I have an agreement with my banker. He doesn't make
jewelry and I don't make loans (consignment). How can we expect
to be treated like professionals if we do not act like one,
including expecting our work to be purchased up front. None of
my suppliers are willing to give me consignment terms on
materials, supplies, and equipment (net 30 yes, consignment
It is very professional to maintain a consignment agreement with
a store or gallery. It is a very real part of the business and
how many of the most successful artists got their start.
Consignment gives artists an opportunity to show their work to a
larger audience in a time where hand crafted work is not a high
priority on the "gotta buy" list of the average consumer.
Consignment gives store owners an opportunity to have high
quality pieces in their galleries to educate their customers,
support artists and hopefully make both of them some money.
I have made a large investment to be able to produce
jewelry and I expect any merchant that wants to sell jewelry to
do the same. If there were not so many willing to do
consignment then it would not be expected.
In a perfect world, retail customers would buy high quality work
all the time. They would know "why that piece is so expensive".
Store owners would have huge amounts of capitol at their disposal
and would buy everything up front. They wouldn't buy lesser
quality (cheaper) work from far away countries as a substitute
for artists work in their area. Everyone would know that art and
the expression of creativity is a valid way to make living.
Artists would never need to risk lending their work to galleries
for the opportunity to show their work in a creative environment.
They would be happy with their inventory sitting in their studios
not being seen, and not being sold.
I for one cannot afford to hassle with consignment
accounts. All merchants will purchase it they have to
and most do. Just my two cents worth (paid up front)
After many years of dealing with consignment accounts (from both
sides of the counter), I agree that it is a hassle. It's a lot of
work for both parties. But, sometimes, it is the only option for
emerging artists. Sometimes it gives seasoned artists the
opportunity to take risks they could never take in a wholesale
There's no reason to insinuate that consignment artists are not
"professional". There is a place for it and it works. Maybe not
for you, but, for many others out there making a living with
their talent and ambition.
just my opinion,