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    Advice for selling pottery?

    My aunt and uncle are closing up the studio they've had for years, I helped move some things for them and we were talking about what to do with all the pieces they still have. They have a shop they worked with for some pieces but they only move so many pieces/year. I know nothing about selling this stuff but I figured someone on here might have advice. Sell it online? Bother taking pictures of each piece before moving them into storage? Don't bother at all? This was an abstract question we could kick down the road until recently, but their situation has changed and we're going to need to do something.

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    Two words....bubble wrap.

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    Etsy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riser3 View Post
    Etsy?
    I mean sure, but I guess I'm looking for advice for that path if I'm gonna do it. Just put stuff out there and see what people buy?

    Plus I thought Etsy was all about Moms reselling things that were handmade in other countries now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraham View Post
    I mean sure, but I guess I'm looking for advice for that path if I'm gonna do it. Just put stuff out there and see what people buy?

    Plus I thought Etsy was all about Moms reselling things that were handmade in other countries now?
    Description and presentation. Talk about the history of the studio and look at other pottery sellers for ideas on photographic presentation.

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    Seems like a good list: https://wahadventures.com/places-sel...s-online-free/

    There's a whole circuit of craft festivals, these ones started by us and have gotten hudge: https://sugarloafcrafts.com I'm sure there's some by them where they could move some pot. Er, pottery.

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    Looks kind of artsy.

    First question is how much do you/they want/need to make? Do they want it "gone" or do they want to maximize the gross?

    Second question is how hard do you/they want to work?

    The two questions are connected.

    I sold dozens cases of coffee mugs in a week going from gas station to flower shop to bodega once. But it was a 9-11 "United We Stand" mug the week after 9-11.

    OTOH, my kid taught pottery classes while in college and sold what he made at art festivals during the summer. Lot's of hours. 100% profit sorta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wooley12 View Post
    I sold dozens cases of coffee mugs in a week going from gas station to flower shop to bodega once. But it was a 9-11 "United We Stand" mug the week after 9-11.
    Gotta grab those big opportunities when they come along, amIrite?

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    Thanks for the suggestions, this was just something that came up and I haven't started looking into anything in detail

    Quote Originally Posted by wooley12
    Looks kind of artsy.

    First question is how much do you/they want/need to make? Do they want it "gone" or do they want to maximize the gross?

    Second question is how hard do you/they want to work?

    The two questions are connected.
    I don't know that they need to make a lot off these. But I'm sure they don't want to just throw them out.

    Not sure about how hard any of us would work on this at the moment but if it's worth trying online then we should take pictures/track pieces as we move them out of the building. I could see putting some work into this as a side project if I have time free from work in a few months.


    Quote Originally Posted by wooley12
    Lot's of hours. 100% profit sorta.
    Heh

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    abe, my mom sold a home full of ‘hawaiiana art’, to an actual ‘hawaiiana art’ dealer, in bulk. obviously she only got a fraction of what my dad paid for the ‘collection’ but she also got rid of it in a very efficient manner, for her circumstances. i don’t know how this would work for pottery which seems a less niche market with a broader appeal.

    i know, get a booth at Pike Place Market
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    Quote Originally Posted by iceman View Post
    Gotta grab those big opportunities when they come along, amIrite?
    Yeah, I bought a yacht with all the money I made. I was spreading joy and unity that put smiles on peoples faces. Shoot me. I wasn't selling life saving drugs to only those who can afford them. Just kidding about the shoot me. FWIW, I sold a lot f cases to VFW posts for the cost to ship.

    Anyway, selling online is a job IME. A lot of steps from start to finish to sell one piece. My brother sells triathlon gear online and at triathlon meets. He likes the meets better. Maybe it's the babe watching.

    If you are talking about a 100+ pieces, another path might be to take a pictures of what you have and a few examples and sell them in assorted dozens at wholesale prices.

    Edit. I meant to add that with samples and pictures your market would be gift shops and festival vendors.
    Last edited by wooley12; 06-09-2019 at 02:37 PM.
    thnx Capt. Chuck Shunstrom

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    an open studio tour? A going out of business garage sale - just a GOB sale sign can draw lots of traffic

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    Kewl stuff.

    Art show means hauling stuff around. Online seems way to go.
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    I would suggest selling without having to ship unless the pieces can command a high price to collectors then it might be worth the hassle of packing/insuring/shipping.

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    A friend of ours is a pretty accomplished ceramic artist. She shows her stuff in several galleries across the west but also moves a lot of her work via a website my wife built for her.
    See https://offthewalzstudioart.com/shop?olsPage=products.
    Hardest part is taking photos of everything and deciding prices.
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    Cool stuff. I'd vote for an open house in the studio. Put it on social media, invite your friends to share blah blah blah. Directional signs, bargain pricing if you want to get rid of it.

    Do they have any cools sets of coffee vessels?
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    what’s that? like an aquatic espresso stand. wouldn’t surprise me around here if there was a marine grade floating coffee shop.
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    Take a slough of sonar pictures, colorate as kinetically possible and have shows in NYC art galleries. Static as well as dynamic.
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    Pottery also good name for Mary Jane club.

    Market to the weeders
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    Quote Originally Posted by SB View Post
    Kewl stuff.

    Art show means hauling stuff around. Online seems way to go.
    No shipping with the show though.

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