Hello Lee, A co-op of any kind (farmers, antique dealers, artists,
etc.) can be a marvelous thing or a real headache. It is only as
strong as its weakest member. By that I mean the one who fails to
show up to staff the store, clean up, or otherwise honor a
responsibility. Whatever agreement is made has to include some kind
of “or else” to eject the under-performer, then the guts to follow
through with action. Otherwise, a few people end up carrying the
burden and the whole thing fizzles away.
Antique dealer “malls” are pretty common, and the ones that work the
best operate as a booth rental co-op. The rental pays overhead,
sales staff salaries, advertising, etc. Rental fees are handled
like apartments, with last month’s payment in advance. Each dealer
stocks and prices items as s/he sees fit and arranges his/her booth.
The same concept should work for an artist’s co-op gallery.
In any event, some one has to step forward and lead the effort.
Thank God for such selfless, volunteers.
And speaking of volunteers… do your part to help Hanuman with a
donation to Orchid. (How did you like that segue???) Judy in Kansas