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Mark Boody Illusionist
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Are places like home shows,camping shows,boat shows,wedding expos etc. good places to pitch Svengalis & worms.

Is it worth time and is it the right atmosphere?

Any feedback will be appreciated.

Mark
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Home shows aren't any good,I never worked a wedding expo but I sure wouldn't book one either.Boat shows are good as is car and custom car shows.Never worked a camping show and wouldn't think its that good.Gun shows are good.So it looks like you don't want to book any shows that are attented mostly by woman.

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In my experience any place that is indoors and has steady traffic and has a reasonable booth fee is good (under 200 per day). Woman shows and jewelry shows have been some of the best places for me, gun shows are ok, I like the big 10 day plus state fairs the best. One of the worst shows (and most expensive booth fee) I ever did was some kids expo, go figure. A lot also depends on the time of year, holidays coming up, etc.
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Some kid expos are tough because there are often a bunch of corporate advertisers that are giving away toys and stuff for free (with their name/logo on them, of course). This makes anyone who is selling something look like a piker.

Any place where there are lots of kids is usually good. Craft shows (mostly old ladies) have not been good for me. Don't forget the Xmas bazaars; they can be gold mines but you have to book them early, even starting in July or August, believe it or not, because space sells out quickly.

As for booth fees, I wouldn't pay more than $100, especially if you're just starting out, and even that represents a pretty big nut to crack. Of course, if you're indoors, that removes weather as a fact, which is worth something. But I would say that $25-75 is a much more reasonable and safe number. Some places will also work with you on a percentage basis. SETH
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Besides some of the shows that have already been mentioned above, I'm wondering if anyone has any additional thoughts on any of these venues below? I found a larger list here http://www.festivals-and-shows.com/sitemap.html, but have narrowed it down based on some of the recommendations above.

Airshows
Auto Shows
Baseball Card Shows
Blue Angels Schedule
Boat Shows
Camping Shows
Car Shows
Coin Shows
Comic Book Conventions
Computer Shows
Fashion Shows
Fairs
Festivals
Gun Shows
Home Shows
Horse Shows
Monster Truck Shows
Motorcycle Shows
Outdoor, Adventure and Travel Shows (products and services to the outdoor enthusiast)
Rodeos
RV Shows
State Fairs
Supercross Shows
Toy & Train Shows
Trade Shows
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On Jan 23, 2011, sethb wrote:
As for booth fees, I wouldn't pay more than $100, especially if you're just starting out, and even that represents a pretty big nut to crack.


Is this per day?
sethb
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Yep, it's per day. And it's a maximum, not an average or some recommended number. The lower your nut, the better chance you have of making money! I would think that $50-75 is much more reasonable, and usually represents the sort of fee required at places with decent foot traffic and good preshow publicity. SETH
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Some farmers' markets permit selling crafts, toys, books, and games. Booth fees are usually reasonable. Many of them also look for entertainment.
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