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Jane Shaffer
  • Mount Prospect, IL
  • United States
  • Jewelry
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Jane Shaffer replied to Jan Hubbard's discussion Do you think you should sign up for shows 2021?
"I have signed up for the shows that I was accepted to last year that have automatically accepted us for 2021.  They have waived the jury fee so there will be no financial commitment until the booth fee is due.  By that time, we may have…"
Nov 20, 2020
Jane Shaffer replied to GEORGE NEUBERGER's discussion Air conditioning a booth?
"I've noticed a lot of ads on Facebook for a small portable "air conditioner" that appears to really be a battery operated fan that you put water in to make it more of a air conditioner.  Has anyone tried this?"
Jul 10, 2020
Jane Shaffer commented on Nels johnson's blog post Part 2: Looking ahead to future shows and musing about problems to overcome
"Great ideas! Any suggestions for a jeweler?  I know I could put it all in a bag, but customers like to touch it and try it on before they buy it."
Jun 17, 2020
Jane Shaffer replied to Jude J Bischoff's discussion Are we elegible for unemployment benefits?
"In order to receive unemployment benefits someone has to have paid into unemployment in your name.  Normally, the employer pays into unemployment on each of its employee's behalf - by name and social security number.  I'm not…"
Mar 26, 2020
Jane Shaffer commented on Connie Mettler's blog post Des Moines Artist Sues for Copyright Infringement
"You are correct that once the work is created it is copyrighted.  But, I believe it has to be registered before you can file a lawsuit.  I'm not sure of the outcome, but I do think that there is a difference between a painting hanging…"
Aug 30, 2019
Jane Shaffer replied to Barbara Pitorak Bloom's discussion Buy sell vendors at juried art festivals
"I understand (but don't approve) of letting in the buy/sell at shows having trouble filling their spots.  But I don't understand why shows are letting in buy/sell when they are turning down truly handmade art and have waitlists."
Aug 14, 2019
Jane Shaffer commented on Harry Mackie's blog post Going out of business
"We are going to miss seeing you at shows.  I hope this is so you can enjoy a long and relaxing retirement."
Jul 17, 2019
Jane Shaffer replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Anyone have issues using Hotwire?
"I use Hotwire all the time and this only happened to me once.  It was for a show in a small town without many hotel rooms and it was the day the acceptances went out.  I attributed it to everyone who got accepted immediately getting on…"
May 31, 2019
Jane Shaffer replied to Linnea Lahlum's discussion Black Swamp OH vs, Mount Mary WI in early Sept?
"We only did Black Swamp once, 2 or 3 years ago.  We make silver jewelry.  We did OK.  The set up is hard because you have to do it at 6:00 a.m. in the dark.  It's very friendly and everyone is helpful.  It is a college…"
May 29, 2019
Jane Shaffer commented on marirosa hofmann's blog post Anyone know about art fair on the square in lake forest Illinois ?
"We have done Lake Forest for several years.  It is a good location in a wealthy neighborhood.  We make silver jewelry and have consistently had good shows there.  I can't comment on how wall art does.  We live in the Chicago…"
Apr 16, 2019

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Your Medium
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Custer's Last Stand
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
Good weather, good sales and nice customers
Best show ever and why
Madison Art on the Square - Most sales ever, and no one complained or tried to bargain
Worst show ever and why
Oak Brook Gift & Confectioners Show - no one came -- literally, the only thing I sold was to a fellow artist.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I found it when searching on line for information about the Gold Coast Show moving to Grant Park

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At 5:52pm on February 24, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Jane. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to getting to know you.

When you have a chance, please stop by the Discussions area to introduce yourself. We all look forward to your participation here. Also visit the "member map" and add your location. We have a lot to offer one another, experienced and newbie alike. Let's make this a dynamic site!

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Connie Mettler

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At 12:09pm on March 31, 2010, Connie Mettler gave Jane Shaffer a gift
Thanks for referring Susan to the site!
At 3:51pm on June 11, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Jane Shaffer a gift
Thanks so much for your pledge. I appreciate it and it really helps me with my mission of supporting the artists so they can earn a living in this crazy business.
At 11:55pm on July 10, 2015, Connie Mettler gave Jane Shaffer a gift
Jane, thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2015 Pledge Drive.
At 11:03am on June 27, 2016, Connie Mettler gave Jane Shaffer a gift
Jane, Thank you so much for supporting Art Fair Insiders during our 2016 Pledge Drive.
At 9:35am on July 03, 2017, Connie Mettler gave Jane Shaffer a gift
Thank you, Jane, for this support of our website. I hope it is helpful to you and you flourish in the business.

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