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Thread: Mission West Fall 2008 Show - Done Deal

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    Mission West Fall 2008 Show - Done Deal

    After last Sunday's dismal show in one of the highest-priced parts of town, I was braced for another sucky art show this weekend in South Pasadena. I had figured if this show was as slow as the last one, I'd probably be getting out of "show business" until the economy settles down again. (I can only absorb a limited number of $250 losses like last weekend.) Today was the first day of a two-day event. As it turns out, I think I'll stay in business for a while.

    Things were looking promising at this show from the get-go...I outdid last weekend's Brentwood sales total within the first 10 minutes of the show. Most of the morning was pretty slow, but things picked up in the afternoon. In addition to a pen and a potpourri pot, I sold three hollow forms and two bowls. I've already nearly tripled my entry fee in sales. I had one couple come in the booth and spend 20 minutes or so debating on what piece would look best in various locations in their house, and they ended up buying a nice NE bowl and a hollow form. Then about 15 minutes before the close of the show, they came back. They had gone home and liked how the first two pieces looked in their house, so they came back and after another 20 or 25 minutes of discussion, bought two more. (And all four pieces they bought are what I considered "showcase" pieces...the ones that draw people into the booth.)

    I'd post a pic of the booth, but it looks about like it did last weekend.

    But here's something you don't see at every art show:

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    The show was a few miles south of the Rose Bowl, and this pic was of the blimp headed home after the USC vs. Arizona game this afternoon.

    Anyway, it was a good day, and I'm hoping to add to it tomorrow. It looks like I'm gonna need to get busy and try to turn a few more showcase pieces between now and the two shows I have next month.
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    Congratulations Vaughn! Sounds like things went well.
    Darren

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    way to go Vaughn! Right time, Right place!
    -Ned

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    Congratulations. Targeting the right market is key to selling.

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    Great first day Vaughn, hope day 2 is even better. Helps make up for the ones that are not as good

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    Yeah, Vaughn!

    That should keep you in show business for a while longer!

    I've got my fingers crossed for more success today!

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Sounds like the fish are bite'n! Congrats!

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    Congrats Vaughn on what looks like to be a great show for you.
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    Vaughn, always like seeing your stuff so I'm glad you'll have to turn some more "showcase" pieces and post them for us to see. Congrats on the sales.

    Ken Easley
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    Well, the second day made up for the first. Didn't sell a thing all day.

    Still not a completely bad day. We had a good time with our booth neighbors, and as always, the people-watching was entertaining. I did put a couple pieces on consignment in a gallery just down the street from where my booth was. I first talked to the lady who runs the gallery last year (at this same show) and I decided to try a couple pieces as a bit of a test run.

    All in all, it was still my second-highest sales numbers for a show. Now I've got a bit less than a month to get some more pieces made for the next show.
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