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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Free Advertising? - List of Sites on: November 29, 2005 12:48:19 PM
There's Indie Collective - http://www.indiecollective.net

and Indie Shopping - http://www.indieshopping.com
2  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Selling rights for artwork. Advice? on: October 18, 2005 05:31:48 PM
I believe that the Graphic Artist's Guide to Pricing and Ethical Guidelines has some good information on pricing and legal information.  Congratulations and good luck!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cute deer and girls on: September 15, 2005 01:44:29 PM

Just wanted to post this because we finally finished a new series of paintings in preparation for a show in a cafe which we are hanging tonight!  Although we had the show scheduled since March, we are huge procrastinators and just started cranking out the paintings like maniacs.  So, I am very proud that we finally got everything finished, and here's one of the paintings from the show.
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: slow month! on: September 15, 2005 11:56:05 AM
Could definitely be Katrina.  I feel kind of silly spending money on myself when I should instead be donating to the relief effort.  Also, I bought stuff from the Craft Revolution etsy shop to benefit the Red Cross. 

But, yes, we are also pretty slow with orders.  But we are not doing anything to promote ourselves as we are super busy with regular life.
5  Washington / Washington: West / Re: Experience selling at Fremont Sunday Market? on: August 24, 2005 02:17:41 PM
We sold on and off there last summer.  As I recall, it was rather difficult to get in... people show up way early and wait in line for a space. 

What we ended up doing was showing up on the Sunday the week before you wanted to sell.  At noon they start giving away spaces for the following week.  People of course show up early and get in line for this, too.  I can't remember if you had to be a member or not for this, the friend we were splitting our booth with was in charge of this.  The benefit of this was that if you didn't get a space you don't have to lug all your stuff down there and back.  The other benefit is that on the day you are selling, you don't have to show up early and worry about getting a space. 

I don't know if this helps at all, but good luck. 
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: A few Consignment questions on: August 08, 2005 04:10:41 PM
When you consign your products do you normally have the option to remove certain items say from one consignment location to another based on the item not doing well where it currently sits?

I'd ask the shop owner about this.  Usually yes, if something doesn't sell somewhere, you can request for them to send it back to you. 

Could you also offer the same products for sale in other venues, i.e. auctions etc and once sold, retrieve your product from the consignment shop and ship to your winning bidder?

Hmm... probably not as easy to do this.  I could see shop owners getting irritated if you are constantly asking for stuff back because you sold it somewhere else.

Next question, how many consignment shops end up being too many?  In other words, as I've read here some of you consign in multiple shops while others prefer to stick to 2 or 3 they know work well for them. What is the consensus on this question?

We consign with 4 brick and mortars and 1 online shop.  The problem with consigning is that you have to have stock out there and you don't get paid for it until it's sold.  So, I think if you have too many shops, then you have a lot of your products tied up in a bunch of different places and not necessarily getting paid for them.

How well do the on-line consignment shops do and what is everyones opinion re: online consignment vs. brick and mortar consignment?

Brick and mortar definitely sells more, but online gets more exposure for your website.

Also, one last question, when the art gallery opened up there was a live news shoot and the news program featured the gallery grand opening and the artists and their work.  Because of that news footage I received several custom orders for a USC Gamecock necklace.  When I told the gallery owner through general conversation about my custom orders there was an uncomfortable silence that came about the phone ... huuummm did I mess up?  I really don't see that I did wrong since our website and phone number are listed on the news website and that is how the orders came through (the newcaster even mentioned on the show that folks could call us directly or reach us through the gallery) ...  but the gallery owner gave me some uncomfortable silence like I did something wrong? Any opinions?

Some consignment stores don't want much of your own contact information on your products, where some want to provide exposure for you as part of making consignment with them more enticing.  One of the stores we consign with requires all custom orders that are generated from their store to go through them, but our contract from that store specifically states that custom orders that originate from consignment with them has to go through the store and they get a cut of it.  I think it would vary from store to store.

7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Am thinking of selling bags.....pricing help please! on: July 29, 2005 03:57:28 PM
I'd say at least $20... probably more in the $30 - $45 range. 
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: The Sampler?? on: June 30, 2005 12:10:58 PM
Although contributing to the sampler doesn't necessarily bring in a lot of sales, I do think it's worth it for the amount of traffic that it brings to our site, the connections that I've made with other businesses who have seen our items through the sampler, and the fact that you get a free sampler for contributing.  I've gotten some really great stuff from it!
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Shipping and Handling...Please Help! on: May 20, 2005 01:27:13 PM
We set up price ranges and flat shipping rates for those.  So, if your order is up to $5.00, the charge is X dollars in shipping.  From $5.01 - $15.00, it costs x amount of dollars, etc...

No one has complained about our shipping costs.  You should also consider the fact that in addition to postage, you usually have to buy boxes and packing materials as well, so even if the actual cost of postage is less than what the customer was charged for shipping, part of that cost could be going to cover packaging as well.
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: One consignment shop, or many? on: April 19, 2005 06:19:39 PM
I guess the theory is that each shop has a different audience, so you will get more exposure if you are in more stores.  More potential buyers.
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