NO WHITE TENT Affordable Art/Craft Shows

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Pay a Set Fee! Pay a Percentage of your Sales! or You Pay Nothing and Make a Donation From Your Heart After The Show!

As a Chairman of the the Port Charlotte Family Fall Music Festival I struggle every year with this dilemma.   Our show is not a fundraiser.  It is a Free community outreach event sponsored by area businesses and hosted by Edgewater United Methodist Church.   We only need to raise enough money to put the show on.   I am toying with the idea of changing the way vendors pay for future shows.  Pay a Set Fee!  Pay a Percentage of you Sales! or Pay nothing and you decide if you want to make a donation from your heart after the show.   This year I charged $150 for this 2 day event.  We will have 8,000 to 10,000 attend over the 2 days.  

Let me know what you think about this and how much you would donate if given this option?

Are most vendors willing to increase their donation if they have a great weekend?

Do you know vendors that would just take advantage of a great opportunity like this?  (no names Please) And pay nothing!

Give me your thoughts.  I will make a decision at the end of this years show and let this years vendors have first shot at getting back in next year.

I basically want to know what all of you think about how we run our show.   We want to improve every year and your opinion does matter.

Thanks

Tracy Hussey

Chairman

Port Charlotte Family Fall Music Festival

Feel free to call me at any time.  941-504-0906

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Comment by Tracy Hussey on November 25, 2013 at 9:28am

Our show this year got killed by rain.    Attendance was only around 2,500.  We were expecting around 8,000.   We have already started planning next years event.   The big thing we are looking to do is to bring in a headliner.    We are in talks with Laura Story and Steven Curtis Chapman.   That will secure attendance.  As for the poorly run booths, I see it too.  People just need to live and learn.   Thanks

Comment by Alan & Wanda Anderson on November 19, 2013 at 11:51pm

Tracy, I just found this.  The problem with trusting people is it does not work.  Check with the folks at Lake Eola.  I saw a guy selling doggie treats and clothes report less than $200 in sales.  No way.  We paid MORE than the 10%, but many just lie.  Plain and simple.  I thing a reasonable booth Fee ($100?) and a request for a donation up to 10% of sales (sell over $1000, pay 10% of everything over) might work.  I know you have to have a full show, and $100 is cheap.  Our biggest problem, frankly is all the buy/sell and poorly run booths.

Comment by Bonnie Garrison on November 13, 2013 at 6:12pm

I am not in your area, but thought I would give you my thoughts.  I think that if you charge a minimal booth fee of maybe $25-$50 for the entire weekend and maybe a percentage of sales might be the way to go.  I am a very honest person and but I don't know if everyone is like me.  This way you it is a win win.  You get a booth fee, plus if people are honest you will also get a percentage!

Comment by Tracy Hussey on November 7, 2013 at 5:10pm

By the way I do have about 6 spots open now.  If you know anyone have them contact me!   Thanks

Comment by Tracy Hussey on November 7, 2013 at 5:09pm

Thank you Elaine

Your comments are exactly the reason I am thinking about the change.   I need to charge something to make sure people come to event that sign up.   This year I broke down and allowed vendors to reserve their spots with before I received their payment and contract.   I announced we were full last week.     Friday I started contacting vendors that I had not heard from in a few weeks and found that 8 had decided to not do the show without even letting me know when they had reserved a spot and verbally committed to the event.  If I had not have contacted them I am not sure if they would have ever let me know.   No one like to do a show with empty spaces.

Comment by Elaine Weber on November 6, 2013 at 12:55pm

I am not located in your area, but since you wish opinions, here's mine. I have attended shows where I did not sell enough to cover my cost to participate. So for me, I lost money and time. I feel a $25.00 fee is affordable to all. I also am comfortable with sharing my profits when I sell--15% perhaps. Many of us are not making much money when we sell our items. We make our creations out of a passion to create and share. 

Comment by Daniel J Designs on November 4, 2013 at 8:13pm

Id be open to it, and a nice donation too! :)

Comment by Tracy Hussey on November 4, 2013 at 6:48pm

Thanks for your comments.   At the very least i will lower the rates next year to most likely $25.00 for the weekend.  As for needing more vendors, that is not an issue.   I have sold out every year even at the higher prices.   Thanks again

Comment by Beverly Bakley on November 4, 2013 at 12:05pm

Although I have never done your show, and I am sure you put a lot of time into it.....it's a different concept to charge a percentage or make a donation.  I am sure you will find people who dont like it, but based on the fact that you have to do this with honesty, I think it is a great idea.   My only other suggestion would be to lower the fee and take a chance to get more vendors than you have at the higher rate....of course, you would have to monitor the type of things that the vendors sell....

Comment by Tracy Hussey on November 3, 2013 at 10:44pm

Come on folks.....21 views and no comments!   Somebody must have an opinion on this topic.

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