I wish the artists who do consignment and are happy would chime in
once in a while.
Well, I’m one of those who consigns work. I make one-of-a-kind
pieces, occasionally make a series but each one of the series is
still different. While I love making jewelry, I do not like selling
it. I can get excited describing what I do, but not asking for money
for it. So I choose to have someone else sell it for me.
I sell through a gallery run by a very astute person - beautiful
excellent clientelle. She handles my jewelry - we have a contract of
sorts - it’s just a written document that both of us have signed
covering how things are to be sold and when payment is to be made,
but it further provides for what happens to my jewelry in the event
that either the gallery owner or myself should die. I have children
who would want to pick up the jewelry and divide it up, so their
names are listed and they each have a copy of this “contract”.
I provide her with a list of everything I make and give to her. It
indicates the dollar amount I want for each piece shown and she is
free to sell it for whatever she feels is reasonable - but she always
provides me with all the - the selling price, tax etc.-
when she sells something (which is fairly regularly these days).
Everthing in her gallery is insured, she keeps meticuluous records
and I receive my check within several days of the sale.
Our working arrangement is delightful and she is a wonderful person.
She often has special showings for the painters/sculptors and other
artists she represents and I benefit from those because my work
always is on display at the gallery and very prominently.
For me the process works. Better that I have the jewelry in her
gallery than in boxes at my home where no one sees it and it doesn’t
even run a slight chance of getting sold.
I’ve been showing my jewelry at this gallery almost a year and
things are now selling on a regular basis which is delightful. I have
no problem with providing her with jewelry to sell - she bears all
the expenses of keeping the gallery in top flight shape, of providing
insurance, of marketing, of having her tax accountant prepare sales
for me at the end of the year. She owns and manages a
beautiful well run gallery. For me it’s the best of both worlds - and
in addition it also provides an incentive for me to keep fabricating
Now this system may not work for some, but for me it is ideal and I
must say if it were not for consignment, then I probably would just
have boxes of jewelry sitting around because I am no marketer. I’ve
given away mucho jewelry over the years so finally having someone
sell it for me is perfect. I tried working in a co-op gallery and
though sales were not bad, they certainly were not of the quality
that I now enjoy, plus things were not insured, I had to pay for
advertising (it was shared with others in the gallery of course) and
I also had to “work” the gallery one day each month which I did not
enjoy as over the summer there was hardly any traffic in the gallery.
So I love having my work on consignment where someone else is
handling all the myriad of details associated with selling and
displaying. I painted for years and sold my paintings through a co-op
gallery and was very successful, but I’m retired now so it is great
to have someone else handling all the details of sales for me.