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bbbaldie
06-16-2016, 09:59 AM
I do one show a year: the Bentonville Art Walk (I think they called it Art Show this year). Last year, at my first-ever show, I sold two originals and a dozen prints. This year, I had much better stock, including nicely framed watercolors and inks, as well as mini-prints that sit on their own easels (10 bucks a pop) and lots of prints in color and B&W.

Unfortunately, the city decided to change things up and turn it into a massive waste of two days that cost me 170 bucks in registration fees.

The previous year, we had main street blocked off. This year, they had us tucked in a parking lot a block off the main square which was blocked for half of Saturday by two city vans that kept us out of sight from the square traffic (farmer's market going on). There were signs posted around the square advertising us, but according to staff, they kept disappearing.

The result was 1/4 of the traffic I got last year. And 50 bucks in sales of mini-prints and regular prints.

Not to mention that it was sweltering heat, and the artist's lounge that was included in the entry fee wasn't open until 11:00 AM (I was told by staff, more on that). It was also 250 yards from the show, ensuring that at least ten minutes of unmanned booth would be the result of visiting it.

And Sunday was one long rainstorm.

When it was over, I emailed the person in charge and told her that it was a nightmare, and that I would need a refund to consider returning the next year. I received the customary apologies, but I was told to suck it up. The artist lounge was open at 8:30, I was given bad info, sorry about that. The signs were posted and there was no evidence that any had been removed (this gal never actually visited the show). We didn't block main street because last year artists complained about being flooded (there was a big rain an hour before closing on Sunday, but we were certainly flooded in our more obscure location).

So that was that. I'm so discouraged, pisst, and cash-poor that I'm thinking I'll never do a booth show again. There are shows in towns that are about twenty miles from here, but I'm so burnt out now that I don't know if I can do it. I do have a lot of inventory that needs to go somewhere, though.

Any ideas?

Susan Mulno
06-16-2016, 06:08 PM
Wow, sounds like they burned you and your compatriots this year. Sorry it was a bust. :unhappy:

Mel_Robertson
06-16-2016, 06:47 PM
thats the worst luck ever baldlie, sorry I can only suggest listing on the ebay art category for sales, thats where I'm about to start I'm sure things will get better soon

bbbaldie
06-17-2016, 07:06 AM
thats the worst luck ever baldlie, sorry I can only suggest listing on the ebay art category for sales, thats where I'm about to start I'm sure things will get better soon

Keep us posted. :-)

abt2k15
06-17-2016, 07:21 AM
what about doing your own events with the help of mighty facebook? obviously i cannot tell how it is in your country but due to my proffession i come across
alot people that sell artsy products and try to cope with industry. they go to faires and sell stuff but the main benefit comes from people who look at their stuff
take a card with them and later on at home buy from the internet.

so what happens is that they kind of develop a network with regular events and it keeps growing. i know because i had to create an online shop for someone
who is hosting such events. they expanded to 4 cities already and started with being just a shop where small artists could sell their things for a fee.

http://www.elbrausch-designmarkt.de/galerie/

the first video is with english subtitles. maybe it explains better what i mean.