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Re: Outdoor Fairs

Pat, I'm wanting to take a class from you so you may be hearing from me.
I'm writing today because I've joined an artist co-op and my media will be
"paper."  I will have books, journals, etc.  And, as you can guess, I'm
having a real difficult time trying to figure out how to display them.
Most will be concertina, small; some with hard cover and others with soft
covers.  Can you at your convenience give some advise on that.  Of course,
I don't want them too fingered, but I also don't want people to be
intimidated in picking them up.  Thanks Brenda

> From: Pat Baldwin <patbooks@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Outdoor Fairs
> Date: Tuesday, May 12, 1998 4:26 PM
> Alana:
> Outdoor art fairs are a great way to sell your work. They attract lots of
> local people and, sometimes, local shops and galleries who may want to
> handle more of your work.
> That's the good news...
> They're a lot of trouble to set up and dismantle, some are expensive (so
> choose your fairs carefully for location and reputation), they're tiring
> boring (the first fair I did when I lived in California was a three day
> affair and I sold ZIP. At the end of the 3 days, I was virtually snarling
> the wandering crowd and wishing I'd never decided to be an artist).
> I think it's best to have your books in a case of some kind and handle
> for the most part yourself when showing them to the customer. They'll get
> less shopworn that way. And, yes, keep your prices as low as you'll
> for. It's always the low end stuff that sells first.
> Don't forget the sunscreen, a hat and plenty of water!
> good luck,
> Pat

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