This con was a huge success for me! I was sweating it at first because we drove 9 hours and spent over $500 for the hotel, table, and gas. It was my first big risk con, but luckily it was a big reward too! The attendees were ready to spend money, and I even had my first commissions ever! (I don't even offer commissions, but had two attendees ask for them.) The AA was located in the lobby of the convention center right outside of the vendor hall, so attendees typically walked through AA before going to the vendors. AA also opened a few hours earlier than vendors, and you could stay open as late as you wanted. Although our tables were not in a locked room, I had no issues with theft. The layout of tables was a little awkward. I wasn't able to hang up my banner because we were on the curve of a semi-circle line of tables, and it would've blocked the walking path. Regardless, I loved all the artist there. I made great connections within the AA and with attendees. Definitely planning to make the trip again next year!
October 6, 2018, 8:29 pm
Small-ish, but great!
I really enjoyed this con! The location and people were great. The customers seemed really interested in looking at all the art and everyone brought lots of money to spend 😀 My high-priced items (large prints) sold best! I enjoyed the location of this con because there was lots of food and shopping nearby (for all budgets). I'm not sure if I would return next year because my travel expenses were so high. Flights to Orlando in the summer are not cheap! But I would DEFINITELY recommend it if you are local or within driving distance! The hotel was only $113 a night--not bad!