Monday, September 29, 2014

Art Squared Art Fair: My Experience

Since Ashleigh and I had registered for a booth at the outdoor art fair called Art Squared in Fountain Square two weekends ago, I was a bit concerned about the Hoosier September weather. Would it rain, or be too cold? We had purchased a canopy but there's just so much a canopy can do during inclement weather. Well, as it turned out we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day for the event as you can see.

Images of Fountain Square, just southeast of downtown Indianapolis


This was my first experience in doing something like this. I researched and prepared as much as I could, but I knew there would be more things I would learn. Here's my side of our booth with one of Ashleigh's drawings on the far right.


I had a vision to paint this vintage metal dollhouse to use as a display piece. It worked out very well.


The night before, I sewed these hankies onto a long piece of lace to add a little vintage pizzaz to the entrance of the booth.

A view of Ashleigh's side of the booth on the left.

What did I learn? It was a great experience to see how shoppers reacted to my products.  I sold a mix of all of the things I had there. It was the first time I used my credit card "Square" reader for those who wanted to charge their purchases. Ashleigh ran the charges for me as she had done it before. I was afraid I would make a mistake so I observed this time. I learned that the table covers were too long and quickly became a safety concern with the blowing winds. I needed to fix that. Since we had never had a canopy before, I learned from seasoned booth workers how to put weights onto the legs of the canopy so it wouldn't blow away. Besides that, I learned how to work with customers.

There were all kinds of things going on that day, including an art parade...



and musicians who had volunteered their time to entertain all day long were located all throughout the area. This photo was taken when I arrived before the event started.


It was a perfect kind of day for kids of all ages to enjoy the fountains. It was a very well attended event and everyone was having a great time!


Ash and I had a blast and we have decided we want to do it again next year! If you are ever in downtown Indy, be sure to visit Fountain Square because it's full of charm, and it has a great antique shop I will tell you about in my next blog post.

4 comments:

  1. Glad you had a good first show. I love outdoor shows in the fall when the weather cooperates.

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  2. Hello from Spain: great stand. Nice pictures. I see you made ​​good time. I love your idea of ​​the dollhouse as a shelf. You are very creative. I like your decoration with handkerchiefs. Keep in touch

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  3. Glad to hear you had a very successful day. Y'all did a great job setting up your booth.

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  4. Hi Patty,
    How fun! I was so hoping you'd share about your experience at the fair. So glad the weather was pleasant for you guys. Your booth and items for sale look darling. That's so fantastic, selling some of everything - what a great affirmation and encouragement. You must be so excited!

    Happy evening!

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