Monday, June 8
2 weekends a world apart
So, last weekend was 100 American Craftsmen and this weekend was Fairport Canal Days.
Last weekend was craft as art, catered lunches from a local restaurant, live jazz. This weekend was craft art mixed with imports and gourmet dog treats, 7 dollar lemonade in a reusable tin cup, elevator music from the steps of the village hall.
Last weekend, 5000 people visited the Kenan Center. This weekend, I heard 50,000 came to Fairport.
Last weekend I caught up with some art show friends I hadn't seen all Winter. This weekend I caught up with some art show friends I hadn't seen all Winter.
Last weekend I made twice as much sales as this weekend.
There are no guaranteed pay days in this business. You go out there and give it a shot, never being able to count on anything. Even the very best show can be rained out. Over the years you learn which shows work for you, which are just OK, which to avoid like a stick in the eye. All the while staying positive, working hard, keeping the creative spark going because, after all, that's what you are selling.
This business ain't for sissies, I tell you.