Okay, more than I baby step yesterday. I almost feel like its a fancy ballet leap! What's that called? A grand jete? Maybe that's what I wanted to do after my meeting.
Ya'll know I updated the website with "for sale" items. Cool. Put on Facebook that my new notecard sets were for sale this week. Got 25 orders. For real. Can't believe that I got as many as the first time I offered cards after inktober. I thought I has exhausted my friend base. Many repeat buyers and many new ones. Thanks @demotlj
Well, I had all these cards already printed. So, I had tons of samples. I was meeting a friend in our towns downtown area for lunch. I made a call to see if I could meet with the owners of this freaking adorable, uber chic yet southern, little eclectic shop. It's the kind of store to buy nice original gifts. Or just adorable things. Anyways, they LOVED my notecards. Loved the price point. I knew that I was coming in a little cheaper than what they sold things for. MY note cards are 8 in pack for $10 retail. They bought 5 of the designs with multiple sets of each design. I walked around the store with the owner and talked about trends in the market. He showed me what styles of things were selling. He commission 2 original pieces. One of the band stand, a place in fort mill that is iconic to the town, and the store front with a lady holding a bag in front of the shop. The last two I need to go over the details. The band stand will be printed on cards and the original and prints will be sold too. The store front will be used on their social media and website as well as cards and such. So the pricing may be tricky. I need to be professional when I deliver the cards and show a few sketches and then really narrow down the prices. Store identity is different than making cards out of a town icon.
Y'AAAALLLLL. I just feel like this could be a jumping off point. I talked about the items that were in their shop and their companies. About licensing. They have sooooooo many connections to the companies and everything.
Hopefully the notecards will do well. They said they sell a lot of stationary. So, that's a good thing. This is just a huge goal I have had for a while and I can't believe it actually happened. I wanted to sell my stuff in Crossing on Main in fort mill, SC. And now I am. Let's see if my work makes the cut for the buyers. They were excited about it. And that is good enough for me. MY head can barely fit through the dang door! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
@NessIllustration what the heck! Great blog post! So helpful. Thanks for putting all those resources together. Your work is always charming. Good luck on your etsy shop. Let us know when it is up and running. I didn't see a link on your website for it.