First I’ll have to give an update about the “artistic melodrama”. There is no more melodrama, at least in my life. I’m gone … I quit … walked out … packed up my art (boxes) and left ! It got so bad last November dealing with all those artists, not even an accomplished LumberJock could handle it. At least not this one. As soon as they got comfortable with me as their leader, things went all wrong. I had a few people trying to get away with breaking the rules behind my back, and these were some of my closest friends … nuff said !
Remember, I said in a perfect world, “Your customers would come to your house and pay whatever you asked”? It seems to happen more and more now. It just happened yesterday with a man that discovered my work in the before mentioned art gallery / gift shop. That won’t happen there any more. He had bought a few boxes at the gallery and then started ordering over the phone when he couldn’t find what he really wanted there. The last couple of years he has had me send him different boxes on many occasions.
A couple of months ago his was going to come to my house/shop. He was a no-show and didn’t even call … oh well I thought. I guess I’ll never meet my, hopefully, new benefactor I thought again. Well, damned if that guy didn’t call yesterday out of the blue. He was like a kid in a candy store and left my shop almost a $1000.00 lighter.
What this getting to is … if you sell out of your house as apposed to selling at a show … give a discount. At an arts and crafts show, remember, your costs are at least 30% of your gross sales. It has been Sue’s and my policy to not include the sales tax, but to back it out of the total. In other words, we pay it out of our gross sale and not the customer. Since Arnold raised the sales taxes to 8.25% in our county, the customer got that as a discount. He was happy and we saved 21.75% ourselves. Like I said before, “It’s the best of both worlds”.
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