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« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2013 02:42:33 PM »

The term "fills up quickly" is a scam to get vendors signing up out of some fear there won't be any spaces left. As soon as I see that on an application, it goes in the circular file as that's the first indication they don't know what they're doing.

Thanks for that tip ! As I'm a newbie, I don't want to be the ginea pig for craft show organizer newbies too!
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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2013 03:10:56 PM »

The term "fills up quickly" is a scam to get vendors signing up out of some fear there won't be any spaces left. As soon as I see that on an application, it goes in the circular file as that's the first indication they don't know what they're doing.

Thanks for that tip ! As I'm a newbie, I don't want to be the ginea pig for craft show organizer newbies too!

Though I have been doing craft shows a year, I am still learning how to make things better, set up more quickly, make the booth look better, etc.  One thing I've learned is to go with more established craft shows.  Like you, I don't want to be someone else's guinea pig.  I know they have to start somewhere but not with me.  Cheesy

I have made a personal decision not to go to the "craft fairs" or flea market style where whatever is allowed.  In particular I am applying to those who have only crafts & food & excludes b/s merchandise.
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Chris in VT
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2013 04:28:10 PM »

You will be looking for "juried' shows. That can be a two edged sword. What is the jury looking for? Many times it's just to make sure no B/S is allowed. But someone will always lie and get in anyway. So always be prepared to see it at every show you do. 90% of the promoters will not eject the offenders.

As the shows go up in prestige the jury looks for quality of the work. So the pros have professional photographers take the jury photos.

Also real juried shows don't cost $50.  They can run upwards of $250 to $600 for a weekend. And you get the proverbial 10x10 space with two chalk marks on the floor and a plug if you paid the extra $50 for electricity. Note: ALWAYS pay for power and bring lights!

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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2013 05:26:49 PM »

You will be looking for "juried' shows. That can be a two edged sword. What is the jury looking for? Many times it's just to make sure no B/S is allowed. But someone will always lie and get in anyway. So always be prepared to see it at every show you do. 90% of the promoters will not eject the offenders.

That is true that it can be a two edged sword and knowing what they are looking for.  I don't know anyway to keep people from lying to get in.

As the shows go up in prestige the jury looks for quality of the work. So the pros have professional photographers take the jury photos.

I have not had professional pics done.  I have 200+ products and it would be quite expensive to have all that photographed, even in groupings ... especially when I add new products on a regular basis.  I use my digital camera and a flash and make sure it comes out with enough light but not over lit.  I can also use my photo correction in my photo program which helps color correction and to straighten the photograph, if needed.

Also real juried shows don't cost $50.  They can run upwards of $250 to $600 for a weekend. And you get the proverbial 10x10 space with two chalk marks on the floor and a plug if you paid the extra $50 for electricity. Note: ALWAYS pay for power and bring lights!

I know what you mean.  I have not been in any 2 day shows, only 1 day shows.  They cost me about $150.  I know of some 2 day events are in the $250 range that I may apply for next year.  I only know about the shows I've done in Louisiana.  Mostly what you get is what you described ... chalk marks on the floor or stakes in the ground.  Electricity is always extra.  Nothing is provided.
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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2013 04:02:55 AM »

Don't photograph every item, just a representative sample of your work.

Usually juries want 3 photos of your work and one of your display. We have been known to set up the display in the driveway in march here in Vermont, and as soon as we get it photographed, we hurry to tear down as a snowstorm is coming. As we look back on some of our display photos, we can see 3 feet of snow in the background.
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« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2013 05:56:39 AM »

Don't photograph every item, just a representative sample of your work.

I have photos of everything I make so when orders are placed I can remember what I need to do ... I make custom coasters but have a LOT of designs people can pick from.  Most people just pick from designs I already have.  But none of the photos are professionally done.

Usually juries want 3 photos of your work and one of your display. We have been known to set up the display in the driveway in march here in Vermont, and as soon as we get it photographed, we hurry to tear down as a snowstorm is coming. As we look back on some of our display photos, we can see 3 feet of snow in the background.

LOL That is funny about the snow.  For photos of the product, I just print copies of however many they require, usually 3.  For photos of my booth set up I have taken photos of my booth actually set up at a craft show.

I will be applying to a show that requires a photo of the artist/craftsperson actually working on their product.  Will have to get dh or dd to get that for me.
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