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Matthew Little
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Dealing with Local Gift Stores
Oct 29th, 2014 at 1:03pm
 
Was wondering if any of you had dealt with selling your items on commission in local gift/ home stores? Specifically I have put my work in a couple of places around town. I typically leave my work with them and let them set up how it will be displayed. I have gone back after a couple of weeks to find that they have used my bowls to hold other items that they have for sale.

I kind of feel like this is a disrespectful thing to do. I have yet to say anything, and I was wondering what your opinions  on the matter might be. Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Dealing with Local Gift Stores
Reply #1 - Oct 29th, 2014 at 2:30pm
 
Matthew,  I agree with you, I think that is very disrespectful.  I would talk to them about it.
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Reply #2 - Oct 29th, 2014 at 6:43pm
 
I would not consider a bowl that is holding items for sale to itself be for sale - am I expected to just dump out the items in it to buy the bowl?  Have they done the same with ceramic bowls and other containers for sale?
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Reply #3 - Oct 30th, 2014 at 7:09am
 
Matt,

You've entered into a contract with them to present your work and they get paid. They're not doing you a favor.... it's business. You have every right to comment on how its displayed or take your business somewhere else.
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Re: Dealing with Local Gift Stores
Reply #4 - Oct 30th, 2014 at 8:17am
 
"Oh, I see you bought my bowl so that you could use it to hold items you want to sell."
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Reply #5 - Oct 30th, 2014 at 10:28am
 
I agree.. either they buy it from you or they set it out EMPTY and FOR SALE. 

Get on them about this or take to another place.
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Re: Dealing with Local Gift Stores
Reply #6 - Oct 30th, 2014 at 2:24pm
 
My wife ran a gift shop for over 20 yrs and sometimes she would combine diff items together to display or as an example of how to use them. So you should at the least make sure the shop has a visible price on the bowl separate from anything in it. It's not always bad to have something in a bowl/vase etc. if it helps to sell your item
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Reply #7 - Nov 4th, 2014 at 9:41am
 
Richard,

Very good point. My wife does displays for a gift shop once a week. At times she's had to go back in and redo a display because some of the items featured were sold. I think the visible price is a good option. I'd try and get a feel if they were displaying it, or using it.

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Re: Dealing with Local Gift Stores
Reply #8 - Nov 4th, 2014 at 2:36pm
 
Matthew, I would tell them nicely that you don't feel it is good for your work to hold other things. If they act like it shouldn't matter remove your stuff immediately. You may be able to resolve the issue with communication if not, it's not worth keeping your work somewhere it is not appreciated. Best of luck I have been through a few until I have been blessed to find the best gallery in my area to take my work. If some one buys it like a gift shop in New Jersey does mine they can do whatever they want with it. BUT if it is their shop on consignment then NO!! If you act like you work is important they will also.
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Re: Dealing with Local Gift Stores
Reply #9 - Nov 11th, 2014 at 8:55am
 
That is disrespectfull, you could tell them you sold that piece and that you will replace it with something else and then set up new ground rules
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Re: Dealing with Local Gift Stores
Reply #10 - Dec 24th, 2014 at 1:39pm
 
I agree that it's not right to have other's items in your bowl that you are trying to sell. It would be better if you had dried flowers or fake fruit in the bowl for the display. I would talk with the store manager.

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Reply #11 - Dec 24th, 2014 at 3:06pm
 
You're lending them money in the form of free inventory, and they're basically using it as the equivalent of a candy dish. A candy dish they got for free.

I'd say that's a step or two beyond disrespectful.
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