“Good Ole Summertime” had finally arrived – two nice weekends in a row. Fantastic, you would think.
At Edina MN, people seemed to be out and about…but, I detected a note of trepidation, at least about spending money. This is a world I am not used to. It seems to be the world of small hopes and aspirations.
Since I got into this business the people at shows appeared to be looking for things that interested them or that were “out of the ordinary” for them. Now it looks like the general populace is looking to be with others, pick up a trinket or two and otherwise check the pulse of their communities.
The explanation, I think, is worry at the unfamiliar. We are observing a world with a complete set of new difficulties. Perhaps the generation of the “Great Depression” and between Great Wars could give us some clues. However, the enemies are so wildly different now – Terrorists, Guerrillas, Hedge Fund Operators and Corporate Giants with tentacles in every market and country. Lack of responsibility all round and a growing sense that something large is about to disappear or even END!!
I’ve seen more people at the two shows that had summer (decent weather) than I’ve seen in a long time, but they don’t seem to be there for the vendors but rather looking for friends and neighbors. I suppose that this is actually a good thing but it doesn’t help the Art Fair Vendors too much.
It’s just possible that we (the vendors) will begin to look like your neighbors and not just people looking to prey on the unsuspecting.
Here is a sampling of some of the other vendors…