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Rod Melotte
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  • Columbus, WI
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Costco Style Marketing of your website

Started this discussion. Last reply by Connie Mettler Sep 19, 2013. 3 Replies

I'm a huge fan of Costco and their philosophy of selling.It really really works.Offer a limited amount of quality products which keeps changing which in return keeps customers coming back. They idea…Continue

Do I really want to get into e-commerce?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rod Melotte Sep 24, 2013. 16 Replies

I was recently approached and was talked to by a company that wanted to put a e-commerce page on my web site.  They stated I could generate more sales this way then what my current site suggests…Continue

Trailers, Canvas transporting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sherer Sep 6, 2012. 2 Replies

Now that I've used my trailer for the1st time fully loaded I feel the need to make some extra room (I guess all 5x8s are not the same size).I'm wondering about how others transport they canvas…Continue

Bargaining over a price - do you allow it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by sandhi schimmel gold Sep 19, 2012. 27 Replies

I have a feeling this is a black or white issue for some people,  I've now done 19 shows and before today I bet no more then twice has someone asked for a lower prince.  First time I said now as it…Continue

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Your Medium
Fine Art Photography/ Graphic Art
Years in the Art Fair Business
First show ever
Portage Art Walk - sucked
What is your website?
What are the best things about art fairs
talking to people
Best show ever and why
Lake Mills Art fair - awesome setting and people willing to buy!

OOPS - now the Agora Art Fair - Fitchburg WI. - Money falling out of peoples pockets LOL
Worst show ever and why
Portage Art Walk - 2 days - 50 total people entering my store
Who referred you to Please be specific.
I get emails ???
What is one fun fact about yourself?
Now a City Council member . . . hmmmm not THAT fun I guess LOL

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At 10:16pm on May 13, 2014, Tina Pietsch said…
Hi there. I have avoided egg harbor pumpkin fest purely because of the extra transient vendor fee. Myself I sew purses And home accessories, it takes time to build inventory and I still have a day gig, so I may do only one or two events a year. But hope to grow this and perhaps have that displace the day gig! I enjoy the sturgeon bay festival as an attendee, maybe this year I will chat with some artists to see how their sales are.
At 3:34pm on November 28, 2011, Connie Mettler said…
Welcome to, Rod.   I'm pleased to see you here and look forward to having you as part of our community.

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