When I restarted my business in the 1990s, I was eager to work and eager to do work that would build my portfolio. I was doing mostly boat portraits, transom banners, quarter boards, and that beautiful booth fee payer spoons, spatulas and cutting boards.
We all remember our "first time."
Boat show attendees rarely get a glimpse into the after-hours life of people who staff the booths selling their products.
Customers; are an immutable part of doing a boat show as a vendor. They are your livelihood, your joy, and your bane.
having a family with you at a three or four-day event offers opportunities to get separated from the money; fast.
The Maine Boatbuilders Show was an unusual event. They held the show on the first full weekend of spring in the old Portland Company complex on Fore St. in Portland, Maine. The show was funky. The overhead cranes in the big bays still loomed over your head. The cranes were reminders that this space had …
Hanging where it was it brought back memories of most shows past.