- Part 1: the postcards
- Part 2: the booklets
- Part 3: the vertical banner
- Part 4: the prints
- Part 5: putting it all together
I was able to easily assemble and disassemble my table, and it looked pretty good when it was all set up. There was so much to see at the show, I know I didn't see everything. Among the artists I was lucky enough to meet were Wylie Beckert, Scott Murphy, Sarah Silkwood, Will Kelly, Abigail Larson, Cory Godbey, Wes Burt, Justin Gerard, Annie Stegg, Noah Bradley and Eric Fortune. (Among many others!)
Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table to tell me that they read my blog! Hi guys!
Some highlights of the weekend:
- When Cory Godbey bought my art book. (!!!!)
- When a cute girl, a high schooler I think, got all giggly and twitterpated when she saw me, like I was some kind of celebrity.
- Hearing Justin Gerard gush about his new wife, Annie, and how wonderful she is. (awww)
- Receiving an unexpected pep talk about being true to myself from Sarah Silkwood
- Drawing a doodle in one of my art books for a customer:
- It's better with a booth buddy. I manned the table by myself on Friday, then on Saturday my dear friend Anna joined me and we shared a table. Everything was much more fun with her around. We were able to switch off running the table and browsing the show, or bringing food and snacks for the other. Despite the fact that English is Anna's second language, she was better at making small talk with visitors at our table than I was.
- There are two types of items: attention-getters and sellers. Beautiful, oversized prints and canvases attract foot traffic, but don't necessarily sell. I didn't see anyone in the artist alley sell a really big piece, but they did seem to stop people in their tracks and bring them over to the table. Once an interested visitor is at the table, they're more likely to buy small items. (This was my experience, anyway. I'm sure it's different if you're a well-known artist.)
- If you give something away for free, bring a lot of it. People will collect anything that's free. Every table had free business cards, many also had free postcards. I ran out of business cards on the last day. So if you're giving something away, bring at least three or four hundred copies.
- People like flipping through books. It's something they can interact with rather than just stare at, I guess. My art book was pretty popular (relative to the rest of my merch) and people spent time flipping through it and my portfolio.
My most popular items were the postcards, followed by the art book, then the prints. My original pencils did not sell at all; in fact it seemed like people hardly even noticed that they were there. So that's something for me to consider; maybe I need to change how they were displayed.