I had so much fun at the craft fair today. It was a success from all angles. Having done a few art shows and craft fairs now, I can say I know at least a few tricks of the trade. My husband Andres and I learned on our own what works for us and what doesn’t. I’m sure there is still a lot I could glean as I do more and more, but in the meantime I thought I’d share what has made art shows smoother for us.
1. Have support
Spouse, partner, friend, family. Have someone to bounce creative process ideas around. I’ve been stuck many times about colour choices and composition and it’s wonderful to have someone to talk it out with.
2. Value your work but don’t be greedy
Don’t sell yourself short – how long does it take to make your pieces? Are you pricing accordingly? Be proud of what you are selling.
3. Scissors, tape and string
You never know when you’ll need them!
4. Have snacks along
In the excitement it is easy to forget to eat. Have things to munch on so when you do feel hungry you can have something immediately.
5. Bag it
Have a way to take your pieces home safely. A gallery curator told me that wrapping paintings in saran wrap saves the corners. Affordable and effective!
6. Dress appropriately
You don’t know if your venue will be cold or hot, so my suggestion is to dress in layers so you can feel comfortable.
7. Have an appropriate float ready
8. Be friendly and respectful of other vendors
This might seem like common sense, but I often see people being rude or careless. Create a warm atmosphere and take care to befriend other people. They will be much more apt to help you if you help them. (A good example is if you need a coffee break or bathroom break and you are the only one manning your table … having someone watch your things while you are away is important!)
9. Have fun
Regardless of how much you sell or don’t sell, enjoy the connections you are making with other artists. This can come in handy at times you don’t expect. Also, remember that you are getting exposure which is valuable marketing.