Monday, November 14, 2011

You don't see stuff like this at Michael's.....

We all have stories of comments that are made to us or that we've overheard while doing a show.  I remember two years ago at Cain Park I overheard some guy wondering about the price for a booth because he wanted to sell his old t-shirts.

Well....this show was no different.  It went something like this....

Lady: Where to you get the pieces to make your jewelry?  I can't find anything like this at Michael's

Me:  That's probably because these are all handmade by me out of bronze.  Most of the embellishments on the necklaces are artifacts from Africa.

Lady:  Ohhhhh.  Well you just don't see stuff like this at Michael's.

Would "No Shit, Sherlock" have been an inappropriate response??  I just smiled and laughed.... politely.
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7 comments:

Roberta said...

Ha! I used to make and sell hand painted scarves and T shirts. They were very elaborate and I sold them for $50. A couple approached me at a show and wanted to know why my shirts were more expensive than another vendors. Hers were silk screened.

Of course they didn't understand the difference between hand painted and silk screened. Needless to say they did not buy anything from me.

Sigh.........how we suffer for our work.

Lela Bouse-McCracken said...

LOL!! Hehe...oh, that's a classic conversation! Sooo typical. Yes, your Sherlock comment would have been perfect!! LOL! :-D

Alice Walkowski said...

Yes, Gail, NO SHIT would have been perfect. I once had a lady ask me why on earth would she want to take a class from me when all she has to do is buy the pieces and put them together. When I told her how I made all the pieces myself, all she could say was OH! Then she sheepishly sneaked away.

Anabella said...

You are a better woman than I, Gail! I would have probably blurted out "uhm, yeah, no shit!"

MegansBeadedDesigns said...

LOL!

Maybe "No, you don't. Which is why buying them from me will be the only way to get them" would have been appropriate, and maybe confronted this terrible person to her rudeness.

Geez, some people!

Indigo Flameworks said...

I've realized as an enamelist, that a good majority of my time spent at art shows is about educating my potential buyers... but it's amazing the comments I hear sometimes. My favorite was:
"You sure don't see rocks like this in Kentucky!" lol

Valerie A. Heck Esmont said...

I try to see shows as a way to teach people as well. People don't know how to make things at all anymore. So if they learn from you they will hopefully start appreciating the objects around them more.