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    Brentwood Fall 2008 Art Show Results

    LOML and I did the Brentwood Fall Art Show today. We had a good time at the show, but it was a bust. We sold a total of 1 pen for $40. Money-wise, it was the worst show we’ve done yet. Interestingly, the spring version of this show a few months ago was the best show we’ve ever done. Same affluent demographic, but people were being tight with their purses. All the vendors we talked to were having similarly dismal sales. It was a good-sized crowd, beautiful weather, and we had very positive responses from people who saw my stuff. Lotta people, but not many of them carrying purchased merchandise. This doesn’t leave me with a real warm and fuzzy feeling for next weekend in South Pasadena. Ah well, that’s the way the woodchips fly.

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    As I said, we did have fun. And I sold enough stuff mail order last week to cover our entry fee for this show.
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    I am glad you covered expenses. My few forays into venues such as this were not that successful. You have a beautiful set up and beautiful work. Folks just come to look at these things and buy cheap....IMHO.
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    At least you were not stuck in some wind and dust swept parking lot.

    I agree with Mike, a nice booth set up for sure, and your work is also great, you just need to hit that right market and client, and no, I don't have any other answer besides keep trying.....
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    Nice!

    Agreed. Very nice setup. Sorry to hear that you had the same luck as me. I hope your show next week is better. Hopefully this show will at least result in some mail order sales.

    Hutch

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    Vaughn, my first show is coming up this Friday, and I hope your results don't bode ill for mine! Better luck next week! I like your booth!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    LOML and I did the Brentwood Fall Art Show today. We had a good time at the show, but it was a bust. We sold a total of 1 pen for $40. Money-wise, it was the worst show we’ve done yet.

    This doesn’t leave me with a real warm and fuzzy feeling for next weekend in South Pasadena. Ah well, that’s the way the woodchips fly.
    Well, I see your problem - no booth bunny!

    If things get slow next week you can always drop over to the Gamble house for a tour!
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    Sorry to hear it didn't go well Vaughn. In my limited experience at A&C shows, success seem very hard to predict, kind of like fishing, you do all the right things...and nothing, then some times you pull them in one after another. Maybe it was the wrong moonphase. Hang in there!

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    Your booth display and your work certainly were not the reason for poor sales Tight wallets to blame.

    Hope the next show goes better!
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    Vaugh,
    Nice booth... like the lay out. Sorry you didn't do more. My first show this fall is coming in 2 weeks... last year was great... hoping for same success this year.
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    Vaughn, your work is outstanding. With the economy heading south, people are just extra cautious with their money.

    Better luck next weekend.

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