The Balloon Man -- Is It Time For A Career Change?
Posted 18 August 2013 - 09:28 PM
Posted 18 August 2013 - 09:52 PM
one year i tried food. chili, bbq beef sandwiches and hot dogs at bluemont. only once.
Posted 19 August 2013 - 09:52 AM
Good Elephant Pottery
Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:23 AM
Contemporary Fine Colored Porcelain
TRY ... FAIL ... LEARN ... REPEAT
Posted 19 August 2013 - 01:12 PM
I wonder if the food vendors booths are more expensive, or if their food costs are much higher than the cost to produce art. Anyhow, I'm sticking to pottery too!
I have a friend who used to be a vehicle mechanic, in middle age he got out of that and went into the mobile catering trade - he makes a good living out of it, more than he ever did as a part time mechanic but the costs for a pitch at some of the major events (in the UK) can be in excess of £1000 per day (he gives those a miss).
Posted 23 August 2013 - 07:14 PM
I personally do not want to be a clown even for 100K
I am a potter
I and am not a fan of mohawks-
I like making and selling pots and the money is not why I got into this long ago-its not whay I'm still into it-I like working with clay and ballons where never what I wanted to play with.
If its easy big money one is after then by all means do not choose clay. Its heavy and dusty and will work you over time.
I will give you all a tip on easy money
Pick a large show in a large city thats HOT in summer and sell cold lemonade-have several booths-I know folks doing a few hundred K at this if its only money one is after. By the way if its a rainy cool weekend at show you will need a few mondo refrigeraors to store a few hundred gallons of juice. And it will go bad so you will have to think it thru-its easier than dealing with pesky kids all day and ballons from china busting.
On a side note I once knew a great ballon sales man who for many years published our at that time only guide to shows written by us artists-His name is Lee and his publication was called the crafts fair guide and was a west coast deal. He sold ballons at shows and gather our sales info and sold subscriptions at show as well.This started in the 70's and 80's-he sold it in the 90's.
I ran into him at a show a few years ago -he is flying a small plane around for fun-small world .
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