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Ann Arbor Art Fair!

Posted by Ali on July 19 at 12:58 pm

Greetings all, from the Ann Arbor Art Fair!

Aly's booth

My apologies for not unveiling a new Tip or Technique this week, but I’ve been super busy unveiling my jewelry at the 45th annual Ann Arbor Art Fair at State Street. If you’re in town this weekend, please come on by and say hello! We’re camped out on the strip of S. State Street, between E. Liberty and E. William. (Right across from local watering hole, Ashley’s– and they’ve been tempting us with hot dogs and beers–sounds like Summer to me!)

Ashley's hot dog booth

I guess it is possible that I am giving away all my trade secrets by broadcasting this, but many of the designs I’ve shared on Tips & Techniques, as well as in the Design Gallery, are beautifully laid out on my table in this sweltering heat. (Big thanks to my little sister who came up from Florida to hang out with me and haul loads of necklaces, bracelets and earrings downtown).

Sister, Lauren

Did you love learning the Ladder Stitch from this video? That piece is here! The Transparent Resin Frame tutorial turned into these cool earrings, also displayed at my humble table. Boardwalk at Twilight bracelet? Got ‘em. Garden Droplets? Check.

frame earrings

This isn’t just one big advertisement for my super-awesome booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. :) But I wanted to let you all know where I have been for the past few weeks (longer if you count all the hours crafting!). Do you participate in Art Fairs? They are a lot of work! As somewhat of a veteran at this point, my number one tip is to always always put your sparkly pieces in the sunlight (eye catchers!) and of course, have a card with your name, contact info, AND location in the fair. Seems simple enough, but those simple things are the easiest to forget sometimes! Those are my tips, but I like to consider myself a life-long learner, so I’d be curious to know, what is your #1 Best Advice when hitting the Art Fair circuit?

top table

Aly in action


Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Kathie M
    Kathie M says:

    Hi, Am new to festivals and always like to see how to display items. I have read that everything needs to be up for visuals but I see you have both. How are the sales? My last fair was in VA during the bad storm and we had to shut down. Good luck.

  2. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Wow, Ali! Your booth looks super-cool with all the displays, and the designs are to die for! I have yet to do a show…selling items by word of mouth and other opportunities. I am now motivated to get a liscence and do a show!

  3. B3wald
    B3wald says:

    Great display technique! I love the type jewelry you do – always unique and colorful. It speaks to the Boho in me!

  4. Ali
    Ali says:

    Whew, I’m still in recovery mode from that big week! I wanted to give a shout out to the folks who made the wooden display backs. Check DITR here on Etsy:
    And I just thought of another tip for any of you mounting your first art fair: SNACKS!! :-)

  5. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Ali, your displays are amazing and (as always 8) ), your jewelry designs just blow me away!!! What fabulous pieces! Sure hope you had a great time & sold a lot of beauties! :D

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Awesome displays and awesome designs Ali!
    Thank you for the tips and thank you for sharing your experience at Art fairs! Always looking to find new and better ways to attract customers…..It’s great to hear from one of the pros! :-D

  7. Latonia G
    Latonia G says:

    Hi, Ali! I’m liking the displays. I have a question for you. In the top pic you have what appears to be a wooden box with cables attached to each side and you have your earrings displayed on them. I have been searching for something like that for my earrings to no avail. Where did you find those?

  8. Ali
    Ali says:

    I purchased all of my wooden crates at our local antiques market. The one used for my earrings is actually an RC Cola crate. I chose that one to use because it was shallow. You just need eye hooks and some picture hanging wire.

  9. No Photo
    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    Had my eye on those crates too.
    I think I have a couple of those out in the barn…. :-D
    Yay! Free display!

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