At least setup day at the Maestros Del Arte Feria was, although cool and overcast, rain-free. Then the rains hit. And the overcast. Luckily, little wind. In spite of it, sales seemed to be at an all-time high. The booth I coordinated was the booth where each participant gave one piece for us to sell to aid in putting on next year’s fair. Other than that, there is no cost for any of the artisans juried into the show, who come from all over Mexico. Their transportation, shipping, rooms and meals are all paid for by the Feria. We print them business cards as well.
For many of the artisans, this show forms nearly one hundred percent of their yearly salary and is the reason they can continue to practice their traditional crafts and art rather than finding other jobs. One woman, after her first show, said that she had made more at this one three-day show than she had ever expected to make in her lifetime. So, it is a wonderful affair and even in the rain and cold, spirits were high, people continued to pour into the fair site to buy buy buy and everyone seemed in the height of spirits.
The booth I ran sold every piece for the first time in feria history and we also broke all sales records with a booming 106,000 pesos in sales! Yes. We were happy. Yes, by closing time on the fourth day, I was exhausted, wet, muddy and sore. Drove home, fed the doggies and fell into bed at 7 p.m. I’m becoming an early bird these days. More photos to follow.