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20 Things I've Learned From 20 Years Of Doing Art Fairs

Updated on December 20, 2014

A Few Things To Consider, When Considering Doing Art Fairs.

This lens will deal with some of the more important aspects to consider when doing art fairs. This is not all things of course, just the ones which are most noteworthy to myself.

The art fair circuit while fun and profitable is also grueling and a lot of hard work. Addressing the points listed below should help to ease some of the stress and discomforts from doing this type of event.

I'm Speaking From Experience

In case you're wondering I have been doing art fairs as a major part of my income for the past 10 years or so. We usually do somewhere between 12 and 20 events per year, both indoor and out. Before that I usually did 1 or 2 a year, you know . . . like . . . for fun. Actually I grew up doing a similar type event with my mother so it's probably closer to 30 years of doing them. But let's not quibble over reality, shall we.

The first 10 Things are about people and selling.

The following 10 Things deal with travel and tents.

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About The Author Of 20 Things In 20 Years Of Doing Art Fairs

Mona Majorowicz of Wild Faces Gallery

Greetings,

My name is Mona Majorowicz I am a professional artist who has been making my living selling my work for some time now. I have been in the art and framing industry for over 20 years. I am an animal artist, (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.

I own and operate Wild Faces Gallery with my husband Mike in a small rural town in Iowa. There we sell my original artwork and prints, as well as do quality custom framing and offer Giclee printing for other artists as well as for ourselves

I maintain a blog called Fur In The Paint, as well as write a regular column for Apples 'N Oats (an equestrian magazine) about painting horses.

Animals are my passion and art is how I chose to express it.

Owatonna Art Festival
Owatonna Art Festival
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okiboji summer art festival 09

1. People Lie At Art Fairs

Too Much Praise Usually Means No Sale

Well maybe not "lie" exactly, but don't get your hopes up when someone says "I'll be back." Unlike Arnie, once someone utters those three little words there is a 99.9725% chance (not a real statistic) they won't. That's not to say they don't mean well. I've come to the conclusion it is a combination of guilt (over not buying) and wanting to show they really do like what you do without giving you money.

Similarly, Beware of too much praise. The more gushing praise a person gives you is in direct relation to the likelihood of them not buying something.

2. People Are Generally Honest At Art Fairs

For The Most Part, Bad Checks And Theivery Are Rare At Art Fairs (unless you're a jeweler)

(Okay, I just couldn't help myself there.) What I mean is most people aren't looking to steal from you (though I'm sure some jewelers may disagree with me on this one.) In all the thousands of checks I've taken in the past decade or so, I've only had one bad one.

Making Sure The Art Fair Cash You Take In Is Real - Counterfeit Money Detector Pens

I usually keep a few of these pens around. Following with the People Are Honest Thing I've yet to find a bad bill but it doesn't hurt to be prepared. Folks may be unaware that they are passing on counterfeit money.

Oddly enough, I tend to only check $50 and $100 even though I believe $20 are the denomination most often counterfeited.

Owatonna 09
Owatonna 09

3. Be Nice To Your Art Fair Neighbors

A Weekend Art Fair Is A Surprisingly Long Time

A 3 or 4 day weekend is a long time to be annoyed at someone when you can't walk away from them for the next couple of days.

Similarly be courteous during load-in and especially load-out. We are all tired. hot sweaty and want nothing more than to start that 6 hour journey home before another second passes. The real measure of how nice a person you are is if you can keep from throwing a tantrum because someone is holding up your ability to do just that.

4. Be Gracious And Grateful To Everyone While Doing Art Fairs

You Never Really Know Who May Make That "Big" Purchase

Treat your $20 sales like you would your $200 or $2000 sales. Often times it's the multitude of small sales that will get you to your goal. Also relationships with patrons are sometimes built from smaller sales first.

booth Two Rivers
booth Two Rivers

5. The Art Fair S-Rule

Why Good Lighting Is Important At An Art Fair

Shiny . . . urm . . ."Stuff" Sells. When doing an indoor event use lots of lighting. Pay the electrical fee (whatever the cost) and bring lots and lots of lights. It makes a huge difference.

Trust me on this.

A Few More Chair Options

6. Be Attentive (and remain so) While Working The Art Fair - This Is Harder Than It Sounds

Being attentive is easy at the beginning of the art fair. Someone walks in your tent you pop up and smile. But after 3 days, your inclination to stand up every time someone ealks into your tent is greatly diminished.

What helps with this is using a tall directors chair. It allows you to remain seated while still being at eye level with your customer. Sometimes we use the shorter chairs, which of course work fine. But seriously after you've stood up and sat down hundreds (if not thousands of times) over the weekend you'll really feel it in the legs. If you don't want the work out. Get a taller chair.

omaha sky view
omaha sky view

7. Be Agreeable With Art Fair Patrons

Arguing With Art Fair Patrons Is A No Win Situation

Being affirmative is a sales technique that at first I had to think about but now is just part of how I relate with people naturally. This means that when talking with people I often nod my head in subtle agreement, smile and encourage conversation. This builds repore.

Also, if the time comes when someone says something you painted (or whatever) is wrong. Arguing with them is a losing proposition. If your wrong (and they know it or they think that they know it) trying to convince them otherwise, will only make them think less of you. And if you're right, you will make them look bad (or feel stupid) and they'll still not like you.

Listen to them, say nothing, and smile.

Artsplash 09
Artsplash 09

8. Be Available To Art Fair Patrons, But Don't Hover

Greet Your Art Fair Patron, Offer Assistance, Then Get Out Of The Way.

Customers are wiley prey and they don't like to feel trapped into talking with you. Or worse yet, buying something. If possible don't stand in or at the front of your booth. Just outside near the opening is good.

At the events we do, often we split the display unit creating a doorway through to the back where we sit. They can find me easily and yet I'm not in their personal space.

So after you greet them and offer assistance, give them a little room to look around and then approach you. I'm not a fan of the hard sell.

At the other end of this is don't ignore them or your booth.

Don't Read A Book Or Magazine

Don't Talk On The Phone or Text Incessantly

Don't Play On Your Laptop

Don't Spend All Your Time Chatting Up Your Neighbor.

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octagon

9. The Key To Selling At Art Fairs Is . . .

The Answer May Surprise You

The key to selling is to ask questions about your patron and then listen. You might be surprised how few people want to know about you, your work and your process (your dog, your in-laws, your favorite color . . . um yeah, you get the idea.) despite them having asked you something about it.

Keep your answers brief and direct the conversation back to them by asking about their likes or what they find interesting in the work.

For me this comes usually in the form of asking whether they have horses, (if commenting on the horse art) since horse art is a huge part of my overall artwork sales. And since I love horses and am knowledgeable about them conversation flows easily and naturally from the one simple question.

10. The Key To Sales At Art Fairs Is . . .

Hint: It's Also The Spice Of Life

Variety of products (for me this is images as well as sizes offered) and price points. My artwork sells between $2.79 for a single art card up to $2500 for an original painting. With a myriad of options in between. I sell canvas prints, limited edition giclee' prints, smaller open edition collectible prints and notecards. Depending on the event I am doing I select price point appropriate art to take along. My artwork is offered both framed and unframed to maximize sales potentials.

A Note About Framing Nice quality framing costs more but the framed artwork is what attracts people to your booth and gets them to look through shrinkwrap bins. Poor artwork presentation will cost you sales.

Omaha Summer Arts Festival
Omaha Summer Arts Festival
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Lorint Park 09

11. If The Art Fair Allows Prior Day Set-up, Do It.

Time Management Is An Important Art Fair Skill

This saves you a great deal of time the following morning. Most events allow vehicles to unload for a limited amount of time prior to opening. Plus by doing the bulk of the work the previous day you won't be all sweaty and funky looking (and smelling) for the day of sales ahead of you.

I usually don't hang any work though. Not so much for fear of theft. More so weather and vagrants.

12. Be Ready For The Early Art Fair Shoppers

A Good Art Fair May Have Hundreds If Not Thousands Of Early Shoppers

If the event begins at 10 am be done setting up by 9am at the latest. Whenever an art fair has been around for a couple of decades expect early shoppers as they have learned how to beat the heat and the crowds

Our Van
Our Van

13. Vans Are Better Than Trailers When Hauling Art Fair Product

When Selecting Your Art Fair Van Size And Shape Matter

Driving and maneuvering a large van is easier than using a trailer. No matter how big the van or how small the trailer.

Most art fairs allow you to drive to your booth location (or at least get somewhat close to the spot so you don't have to haul your work too far. You can maneuver your van through a tight alley of tents and other artist vehicles easier than a trailer. I have seen tents get drug apart, backed into and vehicles loose mirrors and get scratched.

Not to mention nothing will tork off your neighbor more than you completely blocking off access to their booth with your trailer while YOU unload. Because even the largest van is smaller than a small vehicle with small trailer in tow.

Okiboji 09
Okiboji 09

14. Outdoor Art Fairs Are More Profitable Than Indoor Art Fairs.

An Illogical But True Art Fair Fact

This is illogical, but despite the fact that indoor events are climate controlled, usually superior artwork jurying and on the whole a more classy look, they never pull in the huge crowds. My best indoor event nets me about the same as a mediocre outdoor event.

Note: This may have something to do with my part of the continent. I only do events in the Midwest so I can't really say if this holds true universally.

15. Carry Your Money On Your Person At All Times During The Art Fair - Preferably Never Use A Cash Box

Always carry your money on your person. I generally use the totally unfashionable fanny pack. Cash boxes are easy to snatch when your back is turned. In a pinch your pockets are still a better option than a cash box.

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Beaux Arts 09

16. The Best Way To Secure Your Art Fair Tent Is . . .

Dog Stakes (corkscrew style) are the best way to secure your tent on grass. Straight stakes and weights will do in a pinch. But they aren't nearly as secure Straight stakes will pull right out with any wind so are really kinda useless.

As for securing your tent while on pavement, you really have to rely on weights. We actually use tractor weights which are large flat plates that we put in each corner of the tent. They weigh around 80# each. In Omaha where wind is almost always a factor they offer free sandbags and we put an additional 300-400# of those on as well.

A weight professional system that works similarly to our tractor weights are Happy Feet tent weights. I know many artists who use them (as well as the artist who created them) and I think they are the best solution, particularly for the EZ Up variety tent.

Weights should never be hung from (as in, dangling in space) an EZ Up style tent. They will sway in the wind and pull on the tent joints which will make it collapse.

DO NOT USE: water or milk jugs filled, barbells or your display or artwork.as weights to stabilize your tent.

The Best Way To Secure Your Art Fair Tent On Grass - Use Corkscrew Dogstakes For Your Art Fair Tent

Minimally You'll need 4 of these one for each corner. Though 6 is a good idea and we usually have 8 to 10 along.

We Bring Extra Because:

Sometimes we put up a separate tent or awning

Sometimes it's stormy or really windy so we use more

On rare occasion they break when the ground is too hard.

The Best Way To Secure Your Tent On Pavement Is With Weights - Use Only Real Tent Weights For Securing Your Art Fair Tent On Pavement

On pavement you have to use actual weight to tie down your tent.

Iowa City Summer Arts 09
Iowa City Summer Arts 09

17. Bad Weather And Art Fairs Go Hand In Hand

Rain is not the enemy at art fairs, wind is.

Getting rained on is not as bad as you might think. Be prepared because it will happen. And Packing up soggy is particularly annoying (yes, I've done so many times.)

But wind is the stuff of nightmares. It may rip up your tent and toss it away possibly trashing your neighbors as well. Also I've been to a few event where the tents stayed put but the trees dropped large branches. The overall effect is the same. Total destruction. So by comparison, a little rain is no big deal as long as it's falling softly and not driven by wind.

Rain Ponchos - A Really Good Idea To Pack Some - You Know . . . Just In Case

Omaha storm 08
Omaha storm 08

18. NEVER Remain In Your Art Fair Tent During A Thunderstorm.

An Art Fair Is Just A Field Of Lightning Rods

Your average art fair tent is just a 10 x 10 lightening rod. Also if the storm is without lightening but has high winds, abandon the tent instead of trying to hold it down.

We did an event in Omaha one year that had straight lines winds exceeding 100mph. Some folks opted to hang onto their tents instead of seeking shelter in the tornado shelters provided. Some people were fine and others, not so much. One woman while trying to hold down her tent broke her arm and still lost her tent.

Here's a link from my blog detailing that storm and a few pictures that may give those thinking about joining the art fair circuit to pause. Oh and here's another one from an Ames Iowa event.

19. What Your Mamma Taught You Holds True For Art Fairs As Well

Free is Good, But Good Manners Are Better

When someone offers you some free thing, always say "yes." and more importantly "Thank you." This is usually water or donuts. You may not want it now but later you may not be able to pop away for something.

Following this train of thought be sure to bring snacks (nothing too messy,) water (or diet Coke. I like to keep myself on a Caffeine drip the entire event) and lots and lots of ice.

Keeping Yourself Fed And Hydrated While Working The Art Fair - Coolers & Water For Your Art Fair Needs.

The big coolers are really nice to ensure you will always have cold water to drink and there's room for fruit and snacks for the entire day. However make sure you have enough room in your vehicle for hauling it. Wheels are BIG a plus. The smaller coolers are nice when space is at a premium.

20. And Last And Most Importantly In Regards To Preventing Me From Being Crabby The Entire Art Fair . . .

Always request the top floor of the hotel you're staying at.

At the end of the day, climbing all those stairs is a pain. But not as big a pain as having people stomping around overhead all night long. In a like manner, avoid hotels with wedding parties, birthday parties, swim parties, well let's just say avoid parties of any kind.

One year we stayed at a hotel that was also the hotel of choice for some cheerleader camp. There was squealing and screaming and stopping and slamming of doors well into the wee hours. Their enthusiasm quits being cute about 2 am.

A Few Items To Help You Get A Good Nights Sleep, So you'll Have A Good Day At The Art Fair - Ear Plugs and Sleep Aids

We tend to keep some Tylenol pm when traveling. Frankly after a day of hauling and toting and working the booth, we are usually achy, and may well have a headache if it was really hot out all day. The sleep aid is helpful for quieting all the usual door slamming and stomping that goes on in hotels.

Brookings Art Festival
Brookings Art Festival

So What's Your Thoughts On The Subject? - What Are Your Art Fair Experiences?

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Great tips here. You seem to be a real trooper

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Great lens. Looks like you cover all the bases.

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      I love craft and antiques fairs but I have never been to an Art fair. It looks like it would be a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading your point of view and the photos.

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      Tony Bonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      Mona, you have a very interesting and informative lens. An a fun one too. I once stayed at a motel where a bunch of cheerleaders were staying, so I know just what you mean about they stop being cute at 2 am.

      TonyB

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Very useful information, coming out of experience over years.

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      @OhMe: That would be awesome. Thank you. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, this is such great advice for any artist going to art fairs or festivals. I know it is a lot of work. I would like to feature this on my Spring Jubilee lens if you have no objections.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Extremely useful info! So glad i found your lenses.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One of the very best art fair resources I have found on the internet!

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      jacquelinedeely 5 years ago

      I am so glad I found this! It has saved me countless hours of research and gives me a really good feel for what I need to do to get me feet wet in the world of art fairs. Thanks so much!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      These are perfect tips! Years ago, we did art fairs all over Texas, and still have a lot of fond memories of those days and the people we met.

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      art fairs with local music people add on ? Discuss how that is done that strengthens to the farr ?

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      Yes about staking tents! Also, conversations with customers - keep it simple. I walked past a vendor who told me his life story and watched customers walk away from my booth yesterday. Didn't want to be rude walking away from his conversation, but may have lost a sale ... learning as I go. My biggest trial is knowing whether my items are art or craft. I'll sort it out soon.

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      hysongdesigns 5 years ago

      Excellent advice! I will second that Always Stake the Tent! I've seen too many people not do it, even with regular camping tents, thinking their stuff sitting inside on the floor will hold it down. It does, but it also leaves it at the mercy of the wind to bat it about, break the frame and rip it up. Very nice lens and useful information, thanks.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Great list of useful observations...I was not at many fairs as exhibitor, because our house is small and we simply do not have enough products,but one day, when we grow up... Take care!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very interesting observations! It is important to 'know your customer' I guess! Thanks for sharing your experience. Best wishes to you.

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      CliveAnderson LM 6 years ago

      This is a great lens covering a very interesting subject. I found that once I started reading it I couldn't stop until I got here... Thank you for sharing a great subject.

      Warm Regards,

      Clive

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great common sense advice on art fairs. I got a kick out of always requesting the top floor at the hotels. Blessed!

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      NorthwestCreativeImaging 6 years ago

      Great info! Sounds like you have quite the experience in art shows. Another pointer would be to incorporate pop up displays to advertise your name. Best of luck!

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Some surprising pointers, but nevertheless useful. Thanks for the information.

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      Excellent information, and nicely presented. Thanks.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago from London

      Very useful and practical lens - as your lenses always are. Now included in The Art Business HQ - http://www.squidoo.com/groups/artbusiness

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am guilty of Art Fair rule one, trying to be nice and let someone down easy by saying "I'll be back later." Sorry to all the art fair people.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for this goldmine of information ! I am debating starting doing Art Fairs this summer and this really helps a lot !

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      noobeegin 6 years ago

      WOW! Incredible information here. Thanks you so much for sharing your expeience with everyone.

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      Wow this is really good! It really deserves that purple star. I have a relative that likes to do this and I find this information very valuable!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      @Tiddledeewinks LM: Actually I travel great distances (as in other states) but this has allowed me to create a mailing list where I can sell original art for many thousands right off my drafting table. I think big dollar art people need to see in person or at least some of a particular artists work in person before they buy. But then again maybe that's just been my experioence.

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 6 years ago

      The counterfeit money pen is a good idea. I myself sell my crafts online at MysticalRaindrops.etsy.com, because I don't like the idea of sitting at tables all that time, but it is a good way to sell locally.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      This is very informative and extremely well laid out.

      The addition of beautiful photos makes it a Top 10 Lens.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Great information! I am putting this in Margo's Ultimate Squidoo Library: Business Branch

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      WebIsFun 6 years ago

      Due to fees, I found that outdoor fairs have been more profitable for me as well. Maybe there are less expensive indoor ones I haven't tried though.

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      We just started this year with only Christmas oriented indoor events. In the next year, we want to move outdoors. We have many questions, and this lens has been incredibly useful!

      Thanks.

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      Ashly Rain 6 years ago

      What a fantastic lens! Thank you for putting your experience down "on paper" for all of us to share.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      You give very good advices for art fairs.

      I love the Art Fair in the Park of my town, sometime I want to have it more then just one time per year... and I always find something to buy, learn, enjoy and so on.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      @poptastic: Cool. Get after it. If you do you'll have to let me know how it went. :)

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      Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

      How very helpful and generous of you to share your wealth of personal art fair experiences and advice! I've always considered joining art fairs to sell my art but have never had the energy (and guts) to do so but you have definitely inspired me to go on with it. ~Blessed~

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      ZazzleEnchante 6 years ago

      A very thorough, insightful lens made all the more rich through the authors own experience. Great read. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a big Encyclopaedia of how to arrange and sell in an Art fair with honest opinion and great advice. Well done, thumbs up and favorited.

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      Jennie Hennesay 6 years ago from Lubbock TX

      It's been a long time since I was able to do an art fair or craft show. Your experience shows in your very helpful informative lens.

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      RocklawnArts 6 years ago

      Several great tips I hadn't considered. Thanks for sharing them!

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      indigomoth 6 years ago from New Zealand

      This is such an interesting lens. I love art fairs and it is interesting to hear about it from the other side of the booth! Plus I really appreciate your advice not to hover... nothing makes me want to leave a stall faster than someone breathing down my neck.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      Thanks for putting together this excellent lens. It would have saved me a lot of pain had I read it 5 or 6 years ago. Good info and easy to read. LIked and favorited it and now I'm a FAN! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is really valuable information you've packed into this lens. Thanks for sharing your experiences, Squid Angel blessed!

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      ArtFestival 6 years ago

      Love your lenses!

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Cool lens!! Glad I stopped by!!

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      I have always wanted to do an art fair, but never have. There's a similar Wednesday Market near us each week where artists sell their pieces. Your advice here is priceless.

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      spunkyduckling 6 years ago

      Excellent advice! I can already see myself benefiting from this and applying these same principles to other fairs i may have to go. Thanks for sharing and love the introduction. So very personalized, warm and welcoming.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lots of good advice from someone who knows how to do it.

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      southpaw23 6 years ago

      I haven't done an art fair yet, mainly out of being a bit overwhelmed by the idea and unsure of how to begin. I'm psyched to see so many helpful lenses you have on this very subject! I'm hoping sometime this year i can do at least one event to get my feet wet and see how my artwork sells. It's been selling online pretty well but I think it might sell a lot better in person.

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      LotusMalas 6 years ago

      I've been to any art fairs but didn't realize how much was involved! What a thorough lens - I feel like I could try it myself based on your info!

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      Edit Photos 6 years ago from Earth

      Awesome lens. You can even interpret some good tips for shopper behavior at art fairs.

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      Sensitive Fern 6 years ago

      Another awesome art fair lens!! And I can tell everybody, from seeing you work, that you know what you're talking about. :)

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      Pat 7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Wow, you really cover this subject well. I'm featuring this lens on my Kansas City Country Club Plaza.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You have really nailed this art fair down ot the minutest detail. I love to go to art fairs and it is different to hear from the art sellers. Our daughter and myself seem to be unable to go to one just to admire the art pieces. We feel guilty when we don't buy but I suppose this is part of being in the market. Wish you the best for your next art fair.

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      hexagon 7 years ago

      I have been selling at local art fairs for more than 10 years now. Your lens cover what-to-do and what-not to-do very nicely. I must still remind myself to SLEEP well the night before, and to bring food/drinks with me :-)

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      You've got a ton of detailed tips here. Thanks.

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      CarolWingert1 7 years ago

      This lens is so informative! I did my very first show this past weekend, and I learned a few tips by watching others, but I wish I'd seen this one before I left. I do artwork too, and use my website iPhotographGod.com as my theme. I did okay, as it was a small gathering, and the host of the fair gave me room by the TV (I sell a DVD with my photos set to music) and that was great. I know now I need to frame more, and display them better.

      Thanks so much for your information!

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      I agree with almost every single thing you've said here ... our experiences fall in line with yours, although we've done far fewer events. Most of what you've detailed here is also applicable to craft fairs and other venues that have vendors.

      Earlier this year we lost both of our tents when a tornado touched down a couple miles from where we were vending. We were very lucky because we'd done so much reinforcing of our tie downs and guy lines that our tents suffered metal fatigue and collapsed rather than being lifted up and flung hundreds of yards away as so many of our neighbors' tents did. The collapse of the tents actually saved more of our product than it destroyed.

      This is an extremely helpful lens - Good Job!

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      @makingamark: Thank you so much MAM. It's much appreciated. :)

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      Katherine Tyrrell 7 years ago from London

      This is a really great lens and I'm featuring it in the Art Fairs section of Resources for Artists who draw and paint (HQ)

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      This are great rules to follow, in fact i use them also in book fairs I help out with. So, maybe art does imitate books... or something of that sort!

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      luvmyludwig lm 7 years ago

      this is a terrific resource for anyone doing an art fair. (been there done that) Some of these lessons are hard learned lol

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Thank you all for the blessings and to you WickedlyWired (great name by the way) for nominating. What a pleasant to find upon returning from an event this past weekend. :)

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What an incredibly useful resource! These tips from 20 years of art fairs hold true for any sort of event. Just wonderful! Blessed by an angel today

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Your work is always superb. This is no exception! Very useful, and enthusiastically recommended by WickedlyWired for a blessing. Delighted to oblige. :) ~*~* Angel Blessed *~*~

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      WickedlyWired 7 years ago

      oh wow. such an awesome lens with best tips EVER!! adding to faves and lensrolling too. awesome, thank you for this lens

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      clemency lm 7 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for all the tips.

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Great lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      @desilegend: Thanks. I get my art idea from my life and business. I've been doing this "art thing" for quite awhile. :)

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      Thank for stopping by. All the best! Where do you get all new art ideas?