I just got back from taking my card samplesto the store I found on Sunday… now I have to wait a week for them to look over my stuff and get back to me about whether they want to carry my cards in their store. I decided to hold off on the other two stores for now, until I get some feedback from the first store. The three stores I checked out on the weekend are all on the same pedestrian mall, within 10 blocks of each other. The store I left samples with today was the only one that was able to give me concrete info last weekend – the others just gave me a name of a person to talk to, but in two attempts now I have not been able to get ahold of either person. The first store said that they prefer that their artists don’t have stuff in all the other stores along the mall, although it’s not necessarily a deal breaker. But if they’ll sell my cards, I won’t pursue any other stores on that mall, and might even go to another town to check out other stores. We’ll see.
Another little venture that I tried today… We have friends who own a consignment store on the same pedestrian mall with the art store. I’ve never consigned any clothes there, but we were in there last weekend and it got me thinking. We live very close to an out-of-the-way thrift store that sells all of their clothes for $2. Doesn’t matter whether it’s a Wal-Mart t-shirt or a pair of Armani pants – everything’s $2. So yesterday I went in and bought several things – all upscale stuff with good brand names. Today, I took it all to the consignment store, along with a bunch of stuff that I weeded out of our closets. But alas, I forgot about the seasons that clothing retailers work with. Turns out a bunch of what I had was winter stuff, which they don’t start taking until September. And a bunch of it was summer stuff, which they have stopped taking until next spring (strappy tank tops and the like). Aaaagh!
They took 3 pairs of jeans and a pair of boots, and told me to come back in a month with all the winter stuff (and in about 7 months with the summer stuff….) So, lesson learned. But I’m excited about it anyway. We still have more stuff in our closets that we canconsign (in the past we’ve always just given it back to the thrift stores as a donation, which we can still do with the stuff that’s not high-end enough for the consignment store). I go to the $2 thrift store about once a month, so I’m sure I’ll find other good stuff. There have been lots of times that I’ve seen great stuff in there that isn’t my size – now I can just get it anyway and consign it. I just have to remember my seasons!