michaelgreen78 wrote in post #6325524
That's a lovely setup you have there Mike.
This is something I'd like to venture into too, there is a shortage of photography stands at some of the fairs that I see. However, being a noob at this sort of print sale side of things, when you say that the prints need to be matted and backed, what exactly is matting and backing a print? I think I can work out the putting into clear bags though!
Follow the link. http://www.documounts.com ...ew-to-matting-and-framing
golfecho wrote in post #6326089
Mike, I have seen your post before, and think it is quite nice. The white canvas roof is needed to avoid light through a colored roof skewing the images. As I see it, one of the biggest investments is in the inventory of photos. Can you give us a brief synopsis of the costs you have in inventory at any given time, and initial costs of tent, etc? Also, how did you decide which prints to stock the most? Did you start out with the same number of each print, and then adjust the inventory over time as you gained sales history??
Thanks for your advice . . .
I would guess that all of the initial costs (tent, walls, stands etc) are about $1000.
I've started in 2005, but I've only done a few shows...probably less the 6 because for the past 3 years I've been hospitalized several times. Now that I'm "better" I plan on getting my inventory back up to par for spring 2009. Here's my recent story in the local paper.
How to decide what prints to stock and what size? If you can figure that out...let ME know! It's a guessing game. I make a guess as what MAY sell based on MY tastes, my wife and the forums. Just today I got an order (website) of a print that I wasn't even going to stock, but I decided to post it. Within 3 days I got an order.
For a show I print at least 2 of everything I have on my greeting cards. There cheap and people like them. I'll print 75% of my stuff in 5x7, maybe 50% on 8x12, 25% in 10x15 and select 16 x 24 and larger framed pieces. I also frame select 8x12, 10x15 etc too.
I have a spread sheet for inventory and I hope to see what sells and what doesn't.