When you sell your product to stores, you open up a whole new income stream to complement your online shop and in-person art shows. Approaching brick-and-mortar venues can feel intimidating when you're just starting out. Our tips on wholesale and consignment will help you find stores that fit your niche, learn the best way to approach store buyers, and understand the contracts and paperwork involved when you sell your product to stores.
When customers walk into Sacred Art (http://www.sacredartstore.com), they immediately know that they're in Chicago. Sarah Chazin, the proprietor, does support local artists throughout Chicago - they are the suppliers of her store's merchandise. Much of the work on display in the small, cozy Lincoln Square shop celebrates the city, from El stop posters to small pins that allow the wearer to show allegiance to their neighborhood.
Years ago, Lisa Whiting was teaching a Japanese-speaking friend to knit in exchange for language lessons. When Whiting moved away to Chicago, her friend asked her, "What am I going to do without my knitting sifu?"
"Sifu" means "master" or "teacher" in Japanese and, Whiting says, "I was so honored that I decided that would be the name of my company."