As an artist+entrepreneur (artrepreneur!) you have to experiment – both in your visual aesthetics and style but also in your approach to the wide wild world out there. With this in mind – I decided to take the leap and do the Jackalope Arts festival this past weekend. I was sandwiched between the lovely folks who sold ZirYabs Body Brew and Adam Rabbit – who sold really beautiful raw crystal jewelry.
A few things I learned:
- Don’t try to put up a giant canvas tent in 40 MPH winds! Just wake up an hour or so earlier the next morning. It will be worth it.
- The people in the booths are brave and creative souls – giving it their best (or at least their weekend) so be sure to introduce yourself!
- Friends that stop by are the best. Really they are. (So are friends that didn’t – but the ones that do totally get props!)
- DRINK WATER! Lest you become festival jerky in that tent!
- Bring dog treats. Really. So. Many. Cute. Dogs!
- Give a sample/free thing. People really like that and it will make your afternoon way more interesting.
- Thank the organizers. They have put months and months of preparation into the event and want it to be a success as much as you do. (Extra special thanks to Sara Vausbinder who helped me when it looked like my tent could go airborne with me in it!)
- Experiment with the layout. Is it inviting? Do people want to walk in? (Don’t put a 4×4 card table in the center of the tent!)
- Remember you are in a tent for 2 days. Make your self a hidey spot – or at least bring a comfy chair.
- If you get word that MEDIA is going to be there – go when/where the MEDIA is! Or, be in your tent when MEDIA comes around. MEDIA won’t chase after you, she’s coy like that.
- Look for other connections/opportunities outside of just selling an item. Pass out your cards.
- Offer a give-a-way to fellow vendors! I won some soap! I’m stoked to get some of Leena’s Luxurious Soaps, won from a give-a-way!
- Art festival food is DELISH. I had some to-die-for Samoa cake from Sweet Thang’s Bakery. Also, a solid salad with vegetable tempura from Indah Sushi’s food truck.
- Have fun. Really – life is too short to stress out at an art festival!
If you missed me at the festival – you can check out my Etsy shop. We’ll be updating it soon with all the new artwork created for the festival!
Here is a snippet of video of me setting up!