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Garage Sale Art Fair 2017
Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Kalamazoo, Michigan (Midwest)
Show Dates: 2/25/17 - 2/25/17
Application Deadline: 10/1/16 Midnight EST
The application deadline has passed.
Images: 3 (a booth shot is NOT required)
Fee (Application fee): $20.00
You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.
Why go to Kalamazoo in February??? The 21st Annual Garage Sale Art Fair is the place for "art fair artists" to sell their overstocks, seconds and just plain duds at bargain prices. It's 7 hours of as much fun as we can make it and our focus is to help you sell your work. Rent some tables and keep it simple. We'd love to have you join us!
The Garage Sale Art Fair is the best reason to come to Kalamazoo MI in February! We have eager customers looking for markdowns, seconds and great deals on artwork. In 2016 we had 5000 people come through in 6 ½ hours. Weather is rarely an issue and they’re lined up early, waiting for us to open and for the buying to begin.
This is a garage sale for art fair artists to sell your art and art-related items. Overstock, seconds, things you’re tired of, damaged items, duds, bring them here. Anything art related, including supplies. That vase you traded for but no longer want? This is the place to sell it. We do ask though that the type of work you applied with is primary in your booth.
Because it's working, there aren't any major changes for 2017. Due to crowd control the Expo Center is asking us to open at 9 am so our new hours are 9 - 4. Also for crowd control we have taken 6 booths out of the Main Expo building to put in another cross aisle.
No need to set up your regular art fair booth unless you really want to. Make it easy on yourself and rent an 8' table or two, make some SALE signs and have fun! We even supply folding chairs for your use! Friday night set-up is now available as well as early Saturday morning. But this doesn't mean we want fancy displays. We discovered in 2016 that floor coverings are not allowed in the Expo Center so no floor coverings in 2017. The customer lines form early so keep it simple. You can see images on our website showing what the show actually looks like.
We bring in pizza on Friday during set-up to make it easier on you.
You’re welcome to share your booth but each person must apply separately and be accepted. Then one person will speak for the booth.
The show is run by Bonnie Blandford and Michael Kifer of Road Wife Productions LLC, both of whom make their living doing art fairs around the country. So it’s run by artists and our focus is to help you sell your work.
DATE & HOURS
Saturday Feb 25, 2017 with hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Set up is available Friday from 2:00 to 7:00pm and at 7am on Saturday. Make your display simple! Note the new starting time.
The show is picked by Michael and Bonnie, looking for the most balanced, wonderful show. We do invite some people to do the show but the majority of the show is filled during the jurying/choosing and everyone must apply through ZAPP. There are approximately 140 booths in the show.
May 1 - applications open through ZAPP
Oct 1 – deadline for all applications
Nov 1 – we will notify you by e-mail before this date
Nov 15 – booth fees must be paid (a very short turnaround time)
Feb 25 – the show!
Kalamazoo County Expo Center
2900 Lake Street
Kalamazoo MI 49048
Just northwest of I-94 and Sprinkle Road – very easy access.
For the last show we advertised on 5 television stations, 2 specialty papers, did a postcard mailing to past customers plus e-mail blasts. We heavily use Facebook for artist promotion and images which has proved to be extremely successful. We hand out postcards all year for the show plus put the show everywhere we can possibly find on the internet. We use our website www.GarageSaleArtFair.com for artist promotion as well.
If you have to cancel for any reason, and we can fill your booth, we refund your booth fee. In full.
WAITING LIST INFORMATION
Our wait-list is by category and you will have a wait-list number right on ZAPP which will change as people are brought into the show. I am in close contact with the waiting list right up to the day of the show. Our waiting list DOES move and you will know exactly where you are on the list.
Our goal is to make this show the most fun and most profitable show we possibly can for you. So if you’ve read this far and haven’t applied yet, what are you waiting for???
That's about it. We figure you know the obvious things like don't park in the fire lane or you may be towed...
10’ x 10’ booth - $150 (single booth)
15’ x 10’ booth - $225 (booth and a half)
20' x 10' booth - $295 (double booth)
There are a very limited amount of booth and a half and double booths and the larger booths go fast so if that's important to you, make sure you get your booth quickly after your acceptance.
Electric is available for $25
Corners are $25
8’ Tables are available to rent for $5 each
You’re welcome to share your booth but each person must apply separately and be accepted.
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