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Joy Castaneda
  • Sequim, WA
  • United States
  • acrylic
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Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
it was at the Seaside OR convention center. A huge art/craft show. so sorry i can't remember what it was called. thanks for your time.
What are the best things about art fairs
i haven't done an art fair in years. i opened my own shoppe in 2001 and sold my art from there. plus i exibited at the Seattle International Gift Show in 2002 and came away with many wholesale accounts from another product i created. I sold my business 3 years ago and am now trying to decide how best to market my own art.
Best show ever and why
every show i have done was fantastic! i used to make amazing scented pillar candles and the shows i did were usually in the fall, and i sold out at every show. OR, AZ & WA where i currently live. what was so cool was that most of those sales ended up being dedicated customers and ordered via email, phone or reg. mail. yippee!!! i did not have a website at the time nor a retail store.
Worst show ever and why
i never had a bad show. well the Seattle show was memorable because i took my adult son with me for help and he hated it and never smiled. he actually scowled at people. he left for a bite to eat and didn't come back for THREE hours! that was irritating. to be fair, he did have a mental illness and sadly, he is no longer with us. very sad.
Who referred you to Please be specific.
found you online
What is one fun fact about yourself?
i make people laugh just by being real. i'm a happy happy gal and love to laugh!

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At 8:35am on January 14, 2020, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello Joy,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to have you joining our community of artists and artisans and hope you'll take advantage of everything the site has to offer.  Thanks and best wishes for continued success.

At 1:04pm on January 16, 2020, Connie Mettler said…

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