10 tips for winning at Artist’s Alley
Con season is starting up again and I figured it’s time to dispense some experience from the many cons I have attended and talking to many people who *want* to vendor in Artist’s Alley and have no idea of where to start.
I haven’t done a con (yet), but I did participate in an arts festival for the first time, last month. So all of these tips apply.
Probably the most effective things for me was having a wide range of prices for items ($5-$120) and being approachable—just saying “hi” and smiling warmly at people as they passed. Just because you got less than three hours of sleep the night before doesn’t mean you have to look like it or be grumpy.
I remember when I was trying to decide whether or not to apply for the fest, thinking I didn’t have much to sell. But then I remembered that I could make a buch of stuff. I was already selling notecards and fine art prints, so I had a bunch of those in stock already. I ended up printing more stuff the day of. A week before I ordere a bunch of moleskine cahiers to customize. I got 4 done before the show and sold two of them at festival.
Whenever I do a festival/art market again, I hope to have my bookmarks available.
Oh, it also was a big help to be able to take credit/debit cards. I think it’s great to get either a Square or a PayPal card reader, because they’re awesome and really convenient.
Lastly, I think it really helps to put for the effort to package your stuff nicely. Just take a trip to Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or (preferably) your locally owned and operated independent art supply store, to get some clear acetate bags to hold your prints. It shows that you care about your art, and it will make other people care, too. :)