I dropped my CPU off at Stables on my way out of town. It was acting like it had a virus. When I checked to see if the virus program I had purchased was even installed and it wasn't. Needles to say I was NOT happy. Sure enough it hadn't been so they de bugged the CPU and installed the software that I paid for along with two years of tech services.
Then after I got it home and was going to blog about my trip to Venice, I could get to my blog. Not even sure how I did it this morning. Just let me say, it wasn't how I have done it for all the past times/years.
There is usually a guild show somewhere in Central/south Florida every weekend beginning in January and lasting to maybe the middle of April. Because this was the first one for the year that I have attended I can't be entirely sure my observation is accurate, but I am going to put my thoughts out there anyway.
Two, no three things have happened in Florida in the last several months that is changing the outlook and profitability long range for small guild shows. First, the Mancuso show moved to Orlando from West Palm where it steadily decreased in show floor size mainly because of poor attendance. I did that show as a vendor once and swore I'd never do it again. The attendance was terrible. When they opted to move to Orlando their dates collide with an established guild here in Central Florida which prompted them to cancel their show instead of competing with a more professionally staged one.
The second thing is a AQS show was held in Dayton Beach this year for the first time. AQS always puts on a quality show. More competition for quilt guilds. And lastly the Sewing & Quilting Expo overlapped the show in Venice and according to the guild show chair she felt that caused their attendance to drop. Since this was my first time there and I was steady busy, not sure how I could have handled being much busier by myself so they must have in the past had a tremendous gate.
I passed on both the Mancuso and AQS show even though I could have done both and driven to and from each day and slept in my own bed.
I like small guild shows. I get to see different parts of the State that I wouldn't get in my car and drive to alone, just to be going. The cost of a vendor space is reasonable and doesn't dent the bank account even if I have a couple of not so good selling days, like this past weekend. But I had fun.
I talked to a lost of quilters. I passed out a lot of peppermints and my business card (post cards with contact info on the back) At quilt show is where I get most of my teaching engagements in other parts of the country. I even had an inquiry about coming to Canada and another inquiry about being an artist in residence for a private school which was something I did in Kentucky back in the 1990 for two weeks. hmmm not sure if I want to do that again. :)
Happy Easter everyone.