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Richard L. Sherer
  • Franktown, CO
  • United States
  • Leather
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Richard L. Sherer's Discussions

Review: Estes Park Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show, Estes Park, Colorado

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lynnette Shelley Sep 10, 2018. 1 Reply

Show: Estes Park Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show 2018, Location: Estes Park, Colorado Dates: September 1-3, 2018Fees: Jury/Booth $325, Online filing $15My medium: leather    Estes Park is the…Continue

What does this mean?, Carbondale, CO

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Aug 3, 2018. 6 Replies

Does anyone who did Carbondale Mountain Fair know what this means in this years packet: "In the meantime, if you don't already use a point of sale app, please start looking into it. Use of a point of…Continue

Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale, CO, July 27-29, 2018 Review

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Aug 3, 2018. 3 Replies

Carbondale Mountain Fair, Carbondale, CO, July 27-29, 2018Fees: Jury $20, Booth $350Medium: Leather: plain and hand carved equestrian, K-9,personal leather goods and gun leathers.Price Range: $16 set…Continue

Alpine Art Affair, Winter Park Colorado, 2018 Review

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Jul 20, 2018. 3 Replies

Alpine Art Affair, Winter Park, CO, July 14-15, 2018Fees: Jury $20, Booth $175, City Tax License $60Medium: Leather: plain and hand carved equestrian, K-9,personal leather goods and gun…Continue

 

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Richard L. Sherer replied to Adair Hinds's discussion Credit card reader advice
"Don't overlook the recommendation of the bank you use. I have been using Clover Go/First Data for about 10(?) years and have been very happy with support from humans when needed (which has been rare). It's more expensive than square and…"
Tuesday
Richard L. Sherer replied to Cassie Beyer's discussion Tips for Pricing? Rounding to the nearest $10?
"Being the contrarian for fine craft - leather: I often end my prices in5,6,7,8 because that is how they calculate out using 2.5X material and $60-$70/ hour labor.  My clients, western lifestyle people, want to know they are getting a square…"
Saturday
Richard L. Sherer replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Out of state taxes
"It can be complicated if you are a C or S corporation too. Don't know about LLC's. Texas was a real zoo for my S corp and they kept thinking I was a TX business after doing just 2 shows there.  AZ refunded my sales tax by mistake then…"
Jan 2
Richard L. Sherer replied to Fletcher Dean's discussion Out of state taxes
"The better shows will provide this information up front when you have been accepted or in artist invitation info. In CO many shows collect sales tax at end of event and pay it. Other provide info on how to file your return.  If no upfront…"
Jan 1
Richard L. Sherer replied to Heide Rainey's discussion Lighting - please help with this confusing topic
"6 hour high, 12 hour low for 18"bar"
Dec 28, 2018
Richard L. Sherer replied to Heide Rainey's discussion Lighting - please help with this confusing topic
"I'm in the same boat as you and I am researching lights for dusk to dark needed for one show.They might also be used if it is really overcast but not normally needed in daylight hours. So far I have found rechargeable work light bars 18"…"
Dec 28, 2018
Richard L. Sherer replied to Dan Daniels's discussion Mid West weather
"I ventured east from Colorado to do Salina, KS. I made money at the show but I was up all night tracking tornadoes on radar. Severe thunderstorms went on either side of town around 1:00 am. On the way home we saw large trees down and grain bins…"
Dec 25, 2018
Richard L. Sherer replied to Steve Sawusch's discussion Scam Alert: Email regarding purchasing a list of attendees from a show
"LOL Be glad we are not on their "sucker" list."
Dec 22, 2018
Richard L. Sherer replied to Edgar Williams's discussion Do Low Prices Upset Other Artists?
"Beware of setting prices too low. They will depress the perceived value by buyers and they leave you no room to negotiate."
Dec 20, 2018
Richard L. Sherer replied to Richard Ansley's discussion art show reviews
"I agree with Barry Shandler. There is lots of money to be made close to home (CO). I drew 300 and 500 mile radii on my atlas, then did shows in Salina,KS, Tubac, AZ, Georgetown, TX and Austin, TX. I made money at all of them but they were not that…"
Dec 18, 2018
Richard L. Sherer replied to ana maria hoyos's discussion How I can make a successful sales
"Read up on the psychology of sales and salesmanship. "
Dec 13, 2018
Richard L. Sherer replied to Chris King's discussion Booth location - do you keep the same spot every year? why or why not?
"It doesn't matter to me or my work, but I do request "same general area" and "cannot use corner"."
Dec 5, 2018
Richard L. Sherer replied to CA Kaminski's discussion Wholesale pricing
"I use an Excel spreadsheet that calculates my retail price using 1.5 to 2.5X material costs depending where leather gets used in the chain, and $70/hour labor. I can plug in various % discounts to see what my labor rate is and if I want to accept…"
Nov 30, 2018
Richard L. Sherer commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Old but New
"Relax, enjoy and have fun.I always look forward to dogs, little kids and newborns."
Nov 16, 2018
Richard L. Sherer commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Old but New
"I leave aout $50K of work in tent overnight -leather. Walls  and pedestal-tables are draped with 4 mil drop cloths. Aisles are blocked with saddle stands, stools, ladder and hand truck - my landmines making other booths easier pickings. There…"
Nov 15, 2018
Richard L. Sherer commented on Rick Plummer's blog post Old but New
"Good luck. Check weather forecast ahead of time but be prepared. Be sure you have sufficient weight on your tent. Take a notebook and write down "everything I need to do for next show". Do your homework to make sure your art fits the…"
Nov 13, 2018

Profile Information

Your Medium
Leather
Years in the Art Fair Business
22
First show ever
Michael Martin Murphy's Westefest, Copper Mtn., CO
What is your website?
http://sherersaddlesinc.com
What are the best things about art fairs
Making money, expanding client base
Best show ever and why
Steamboat Springs. CO, mid 1990's: sold custom saddle and wrote order for another. Abotut $10K at today's prices.
Worst show ever and why
La Cantera, San Antonio, TX, 2011: profitable but poorly promoted and few if any buyers. A couple high end sales saved the day.
Who referred you to ArtFairInsiders.com? Please be specific.
Just got an email from you guys.

Richard L. Sherer's Blog

How Do You Relax Off Season

Posted on September 21, 2018 at 3:08pm 4 Comments

I'm off for two weeks taking a road trip to Reno, NV camping and visiting hot springs to and fro. This was Spencer's Hot Spring: 105 degrees in stock tank in Big Smokey Valley, east of Austin, NV. It's just about in the middle of NV.  We spent all yesterday morning on dirt roads south of US 50 and the Suburban looks not quite like it has been to Burning Man LOL. 

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Review: Estes Park Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show, Estes Park, Colorado

Posted on September 10, 2018 at 5:44pm 1 Comment

Show: Estes Park Labor Day Arts & Crafts Show 2018, Location: Estes Park, Colorado 

Dates: September 1-3, 2018

Fees: Jury/Booth $325, Online filing $15

My medium: leather

    Estes Park is the gateway to the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park.  There are many summer homes in the surrounding mountains and Valleys and it is a popular destination for metro Denver. You also encounter a broad spectrum of income levels, and a lot of foreign visitors. I…

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Golden Fine Arts Festival 2017, Golden, CO, August 19-20, 2017

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 12:00pm 3 Comments

This was the 27th annual Golden Fine Arts Festival and the 14th continuous year I have participated in the event.  Golden, CO is at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  It is home for the Colorado School of Mines, a top engineering school, and the Coor’s brewery.  Students were returning to school the weekend of the show.

The show is set up for three blocks on 11th Street and over 130 artists from 20 states occupy 160 booth spaces.  There…

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Tubac, AZ: Tubac Fall Arts & Crafts Festival, Nov, 3,4,5, 2017

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 5:30pm 1 Comment

I got a postcard from subject show today with an extended deadline (red flag IMO).  I did the February show in 2011 and was curious if anyone has done this one. I think it has been around only a few years since 2014(?). There is my review and additional comments about Tubac Feb show on this site.

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At 10:45am on July 4, 2012, Connie Mettler said…

Welcome to ArtFairInsiders, Richard.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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At 4:25pm on August 07, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Many thanks, Dick, for your support of this website. I really appreciate and even more appreciate your presence here and all your contributions to this community.
At 11:52am on October 29, 2012, Barbara Pool said…

Thank you. Have enjoyed very much reading your posts.

At 9:14am on November 5, 2012, Karole Bowlds said…

Thanks for friending me Richard!! I have enjoyed the discussions, and your perspective as a leather Artist!! I met some really nice leather Artisans at a Celtic Festival when I was a teenager...fascinating watching them demo their work!! And as I needed a bracelet with my name (odd spelling, so had to have special ordered) my Mum & Da had one made for me...I STILL have it and wear it now. As a matter of fact, my daughter teethed on it, so it now has baby teeth imprints in it!! Your work is amazing...I peak at your saddles every now and again, wishing we still had horses, so I could get a saddle...they are gorgeous! See you on the Forums and Blogs!!

At 5:22pm on November 16, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Dick, Have I thanked you for all the great info you have added to AFI? I so much appreciate it. You take time and add such thoughtful and useful content. Many, many thanks! You deserve a gold medal ;)
At 11:39pm on November 18, 2012, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Congrats on winning the Post of the Week Award for your Three Part Series on Researching Shows - 11/19/12.
At 2:26pm on January 14, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Congrats, Dick, for winning post of the month for your 3 part discussion on How I Research Shows. Thanks for being a member here and for all your generous participation and friendliness.
At 5:08pm on February 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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A gold trophy to you for all your contributions to the community at AFI -- your generosity and sharing and good thinking skills are a gift to all of us. Many thanks.
At 6:13pm on May 15, 2013, Jacki Bilsborrow said…

Thank you Richard for your show review on www.artshowreviews.com.  We really appreciate your help.

At 2:26pm on June 04, 2013, Connie Mettler gave Richard L. Sherer a gift
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Richard, thanks so much for all your support. You're an angel!

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