I’ve printed a load of screen prints which I’m aiming at the ‘Something For Grandma and Granddad For Christmas’ market. They’ve been done mainly with a local art fair I’m at next weekend in mind. They consist of an old-fashioned background image (flowers for granddad’s Potting Shed Prints, and a teacup for grandma’s Kitchen Quotes) which I’ve downloaded from Graphics Fairy. (This is an excellent site if you’re not familiar with it. Karen scans and uploads images from old magazines and catalogues, which are out of copyright simply because of their age. There are a lot of ads on the site (Karen has to make some money from her hard work) but there are thousands of free images.) Anyway, I’ve overprinted this basic image, after manipulation in Photoshop, with an appropriate quote. This one from my Kitchen Quotes range:
Now my question is about the ‘leftovers’ from next weekend’s fair. OK, I know I’m being optimistic about my sales, but what the ****. What practical experience have people had selling art online? Etsy? Folksy? Ebay? Own site? I’m asking about your own experience – not that friend of a friend who always seems to be able to make a fortune!
I’ve just been reading an article called Is Etsy Dying? on the skinnyartist.com site. There are 285 replies to the article. Call me cynical (“Hi, Cynical!”) but replies which say stuff such as “but after a friend suggested to join Storemate.com I realized that was a Etsy alternative. For your sales to shoot up and to have the traffic driven to your website, you must try this place!” may be genuine but …
I just want to be able to sell the prints to someone who wants to get something different but cheap for a (probably elderly) relative or friend, and want to know which way to go. As Lady Bracknell said, I merely desire information. Here is a print from the Potting Shed Prints range: