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Erin Swann

Medium: Jewelry
Year you most recently exhibited at this Show:
Your Estimated Sales at this Show: $501-$2000
Price Range of your Work: 20-250
Number of Years You have Exhibited in this Show:
5-10 times
Number of Years You have been doing Art Fairs overall: 5-10 years
Attendance: (1 is poor, 5 is great) 5
Location: 4
Facilities: 3
Ease of Participating: 4
Sales: 3
Overall: 4
Booth Fee vs. Your Sales Ratio: Good
Estimated Attendance: Not really sure

Good Things about this Art Fair:
I love the crowd at this show, so many lovers of handcrafted work. Despite the drop in sales the last 2 years (been doing this show for 8), it still far surpasses the booth fee for me.

Volunteers are all very friendly.

Bad Things about this Art Fair:
The past 2 years they expanded and accepted a lot more vendors and jewelry now outnumbers ANY other genre by almost triple. That has hurt my sales more than anything, including weather!

2011 rained ridiculously for a while and it was cold and my sales barely took a hit. The last 2 years I've made almost half what I used to make.

A lot more cheap jewelry... which is just hard to compete with if you do labor-intensive work (metalsmithing).

Also spoke to a few other vendors I've known for years and they've noticed the same thing.

Advice to Other Artists Considering this Show:
If you have higher-end prices, go in knowing that you will be competing with lower cost jewelers.

I still do pretty well as I am in the middle as far as pricing goes - but I still get a lot of people who are interested until they see the price..

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