Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Art And Jewelry Shows

All last year I attended the First Thursday Fayetteville are walk in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is a three hour show filled with Arts and Music and Food. They tend to leave out the more country craft type people. It is a blast and the vending fee is only $20.

Tomorrow I will be attending again. I love doing smaller shows like this for many reasons. Mainly it is an inexpensive show with a decent amount of people. I would estimate that between 500 and 1500 people attend each month. Being able to put my products in front of that many people for $20 is some of the best advertising I will do all year long.

Do you have shows like this in your area? How do they work out for you? I will not be writing tomorrow but will be back on Friday. Until then, have a great day!


  1. I do loads of thesse shows myself...some of them turn out to be a waste of time...some are fantastic. What kind of return have you had with some of these smaller shows?

  2. christine,

    I have been doing shows off and on for over 25 years. I have had some really bad ones and some that were really great. I was also a booth owner at several renaissance faires and the same applies, some were great and others were not.

    I tend to look at the investment vs return. Booth fee for the show I just did was only $20, but we all know it cost more than that overall. It was about a 45 minute drive there and 45 minutes back. So there was gas, and food and other expenses.

    I did very well for this show given that it was only a 3 hour show. I also gave out about 100 business cards. That translates to money down the road.

    I have limited myself to very few shows and only ones that I know I can make a little money. Of course the type of show does matter. My metalwork and chainmail does not lend itself to arts and crafts shows but I do really well at art shows.

  3. We have a lot of little evening markets here, sometimes they're held jointly with a farmer's market, and sometimes on their own. I've never done any of these markets, but I've attended a few. Seems like they're mostly social events for the not-really-shoppers ... especially if there's any alcohol available.