[00:00.00]Listen to part of a conversation between a student and an employee at the campus store.
[00:06.00]Student:I’d like the ceramic coffee mugs you have on display at the other end of the store. [00:10.85]Were they made by students?
[00:12.20]Employee:Oh, we only use certain suppliers, wholesalers who’ve been selected by the store manager.
[00:17.60]Student:Do you ever sell things made by students?
[00:20.50]Employee:We used preferred vendors only because……I mean if we said yes to one student, we’d have to say yes to any student who asks. [00:27.80] And this store is only so big.
[00:29.70] Student:That’s too bad because I made these pretty ceramic bowls, I designed them myself, I’m a studio art major. [00:36.30]Anyway… um… I was hoping I could sell them here. [00:39.50]You see I’m taking art 202, marketing your art. [00:42.65]And for my final project I need to find a way to sell my own art work.
[00:46.10]Employee:Um… what about selling on line? [00:48.60]A lot of art and crafts are marketed that way……
[00:51.50]Student:I really don’t have the computer skills or the time to manage a website.
[00:55.30]Employee:What about the emporium?[00:56.92] You know, that gift shop downtown. [00:58.60] I’ve seen items by the local artists there.
[01:01.10]Student:The emporium buys directly from the artists?
[01:03.60]Employee:Well, they sell items on consignment.
[01:06.30]Student:Consignment… I think my professor mentioned that.
[01:10.00]Employee:Yeah, you give them some items to sell on your behalf and then you and the stores split the purchase price.[01:16.60] But they wouldn’t pay you anything up front if that’s what you want. [01:20.10]And you might need to provide your own display case.
[01:24.10]Student:Oh, I already have a display case, a portable one with three shelves. [01:28.00]But aren’t the shops that were… you know, just buy stuff from me outright? [01:33.10]Because if not enough bowls were sold, how would I recruit the cost of my materials? [01:37.30]They are not cheap and neither was the case.
[01:39.70]Employee:All the stores around here that sell craft items are small and independently owned, unlike the emporium. [01:45.90]For them, selling on consignment lowers their risk. [01:49.20]They don’t get stuck with unsold items. [01:51.55]They can return them to the owner. [01:53.20]You just have to make sure you set the retail price high enough to make it worth you want. [01:58.20]But you’re right, consignment isn’t for everyone. [02:01.20]What about the spring craft fair? [02:03.50]You know that outdoor market that‘s held on Saturdays? [02:06.50]Plenty of local people sell their stuff there, ceramics, jewelry, decorative items. [02:11.20]The vendor fee is nominal I believe.
[02:13.50]Student:Oh, yeah. I remember seeing that last year. [02:16.60]All those tables lined up in that vacant lot on main street, right?
[02:20.10]Employee:Right. Since the craft fair’s only a few blocks from campus, it seems like a good place for students to sell things.
[02:27.10]Student:Do you know how it works?
[02:28.60]Employee:I think you just rent a space and set up your table to display your bowls on. [02:32.60]You’d set the prices and keep all the profits.
[02:35.60]Student:Seems doable. [02:37.30]But… um… I don’t have a car to haul everything down there.
[02:41.55]Employee:You could take the campus bus. It goes into town on weekends.
[02:45.30]Student:True… um… but I’d also have to sit there all day when I should be in the library or the studio… [02:52.00]I don’t know, I suppose I could do my reading assignments between customers.