Time Flies By

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Freeform Flowers Coasters 1You often hear people say, “There aren’t enough hours in the day”, or even the week, but it is especially true of the weekend. Sometimes you feel like and blink and it’s over. That was true of my weekend. I had so many things on my to do list and I didn’t really even make a dent. For example: I needed to go up to Ashby Sewing Center in Kennesaw, like I had planned to check out their embroidery machines so I can get some information back to you. But things didn’t work out that way.

Spring Break happened. My wonderful husband decided to pack up myself and the boys and head up to The Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. It was a fun trip by the way that had some cool things, including dinosaur bones, a variety of rocks, a display of old cars, even a fossil dig and gem panning. It also happened to be located a little over an hour from our home.

I don’t know about you but if I’m not driving on a trip of any length I usually spend my time on my phone. I might check my email, play a game, or peruse the internet. Which is what I happened to be doing on Saturday. Sitting there in the passenger seat of my Dodge Journey, I started thinking about other ways that I could get my craft items out so that people can see and purchase my items. I thought about entering craft shows and selling stuff there. So I started with Google.

Well my I ended up having a crash course on art shows this weekend. I learned a lot and I got a lot of tips and good advice from the forums that I belong to as well.

Here is a summary of what I have learned.

1) Arts and Crafts shows are expensive. Most of the better known festivals with a good projected attendance are very expensive. Most of the shows that I looked at to think about entering were $300.00 and up. Way out of my league at the current time. Plus a lot of the shows were not in my current area. That wouldn’t be bad for a one day show but if the show ran multiple days I might have to include lodging into the price. Those expenses add up.

2) A lot of the deadlines for the shows I looked at were already gone. Some of the shows weren’t going to happen until Christmas and they were already filled.

3) Supplies. I never realized all the things that you need to be a vendor at an arts and crafts show. I got some good tips and started composing my list.

4) A lot of shows have an extensive application process. Some have exorbitant fees, some require slides, you just have to be sure to give them all that they require if you wish to participate and you may not be approved.

After looking and looking I finally found a local show coming in September that would be a good fit for me.

  • The items I sell would be a good fit for the overall theme of the event.
  • It is a local show so I wouldn’t have to worry about an extensive drive or lodging.
  • It isn’t until September so I still have a good bit of time to build up my inventory.
  • Also I still have enough time to accumulate all those miscellaneous things that I need that I never realized I would need.

So I emailed the contact person for the event and asked for more information and I was sent an application. It all seemed pretty straightforward but after reading a lot of posts and blogs about art shows I realized that I need a few details. Such as is the show indoors or outdoors, do you need a tent or canopy or is one provided, how big is your display space. (The list goes on and on). So I emailed her back and found out that the display space is 10 x 10 and that I will I need to purchase a tent. So tonight I filled out my application, enclosed my application fee, put a stamp on my envelope, and instead of planning my trip to Ashby Sewing Center for this weekend; I will be searching for a moderately priced tent for my upcoming art show. Just one more thing that I can add to my to do list.

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4 thoughts on “Time Flies By

    CurlsnSkirls said:
    April 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Another thing to think about is all the “marketing research” you can do while talking to your customers during the Fair. (Have a knitting friend in CA who does some.) Good for you for starting a blog! Put that on your business cards, too, and have them or simple (less expensive) handouts for your booth. Having 2 in the booth is also good, for lots of reasons!
    All best wishes!
    D’ellis

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      twistystitches responded:
      April 17, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I didn’t think about the “marketing research” at all. You can also read my blogs and check out the other items I create at twistystitches.biz if you are interested.

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        CurlsnSkirls said:
        May 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm

        Thank you! will give the a click!

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    Cherry Pie Quilt Blog said:
    April 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

    My husband & I did a few craft shows and it’s incredibly hard work! But, if you have a good personality, good products to sell and find the right show, it can be lucrative & rewarding. Good luck!

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