i have done the va beach show for 3 years in a row. i like it. it is
very well put together, affordable, and they have tons of prize
money! the big prize is $10 thousand, and me and my studio mate are
always fighting over who is gonna win...me or him! but...we both
always win something like $500-2000 and that is great, plus it means
you get automatic acceptance into the next year's show. i have made
form $3500-8500 at this show in the past. i am off again to go to it
on wed so i will let you know how it goes this year.
i am not sure where you live, but if you are in the nc area, i would
check into piedmont craftsmen and carolina designer craftsmen. both
of these are guilds and they have good shows every year. i would be
happy to share more info on them if you write me offline.
i have heard that spoleto can be good, but i am not sure which
weekend to go. i would say either one would be good. along the same
lines, i hear new orleans jazz fest is GREAT! i plan on applying
next year, assuming they don't get hit again....praying, i mean.
furthermore, the ogden museum of southern art in new orleans has a
GREAT gift shop that is managed exceptionally well and they do a
pretty good job at selling, although not nearly what it was before
katrina....it is only consignemnt however.
one more...the hand workshop craft fair in richmond is good. they
have changes their name and since i cannot do the show this year i
forget the new name. but you should be able to find it out if you
google "hand workshop".
good luck and please let me knwo if i can help any further,