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Garage Sale Art Fair 2020

Location:
Kalamazoo County Expo Center
Kalamazoo, Michigan (Midwest)

Event Dates: 2/29/20 - 2/29/20
Application Deadline: 10/1/19 Midnight EST
107 day(s) and 19 hour(s) remaining


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 3 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application fee): $20.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
Why go to Kalamazoo in February??? The 24th Annual Garage Sale Art Fair is the place for "art fair artists" to sell their overstocks, seconds, great work or 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. Although some artists put up a booth, rent some tables and keep it simple. We'd love to have you join us!

General Information
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. We get between 3600 - 5000 people coming through in 7 hours based on paid attendance. 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.

There aren't any major changes for 2020 other than we will be playing up that the show is on "leap day" this year!

No change in jury or booth fees from 2019

We will have a new "show hotel" this year, thankfully.

General information:

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 available as well as early Saturday morning. But this doesn't mean we want fancy displays and no floor coverings. There are numerous doors to make load in and out easier. The customer lines form early so keep it simple. You can see images on our website showing what the show actually looks like.

The venue has Wi-Fi.

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 29, 2020, with hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Set up is available Friday from 2:00 to 7:00 pm and from 7:00 am until 8:30 am on Saturday. Make your display simple!

JURY DETAILS

The show is juried by Bonnie and Michael, looking for the most balanced, wonderful show. We do invite some people to do the show but the majority of the show is filled strictly by the scores received during the jurying and everyone must apply through ZAPP. There are approximately 143 booths in the show.

CALENDAR

May - applications open through ZAPP

Oct 1 – deadline for all applications

Nov 1 – we will notify you by e-mail before this date

Nov 10 – booth fees must be paid (a very short turnaround time)

Feb 29 – the show!


LOCATION

Kalamazoo County Expo Center
2900 Lake Street
Kalamazoo MI 49048

Just northwest of I-94 and Sprinkle Road – very easy access.


PROMOTION

For the last show, we advertised on 5 television stations, 4 specialty papers, NPR, 2 billboards, 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 online. We use our website www.GarageSaleArtFair.com for artist promotion as well. Planning on using Instagram more in 2020 as well.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you have to cancel for any reason, and we can fill your booth, we refund your booth fee. In full. As it should be for all shows in my opinion...

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.

FINALLY

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???

Rules/Regulations

No buy/sell other than supplies. And yes, we notice.

From the Expo Center:
   You have to stay within your booth area
   No floor coverings
   No canopy tops
   No tape on the walls

That's about it. We figure you know the obvious things like don't park in the fire lane or you will be towed...

Booth Information
BOOTH INFORMATION - you may only purchase one booth

10’ x 10’ booth - $175  (single booth) 
15’ x 10’ booth - $262  (booth and a half) 
20' x 10' booth - $350  (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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