Tips for Selling Your Art at Fine Art Festivals

watercolor of craft shopperIf you are considering selling your arts and crafts through various art festivals this year, here are some tips to consider. Most shows require a non-refundable entry or application fee, and if accepted a booth fee. The application fee can range from $10 -$25 and the booth fee can range from $50-$500 or higher depending on the show.

If you are accepted to the show, you will be required to display your work in a specified booth, generally a 10′ x 10′ display tent. E-Z UP tents are some of the most economical and convenient tents on the market. However, there are more expensive tents that are built from sturdier materials. Make sure you have weights and other braces to keep your tent stable if the weather is windy. Anchoring down the tent will save you a lot of trouble and headache if the weather becomes bad. Depending on what you are selling, you will need the proper display to present your work to the shoppers.

photo of art boothIf you have paintings, you will need wall displays to hang your work. Nylon mesh panels by Flourish are very durable and easy to setup with the appropriate wall braces. Other systems are available too, depending on your needs. A properly designed display will keep your work from damage, present it professionally to your customers, and aid with your inventory. You will also need a POS system. Many options are available, and choosing the right one for your art will benefit you greatly. Accepting credit cards is a must. Many customers find it convenient, so providing them with this option, as well as cash and checks will make checkout a lot easier.

watercolor of craft vendorsDon’t plan on standing all day – eights hours at a craft fair is long and tiring. A chair can put your feet at ease, and provide you with necessary relief. If you are selling fine art prints, you will want clear acid-free bags or wrap to protect your art. Remember, you are outdoors and protecting your art is your top priority. Also, print racks will aid in displaying your prints, and a sign or labels with clear pricing will give your booth improved functionality. If you have framed art, corner protectors are a good idea. Although framing corners can be bothersome, they can save you a lot of repairs later. Some picture frames can handle bumps and dings, however softer woods will nick with the slightest touch. Using stretch wrap and framing corners will give your work added protection. You can further protect larger pieces by using a blanket or moving covers to guard against scratches. Even a sheet of cardboard placed between works can stop breakage and punctures. If you have smaller works, you can wrap them in bubble wrap and transport them via a plastic tub. If you’re handy, you can build a wooden crate and line it with a 1/8″ foam insulator to keep out the moisture. Using a few silica gel packs is a good idea to fight moisture too.

Remember to bring petty cash to make change; a helper or two if you don’t want to do it alone; and a beautiful smile to warm the hearts of your customers. The list below are additional items you may find helpful to make your next event run smoothly.

  • Velcro
  • Sales Slips
  • Business Cards
  • String
  • S Hooks
  • Rag
  • Visa or Mastercard Sign
  • Sissors
  • Pocket Knife
  • Pens
  • Tool Box
  • Cell Phone
  • Highlighter
  • Portable Desk
  • Tape
  • Calculator
  • Bump-ons
  • Pricelist
  • Credit Card Printer
  • Cash Box or Money Bag
  • Plastic Bags (big and small)
  • Stapler
  • Camera
  • Address Book
  • Sales Tax Sheet
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Wipes
  • Lotion
  • Art Show Info Packet
  • Maps
  • Tent
  • Sand Bags
  • Stabilization Bars
  • Tent Walls
  • Print Racks
  • Table
  • Tarp/blanket
  • Cardboard
  • Artwork
  • Bug Spray
  • Broom and Dustpan
  • Sunscreen
  • Stretch Wrap
  • Trash Bags
  • Petty Cash
  • Pliers
  • Chair(s)
  • Umbrella

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