The zine suitcase received a structural upgrade to compensate for the multitude of zines being made.
May 17, 2013
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‘Saturday Night Live’ 38x21 | Weekend update
Advice for people showing in an Artist Alley
from http://kateordie.tumblr.com/ (not rebloggable :( )
Do you have any advice for someone who’s considering getting an Artist Alley table for the first time at a con? Thanks!
Yes, actually! I’m still learning a lot myself, but these might help:
- Get a sign. A clear identifier of who you are, what your brand is. A banner, a table standee, whatever!
- Stand at your table if nobody’s coming by. Be approachable! Be able to explain what it is you’re selling in a sentence or two.
- Have business cards or stickers with your web presence on it. Simple and free. An address, a twitter name. No phone numbers or personal emails.
- Don’t overcrowd your table with too many items. Have something that’s $1, something that’s $3, $5, $10, $15, etc. I find it helps. Some people come with tons of cash, some only have a couple bucks. Make sure those who only spend a little get a biz card. They might have money later on!
- Accept credit/debit cards if you can. Square readers are good, I hear!
- Be polite and engaging. If you’re sketching, sketch on the table instead of your lap. Try and acknowledge everyone who comes to the table with a smile or a “hi!”. Don’t be too pushy.
- Have lots of change. I usually go to a show with about a $100 float in coins and $5 bills. You’ll need it, and it can help you make friends with table mates who may need change!
- Prepare. Will you need tape, elastics, envelopes, scissors, bags? Make it easy for the customers. A quick trip to the dollar store can save you lots of scrambling.
- Bring pens for signing. Sharpies are great, have silver or gold ones if your surfaces are dark. Personalize what you can, and ask people how to spell their names.
- Get creative with your displays! I’m bad at this, but I love seeing inventive setups. Fun tablecloths, earring hangers, shelves, etc!
- Be nice, but have a pleasant way to usher people along if need be. “Have you checked out _________’s table?” “What panels are you going to?”
- Know your prices, label things clearly. Sticky notes are great for this.
- Don’t undervalue your art!
- Have an awesome time!!
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You like art. You know nothing about it. Where to start? How about our beginners art reading list! This list is for all the friends over the years who have asked me what they should read to lear…
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