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Post by paulahogue on 2010-07-09, 00:25

For those who have sold ,or selling there Art, what has been or is the beat way to sell?.
I have been checking out stores in my town that you can rent a booth plus work so many days a month,Which I cant work because of bad days with health.
They also have consignment where they take half of what you make , which I think is very unfair
when your the one who put all the work into it.It leaves you barely enogh to replace the materials used. Well I'm going to check a couple other stores, but Im afraid they will have same set up.
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Post by Quill Me on 2010-07-09, 04:16

Paula,
it is a vexed question on selling things on consignment, where they mark up your prices. I know the shop owner has to make money too. I have not sold in a shop for a number of years due to my work commitment.
I may try a craft market leading up to Christmas. I do not want to sit at a market every weekend. We have many monthly craft markets in Australia and it is probably a matter of finding the right one to sell at. Not sure if you have them in the US.
I have sold at a market before and you need a variety of things to sell or to catch people's eye.
I have not tried etsy or similar sites.
Sometimes libraries here have display cases, where your quilling could be displayed and then you could have a contact card with your details for people who want to order.
Word of mouth works well to I think. I have sold a few at church and then people want more once they know your work.


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Post by paulahogue on 2010-07-09, 04:28

Thanks for replying to my questions, I agree shop owners have to make money to but I thought half of what you make is alot, but its all new to me. Thanks again Bronwyn
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Post by miriam on 2010-07-09, 08:04

i too sell by word of mouth and people have been coming more than once and bring friends along. Because I don't sell much it's mostly at the wedding and communion season. i wish i can sell more although sometimes not as i do tend to abandon housework and burn the food Smile
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Post by Jocelyneliza on 2010-07-09, 12:48

Paula,

As Bronwyn said, we have monthly craft markets and you can get casual stalls. I get together with my sister's mother-in-law and her daughter who both do pottery and painting. About 3 times a year we gather up all our craft and take a stand. It is a great day out and we usually manage to cover our costs plus some.

I also always have a box of cards if friends want a card and, as I work part-time now, I usually have the box on my desk for collegues to browse through. I have found that men can appreciate the work that goes into quilling and are quite happy to buy my quilled cards instead of visiting a card shop (or maybe it is more convenient for them to buy from me at work instead of having to make the extra effort of visiting a shop). I like to think they really like my work.

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Post by paulahogue on 2010-07-10, 01:53

We dont have markets around here, we do have the consignments stores, maybe I'll have better luck with stores I havent checked yet.Thanks everyone on your input, I really appreciate it! flower
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Post by paulahogue on 2010-07-10, 01:57

Miriam, I can understand how the housework and cooken can be put to the side,LOL.Good thing my hubby loves to cooking
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Post by miriam on 2010-07-10, 08:57

that is lovely paula to have a husband who loves to cook i know how helpful it is my dad cooks too and we love his food very tasteful than mum she tend to cook healthy with less spices and so on but alas my husband doesn't know how he has to have everything ready Smile
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Post by admin on 2010-07-10, 14:48

miriam wrote:i too sell by word of mouth and people have been coming more than once and bring friends along. Because I don't sell much it's mostly at the wedding and communion season. i wish i can sell more although sometimes not as i do tend to abandon housework and burn the food Smile
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You are too funny Miriam, I am terrible too once I get into a project. The time just flies and before I know it......what was I doing before?
One of our members sells a fair few cards and other goodies like magnets and boxes via ebay. She has a shop and lists everything there. She also sells quilled pieces for scrapbooker's. Some times she is extremely busy with it all. You can also contact art galleries too. Depending on what they exhibit, I know our local one has heaps of craft work but no quilling which surprised me. I keep thinking I must put a few pieces in there not because I sell my work since I am so possessive of it (stop laughing at me guys) but more to create awareness however, you do find that people will either contact you for piece work or lessons this way. I love doing workshops as I get so much enjoyment out of others learning this art/craft and it pays a few dollars to do it too. Sometimes I think I get the most joy than the students!
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Post by paulahogue on 2010-07-10, 18:12

Thanks Karon, good ideas,town I live in is kinda small town and theres not alot going on, I still know of a few stores I can check out and if it dont work I may have to go to other towns near by.
I will also check out the ideas that everyone has given. THanks to everyone you've been a big help!
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Post by Quill Me on 2010-07-11, 09:40

Paula, your fairies and dragon would go well in a fairy shop. If you have such a shop in your area you could approach the owner.
Or try an art gallery/tourist precinct, if you have any at a reasonable distance from you.
Years ago I used to supply a craft shop with quilled cards by mailing them to the interstate shop owner in a shoe box and she paid for the postage.

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Post by paulahogue on 2010-07-11, 19:06

Great idea's Bronwyn, dont have a fairy shop ,but the gallery thing sounds like a plan. I'm still going to check a few stores next week, wish me luck. thanks again.
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