Friday, November 12, 2010

art every day month #12: production time

bizarre-bazaar

I was nursing a hangover this morning - the kind that comes with a kid who was sick all night long - and a most welcome phone call snapped me out of my beleaguered state. A spot opened up at our local annual funky art show, the Bizarre Bazaar at the Lawrence Arts Center, on Saturday, November 27. Whee! I've been out of town for all the others, but when we decided to stick around this year for Thanksgiving, I put my name on the waiting list just in case the crafty gods were willing to take a chance on me. And they did! The only catch is that I'm in one of four outdoor spaces (most of the show is indoors) so there's a chance the weather could doom me, as we're talking about Kansas in November, and all the prep could be for naught. But I'd like to do a few art shows next year, so regardless of how this one turns out, I'll be booth ready. This is the first time peddling my Artsyville wares at a show, and I am super excited about it.

I picked up my vendor packet this morning (and have to find out who did these postcards - I love them!), so my Art Every Day is all behind the scenes today doing my booth planning, inventory planning, production planning, product packaging design, business card design, banner design - basically all of those stragglers that have all been on my push-off-until-whenever list. Now I've got to do it in two weeks. Wish me luck, and if you have any strategies/ tips / suggestions on how to set up / plan / manage an outdoor booth in potentially crappo weather, I am all ears. And if you're local, please swing by and say hello - I'll be next to the front doors, in front of that groovy red sculpture!

26 comments:

AIMEELOVESYOU said...

Happy to met another Aimee! :)

Buffalo Lucy said...

Ohhh! How fun! I've never been to it either; we'll definitely have to go this year!

lori vliegen said...

congrats on snagging a spot in the show!!! i've never done had a booth, either, so i don't have any great tips to offer.....well, except maybe that when things get a little crazy, start working on a hangover of a different kind.....! (i hope your little one is feeling better today!)
good luck with all the booth prep! xox, :))

nacherluver said...

What good news! Hope the weather treats you right. ;)

Biomouse said...

Yay Aimee!! Congrats on your first show, I really hope the weather gods are kind and you have a great experience. Now if I could just be local :)

Karen Blados said...

Oh, YAY! Wish I lived closer, darn it!

Can't give you any advice on the outside question as I was inside last week, but I will say this -- don't sweat the small stuff. I drove myself crazy worrying about packaging and didn't sell one piece in the cute little bags I made!

Just try to have fun!

Jenny Blair said...

Oh how exciting! That news would definitely be enough to coax you out of the child induced hangover :) Good luck with all your preparations, I'm imagining a big ray of sunshine around your booth :)

Kat W said...

I hope your little one is feeling much better now & you get a decent nigh's sleep tonight. You have my sympathies, as a Mum of two I've so been there!

Congrats on getting a place in the show. Having had a good browse around your blog the last few days from what I've seen here I am sure you will do splendidly.

Kat :-)

alarmcat said...

This is exciting news. Yeah, I hope you don't freeze your fanny off! You never can tell in Kansas.

Eden said...

Congratulations Aimee!! Stock up, stock up, stock UP!! Cuz I'm sure you're going to do really well :D

Theresa said...

Well, first of all sorry about the hangover;) Was hoping at least vino or tequilla was the villian and hope the pup is better today.
CONGRATS on your show! Wish I had some experience to share but I do not...however, there is a blogger I follow who is much experienced:
Diane Salter found
http://dianesalter.blogspot.com/2010/11/enough-with-boxes-alreadyandwandai-hope.html
Heck, she may already be a follower? She's great and hoping she can give you some great advice:)

painted fish studio said...

this news is so exciting!

#1: bring fingerless gloves.
#2: arrange for multiple friends to drop by at different times of the day with hot drinks. said friends must also man your booth while you visit the bathroom.
#3: remember that you will want to make more inventory than will sell: take a deep breath and don't stress out about "is this enough of this item?!" otherwise you will go crazy.
#4: have pretty paperweights/rocks to hold loose items down if there's a breeze. i use 3m's clear removeable mounting squares to attach price information to my table - they come off clean, and your info doesn't fly away.
#5: have a pretty blanket or shawl to wrap around your shoulders: it's sure to be a conversation piece, and if it's cold, people will buy from you because they'll feel sorry for you.
#6: bring bags, business cards, and change.

that's all i've got for now (never ask me for advice, cuz you'll get it!). most of all, enjoy it - have fun!

cindy said...

oh wow, i can't keep up with you between your art every day month and now this. it will be so much fun - rain or shine and everywhere in between. in terms of weather, it can't be any worse than those people who were stranded on that cruise ship ;).

how about a nice thermos of something hot to drink and those little packets that heat up to keep you warm? try to capture email addresses for future shows. maybe have a little prize if people sign-up? enjoy your planning and the weekend! xo, c

Stephanie said...

Congrats!
I would invest or borrow an EZ-up tent if the venue isn't covered...other than that I think you got some really good advice. When I used to do my accessory shows I used to make sure I had a go-to item..something that was close to the entrance, that people could pick up, caught their eye..and was on the cheaper side. It gets people "in". Good luck!

susan in seattle said...

If your tent will have power, maybe you could have a portable heater near you. If no power, get one of those propane deck heaters that restaurants use here in Seattle almost year round so folks can eat outside. (they use em in Paris too - ooolala) Good luck on this!

Pat said...

Congrats Aimee! I've shopped at that particular show in my town and it's great fun. I can't wait to hear how it works out for you. I predict many lists happening in the next few weeks!

Kelly said...

Congrats on the show acceptance! Now if you have a tent, you will absolutely need weights for the legs of the tents. get pretty big pvc pipes and fill them with concrete. Use ratchet straps to hang them from each corner of the tent, resting on the ground and then use bungees to secure them to each leg. And definitely have comfy shoes, and warm clothes. Congrats and have fun!

Leah said...

oo exciting!! congrats on nabbing the spot for the bizarre bazaar!!

The Original Drama Mama said...

Bless those crafty gods of art! Best of luck, and here's hoping the Gods of Get it Done are with you :)

freebird said...

Yay! I take it it's hard to snag a spot. I hope the weather will hold up for you. I have no handy tips but I liked the one about pretty rocks. Bet your girls can make some of those lickety spit now that they've practiced on rectangles.

Hillcrest Cottage said...

Here is the random lurker posting a suggestion. It's great that you are right by the front door... however... people may give you a quick glance and scoot on in... unless... and the colder it is the more critical this point is... unless you give them a REALLY good reason to stop.
What about free hot chocolate? I don't know how big this show is... maybe you can think of a creative way to give the hot chocolate... I have found that if you give people food at a craft show, they feel guilty and at least take some time to look.
Also: a very eye-catching stand-up display
Hopes for much success!

Bella Sinclair said...

OOOOOOOOHHHH! OOOOOOOHHH!!! YAYYYYYY! SQUEEEEAAAAALLL!!! GO GO GO GO GO!!!

Jenn said...

Fantastic!! I'm so excited for you! We seem to be gone a lot for the happenings... I was invited one year to share a booth and hock my baby knits... but alas... my baby kept me from knitting enough to be hocked.

I will keep my fingers and toes crossed for good weather!

~superjenn

Candied Fabrics said...

Lots of good advice here! I was gonna say have a tent and get some lights up inside - it's bound to be grey!

I've also got a whole post on advice for folk doing an art/craft fair - take a gander if you haven't seen it!

http://www.candiedfabrics.com/2009/04/04/advice-to-folk-on-doing-a-craft-fair/

Can't wait to see a whole artsybooth setup!

AG Ambroult said...

that is fantastic that you got a space in Biz Baz. (but like I said, I'm mad at them, since they keep denying me year after year--for the BOSTON one;) )
My only advice for an outdoor show would be: be VERY wind conscious when planning you display. It really doesn't take much wind to send your product and/or display flying. I have seen absolute horror shows--artists ENTIRE tent sent airborne, displays smashing, ruining products.

Karen said...

HI! Aimee. I am at BizBaz too. I linked through Pam Carriker's blog--WOW, such a small world. I took two of her classes online and love her work. I really like your bright colors and fun sensibility. I will be upstairs in the north end of the art center. I look forward to seeing you there! (PS. This is my first year doing BizBaz) I'm Media Mixup, which you can find on fb. Karen