Take aways

1. Frame as much stuff as you can afford. People will buy unframed stuff...but the appeal of "instant art" is very much in evidence.

2. Keep the stuff interesting but not tons of unique stuff (like the accordion folded pieces on death that I offered). The death stuff was good as a book and as framed stuff, but an odd format doesnt leap off the shelf.

3. As much as I was told cards don't sell...they do. Just be selective about what and the collections (6 cards, 3 designs sort of thing).

4. Merchandise like crazy. Be a display queen. Labels and tags are key.

5. Talk a lot.

6. Banana bread was successful. Candy as well (except for people who brought teenies with them who thought the world had turned upside down in the sheer joy of so much sugar).

7. You shouldnt have to sell--really sell the stuff. Make options available and step away. The attitute of we have this one or that one...but no...let me see how I can make this more perfect for you is ridiculous.

8. Hire as many teenagers pre-event as you can to do the collating and mixing and filling and bagging. They somehow think its a treat...and it reduces the torture for you as the great artist.

9. Listen to what people like, want and hate. Adjust if it feels right. I am going to work on a bumblebee based on a request. Would love to do it...so why not take the prod.

10. Continue to do the art trail as it sets a deadline, gives great exposure, and you meet people on your own turf. All round good match with the goal to "get out there".