Let me know if you ever do a show in my neck of the woods(Phoenix area)!! I have a guest room!! you and Matt are welcome to stay anytime!!!
Cool! Thank you, Jodi! I might hold you to that someday, lol!
I hope you do a booth at the Ren Fest. That would be awesome.Then I might get to see ya in person some day.lol Last years had Nene Thomas and some other ones and people were buying them all over.
Very cool about the wholesaleing! Do you approch them or did they approch you?
I think doing fairs and festivals would be fun, though probably pretty time consuming. I had thought about doing some localy here but I want to wait until I have a better selection of prints, artwork, ect. Maybe next year! :)
I just get emails asking me a lot - 90% are bogus (LOTS of scammers out there!!) though, lol, so it takes a while to sort through it for genuine inquiries. I don't even start preparing an order until the check has cleared!
2004-07-14 10:39 am (UTC)
Do you ask for a copy of their resale tax certificate? These are usually issued by the state they're doing business in, and serves to authenticate the business (no matter how small one is). (By the way, you might consider applying for one yourself, so that you can also qualify to purchase your art materials at wholesale prices. Would be more cost-effective if you plan on generating lots of prints, for instance, no?). A few years ago, when I was running my mail-order, loose-teas business I always had to fax in a copy of my resale certificate with my first big order, as well as fulfill the minimum purchase amount, etc. I never minded since it's a pretty usual practice. You might look into it, if you haven't already.
Well, good luck, and may you continue to receive lots of prospective business!
Thank you so much for the suggestion! I might do that from now on. With this particular store though, they already carry my stickers and some other merchandise (bought from the wholesale company that licenses them), so they've been cleared there. That's a good idea though - I might start asking that of new companies that approach me, that would make it easier for me to sort through the riff-raff, lol.
2004-07-14 10:52 am (UTC)
ps: Hmm, would love to see some "bookish, tea-drinking fairies" by you... lame idea? Well, here's to wishful thinking! (or, one day I could save up all my coins to commission one. That would work, too :)
Hehe, being a rather bookish tea-drinker myself, you just might see some! I'm actually planning to do a series of faeries associated with different varieties of tea (I'm a tea nerd!!!). ;)
Hey look at me - I'm no longer anonymous! :) I think that would be awesome, Jasmine - your tea fairy series. I really look forward to seeing those. I just read that one of your cats is named after (maybe? sort of?) my favorite oolong tea "Ti Kuan Yin." I love it especially for its refreshing peachy/orchid fragrance. The "Iron Goddess of Mercy" would make for a lovely tea fairy, I'm sure. Mmm, maybe I'll go prepare some!
(also a "tea nerd" :)
Welcome to LiveJournal!!!!!!
Oh neat! I've never had Kuan Yin tea! I'd love to try some! That sounds delicious. My little Quan-Yin is named after the goddess/bodhisattva (probably the tea is too!).
2004-07-14 09:05 am (UTC)
cool news about the wholesaling
It sounds great. Someday you'll visit the store in Boston and it will probably feel really surreal.
I was at the PA Fairy Festival this year, but I didn't really manage to sell. It might go better for you, and I think prints would have been the best thing--a low cost impulse buy product. But I hate to say the Fair organizers were very *disorganized* and it caused me some headaches.
Fairs are this whole other world--it's very strange. I used to go to them with my mom when she sold her weaving and baskets. Some people do really well at fairs and other people with great products and good prices might not sell at all. Location within the fair, the weather, who you're next to, it all makes a big difference.
But I expect that since you already have a following you might do well. At the very least perhaps people would like to meet you and then think they should buy another print.
2004-07-14 10:01 am (UTC)
Re: cool news about the wholesaling
Yeah, I'm just kind of looking at it as a chance for fun, meeting fans, and getting more exposure. I probably would make more money staying at home and doing commissions or something, but it would be fun to do some things in the "real" world from time to time!
Cool for you! Hey you should take a pic of the display packs so we can see what you mean! :)
OOH! If you did a west coast show Renee goodwitchzinna
& I could come see you!
That would be really cool!!!
Yeah, I'm kind of surprised you're not in on the fairy fest they're having here! I think that Brian and Wendy Froud are going to be there, even. I believe it's in St. Helen's, which is a wee little town just outside of Portland, about a half hour drive from where I live. I'm not sure if it's going to be a yearly thing or not - it would be nice if it was! I'm planning on going.
I was actually asked to go there - but with the whole buying-a-house thing and my other vacations, it didn't really give me enough time to plan (that and we need to buy a decent vehicle, lol). I'll definitely go next year though if they have it! I think it's a travelling festival - I believe it was in Sedona last year. I think it looks like a blast!
You live near Titusville don't you? My hubby is going for a job and one of the locations is Titusville......that'd be neaaaaaaat.
Hehe, I'm not too sure on Florida geography yet (we've only lived here a year now), but I plugged Titusville into MapQuest and it looks like it's about 60 miles away - right on the beach!!!!!
cool! yea im not good on geography were we live now and weve been here 3 yrs!but i was looking up all the places that the job could be (there are literally about 50 possibilities 9 are in fla) and happened to notice titusville. i am super excited about all the options in fla! there were even options in the virgin islands and puerto rico but we opted not to go for those!
i LOVE that store!!!!!
when i lived there i used to take the T to newbury street and visit there all the time!! if you ever come up to this part of the country i highly suggest it!!
Wow I didn't even know there were Fairy Festivals but I guess I shouldn't be surprised! What are the ones in OR and PA called?