I even bought a piece of art, I'll try to get pics next blog. It's a mug, but once you see the picture you will understand why I had to have it. It's going to grace my work table and hold pens/markers etc.
I've had a question about how you set up for a show in the past, so I'm going to take the opportunity now to walk you through it.
I've talked before about the jury process in getting into the shows, but once you are in and on site....
Depending how how big the show is ( and I've done shows with 20 artists, and shows with 350) the first consideration is getting your car as close as possible to where you set up your tent, dump your stuff and then get the car moved as quickly as possible. You want to be as kind to your neighbor artists and not block access for them, anymore than you want to get blocked in .
We own a grand caravan, and it barely fits everything we need for a show and ourselves.
To do shows I have 2 cases of jewelry. These are light and easy to carry.
To sell these 2 cases of jewelry, I have to have the following :
2 shelf units
5 large tubs full of table cloths, display busts, bracelet holders, spinning racks, mirrors, jewelry pedestals, etc etc etc
small tub with show supplies: clips, spikes, bags, credit cards, business cards, tape, pens, cleaning supplies, shims, etc etc etc
mats for cushioning on hard cement
my tool bag
2-3 heavy bags full of jewelry components, beads, wire etc, so I can make adjustments to my jewelry on the spot for our customers. For local shows I take 2, and for long distance shows I take extra mix of stuff just in case someone wants something custom. I can't take everything though, so I've taken commissions at shows and then mailed the person the finished piece after the fact.
small bag of extra boxes /bags etc just in case we run low
If it's an indoor show we skip the tent and take an extra tub with lights in it.
We also have "light bars" that also serve to block wind on windy days.
So we drive to our spot, unload the car, Jerry and I set up the tent quickly, then he goes parks the car while I finish setting up the tent.
He comes back and we both set up tables and shelves and the light bars if needed. He makes sure the tent is weighted or staked, sets up sides as needed, etc.
While he's doing this, I work on getting the tables draped and digging out all the displays. I arrange the displays and run a quick cloth where needed for clean up.
then I get out the 2 bags and Jerry and I set out the jewelry.
then we hide or stash the empty tubs out of the way. I get out the cash box, receipt books, cards, brochure, pens, and credit card reader ( and check to make sure it's working)
Working together, we can get the booth set up and running in under 2 hours if conditions are optimal.
Conditions vary... ie, other cars are blocking our way, early customers, something wrong with our space ( say, a tree smack in the middle of our space..) bad weather, etc.
does that sound like alot of work?
|tent, tables, shelves, and displays are up, working on getting the jewelry set out|