I've read each of your replies about my art question and I really appreciate hearing about your own experiences. I think I have a better picture of how to go about pricing my work. Speaking of pricing, I've spent all day in my office going through bins of vintage items in preparation for Saturday. Pricing vintage items feels far more comfortable than pricing my art. Second hand is my own language so the hours spent pricing were enjoyable. I thought I would share some of my tips on how to prepare for a market.
Like so many things in our culture, presentation and first impression is everything. When a seller has a booth at a flea market or a craft market they have very little time to lure a potential buyer closer. Many busy shoppers glance at a booth and decide to walk in or their eyes slowly glance over at the table and they move on before they even touch anything. We want to do everything to convince the buyer (without begging) to stay and take a second look at our booth.
I start with a pricing basket.
- Straight Pins
- Martha Pens
- Stamp Pad
- Vintage Ribbon
- White Price Tags with string
- Large Price Tags
- Post-it notes for no other reason than I love post-it notes
- Price Stickers
My childhood "shop", that I still have the warmest memories of, was called the "Do-It-All" Shop. I sold many items including painted rocks, coupons for future jobs like make one phone call, clean windows (coupons that my sweet mother bought and never used) or tickets to silly shows where I would dance around or pretend that I was in a circus. I also was writer and illustrator for a family newspaper fondly called The Unicorn News. I guess I was born with the entrepreneur spirit. I think when it comes to running a yard sale or a flea market/craft booth, I'm sort of just playing shop.
This is why I make the effort to package up items and make them look good. I love this part of selling things.
Items are packaged using cellophane sleeves and priced using tags & stamps. Pictured here are vintage cocktail invitations (groups of 8), vintage Christmas labels with illustrations, vintage Christmas decals & a vintage address book.
Books are individually priced with stamped tags. I have taped them on with a somewhat not-so-sticky kind of tape. I can't bring myself to writing the price inside or placing a stronger price sticker on the front that may damage the book. These books will be in a simple and thrifted basket most likely on the ground near the table. I also have some vintage mid century modern ads that I have placed in cellophane bags and priced with a printed ATG label.
Many of the items that I use for displaying items have been purchased at garage sales or in thrift stores including the longeberger basket ($10) that is holding the vintage books. I often find pens, labels, price tags and scissors for sale second hand. If you have plans to take part in a flea market this summer, now is the perfect time to start searching for your marketing supplies.
I'm very excited about Saturday. I still have a million things to do, more items to price and more artwork to craft before Saturday morning. It's been a crazy week but a lovely one full of energy and anticipation.