Thursday, September 11, 2008

Weekend Chat Line..."Singin In The Rain"

Well here I go again.
I'm heading to Springfield, Ill. tomorrow afternoon to set up for the weekend. Another art fair and another rainy weekend forecast!! AM I SINGING...I don't think so!

I had to wait for the rain to stop so I could load the van today and the outlook for the weekend is pretty gloomy...rain (several inches in the forecast) for the entire weekend. I just hope I can get the tent set up (without rain) and get it taken down (without rain)...what it does in between I will just have to tolerate. I know it's part of the game, but this season has been particularly WET!!

As discussed before I'm prepared, with everything covered in plastic...but even with this, rain just tries your patience, your mood, your attitude, your disposition....lets see, is there anything else? Oh Yes! slows the crowds down. Yet I will say those who do come out in the rain are usually buyers. Actually I've had pretty good shows on rainy days, if you could believe that.

So, considering this dreary forecast I guess I need to give myself a little pep talk...because at the moment my attitude is not good. I had high hopes for these last three art fairs. They are local, I come home each night which is nice. They have a history of excellent sales and I was hoping for the same again this year.

Lincoln, (my last art fair and one of the three) was not good. Now this weekend"s weather forcast threatens art fair #2. Oh well, on the positive side , only one to go after this and I'm done carting tent and art for the season.

I'm always ready for my show season to end so I can seriously get back to "making art" instead of sitting at art fairs trying to "sell art". Don't get me wrong...SELLING ART IS A GOOD THING! But as most artists I would rather be in the studio "creating art". This season, I'M REALLY READY for the end to come.

I know from your blog posts and emails that many have been following my show season this summer via my blog posts.
So I ask: Are any of you showing? How have your sales been...better or worse than last year? Have you experienced any of the "radical" weather this season as I have.
The "Chat Line" is open...I look forward to your comments and please feel free to comment on what others have to say. Remember...when you share, others are blessed.

By the way, if you live close to Springfield, Illinois...please come (rain or shine) would love to meet you. The art fair is in Washington the shadow of the Carillon, which chimes regularly. It's beautiful, even in the rain. (the one positive thought for the moment)



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Lisa Ullrich said...

Hi Marsha,

I know what you mean about this rainy weather and our moods. I am not very peppy with this kind of weather hits.

I have not sold anything. I only have a handful of drawings done and I had planned on selling something by the end of the year. I was just thinking today that I should post some items on etsy and see where that takes me. I am a little unsure of pricing since I have never tried to sell before.

I hope the rain isn't getting you too wet. Where I am at, there is a lot of rain and flooding. Best of luck to you on your sales.

Take care,

Susan Carlin said...

Sending you wishes for a fabulous, dry weather show!

Dianne Poinski said...

Hi Marsha,

Hope your weekend went ok.
After barely covering my expenses at Sausalito, I have decided to take a break from shows next year. It was a difficult decision to make, but it feels good.

Take care,

Marsha Robinett said...

Thanks to all for the well wishes for good weather. I'd like to say it worked...but we had a wash out on Saturday night and Sunday.

One show to go this season.

Your encouraging comments are uplifting...despite the rain and low sales.

Thanks so much.

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