Pop-up shops are becoming increasingly popular also. This is where a promoter arranges for several artist and crafts people to occupy an empty building or store front for anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. People are encouraged to come in and shop right now because the event is temporary.
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Both arts festivals and pop-up shops seem like a good idea for artists. I do several festivals each year and I do enjoy doing them. I get to meet people like you face to face and have a conversation. It's nice. The pottery tends to sell well at these events which is very nice. The thing is, whenever a festival is held in an area many of the local businesses have really slow days unless they sell food or beer. A pop-up shop comes into the neighborhood for a short period of time and takes business away from the gallery or shop that has been there paying rent and taxes all year long. It presents a conundrum for the artist. I want the shops and galleries to thrive but I also need the sales I get from the festivals.
So far I have only done one pop-up shop and it was held by Charis Books and More who sell my work. They have been in business in Atlanta for about 35 years. I feel like the pop-up shop they have helps everyone. I love that as a solution for part of the conundrum.
What's your opinion?
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