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:
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.