Here I go again. Some things just make me angry, and I feel a burning need to put them in writing. So, read on, if you dare.
As most of you know, I am a woodturner. That means I make objects from various woods by using a lathe. Check out my site using the link in the right column to see some of the items I make. This is a hobby, not a profession. I am not trying to make a living, just trying to support my hobby. I like to think I am, at least, an accomplished craftsman, if not an artist. I do try to maintain a certain level of creativity.
About five or six times a year I pack up all my product, along with my tent and tables and drapes, and head for a weekend art festival into which I have been juried. All that gear fills my pickup to capacity. The set up takes about an hour and a half, with Regina helping. These shows usually run from Friday through Sunday. Friday evening is not very long, with the show running from 4 pm to 9 pm, but Saturday is a very long day, from 10 am to 9 pm. Sunday is usually shorter, with the show ending at 5 pm, but then all the product and booth has to be taken down and packed in the pickup. This is not an easy task, but I enjoy the process and the interaction with people.
As you might have guessed, I’m setting the stage for my rant. My products are moderately priced. The most expensive item I have ever sold was $95, but most of my product is in the $40 to $65 range. I have little price tags on each item indicating the price plus tax.
So here we go.
Invariably, there will be some individuals at the shows who must think they are at a garage sale or a flea market. There are questions such as, “Is that your best price?” Or, “Would you take less?” This past weekend, a lady said, “I’ll come back on Sunday to see if you are bargaining.” How rude! Luckily she didn’t come back. These village idiots obviously don’t comprehend the value of a hand crafted piece of art. Unfortunately, these questions always seem to come at a time when I have been sitting idle, with little activity for a long period of time. It takes all I can do not to lash out verbally, or even physically.
A fellow artist told me about such an incident. A lady was looking at a piece of his art that was priced at $300. She asked, “Is that your best price?” He responded, “No, my best price is $450, but I don’t think anyone here would be willing to pay that much.” I will be using that in the future. To the question regarding a piece priced at $50, “Would you take $40?” I responded, “No, but I would take $60.”
What these people don’t seem to understand is that such questions and statements are demeaning and insulting. Why can’t they just behave?
There, I feel better now.