Absolutely nothing gets my art peddling juices flowing more than a great outdoor art festival! After participating in shows all over the eastern seaboard for many years, I've come to believe they are the perfect outlet for any artist who does not show in galleries. Why?
Would you like to try selling your art this way?
If you would, then here's what you will need. It's a fairly hefty outlay, but this equipment will last you for years and years. I'll show you the best deals I've found right here:
First, you'll need a tent.
This one from 123Stores.com comes with one sidewall. You can get tents that have four walls, separation panels to hide your stuff behind, and extension canopies. The price has come down on these show tents, so shop around for the best deal.
You'll also need racks to hang your work on. These could be the most expensive part of your display, so if you can get the used, do it! They range from thousands for the padded panels that snap together to the kind that I use, metal mesh panels that require a bit more work to set up. I recommend checking Ebay and Craigslist first. Otherwise, search the net for deals.
This little hand truck will pay for itself ten times over your first year. It's around $45 and carries a lot in one trip, then folds flat for storage. Also at 123Stores.com
Once you have all your equipment and art at the site and set up, you'll want a combo chair/desk/storage unit like this one: An absolute necessity for art shows.
Next time, I'll post about ways to sell art at an outdoor show, including how to frame your work to avoid turning prospective buyers off. See you then!
SEE ALSO: SIX TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR WORK AT ART FAIRS
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