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Need feedback! I found gorgeous hand-crafted Art I can sell!

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Need feedback! I found gorgeous hand-crafted Art I can sell!

Postby Winston » Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:40 am

Need feedback! I found gorgeous hand-crafted Art that I can sell! - What do you think?

Dear all,
We just came back from the lovely mountain city of Baguio. While there, we visited some markets and found this new line of hand crafted hang up artwork being sold. They were so nice, classy, ethnic-looking, esoteric, contemporary and unique, that even my super picky parents bought a couple of different ones. And they have a contemporary ethnic look that American collectors tend to like. By looking at it, you can tell that it would add an ambiance to any room that it was hung in.

Anyhow, it’s hard to describe these things, so I took some pictures of the designs we bought and put them on a webpage to show them to you. Maybe someone out there who is well versed in art can describe to me what it is and what I should call it.

It is basically a square design on paper of paint, clay, and other materials, strung by ropes to tree bark that forms a frame around it, giving it a “suspendedâ€￾ look. Here, go to this link and see what I mean:

http://www.happierabroad.com/Artwork.htm

Anyhow, I’m thinking of selling these on Ebay to make a profit. I think they would sell well. They have a very “sellableâ€￾ look, are hand crafted, and something that people would be proud to show their friends. And if it does well on Ebay, I might go back and get more of them to sell regularly. What do you think of that idea?

How much do you think I can get for each painting? What price should I start the auction at? Or should I sell it for a fixed price? And should I mention that it’s from the Philippines or be silent about it? The thing is, if I say it’s from the Philippines, people might think that it ought to be cheap and won’t be willing to pay much for it.

And how would I even describe it? I’m not very familiar with art terms, so if any of you are, can you tell me the best way to describe this hang up art, in a catchy manner?

Also, if any of you are interested in getting any of these yourself, let me know as well.

Any other suggestions and ideas?

Thanks,
Winston
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Postby momopi » Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:19 am

You could list different pieces on Ebay under different titles and see which gets the most interest from buyers. Like Google adwords you'd have to experiment a bit here.

You should also setup an on-line store and handle payment via paypal. Ads can have link-backs to your store's site unless if the auction site prohibits such.

Don't limit yourself to ebay.com. There are others auction sites out there, and specific arts and crafts sites. Don't ask for too little $, it's not worth your time to make pennies. Aim higher. When taking photos you'd need to set-up a little studio in your house to present the art pieces better for photo shoots. Experiment with various solid colour sheets as back-drop and ways to present the art piece. Use indirect lighting and avoid using the flash if possible. Play with your digicam's settings, and adjustments via photoshop.
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Postby Winston » Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:57 am

momopi wrote:You could list different pieces on Ebay under different titles and see which gets the most interest from buyers. Like Google adwords you'd have to experiment a bit here.

You should also setup an on-line store and handle payment via paypal. Ads can have link-backs to your store's site unless if the auction site prohibits such.

Don't limit yourself to ebay.com. There are others auction sites out there, and specific arts and crafts sites. Don't ask for too little $, it's not worth your time to make pennies. Aim higher. When taking photos you'd need to set-up a little studio in your house to present the art pieces better for photo shoots. Experiment with various solid colour sheets as back-drop and ways to present the art piece. Use indirect lighting and avoid using the flash if possible. Play with your digicam's settings, and adjustments via photoshop.


W: I listed them on Ebay, but I didn't know about Ebay stores. How does that work? Does that perpetually list your item online automatically? If so, how much does that cost to keep an Ebay store?

The thing is, my own online store, like the one I have now, http://www.happierabroad.com/Catalogue.htm isn't going to receive anywhere near the traffic that Ebay has.
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Postby momopi » Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:15 pm

Ebay Store:
http://pages.ebay.com/storefronts/start.html

Ebay Store FAQ:
http://pages.ebay.com/storefronts/faq.html <-- read this first

Ebay Store Tutorial:
http://pages.ebay.com/storefronts/tutorials.html

Ask around to see who's running an Ebay store and ask their opinion. Yahoo Answers is a good place to post questions:
http://answers.yahoo.com/
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