Regarding :Thunderbird Artists, Inc. series of craft shows in the
Scottsdale/Phoenix area. They are the Carefree Fine Art and Wine
Festival, the Scottsdale Fine Art & Chocolate Festival, and the
Village at Hayden Fine Art Walk.
These shows are fine, and generally draw a decently affluent
audience. The problem with shows in Arizona is their bizarre tax
1. If you sell in Arizona, you have a regular sales tax license -
and must file a monthly report. They don't have anything such as a
Special Event License, and the promoters do not collect tax from you
and pay the state to avoid dealing with the state.
2. Some of these shows are on Indian reservations, which is another
much more casual tax collecting agency.
3. If you call the state tax office, they give you all kinds of
incorrect and on the initial "welcome" to the office,
they tell you that they are not responsible for what they say.
4. Calling the tax office is a problem in itself. The form sent to
you has an 800 telephone number on it, but the number only works in
Arizona. There is no listing for the tax authority. So if you are
from another state, good luck trying to deal with them.
Summary - the shows are fine. The state tax stuff is so ugly I won't
do shows there again.