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I'm going to participate in my first art fair in a few weeks. I've ordered a variety of prints in sizes up to 20x30. I'm not exactly sure how to display the prints without damaging them. I've seen a few sellers show pics in a posterboard type frame. What cost effective solution do you suggest? Sandwich in posterboard then hold with binder clips?

Thanks!

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The ones you've seen elsewhere are (more than likely) not just "sandwiched" in posterboard, they've been properly matted, backed and in clear bags.

A far more professional approach to selling than just slapping loose prints on a table.

If you search the forum for more info, you'll find there are places where you can buy standard sized mattes, backing board and clear bags in bulk...

Good Luck! :)

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Everything I have ever seen has been matted, with a few framed or canvas printed.

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I agree with others here - matte them and use clear plastic bags designed to hold them. What fair are you going to? Dennis

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I've posted this before....

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That's a lovely setup you have there Mike.

This is something I'd like to venture into too, there is a shortage of photography stands at some of the fairs that I see. However, being a noob at this sort of print sale side of things, when you say that the prints need to be matted and backed, what exactly is matting and backing a print? I think I can work out the putting into clear bags though!

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Hikin Mike wrote in post #6320527external link
I've posted this before....

Mike, I have seen your post before, and think it is quite nice. The white canvas roof is needed to avoid light through a colored roof skewing the images. As I see it, one of the biggest investments is in the inventory of photos. Can you give us a brief synopsis of the costs you have in inventory at any given time, and initial costs of tent, etc? Also, how did you decide which prints to stock the most? Did you start out with the same number of each print, and then adjust the inventory over time as you gained sales history??

Thanks for your advice . . .

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That's a lovely setup you have there Mike.

This is something I'd like to venture into too, there is a shortage of photography stands at some of the fairs that I see. However, being a noob at this sort of print sale side of things, when you say that the prints need to be matted and backed, what exactly is matting and backing a print? I think I can work out the putting into clear bags though!

Follow the link. http://www.documounts.​com ...ew-to-matting-and-framingexternal link

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Mike, I have seen your post before, and think it is quite nice. The white canvas roof is needed to avoid light through a colored roof skewing the images. As I see it, one of the biggest investments is in the inventory of photos. Can you give us a brief synopsis of the costs you have in inventory at any given time, and initial costs of tent, etc? Also, how did you decide which prints to stock the most? Did you start out with the same number of each print, and then adjust the inventory over time as you gained sales history??

Thanks for your advice . . .

I would guess that all of the initial costs (tent, walls, stands etc) are about $1000.

I've started in 2005, but I've only done a few shows...probably less the 6 because for the past 3 years I've been hospitalized several times. Now that I'm "better" I plan on getting my inventory back up to par for spring 2009. Here's my recent story in the local paper.
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How to decide what prints to stock and what size? If you can figure that out...let ME know! It's a guessing game. I make a guess as what MAY sell based on MY tastes, my wife and the forums. Just today I got an order (website) of a print that I wasn't even going to stock, but I decided to post it. Within 3 days I got an order.

For a show I print at least 2 of everything I have on my greeting cards. There cheap and people like them. I'll print 75% of my stuff in 5x7, maybe 50% on 8x12, 25% in 10x15 and select 16 x 24 and larger framed pieces. I also frame select 8x12, 10x15 etc too.

I have a spread sheet for inventory and I hope to see what sells and what doesn't.

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Thanks Mike, that's a great help.

I've started in 2005, but I've only done a few shows...probably less the 6 because for the past 3 years I've been hospitalized several times. Now that I'm "better" I plan on getting my inventory back up to par for spring 2009. Here's my recent story in the local paper.
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Wow, you have really been through it! I hope your recovery keeps going well and good luck with getting about in 2009.

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The show is in West New York, NJ. This will be my first time selling prints.
Thanks for all of the great info! I checked out http://www.documounts.​com/builders/precuts/4​0/494/#external link . Are 8.5"x11"prints just not a popular size? It's typically hard finding frames in this size, esp with a precut mat. I don't need 25 of each, especially in the larger sizes, i did find a few sources that sell individually. Or maybe I'll locate a local store that sells the kit.

How do you get the picture to stick in the opening within the mat? I ordered prints from AdoramaPix and Snapfish for sizes larger than 8.5x11" (11x14, 16x20, 20x30). I'm planning on printing everything else at home on a Canon iP4200. This is just a trial run, i'm curious if i'll find demand for prints.

Thanks for all the info!

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Hikin Mike wrote in post #6327380external link
For a show I print at least 2 of everything I have on my greeting cards. There cheap and people like them. I'll print 75% of my stuff in 5x7, maybe 50% on 8x12, 25% in 10x15 and select 16 x 24 and larger framed pieces. I also frame select 8x12, 10x15 etc too.


Mike, how have your sales been for the greeting cards? How are they laid out? Are the blank on the inside? What about photo postcards?

I'm trying to get a feel as to what I should make available if I decide to do a fair or two this/next summer.

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Backing and clear bags are a necessity. Mattes are nice, but not necessary, as many people will likely want to choose matting options themselves when they decide on framing options. You don't want people to feel like they're paying for something that they're just going to throw out (such as a plain white matte when they're going to want to double matte the print using two complimentary colors).

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Mike, how have your sales been for the greeting cards? How are they laid out? Are the blank on the inside? What about photo postcards?

I'm trying to get a feel as to what I should make available if I decide to do a fair or two this/next summer.

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I've only done one show this year, and it was small. It was a fund raiser for my daughter's gymnastics team last Saturday. I sold 2 greeting cards but 3 8-12s print/mats.

Yes, they are blank inside. I've never used post cards. I'm going to try and move to larger 8 x 12 an up photos. I still will offer note cards, but I'm not offering 5 x 7 anymore, at least not in my landscape photos. My birds may still be available as a 5 x 7 though.

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