Since I would not be able (or even allowed) to leave my table during the show, I took a few minutes before the show to look around. Surprisingly, many of the vendors came in at the last second and so were not around to converse with. Some were busy. Many had no signs or business cards out that I could see, further limiting what information I could glean to satisfy my curiosity, write about on the blog for your entertainment, and possibly get the word out about their great products to help them get customers. Further, much of it is very hard to describe without pictures.
I had already taken several pictures of other booths when one man stopped me from taking pictures of his glasswork. I didn’t want to argue with him, so I just asked for his business card and moved on. Further along, another man stopped me from taking pictures of his glasswork. Only at this point was I told that photographs are not allowed at craft fairs because the crafters don’t want people to steal their ideas. They worry about this even though the fairs are already open to public viewing, they sell to people that may very well take their merchandise home and then take pictures of it, and they already have pictures of their work on their business cards!
I later asked those on either side of my table if they had heard of such a thing. They had not and stated that they wouldn’t mind at all if I helped to get them some extra business. Later, I saw others taking pictures of the driftwood Christmas trees with full permission and encouragement of the vendor. Still, I thought it safer not to take any more for fear of getting stuff in the background somebody might complain about, so this post is much shorter than it could be and I can’t even tell you where to get most these products.
Check out southerngemcandles.com, patsdecorativewinebottles.com, and treesbythesea.com.
Now, if I had a high-resolution camera (I don’t) and was able to get a shot of a flat picture head-on with no shadows or glare, theoretically I could have copies made and sell them – but except for the LED people, I was the only one with such products (and I can’t very well duplicate the flickering effect with a still photo). What good is a two-dimensional picture of a candle? You can’t smell it. It will have no gemstone inside. If you burn it, it will not last very long. What good is a two-dimension picture of clothing? Can you wear it? What good is a two-dimensional picture of seashell trees? If the place was a museum that charged admission merely to view items and didn’t have confidence that testimony of their overall atmosphere and interactivity would draw people in, they might be worried that some people would skip the show and just read my blog – but it isn’t a museum; it’s more like a store. Items are actually bought there. I can’t sell them at a distance.
The whole situation was rather strange.
While not getting into trouble, I met a lot of interesting people, including several beautiful ladies (wink wink), the lady whose son was a writer, the guy that wanted to start a delivery/moving service, the screenwriter, and the people that could print my art on t-shirts (bigfrog.com/Brooksville). I had a lot of fun.