Selling, its a lot of work and a lot of fun

This past Sunday, I sold my art at Eastern Market in DC.  For those of you who are not familiar with Eastern Market, its a farmer’s market, flea market and artist market all rolled into one.  Before I became a vendor I would go with a girlfriend a few times a year- if I lived closer I would have gone even more often.  Like me, many in the area also have nice things to say about visiting.

“This is a must do experience for everyone who lives in and visits DC.  It is a special part of Washington’s fiber.”

“Honestly, if you are visiting the DC area and aren’t really into the Federal buildings or the Smithsonian is packed, this is a great time for all ages.”

“I would highly recommend coming here and whiling away some of your time in D.C., as it’s a breath of fresh air from the usual touristy things.”

I honestly feel so blessed to be able to take part in the market.  I do feel that this market will get me the visibility that I really need at this stage in my art career.  And if my sales this past weekend prove anything, I am a good fit!

But getting all of my stuff there takes a lot of work!  I don’t think people understand what it takes to set up this 10’x’ 10′ space.  First I have to bring up everything from my studio, and from the shed out back.  Then we pack up our SUV.  We get to Eastern Market by 8:30 to get our space.  Spend the next hour or so setting up and then we have to sit outside in all kinds of weather.  Two weeks ago I sat outside in the freezing cold and spent the next two weeks miserable with a cold.

Then at 5:00 we have to pack everything back up in the car, drive home and unload it all until we do it all over again the next time.  I’m not complaining, really, I am not.  But it is a lot of work.  No lie.



About PainterPaige

I am an abstract painter living in the Washington, DC suburbs. I have always loved to create. I won my first art award in 3rd grade for my “Friends with Animals” poster. The prize was $3 and my poster was hung at city hall for a month. It was a huge deal back in elementary school. I started my first business, Paige’s Painted Floorcloths, in 2006 where I hand-painted canvas floorcloths and sold them on my website, and at local art shows. My site is still up and custom floorcloths are still available although I gave up selling at shows a couple of years ago. This past year, I picked up a paintbrush and fell in love with painting all over again. This time I decided to stick to abstract painting on canvas. I am loving every minute of it!
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