dust stuff #13: Fall Art Show

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 10-31-2012 01:34 PM 1717 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I would share the picture of my table at the small art show I was in last weekend.

While this show seemed a bit slower than the one in the spring, but I still did rather well. I had hoped to sell a few more boxes, but I try to go in prepared to take everything home. I believe the biggest thing, is that I am above the price range of the people who visit the show. I think for the spring show next year, I will try to make more smaller boxes. I have yet to sell my higher end boxes there and I am pretty sure I would have sold more if I had more in the low to mid price ranges. The show is just to small for my more elaborate work.

Thanks for taking a look and as with everything, it was a learning experience.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 10-31-2012 01:39 PM

That’s the toughest part. Right product for the right clientele at the right place and time. Excellent job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-31-2012 02:07 PM

hope you have better lock next year

-- Joel

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#3 posted 11-01-2012 12:29 AM

I tried a couple of local craft shows a couple of years ago and learned quickly that these are usually visited by people that forgot their credit cards at home and only brought a wee bit of folding money with them…maybe enough for a corn dog or two. They seem to want the under $50 pieces when they decide to cut loose with their money.
It is best…especially with nice work like yours to go for the high end juried shows. I have had excellent results at these shows and meet people who have and will spend money for what the like.

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#4 posted 11-01-2012 12:41 AM

Maybe the next show there will be folks that will be interested in your higher end boxes


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#5 posted 11-01-2012 02:05 AM

The lower end boxes just aren’t nearly as much fun to design and build. I’ve kind of resigned myself to not selling anything but I am going to build what I enjoy and just maybe I’ll find someone who will appreciate it. It appears you are in the same position. Your stuff is beautiful and we know what went into it. Greg seems to have the best approach to selling these nicer pieces. Best of luck my friend. And continue doing what feels best to YOU!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 11-01-2012 03:35 AM

Don’t compete on price Joey, It’s a downwardly slop.

Some of those boxes are really nice. I am not saying that just to leave a nice comment.

I think your idea to have smaller boxes for the price sensitive folks is good.

Wish you well.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 11-01-2012 12:35 PM

Let’s face it…....... People don’t have jobs, that means they don’t have money…...

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 11-01-2012 01:37 PM

Hey guys, thanks for all the ideas.

@Greg, that’s and excellent idea and I would like to get into the bigger shows, but that’s a major investment I am not yet prepared to take on. I am hoping I can begin to head down that road next year.

The lower end boxes are smaller, simpler, and quicker to build and usually build from scrapes that would either sit around until I needed it for an inlay or go up in smoke. While these are not my favorite to build, they do have their place in the shop.

My high end boxes are either commissions or someone on facebook sees them and buys them. The great thing about the show is that I get a chunk of money at one time, but most of my sales comes from facebook.

Business is tough these days, but there are people willing to spend the money on art, it’s just a matter of finding them.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#9 posted 11-02-2012 02:09 AM

Joey, I like dealing with galleries. It cost 40% in sales, but I don’t have any hassle, and I can build whatever makes me happy. I price my work around $200.

-- Big Al in IN

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