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Reply #15 - Jul 4th, 2019 at 10:26am
 
I should have put a smily face after my comments.  Wink My daughter does shows for her monogramming bussiness and I might just put a few items in her booth when she's not looking.
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Reply #16 - Jul 4th, 2019 at 10:43am
 
Actually George, that is a good strategy. Every booth needs some help, if nothing else, just for potty/coffee recycling station and food breaks. You can also see what people are interested in and get feed back. I also always traded for Christmas gifts. You can also get leads on wood...

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Reply #17 - Jul 6th, 2019 at 8:32pm
 
One day shows outside are a lot of work. Drive early in the morning, set up the tent and set up the products, sit all day and take it all down and drive home. The next day you have to unpack it all. I am obligated for a one day show fifty mile drive but this will be the last year.
Shows need to be at least 20,000 attendance.
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Reply #18 - Jul 16th, 2019 at 10:11am
 
Just finished the Oregon Country Fair, my most fun and profitable show ever. The last few years, plates and platters have outsold the shallow and deeper/more standard bowl shapes. This year, the other way around... That's Show Business....

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Reply #19 - Jul 17th, 2019 at 6:51am
 
How much inventory do you bring to sell?  My wife wants to do some shows (she’s a quilter) and figures we could share a booth or two.... I am dragging my feet because I feel  we would need more turned pieces than I have. I still have a 40 - 60 hour work week to dance around for a few more years.
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Reply #20 - Jul 17th, 2019 at 9:07am
 
Don't necessarily think there is a required minimum to make a good appearance.  Of course, the less you bring the less you can sell, but too many items and customers struggle to make a choice.  Doubtful today that customers are worried that a vendor is well established or will be in business for a number of years.  Etsy and other mail order reduced or eliminated that concern.
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Reply #21 - Jul 17th, 2019 at 9:29am
 
If you're thinking about sharing a booth with another artist, make sure it's ok with the show organizers.  Most of the shows I go to have a rule of one artist per booth, unless it is collaborative work and must be of the same medium. 

They also recommend you bring enough product to last through the show.  I've only known of one artist (fused glass) who sold out of everything she brought.  She ended up taking orders and asking if she could deliver customers' purchases so she could have items on display.
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Reply #22 - Jul 17th, 2019 at 9:58am
 
I try to bring twice as much as I hope to sell. For the show I just did, sales are usually in the $2500 range, so $5000 worth of bowls would be 170 or so bowls and other stuff. I think I had about 120 bowls and came back with maybe 20.... I figure all of my products average in the $30 range per sale, so lots of $5 to $30 stuff. I generally figure I sell the same $ worth in large and small pieces, so lots more smaller pieces go, but some of the big ones move too. You just never know.

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Reply #23 - Jul 17th, 2019 at 10:35pm
 
Robo, yup you just can't be totally in the high end. People like thirty dollar area. I make some smalls and sell them well. I have sold a lot of spatulas. Got good at making them and can keep the price down. I've had to discount bowls to sell them. Again around thirty. Thumbs Up
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Reply #24 - Jul 18th, 2019 at 7:31am
 
Here's a website geared towards applying to juried shows. Its free to artists

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