Trying out the Consignment Route #2: And away we go!

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Blog entry by KnotCurser posted 06-01-2011 12:20 PM 6996 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting Ready.......... Part 2 of Trying out the Consignment Route series Part 3: Questions answered on pricing, etc....... »

Well, my wife and I took the 45 minute drive to the shop this past Monday on a SCORCHING hot and humid day.

I was supposed to meet one of the three ladies that run the place – instead two of them were there and very eager to meet me and go through my work!

They were very nice and honestly stated their thoughts on whether or not the pieces were “matches” with the overall “vibe” of their shop.

ALL the Beatles & John Lennon were snatched up quickly.

Bruce Lee, however, went back into the traveling case.

It went on like this until the vast majority of my works were accepted, inventoried and priced.

They were also able to give me some very good advice on making my works more “professional”. Mainly just adding some Identification stickers on the backs as well as an informational card to give out with the sales.

The visit lasted around a half-hour and it was a true pleasure!

We then got a bite to eat, walked through a couple of shops and decided it was WAY too hot to do much else, so we jumped back into the truck and headed back home.

Now we wait and see how things sell. I have a good feeling about this – I hope it lasts. :-)

I asked for some pictures of whatever display they come up with when my works are up – I’ll be sure to post and update.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 12:24 PM

Good luck to you on this venture, Bob. I really hope that you do well. Your work is so nice and it would be great to see you make a little extra doing something that you love to do. Did you bring any of your puzzles? Or was is mostly portraits? Keep us posted on how things are and YES! add pictures when you get them.

Have a great day!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 12:32 PM

I did bring up both a playing card puzzle and the dollar bill one to show. They were impressed with them but were mostly interested in the portraits. I think they have more wall space than shelf space.

That’s all good though – I like giving those puzzles away – makes me feel good. ;-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 01:14 PM

Thanks for the update. This will be interesting to see how it develops.

It seems to me that the portraits are a natural winner for sales of this type. A lot of people have walls that could use some sprucing up. And like the say ‘anything Beatles’.

And Man, it has been hot! Yucky!

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 06-01-2011 07:31 PM

Good luck with this, Bob. I look forward to further developments.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 06-01-2011 11:19 PM

good luck :-)


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#6 posted 06-01-2011 11:20 PM

Do you mind telling us what kind of prices things are set at and what their commision is by percentage? The reason I ask is I tried the consignment shop route once upon a time. I had the prices set just as absolutely as low as I could possible go (my cut after their commission). If I’d gone any lower I’d had rather used the portraits as firewood than to sell them. Still though, after a month, they were begging me to go lower. I politely explained that the only way I could lower the price was if they were to lower their commision percentage. After the ninety day contract was up, I pulled my items.
There was one other guy that I know of selling scrolled portraits. I don’t like to put down anyone else’s work, but you could put mine and his beside each other and tell who took more time on their work. He was selling a lot of portraits, at ten buck a piece (shop price, so he made less after commission). There was no way I could compete with that price, and wasn’t about to try either.


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