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« on: September 28, 2004 04:19:06 AM »


I am considering selling to zoo and museum gift shops (animal related crafts) and would like to speak with others who have experience with it. Any wrnings? suggestions? How do they pay?...

« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2004 08:58:18 AM »

I am selling my hats in 2 consignment shops - the only thing I do not like is that they take 40% of the price. So I have to raise my prices to have what I want for my work. But these shops are expensive, and nobody expects to find bargains there... 
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2004 03:04:17 PM »

I used to work in a museum, and if I recall correctly, they paid via "net 30" (within 30 days of receiving your items)  Some stores will pay you before you ship, but I don't recall the museum I worked at doing that.  They did not do consignment, just wholesale.  You should have a pretty professional line sheet to present to the buyer, and you should follow up with them from time to time since they get tons of inquiries. 

Also, try to keep on top of special exhibits and be in touch if your work would fit well one of them.  They usually do separate gift areas focusing on the special exhibits.

RedStitch, regarding consignment, the 60% you get in a consignment deal is actually more than you would get in a wholesale deal (wholesale is usually 50% of retail price -- so an item retailing for $20 would give you $12 on consignment but $10 wholesale).

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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2004 09:14:21 PM »

PM is right. Museum gift shops usually do things wholesale. In fact, at the NY International Gift Fair, there was a special section devoted to wholesale crafters dealing with museums.
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