Send me out to the Renaissance Faires & Festivals across the country to present my original, handcrafted jewelry!
Over the past five or six years, I've been invited to sell my handcrafted jewelry at several Renaissance Faires across the country, and invited to apply at still more. I've been traveling to these fairs in Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri, so far. Since last July when I was accepted at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, WI (one of the biggest!) I've received even more invitations. This is wonderful for my ego, not to mention sales!
The fairs and festivals are set up thus: artisans and vendors apply, including photos of their work. If accepted, the vendor then pays a vendor fee for the run of the event, which may or may not include insurance and "facilities fees" such as electricity or plumbing. Vendors are responsible for securing their own lodging, and they pay their own travel expenses. They are also asked to rent or otherwise provide the shop or booth to sell from, which can be anything from a pop-up merchandise tent to building a shop from the ground up, depending on location. AND... all of this needs to be set in motion months before the actual event. It becomes a race to finish one show with enough cash in hand to pay the already-existing bills, and then plan for the next one.
I'm sure you're wondering what the upside is to all this! By getting my work out there in the public eye and being there myself to highlight the connection between artist and art, I'm actively engaging people in the process of handcrafting. Selling in a Renaissance Faire environment allows me to educate people on the role of the artist in the community throughout history (and hopefully give them a greater awareness and appreciation for the artists and craftsmen of their own time.) And finally, there is no feeling like that of putting art into the hands of someone who appreciates it - as Renaissance Faire patrons so often do.
I would like to raise enough money to accept the merchant invitations I've already received and apply at a few others to fill out my calendar for one year. This will include covering travel expenses such as gas and lodging ( festival management sometimes strikes discount deals with local motels), application and vendor fees, and where necessary, shop rentals.
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Pledge $1 or moreYou selected
Your name on my website's "about" page, and on a framed acknowledgment that will travel with me and be displayed at each show.
Pledge $25 or moreYou selected
The above, plus an individually handcrafted pin with my logo set in polymer clay filigree.
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The above, plus a photo postcard of my shop from each location I make it to.
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
The above, plus a custom-made jewelry suite (necklace, bracelet and earrings) handcrafted from polymer clay and set with Swarovski crystals in your color preference.
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
The above, plus 2 free tickets to the Renaissance Faire closest to your home (whether I am a participating vendor there or not!)
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The above, plus 2 free season passes to the Renaissance Faire closest to you.
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