|Dragonfly Pillow Bead Ornament|
You look at the shop, booth, or space itself. Is it neat or unattractively junky? The operative word? Unattractively. Do the products look neglected or well-tended to? Is the space dusty and repelling, or sparkly clean and attractive? It doesn't have to be a large and expensive space, but if it's well cared for it will attract discriminating customers who will be excited about returning to buy your products.
|Coffee Greeting Card: "You are like a swig of rich coffee, fragrant, smooth, mesmerizing."|
What about the products of the other consignees? Is there a variety of merchandise so that everyone gets equal attention? Too much of one type of product (unless it's a theme shop) means less sales for any one vendor. Evaluate the type and style of your products and compare them with what is being offered. Before you commit yourself, insure that your products will receive equal attention, and not be crowded out by a glut of similar items. Ask if the owner has a plan to counteract this.
|"I Am Positive Minded," ornament, "I am positive-minded. Each day I attract money, resources & opportunities. I look forward, not behind."|
What about the pay out or distribution policy? Do consignees receive monthly payment for sold items, bi-monthly or quarterly? Is it restricted to automatically-timed distribution, or can the pay out be requested at other intervals?
|"Sweet Bliss," wall art featuring Karo|
|"Plant Lover," blank greeting card|
In these cases and others, these points may not be critical. But think again. Anytime we are allowing our products to be seen, the method and place in which they are being presented can have a negative or positive impact. This is true even if sales are not the driving decision for which to display. We always want to be well-represented where ever our products are.
|"Imagine. Do. Become," small wall art|
|Coffee Greeting Card: "May your day be filled with...Coffee."|
Is any vendor allowed to put products on sale, or is that controlled by management? If you want to put an item on sale and it is not allowed, do you know if you can remove it immediately so that you can list it, as a sale item, in your online shop? The answers to these and other well-thought-out questions can help avoid headaches and strained relationships.
|"Imagine. Do. Become," small wall art|
|"Friends," greeting card, "Friends are like leaves. First there's the budding. Next, comes the growth. Then surprisingly there's the falling away...and finally, the regeneration."|
|"Treetown I," small wall art|
Teresa Rusk at Hollyhocks, my consignment venue, shares some considerations to remember when selecting a consignment location for your products. She says you should ask yourself just what does that venue offer.
Teresa has taken the time to share handmades of some of the many vendors at Hollyhocks. Her video is a great example of good marketing and promotion. She is a consignor who has a commitment to putting her best foot forward, for herself and her consignees.
The product images in my blog post are items that I've consigned at Hollyhocks , which is located in North Carolina. Consignor Teresa says,
Hollyhocks, LLC is located in the historic district of downtown Mebane. Our address is 102 West Clay Street Suite C, Mebane, NC 27302. We are located in a walkout basement with Poythress Studio being directly above us. Look for our pink and green stairwell or come around the building for the back door. Our space is as unique as our products! Our phone number is 919/563-2522.
For more help with the consignment process visit these links:
Lisa McGrimmon, at Inspiri-Art-And-Craft.com, credits much of her success to the time she spent building good relationships with consignors with whom she's worked.
April MacKinnon has experienced the pros and cons of consignment. She offers ways to protect yourself. Her readers offer their expertise within thirty-five comments.
Cindy Keyes has a board at Pinterest titled Online Consignment Shops.
Ever thought about being an online consignor yourself? In his book, How to Start and Run an eBay Consignment Business, Skip McGrath offers sample contracts, forms, flyers and guidelines on selling other people's stuff on eBay. You could adapt his plans for the work of handmade artists and crafters. Mr. McGrath is a longtime eBay powerseller and author of several bestsellers about eBay commerce.
Good luck with your consignment ventures.