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Nancy Rynes
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Doing shows solo -- advice?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joan Tweedell Dec 4. 18 Replies

Hi,I'm a newbie to the art fair circuit and have a question about doing shows alone. Right now I'm an army of one, meaning I set up, take down, and staff my booth solo. I don't have a significant…Continue

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Connie Mettler left a comment for Nancy Rynes
"Welcome to Art Fair Insiders, Nancy. We’re so glad you joined us. I hope you’ll find the site helpful and that you’ll share your ideas and experiences, ask questions and join the discussions. The site is only as good as the members…"
Dec 8
Joan Tweedell replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"I do all shows alone, 15 this year, 18 last year, and am currently 84 years old. My canopy is a Finale, somewhat lighter than others, but sturdy, especially with cross bars at the bottom, so I am able to lift it by myself. To that end,…"
Dec 4
Kathleen J. Clausen replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"My husband and I are almost always together for the shows, but we have had health issues a time or two. For some of our shows we know a lot of people and they have been incredibly helpful.  We once were next to a guy who walked around a little…"
Dec 1
Mark Zirinsky replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"Ditto for what everyone else said.  This last two years, most of my shows are by myself Additional tips: - I have had some luck with craigslist ads. Really helpful to have help when taking down a trimline tent, when you are tired and rushed at…"
Nov 29
Cindy Welch replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"I can't add any more good advice about setting up alone .... I have plenty of help from dh at shows (and dd at some) and you have already gotten good advice from the trenches.  I know this, even with dh there we do miss dd when she is not…"
Nov 27
Leslie Turner replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"The show promoters may be able to hook you up with other artists doing the show. You might also contact that states Craftsman's or Artist's Guild and see if they have any young members who would be willing to help. Sometimes newbies want…"
Nov 26
Larry Sohn replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"Fletcher, They are even heavier, at the end of the show :-( Sometimes, I get lazy / hurried and just leave all the legs extended, plus install my 2 awnings frames and sign frame as well as my lighting poles, before pushing it up. BAAAAAAAD…"
Nov 26
Fletcher Dean replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"LOL. I do, Larry. But boy those trimlines are heavy at 7 in the morning even with the easy riser. And the older I get, the heavier they become!"
Nov 26
Carla Cope replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"Hi Nancy I am doing my first art festival at Lido Key, Florida.  And I am doing it solo, a bit nervous about it,but I'm sure all will work out fine.  If you do any shows in Florida, maybe we can request to be side by side and help…"
Nov 26
Nancy Rynes replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"Right now I've been doing indoor shows so don't have a canopy (yet). But I'll keep this in mind because I'm pretty sure I'll be doing outdoor shows later this year."
Nov 26
Nancy Rynes replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"Thanks Fletcher!"
Nov 26
Nancy Rynes replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"Thanks...I hadn't thought of this. Super idea! Nancy"
Nov 26
Nancy Rynes replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"Thanks for all of your help! I hadn't given thought to helpers being potentially a bit more trouble. Yes,  even though I've only done a few shows (all of them indoors so far), I do have my method. Good point about theft too. I…"
Nov 26
Nancy Rynes replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"Thanks Kendra! Great advice."
Nov 26
Larry Sohn replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"If you are using Trimline, get their "Easy Riser" system. It lets one person set it up, much easier."
Nov 26
Fletcher Dean replied to Nancy Rynes's discussion Doing shows solo -- advice?
"I'm mostly solo myself and, yes, it's difficult at times. The hardest for me is set-up - trying to raise a Trimline canopy by myself is daunting. But I can say that I've always found help for that job. Just having someone hold one…"
Nov 26

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At 9:12am on November 25, 2018, Christina L. Towell said…

Hello Nancy,

Welcome to Art Fair Insiders!  We're delighted to meet you and hope you'll find the site informative, inspirational and fun!  Thanks so much and best of luck as you move forward.

At 2:41pm on December 8, 2018, Connie Mettler said…

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