The booth fairy isn’t real: Advice from one beginner to another.
Before you sign up for selling here are 5 things to be know before you take the plunge.
1. Get a seller’s permit.
Most conventions and art fairs will ask for a temporary permit. But if you are trying to make this a permanent business, save yourself some time and trouble in the long run and apply for a full permission.
You can obtain a seller’s permit by going to your state’s tax and fees administration site. And it’s usually free.
2. Be prepared for the pre-game.
think about transporting your artwork safely by getting storage boxes to keep your prints save and crisp as you make your way to your location
Think of something that can’t be crushed easily and storage that might roll like a suitcase would. As you might have a lot to carry and you might have to walk far to get to your table in the venue.
3. Be prepared for the cost of the first initial printing batch.
When you first start printing to sell you will need a 10 or more of each print. And possibly different sizes and grades of paper(which the Nerds next door will discuss in a future article). These elements factor up the cost of what you’re printing. The first batch print might run from $100-250 if you use a print shop.
Conversely, if you are doing home printing. Consider the cost of the different paper grades and sizes of blank sheets and the cost of printer inks. That can run some where between $40-100.
4. Booth presentation is a key factor.
You might want to invest in metal grates to hang and display your work. It gives you opportunity to have more art to catch customer’s eyes as they pass by.
Also consider a table cloth/cover as some venue tables are old and worn, may not be esthetically pleasing. So a cheap table cloth could push your booth to a more upscale and cohesive look.
5. Have a cash storage box and change for money handling.
DO NOT go empty handed. If someone loves your work and hands you a large bill, you’ll most certainly want to be able to break and change their cash. A customer may not come back if they leave to break change.
Also consider getting a card swiping device as we continue and technology reins supreme, more people are inclined to pay with credit/debit cards. And a card swiping device doubles the amount of people who can and will purchase.
These are things to consider when you first start and as time goes we will have more articles and helpful tips for you. Good luck to all the wonderful first timers and excellent artists out there!
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