Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Art Festivals

Years ago, when I was making and selling cloth hand puppets, I used to do the craft fair circuit. The first couple were fun, but after that it got to be a lot of time and work for very little return. It’s hard to listen to people discuss your creations as if you weren’t sitting there. And it’s tiring to spend a day and not get any sales. I said, "That’s it, I’m not doing this anymore.

Now, many years later, the internet has revolutionized the craft market, but the fairs and festivals are still around. Recently, through my membership in the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance, I had the opportunity to participate in the Annapolis First Sunday Art Fair Several League members would be sharing booths so I wouldn’t be sitting out there all alone. I had different wares, so I decided to try again.
It was fun to decide how best to display the jewelry and to create a "shop" that would appeal to the crowd. Besides jewelry, I also planned to sell notecards made with photographic reproductions of my paintings. At the last minute, I decide to bring along some small framed and unframed paintings. But I didn’t expect anyone to buy one off the street.

I’d like to say that the day was a huge financial success. At least I made more money than I spent. I thought I would sell some notecards (sold 1) and maybe some inexpensive jewelry (sold 2), but I did sell TWO paintings. A day well spent. And it gave me the confidence to try again.


  1. Congratulations on the sale of the TWO paintings!!That's wonderful! :D

  2. Ahh, those were the days! At least we had each other! They were more fun to make than to sell. I am in awe of your paintings! Great job!

  3. Congratulations to you! I never did consider what it must be like to sit there and have someone discuss your work! Glad it payed off for you in the end. :)

  4. Nice post and blog!!

    So glad I found you through the Etsy Blog Team!
    I am your newest blog follower. :)
    Looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts!

    I welcome you to check out my art blog, too!

    Mary C. Nasser

  5. Congratulations on selling two paintings! I've had similar experience with early craft fairs. Sounds like sharing a booth was not only fun but successful!

  6. Good for you for going out there--I only did it once and it was a bust. I need to get back on the horse.