Hi Folks, Another marketing-oriented question for you all.
In my previous corporate life, we had a cafeteria that hosted
vendors about 3 days per week. The vendors set up tables to sell
stuff, ranging from very nice jewelry to plants, to crafts and phone
plans. It was a pretty nice way to do some shopping on our limited
lunch free time, especially for last-minute gifts and personal
I’ve been put in touch with a company that coordinates this type of
program here in the Northeast. For a one-time signup fee they
qualify you as a vendor (you fill out applications and such) and they
provide you with the lists of corporate venues and available dates on
an ongoing basis. Each company has their own per diem fee (ranging
from $40 up to $150 per day) for displaying. There is no obligation
to sign up for a minimum number of dates or anything.
My question is whether any of you have experience with this type of
arrangement and marketplace from the seller’s side of things? Do
you feel it’s a profitable way to get your work to market and has
been worth its while? Are the “coordinating companies” generally
reputable? Any pitfalls I need to look out for? What are the price
ranges you’ve been successful with in this arena?
My work is both off-the-shelf hand-crafted artisan jewelry in silver
and gold with semi-precious stones and (this is new for me) some
resale of Stuller and similar-quality finished products. The meat of
my work is custom design, particularly commemorative and bridal-party
Thanks for any help or insight you can give!
Handcrafted and Unique Artisan Jewelry