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bunmi100
« on: September 02, 2005 10:29:36 AM »

Does anyone have any experience dealing with consignment for crafts? Huh
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classycrafter
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2005 08:48:00 AM »

What did you need to know? I dont really know too much. I used to work in a store that took in some consignments.
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sewki
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2005 04:51:36 PM »

I'm interested in consignment shops too.  I'm new to the area, so I'm wondering where to even begin.  Like, what stores even take consignment goods?  Or are there any resources on it?
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classycrafter
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2005 06:40:50 PM »

Well, I used to work in a little shop in a historic distric. And we took in some consignments. But it had to match the theme of our store.
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sewki
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2005 08:10:28 PM »

Well, I used to work in a little shop in a historic distric. And we took in some consignments. But it had to match the theme of our store.

What was the theme of the shop?
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classycrafter
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2005 09:11:06 PM »

Well, it was in a historic distric and the whole street was filled with all sorts of shops. Our shop in particular was a more primitive shop. We sold a little of everything. Go to www.historicsaintcharles.com  You might be able to view some of the shops websites and it can give you an idea. I am not sure if all the shops do consignments or on what terms. Hope this helps!!
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hrhacissej
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2005 08:00:26 AM »

I sell 90% of my work through consignment shops.

What usually happens is that you start at one or two shops and gradually meet more artists and you learn about more shops.  Actually, craftster is where I find out about more national opportunities...check out the classifieds section.  Another way is to check out the websites of artists that you like.  They usually have links to sites where their work is sold...voila instant info on shops and contact information.

I can also suggest jurying into the Illinois Artisan Program.  Google it and you'll find their website along with submission guidelines.  There are 4 galleries in Illinois, and they do a 50/50 split.  If you are close to any of the galleries (addresses on website) I suggest checking them out to see if your work complements the others.  The gallery in the Thompson Center hosts art sprees about 10x's a year where you get a chance to personally meet your customers and talk about your work and network with other artists.  If you go to the Thompson Center gallery (on 2nd floor) my work is the knitted stuff under the Heirloom Textiles label.

Another route is to attend art fairs and talk to the artists.  Most will share information about consignment stores in the area.

Check out www.uniquefreaque.com.  It is a consignment shop in Oak Park.

For music themed work, there's www.musicopia. com.  It's in Berwyn and the store is called Musicopia...I'm guessing on the website address.

Finally, check out www.shopoakpark.com.  I think Lindsey Gallery takes work on consignment.  There may be some other places I'm forgetting...

Best of luck to you!!

Jessica
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