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04/17/2005: "I lost my soul on the road to retail"technorati tags: all business
I went out to pizza and beers last night at this new place called the "Island Pub" (because it's on Douglas island, there are no tiki torches or babmboo) which is literally a block away from my house! It used to be this run-down place called "Mikes" but they expanded it, did this unbelievable make-over, and now it's the happening hot spot...right on the water no less.
I sat next to a girlfriend at the bar who is also an artist and when I told her that I finally had prints made, she said "oh good, now you can sign up with the wholesalers"...companies that will show your prints to retailers (gallery owners, interior decorators and the like) who place orders for your prints (hopefully) then turn around and try to sell them at a mark-up.
It sounds good to me but have any of you ever done this? Is there anything negative I should know about going into it, or things to avoid? Any advice would be highly appreciated.
Anyway, as I was leaving I ran into a woman who bought 2 of my paintings at my last opening but then never picked them up (how flattering, right?). So she came back to my place and I turned them over to her which she seemed genuinely excited about. Hey, buy all you want! I'll paint more.
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