STUDIO CLEARANCE SALES
Many visual artists produce a lot of work in their studios as they develop and grow their art making practice. Soon, there may be a storage problem in their workspace. A time comes–perhaps during the summer months– when artists want to sell off a lot of transitional work. They may need to make more room in their studio and realize that selling off earlier pieces will likely provide additional money for replenishing their art materials and art making supplies. Or perhaps the artist is planning on relocating to another workspace or renovating their current studio and the prospect of moving years of accumulated and stored artworks is overwhelming–so they would rather sell the art pieces than move them into another storage area. Psychologically, it may be freeing for an artist to sell off older work as they move forward with their style.
There are many reasons for any artist to want to offer certain of their artworks for quick sale outside the gallery system.
Open Studio sales have been underway annually for decades before any online galleries even existed. Open Studios provide a way for artists to sell their art from their studio–the major drawback being that these sales are usually annual or bi-annual and occur only over one weekend. Artists continue to need to sell artworks quickly and easily in ways that do not monopolize blocks of their time–time they could be at work on their art making.
ONLINE YEAR-ROUND STUDIO SALES
If you are an artist and need to make lots of quick art sales, for whatever reason, one site to consider is Chairish. Initially, I was invited to sell on Chairish and as a test I uploaded about a dozen paintings. So far I’ve sold 6 –paintings I needed to sell to create space. I was glad to sell to buyers on Chairish who appreciate my art. I’m glad to have removed those pieces from storage. It’s nice to know that these artworks are now seeing the light of day and enjoyed by others.
YOU HAVE WHAT CHAIRISH BUYERS ARE LOOKING FOR
Chairish buyers appreciate high quality design items, collectables, one-of-a-kind artworks, and limited edition pieces. One of my buyers, an Interior Designer, purchased one of my paintings for a client. We were able to have a dialog via messaging on the Chairish site. Other buyers bought my paintings to decorate their homes and apartments. My buyers are also my followers on the Chairish site and receive notifications when I add new work for sale or lower my asking price on any of their favorite artworks.
MULTIPLE ART SHIPPING OPTIONS
I know that shipping is always an issue for artists. Chairish has that covered by offering some helpful services to artists for shipping their art to buyers.
WHITE GLOVE SERVICE
First, Chairish offers White Glove service. If you have a large and valuable artwork selling on Chairish you can choose to use their White Glove service which is paid for by the buyer. With White Glove, Chairish will send art handlers to remove the artwork from your studio and hand-deliver it to your buyer.
PAID BY CHAIRISH
Another useful shipping option an artist can elect to use is the paid by Chairish Pre-paid UPS shipping label option. With this option, a pre-paid shipping label is generated for your sold artwork. Then all you need to do is print the shipping label and apply it to the package containing the artwork. You can then take your package to any UPS shipping center –which may be your local Staples store–where they scan the label and hold the package for pickup the same day. Three days later your art is delivered to your buyer. Within about seven days your payment is in your PayPal account.
The 3rd shipping option available on Chairish is for the artist to pay the shipping cost on the item or charge a fee to the buyer. This option allows for you to hand-deliver your sold art piece– within a selected mile radius– for a flat fee. So if you live in a large city, you can offer to bring the art to the buyer’s home, office, or meet-up for coffee and deliver their latest purchase to them personally. Or, perhaps you know someone who will make these deliveries for you while you continue your studio work.
Each item you sell on Chairish can have any one of these shipping options selected and applied. There is no need for consistency of shipping options across your Chairish store, as on other online sales platforms.
PRICING OPTIONS AND BUYER OFFERS
Also, I like the pricing options on Chairish. For each of your artworks offered for sale, you can feature the retail price, your sale price, and add a reserve price for when a buyer makes an offer. These features help to increase your sales. Buyers are always looking for bargains and so having the option to make an offer is very appealing! They are interacting with you when they make you an offer that is a little lower than your asking price. You then have the option of entering a counter-offer or of accepting their offer for your artwork.
Now that I’ve found this viable way to make lots of quick sales I plan to add many more of my paintings to the Chairish site and get them out of storage! This may be a working option for you too.