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#1 Chris Campbell

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 08:26 PM

I myself cannot believe it, but after about thirteen years exclusively in wholesale, I will be manning a rented pop up tent at a garden/craft sale this weekend. B)  Of course, I have long ago sold my booth, the lighting, the pedestals and shelving, so I will be using the good old tables and shelves like your basic newbie.

 

This is a beautiful garden/artisans show that I have been attending for about twenty years.  I have been missing the one to one contact with customers and decided this was the perfect place to re-connect. So here I go .. I will try to do as tell others to do, :wub: behave myself with snippy customers <_< and have fun with the lovely ones who attend year after year :D  .... and just hope that the nightmare ones :angry:  stay home and watch tv or play video games.

 

 


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 08:34 AM

Good luck and have fun, don't let the snippy or difficult customers get to you.  Just roll your eyes as they walk away and remember it takes all kinds of people to keep life interesting.    Denice



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Posted 30 May 2014 - 08:40 AM

Knock em dead, Chris!
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Posted 30 May 2014 - 08:44 AM

Hope to see you at Larkspur on Sunday!  Good luck.



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Posted 30 May 2014 - 08:57 AM

I'm in the same boat booth-wise, Chris. I finally got rid of my booth (more like a 'portable gallery') since I don't do fairs anymore ..... but still do have the Abstracta shelving units and all the track lighting from it.

 

There is a local home-town fair that I am considering doing for PR purposes now. Might have to buy a basic pop-up tent with sidewalls for it. "What goes around comes around." ;)

 

Good luck.

 

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 03:07 PM

have fun Chris, shows at garden related venues tend to have more upscale customers who are usually knowledgeable.  at least they are not  as "Snippy" as other places.  tables can be good bases for risers, old clay boxes covered with cloth work well to alter the look of one loooonnnnnggg slab top.


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#7 Chris Campbell

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 04:58 PM

Well, the rented EZ up tent was really easy to put up ... Bonus!
I don't have to deal with payments at all ... Another Bonus!
Good location ... Nice again.
Bought a six foot banner sign from Vista print with my artwork on it and contact info on it ... looks great.
All good omens in place.
Bring on the crowds!!! ..... Or not.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 04:20 AM

Sure you haven't got that piece in a different colour"out the back :D  :D ??"

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#9 Chris Campbell

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 05:55 PM

Educated clients, nice people ....
Decent sales .....
Tired legs and sore feet ...
Ego intact .... So far!

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 07:48 PM

Yay! After recently reading the thread on "worst art fair stories," it's great to hear that you had a succesful re-entry into the scene.


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 10:10 AM

Thanks for the report Chris. Your display looks really sharp, and love the banner!

I remember thinking a few years back that I needed a "fancier" display, with hard walls and pedestals and things like that, but am so glad I never went that route. My display consists of folding tables, shelves and risers too, all designed for lightness and speed. In recent years, I have streamlined it even more. "If it doesn't impact sales, it stays home." On a regular basis, other artists tell me at shows "I'm very envious about how easily you set up."

There is a large show producer that does not accept any booth that contains folding tables. Shelves and pedestals only, they say. One of their shows is in my area. I would like to try it, but I'm not willing to change my display for them.
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Posted 01 June 2014 - 07:46 PM

I agree totally Mea ... easy break down is key. Tonight we were gone in about one hour and a half which was about 45 minutes too long for me!
I picked a great show to be in ... I had attended it as a customer for fifteen years and knew the background of the people. Low key, home town and a great focused crowd. I did not have any rude customers at all which is truly a bonus.
For whatever reason I needed the connection to the real end users of my work ... I am going to let the experience percolate for a bit and find out why I had to do it.

On a new twist ... I have already had two emails from people who bought my work ... One with images of where they put it in their homes ... That's new for me.

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 07:48 PM

She has survived!  Yay!  ;)

 

best,

 

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 08:53 PM

(For whatever reason I needed the connection to the real end users of my work)

‚ÄčThis point is what keeps me going.

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 09:14 PM

Sorry to have missed meeting you.  I was actually in your booth twice today, but you were busy helping other customers.  What a nice setting for a sale and the weather was great.  This was my first time going to Larkspur, but it will not be my last.  

 

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#16 Chris Campbell

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:01 AM

So sorry I missed you! I had a really hectic time from about twelve to two ... would have enjoyed meeting you.
Next year will be the 20th year for the show ... amazing gardens and property.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 12:41 AM

chris, congrats first, second does the venue have a gift shop?  if so, you know what the third thing is.


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 09:56 AM

chris, congrats first, second does the venue have a gift shop?  if so, you know what the third thing is.


No gift shop ... It's a private home with a lovely garden they open to the public once a year.

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