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Trying out the Consignment Route #4: A bit of feedback and a photo!

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Blog entry by KnotCurser posted 1118 days ago 5279 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Questions answered on pricing, etc....... Part 4 of Trying out the Consignment Route series Part 5: Feedback and Good News! »

It’s been just shy of twenty days now and my curiosity got the better of me. I picked up the phone and gave the shop a call.

As always the co-owner who I talked to could NOT have been nicer!

She stated that while my works were generating a TON of conversation and questions, none were sold yet. She is hoping that the upcoming 4th of July weekend is approaching and to “keep our fingers crossed”.

I have a feeling they are priced a tad bit high and will have to be lowered around 10 percent to sell well – we will see.

Either way I am happy folks are talking about them – it’s nice to see interest in your work even if they don’t sell. :-)

She also snapped a picture on her iPhone and sent it to me – it was a tad dark so I lightened it up in PhotoShop before I posted it here so please excuse any graininess.

While this may not look like a ton of space, the shop is very small and the area is the first thing you see when you walk through the door to the shop – I am very happy with this placement!

I’ll be sure to post again when I hear news.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com



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William

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#1 posted 1118 days ago

I was told something very similar when I tried the consignment route. They had my work scattered in several different places around the shop. They told me that the areas my work was in had become the conversation spots of the shop. This made me feel good even if it didn’t create cash flow.
I got a call from the shop the other day. They wanted to offer me a dedicated room in the shop for my work. Instead of commision the room would be a set price each month and I could set it up any way I wished. I thought hard about it, but in the end, my wife and I decided we couldn’t afford to take the risk at this time.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Pete Jansen

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#2 posted 1118 days ago

This happened to me too. I first consigned some of my best work to a small, off the main drag shop here in Fort Collins. They let me consign for the first month and after no sale, they said it would be a flat fee of $35 a month for 3 pieces. I promptly removed my work from the gallery and I’m still looking for a consignment gallery that is on or nearer to the main drag. All the high end shop are grouped together, but only allow certain kinds of art and photography. If I can get in one of those on a consignment only basis, I will jump at the chance. I sell all of my work either from my website or to family, friends and friends of friends. Starving artist and all that rot.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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KnotCurser

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#3 posted 1118 days ago

Well, luckily the deal I have with this shop is that they collect a percentage of the sales so if nothing sells then I’m really not out any money.

With this single exception, I too have sold only to family, friends, co-workers and word of mouth.

I am lucky enough to have the “regular” 40+ hour per week job so I don’t have to rely on my woodworking income to put food on the table.

We will see what transpires in the next couple of months. Fingers crossed.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 1117 days ago

I am watching this from the side lines and wishing you all the best Bob. Your work is really top notch and hopefully people will recognize it for that and you will make some sales. I think the placement in the shop is a good sign that the owner has confidence in you and your product also. As you said – you have a “regular job” so being patient and giving it a little time is not difficult. I think your work is beautiful. Keep us posted. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#5 posted 1117 days ago

Thanks for the update Bob. I think the placement looks great, and I’m glad to hear that your work is generating interest. It’s only a matter of time, and if this doesnt work out there is always another opportunity out there waiting to be discovered.

Keep us posted!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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KnotCurser

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#6 posted 1117 days ago

I thank you all for the support and the hopes!

As I have stated earlier, I sell almost 70% of all the scrollwork I make through co-workers and friends. I just don’t make tons of copies of them is all. ;-)

I am on a small break at work right now and staring at Han Solo and Boba Fett hanging on my cubicle wall – both of these sold a few days ago to a co-worker and will be hanging in the person’s home this weekend. :-)

That’s what it’s all about.

I will be sure to keep this thread going.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 1117 days ago

I love your outlook of things, Bob! You have the right attitude and that is why you are so successful. I am happy that you share these experiences with all of us, as it really puts things in a great perspective.

Have a great day!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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rance

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#8 posted 1108 days ago

Bob, this is a great series. I flew into National Airport one day and happened by one of the small shops. I considered consigning my pens there. I didn’t have enough inventory at the time so didn’t pursue it. You might stop in the airport and look at some of the shops there. Talk to them to see if it might be worthwhile. I’m sure BWI has similar shops that would ‘fit’ your work.

I look forward to hearing how this turns out, and the input from others. Excellent series and thanks for sharing.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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