there is a website for galleries and artists only . it is a wholesale site for jewelry and other cool items. the site caters to individual artists selling their wares so you don't see a lot of mass produced stuff.
anyway i think it would be great to have a site that just catered to galleries /wholesale orders. i think gallery people
It sounds like you’re describing Wholesalecrafts.com They are a
wholesale site where artists pay to put up a page of their work
with pictures and wholesale prices and links to their web pages.
Galleries sign up for free and can browse and inquire for more
on artists they like. The last statistics I saw said
they had 180 artists and 920 retailers/galleries signed up. Their
site really looks good, is well organized, and well operated. But
in reality, from my own experience, it just doesn’t work. I’ve
been on it since October 1998 and for $40/month (they charge $70
now) and so far I’ve gotten 3 inquiries, one of which was a craft
mall trying to sell me space, and NO sales. The literature the
site sends out has quotes all over it about how “great!” and
"profitable!" the site is but I have posted in several newsgroups
asking for conformation of success from artists and have received
My conclusion is perhaps people in retail and galleries would
really rather see the work in person. Or perhaps jewelry isn’t
doing well on the site. I have asked repeatedly for
wholesalecrafts to show the stats on what crafts are doing well
but also have gotten no answer. So if anyone out there is also
involved in this site, please speak up, and if anyone has a
better idea of how this could be done, I’m in! Maybe a jewelry
only site would be the ticket.