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Reid Watts
  • Lexington, SC
  • United States
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Reid Watts replied to Tony DeCoste's discussion What makes up the perfect show? From the artists perspective...
"A perfect show would: Allow me to set up any time during a two day period before the show, and break down either the evening of the last day of the show, or the next day. That way I can work around inclement weather during setup and break…"
Aug 2
Reid Watts replied to Erin Carpenter's discussion Indoor show setup
"I was asked once by a fire marshal when I was setting up.  I was up on a ladder when he stopped by and asked if all of my materials were fire-proof.  I told him they were, that the Trimline mesh panels had a tag sewn into the seam, and…"
Nov 23, 2018
Reid Watts commented on Cherie Smittle's blog post My first art fair (mountain festival)
"Cherie:  If you are on unpaved ground, and put down flooring over a waterproof tarp, you probably won't have any condensation problems.  If you do not want a floor covering, at least cover the ground with a tarp at night.  Works…"
Sep 3, 2018
Reid Watts commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"I suppose that if you are in the business of renting out part of your house, or are in the market for such a rental, Airbnb is the only game in town.  However for renting whole units, there is significant competition (HomeAway / VRBO, Vacasa,…"
Aug 30, 2018
Reid Watts commented on Cherie Smittle's blog post My first art fair (mountain festival)
"Correction: I overstated the minimum requirement.  It is actually 40 pounds, not 60."
Aug 29, 2018
Reid Watts commented on Cherie Smittle's blog post My first art fair (mountain festival)
"A number of shows are requiring at least 60 pounds of weight per leg, and they enforce it.  So if you purchase weights, get some that are at least 60 pounds.  The Flourish weight bags when filled with pea gravel weigh almost exactly 60…"
Aug 29, 2018
Tina Hospers commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"Sorry for the typos in my post - I was typing too fast.  LOL."
Aug 28, 2018
Tina Hospers commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"O.K. all - I must jump in here.  I AM an Airbnb Host at 100% 5 star reviews for my hosting and my property.  We were doing this as a part time venture while getting the art business started.  I have a luxury home and 7000 sq ft of…"
Aug 28, 2018
Janet Alexander commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"I have been using Airbnb since 2012 and I was a Super Host from 2015- 2017. I am in my 60s and feel very safe using Airbnb. Many times I learn a lot about places to go and not to go near from the host. I am a jeweler and must be diligent in my…"
Aug 27, 2018
Reid Watts commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"A bed is nice too ;)"
Aug 22, 2018
Carol Joy Shannon commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"You couldn't pay me to use Airbnb!  Sorry.  I'm in my 60s and I've seen a lot.  I'd rather stay in a crummy hotel where I know the situation, than someone's property where they have a key etc.  I'm…"
Aug 22, 2018
Reid Watts commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"Carol: You have obviously been lucky. But just to be clear regarding my particular issue, one which you have apparently not encountered yet: It had nothing to do with reading the fine print. The Airbnb fine print stated that she is a superhost…"
Aug 21, 2018
Carol Bloomgarden commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"I stay in AirBnBs and have rarely had a problem. You just really need to read the fine print carefully. If it's really super cheap and looks great, there might be something off about it --- but I've done it probably about 25 times now as a…"
Aug 21, 2018
cheryl davis commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"I did several Florida shows and stayed at an Airbnb in West Palm Beach.  Im from CT so for me it was really nice to spend 3 weeks in a large place that was in a nice neighborhood for at least 30 - 50 % of what Id pay in a Hampton Inn type…"
Aug 20, 2018
Cindy Welch commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"I have no experience with ABnB, though a show promoter once offered one of her homes for a show, or a room in the home.  I did not like the idea of renting a room and having strangers (to me) renting the rest of the space.  It would have…"
Aug 17, 2018
Judy Christian commented on Reid Watts's blog post Airbnb
"My very limited knowledge about Airbnb is from hearing about people in my area who rent out their homes and apartments for Penn State events and football.The way I understand it is that anyone can rent out their place. Just leave your place for the…"
Aug 17, 2018

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Posted on August 16, 2018 at 2:10pm 16 Comments

This is an answer to Connie’s question “Just wondering if any of you are having any luck trying Air BnB?”  I decided to start a new thread on this, since I think it is a substantive issue.

I have used Airbnb a few times, with positive experiences up until last month, when a host canceled my reservation.  The host, who is listed as a Superhost with all good reviews, canceled my fully-paid-for reservation “because a family member needs to use it”.  I was refunded my payment by Airbnb,…


Adding brakes to your utility trailer is easy and inexpensive

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 2:32pm 1 Comment

I just finished adding brakes to my 5x8 utility trailer, which turned out to be surprisingly easy to do. So I thought I would post a report:

I have been thinking for years that having brakes on my trailer might be a prudent investment, even though they are not required in the states that I use the trailer in. My trailer is a 5x8 utility trailer that weighs fully loaded 2200 lbs. I recently purchased a new tow vehicle that has an integral trailer brake controller with an anti-sway…


Is your pricing keepin up with inflation?

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 7:11pm 11 Comments

In the midst of all of these “for sale” blog postings, I thought I should get a discussion going on a topic of interest to us all.  So here goes:

Despite historically low inflation, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) has increased by 18% in the last ten years (from 207.3 to 244.3).  Have you increased your prices by 18% as well?  If not, why not?

Your rig may be overloaded

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 2:09pm 12 Comments

I recently did a deep dive into vehicle loading, and discovered that it is much easier to overload a vehicle than one would think.  It seems like a simple calculation: get a vehicle and/or trailer large enough to accommodate everything you need for a show, then make sure that the tow vehicle and hitch are rated to tow the weight of your trailer plus a guestimate of the weight of your gear, and you’re done.  My tow vehicle is rated…


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At 7:43pm on November 6, 2010, Sabrina Aughenbaugh said…
Reid, Welcome to Art Fair Insiders. Checked out your site and really enjoyed viewing your pictures, especially the animals. Hope you have a great weekend,

At 11:45pm on November 6, 2010, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Reid. I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

When you have a chance, please add a photo to your profile and stop by the "Discussions" area to introduce yourself to the rest of us. 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!

Best wishes,
Connie Mettler

p.s. The best way to make this system easy to use is to click on the "Follow-Email me" link at the bottom of each Forum discussion that interests you. That way the system will email you automatically whenever anyone responds. It's a great time-saver.
At 11:23pm on September 22, 2014, Connie Mettler gave Reid Watts a gift
Congrats Reid on being awarded the Post of the Week - 9/22/2014.

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