PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
Every business needs a way to connect to their clients.
Where do you sell your work? Include names and links to websites if you've had a positive experience.
Had a bad experience? Let us know, but please do not mention store names. Instead let’s discuss possible solutions.
I'll go first: Toronto Stores/Galleries:
- Made You Look has two locations opposite each other with 2 galleries and a workshop where artists rent bench space.
- The Devil’s Workshop has both a gallery space and a workshop where jewellery artists teach classes.
- Etsy is the powerhouse for online selling of all things handmade. Only 20 cents to post an item and there's a 3.5% transaction fee when your work sells. Follow this link and click Etsy Success for weekly emails on how to improve your shop.
Negative experiences (unrelated to the stores mentioned above)
- Problem: Stores not paying on time.
- Solution: Visit the store monthly to request payment. Should this be necessary?
- Problem: %50 consignment fee. Why do stores get %50 of my sale!?
- Solution: Accept that the stores deserve %50 and harmonize your retail prices. Having sold my work for a couple of years, I now know how much work, money and time it takes to reach my clients. Therefore, with harmonized prices at craft shows, in galleries and stores, online, I can spend more time making my work, and less time trying to sell it.
What do you think? Are consignment fees fair? Do you sell work directly to the stores? Have you rented space to sell work from? What's your advice?
Thanks for your participation,