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

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At 5:47pm on September 10, 2014, Nancy jones said…
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 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…

Thanks Christina! I appreciate the warm welcome!

At 9:33pm on September 8, 2014, Vineeta Stottlemyer said…

Thanks for the warm welcome, Christina. I am excited that I found this wonderful place!

At 7:50pm on September 8, 2014, Kim Evans 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.

At 9:14am on September 8, 2014, Joel Lockridge said…

Thanks for the welcome!  Looking forward to networking and learning from others!

At 12:15pm on September 5, 2014, Robin Powell said…

Hi Christina!  If you look on my webpage it has a photo of my dog, Miss Molly Barkypants.  She used to have allergies and would snort like a pig- hence the PigDog company name.

At 7:10pm on September 4, 2014, Laura Lein-Svencner said…

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 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.  

At 5:38pm on September 4, 2014, Alanna St Laurent said…
Poesy is in Royal Oak on Rochester Rd just south of 12 Mile.

And yes I will be at the Urban Craft Fair this year! My first, looking forward to it! Thanks for mentioning it.
At 2:59pm on September 4, 2014, Janell Mithani said…

Thanks for the nice welcome, Christina.  Looking forward to learning and participating in lots of art fairs. 

At 12:25pm on September 4, 2014, Shannon Rose said…

Ah, not many folks know where Vassar is, so we usually say 12 miles from Frankenmuth! Not that that's a big city, but at least it's on the "map" versus Vassar.  Tri-City area

At 12:01pm on September 4, 2014, Alanna St Laurent said…
Hi Christina,

Thanks for the welcome from a fellow Ferndale-ite :). I sell my work both at Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley and Poesy. I am happy with both and encourage you to check them out!
At 11:50am on September 4, 2014, Marcie Zimmerman said…

Thanks for the welcome! Looking forward to learning and being a part of this awesome community of talent.

At 8:05am on September 4, 2014, Greg Stange said…

Hi Christina

Thanks for the compliments.  I liked your hats and bags as well.


At 11:45am on September 3, 2014, Shannon Rose said…

P.S.  I didn't realize you were a fellow Michigander!  Always nice to meet others from our area and get to know their work. 

Shannon with Cangles, Vassar, MI

At 11:41am on September 3, 2014, Shannon Rose said…

Thanks for the welcome and the kind words, Christina.  I've already learned a lot by reading some of the discussions!


At 12:24pm on August 27, 2014, Mike W. Dwyer said…

Thanks Christina, I am looking forward to talking with other artists as well.  My best to you.


Mike Dwyer

At 11:34am on August 26, 2014, kara unland said…

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

At 1:26pm on August 22, 2014, Amber Bennett said…

Thanks for the Welcome! Since your in MI too maybe I'll see ya around at some of the fairs/festivals!

At 12:39pm on August 20, 2014, Craig Arnold said…

Thank you, Christina. I'm new to the art fairs and look forward to learning how to increase my sales.


At 12:20pm on August 20, 2014, Ken Smith said…

Many thanks Christina.  I look forward to learning and sharing with my fellow artists!

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