Category Archives: Art Markets

how to sell T-shirts at outdoor markets

Even though “odd guy art” has been around for over three months, we really aren’t the wily veterans of the trade that we appear. We can, however, provide you with the wisdom of our experience, as outlined here in trusty Top Ten List form:

Top Ten Do’s and Don’t’s For Selling at Outdoor Markets
10. Your friends, family, acquaintances, parole officer, etc. may ask for special discounts. Be prepared to shake your head “no” emphatically while still maintaining some semblance of a relationship.
9. If you’re setting up shop at a local art fair, stake your space far enough from the music stage so that you are not screaming information to your customers, many of whom might be intimidated by flying spittle.
8. Toddlers go straight for the cash box. Plan accordingly.
7. If you live in a windy area, stake down your canopy, weight it with sand bags, or set up underground, if necessary, in an armored bunker.
6. While you’re spraying the ground in your booth with toxic mosquito repellent at an environmental awareness festival, try not to laugh too loudly at the irony.
5. Your goal is to get your shirts on as many bodies as possible. Now’s the time to cash in on favors.
4. Don’t forget to pack a ping pong paddle for the wasps. With the right swing, you can get a pretty good spin on them.
3. Hungry? Most pizza places will deliver directly to your booth if you give them exact coordinates.
2. Calculating exact change requires the skill and efficiency of an expert. Have one of your kids do it.
1. If you’re not selling as much stock as usual, you might want to check your teeth. Remember the old adage, “Spinach in the teeth ruins shirts lying beneath.”

We wish you all the best:).


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Saturday 19th June, Fountain Park, Sheboygan

We’ll be out and about with “odd guy art” again tomorrow. Once a month, arts and crafts merchants are invited to join the farmers market in central Sheboygan’s Fountain Park. We’ll be setting up shop under our brand new canopy and having some fun in the sun. T-shirts, caps, canvas tote bags, and our art/postcard design reproductions will be available. Come out to see us between 8:30 AM and 2:00 PM and grab some “odd guy art” goodies.

Marie is back from DC, just, so she’ll still be catching her breath. She’ll will be at Fountain Park with me up until late morning before rushing off to play a charity gig with her band (Sheboygan Light Rail) in a different Sheboygan park. So stop by if you are in the area, or come to the area to stop by. See you there!