Q&A from Craft Shows: When's Your Next Show?
The fun and the trick to talking to people at craft shows and arts festivals is to figure out what they are really asking when they ask a question. Sometimes, both the question and the answer is straight forward. Sometimes, there is more to a question than first appears. One of these questions is "When is your next show?" (It's August 19, 2017 at the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival from 9 am to 3 pm).
This question, "When's your next show?", can have different meanings, depending on when in the conversation it occurs. For some, I think the question signals a bit of a trust-building exercise. They're learning about the artist, the business, and want to know the reliability of the seller. Early on, they ask "When's your next show?", but I suspect they really mean "How reliable are you?" and "Are you going to be around for a period of time or are you fly-by-night?" My plan is to be around for the duration!
For my artwork, with my price-points, this question often comes from people seeing my work for the first time. They may be interested, but need to and want to think about it before making an investment. It might take seeing my artwork two, three, maybe even four or five times before they're ready to make a purchase. (Which is fine by me, because I love seeing familiar faces at shows!).
Still other people like to follow their favorite artisans and craftspeople to different shows throughout the year. They enjoy the outdoor shows in the summer and the indoor shows closer to the holidays. They like supporting local business people and look forward to seeing what's new. Again, it's always lovely to see familiar faces at shows. I, too, enjoy catching up on the news and seeing how my friends and followers are doing as the year progresses.
Keep those questions coming!
Save the date for my next show: Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival, Winthrop, ME. June 19, 2017. Rain or shine. 9 am to 3 pm.
For more Q&As from Craft Shows, check out the following blog posts: