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Artist inside or outside their booth?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Maynard Oct 2. 17 Replies

Hello everyoneI’m James and I’m getting ready to do my first shows as a photographer. I’ve been enjoying reading through the posts on the site, finding all sorts of answers to questions and general…Continue

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Larry Maynard replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"I said place some article, whether a wall, a bin, or whatever,,,,or what really works for me is, "me". What I occasionally do (with minimal traffic, you can't do it with 20 people entering your tent at the same time) is stand at the…"
Oct 2
Mike Baker replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"I like that 1-5 approach! I've found customers typically spend a few seconds looking into your booth as they pass by. Therefore, I want to place the 'wow' image (photography) on the back wall that will entice them to either stop in…"
Oct 2
Mike Baker replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"I did my 1st outdoor show a couple of weeks ago...10x10 booth with an opening third on the back wall where I had a high chair placed behind my booth where I could see people entering my booth as well as seeing them view my work on an outside wall. I…"
Oct 2
Sonja Jones replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"Love this approach, Larry!  I don’t have a great display yet - just an EZ up with three simple mesh walls - but I try to position my level 5 “wow” pieces on the the back wall.  I don’t want to be sitting back there…"
Sep 30
Larry Maynard replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"I would never sit inside the tent. But I might strategically place a chair (or print bin, or wall, or some other piece) in order to direct and control the customer's traffic flow in my tent. I try to control the way my customers enter and leave…"
Sep 30
Larry Sohn replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"High chair = yes. Sitting inside, at the front of the booth, not great. It tends to make a perceived wall that customers have to cross. If you must sit within your booth display area, then sitting closer to the back is less formidable to the…"
Sep 29
Fletcher Dean replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"A high chair - so you're not looking up at your customers - works best. I often sit in my tent. I have a Trimline with a back door and - especially when it's hot - will sit more in the back door area than inside my tent. Sometimes even…"
Sep 28
Ellen Kantro replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"If there is a lot of room between you and the booth opposite you, you can position yourself outside the booth and facing it. I just did a show where many of the artists did this. It lets the browsers know you are there if they want to talk or have…"
Sep 28
Sonja Jones replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"James, I took some advice from a more veteran artist and got a tall director's chair that I set right at the front corner of my booth.  That way, I can be present to greet people and engage them, but I'm not blocking them from viewing…"
Sep 28
Larry Sohn replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"I have come to love the shows that allow the vehicle to be parked, immediately behind our booth. They are not numerous or the best shows but a great perk.  If we have space outside the booth I take my large, transport bins, on my cart, and…"
Sep 28
Greg Little replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"I never want to sit out in front of my booth or be in a location that blocks visitors. My booth has two 30 inch doors...one on each side of the back wall. Unless we are back-to-back with another tent this gives the ability to sit just outside of the…"
Sep 28
Larry Sohn replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"Of course accommodations would be made for an issue as you described. that is the exception. Even with your situation, I think you would rather not to be blocking your prospective customers. When we have a choice, we don't want to crowd the…"
Sep 27
Jay Brill replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"one important exception, if the artist has a mobility limitation, being inside of a 10x10 space just being in the booth makes that space 10 x 4 or 5.  given that my chair has a 5" turning circle,  the problem is obvious.  I have…"
Sep 26
Larry Sohn replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"Standing outside of booth is fine. Sitting not. Many shows will not allow a chair outside of your 10x10 space. Placement inside booth are must be so the customer don't have to walk past you to get it. This makes a barrier to be overcome.…"
Sep 25
Larry Berman replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"I used to have a 7 foot selling area and a 3 foot area for inventory and sitting and an open back door so I could move back when it got really warm. Larry Berman"
Sep 25
James Wales replied to James Wales's discussion Artist inside or outside their booth?
"Hi Larry Seen a lot of your helpful replays on other posts and thanks for taking the time to replay. I was toying with the idea of rather then pushing a back wall forward to create a pocket in the booth, that I would remove a 1/3 of a wall and set…"
Sep 25

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Years in the Art Fair Business
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First show ever
Downtown Festival and Art Show 2019 (Gainesville, Florida)
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Dyslexic writer of Science Fiction.

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At 9:09am on August 20, 2019, Christina L. Towell said…

Hi James,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're thrilled to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll take a look around the site and make yourself "at home".  Thanks so much and best of luck as you proceed.

At 6:15pm on August 28, 2019, Connie Mettler said…

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