi Christina! I'm actually not a new member, I just have a new email address. I do o.k. on Etsy; 1-2 sales per month. Which is a lot better than when I had my own web site. It's also a lot less expensive than running my own site.
Thank you for you welcome Christina...If all goes well I can share a few photo of my set up and report how it's going...my outdoor studio exhibit have been a big success, with sending out postcards and working with social media and local newspapers I get a pretty good crowd.
Thanks for the welcome. To answer your question about other venues, I have done a few competitions, I have gotten first place every time for my sculptures. My problem is that my sculptures are delicate and can't be moved and mistreated, some of the competitions I have been to people want to put their hands all over my work and feel it, even knock on it like its wood. I spend sometimes 200 hours on a piece, my work is breakable. I am trying to find a solution. Thanks for going to my website and your comments