When I started my business in March of 2007, I did not realize how much searching it would take to find places to sell my hand crafted jewelry, but there are some tips I can give which I am already following for my 2008 festival circuit.
Find a state map of the state you live in.
- I usually search for a map on the internet
- I also look for a map that does not have every single city on it because in general, the more attended shows are in cities that are on a somewhat un-detailed map.
- I usually start my search with cities that I am willing to drive to.
Then I search for the cities chamber of commerce web page.
Usually the local chamber of commerce webpage has a listing of all the events for the year
- Sometimes there is even a link to an art fair that may have a strange name that wouldn’t have come up by searching generic terms such as “art fair Marquette, MI“
- If I find a particular fair I am interested in, I look for the artists that we in the show last year and find their personal web pages and get a feel for the type of work that is at this show.
- Also, I look for links off of the festivals page for other festivals in the area, you can also look at the links on other local artists web pages.
Ask experienced people in from your local area
- I generally ask people about their festival circuits.
- I try to ask people who are either not working in the same medium as me or, I talk to people who have stopped doing festivals, but have had experience in selling the same types of items I am selling
- I would say that this is a pretty accurate way of finding lucrative venues, but don’t take this as your only guide. There are other factors such as the what type of item they may have been selling compared to the market. Also, the economy is changing all of the time, so do not expect anything that may have happened 10 years ago for someone else.
I would like people to leave comments on ideas that have worked for your festivals, or if you have any ‘outside the field’ advice it is more than welcome!
Lake Superior Beach Glass and Sterling Silver Bracelet (not for sale) and Ring (sold)