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Glenn Jacobs
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May 6th, 2023 at 2:18pm
 
I'll be attending my first "art" show next week. Did pre-run setup this morning to check out everything. Think I'm ready.

Asking for prayers, thanks

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Reply #1 - May 6th, 2023 at 2:28pm
 
When people approach your booth stand up and smile.

Start a conversation about your work, engage them about what you do and the types of wood you use.   

Most importantly... Have Fun!

I'm my wife's wingman and we just got back from a show today. She does well selling her pottery
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Reply #2 - May 7th, 2023 at 9:23am
 
What Ron said.  I've seen many artists just sit in the back of their booth and almost scowl.  Not real inviting.  Customers like to hear stories about the piece.  I've sold a lot of things after telling about something special about the wood, problems encountered, etc.   The one bowl I haven't been able to sell is what is called "the scowly face bowl".   A little boy about 4 told me he didn't like one bowl because it was scowling at him.  Look at it from his perpective, a small knot and a couple of bark inclusions looks like a face that is scowling.

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Some people are like slinkies... totally worthless but it puts a smile on your face when you push them down the stairs.
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Reply #3 - May 7th, 2023 at 9:38am
 
Thanks for the advice and I'll be sure to smile till it hurts.

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Reply #4 - May 8th, 2023 at 8:57am
 
Glenn Jacobs wrote on May 7th, 2023 at 9:38am:
Thanks for the advice and I'll be sure to smile till it hurts.


It always hurts when I have to smile  Grin ouch Undecided

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Reply #5 - May 19th, 2023 at 11:28am
 
Update:The show was postponed due to weather? Only things is the weather that Saturday was just what you'd have asked for for an outdoor show. Sunny, cool breeze, slightly overcast. Oh well, ready for next time.

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Reply #6 - May 19th, 2023 at 4:22pm
 
We where at a show once when 30+mph winds kicked up and started blowing many venders canopies around. Many people had lost a lot of product. I place 40lbs of weights on each leg and when possible I use two stakes on each leg. As soon as the winds started to pick up we moved all of her pottery to the ground and placed the tables on their sides to protect them. She didn't lose a thing. The ones who lost the most where the ones whose neighbors didn't secure their canopy.

I make it a point to bring extra rope and stakes in my tool box to every outdoor show we do and gladly lend them to our neighbors if needed.
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