How will our sales program work?
Mid-City Artisans will accept curated items from individual artisans and makers on consignment.
Probably none! No rent, No placement charge. Your only possible upfront cost may be for a display if your items require one. We have a number of displays for jewelry and other items but you may want something different. If you make greeting cards, for example, we do not have a display for them.
How we inventory:
Either enter your items online or (download and fill out our Inventory Sheet) then call for an appointment to bring your items to our store. As sales are made they are automatically removed from inventory. You are able to check your inventory online as often as you want.
In order to keep the store exciting, we merchandize all items and may rotate their placement in the store or even temporarily remove from the store.
Show me the Money:
We have heard some of the past experiences some people have had and we strive to make working with Mid-City Artisans the best experience possible. As stated above, you have easy access to your inventory list so you always know what is selling and what is not as well as how much you are owed. You are welcome to come visit the store anytime and see what is going on. We welcome your questions, concerns, and suggestions. We are artisans ourselves and are placing our items in the store under the exact same terms as you. So we also want the best experience possible. You will be paid electronically for all sales the preceding month, as soon as our software allows it.
Mid-City Artisans operates as a consignment store with a Artisan / Store split. We want to ensure that everyone is treated fairly so we will we work with you to establish the best price. We want to be known as a store where prices reflect the quality, locally made items you have along with the intangibles that the store provides. This way you will be properly compensated for your work. Once a price is determined, you will know what your amount will be. It will not change. It will not be discounted. The actual price tag shown on the item will include a 3% surcharge which covers packaging and payment processing fees.
If you have ever had a bad experience with, or thoughts about, consignment, please discuss it with us as we really would love to understand your concern and work with you to address it. We want you to make additional money by being a part of Mid-City Artisans.
Store policy will not allow discounts on items without first consulting with you. We will also have a no return after 7 days policy.
Around the 9th of each month, we will transfer funds for all your items sold the prior month. If a certain sales threshold is reached by the 15th of the month, a payment will be made to you near the 24th of the month. Hey, it's your money and we want you to have it!
While we understand everyone has their own expression of art, the store will be family friendly so all items displayed must appropriate for all ages. If someone requests a custom or commissioned item that we would not place in the store we will contact you to see if you want accept the order. If so, we will process the order as any other custom order.
We will accept only hand produced items by the artisans themselves. Prints of an original work by the artist are accepted. No mass produced items.
Many times we will just rotate the inventory so your item may be off the floor for a period of time then put back on display as something else sells. See our contract for details.
We have insurance that covers your item if someone breaks in after hours and steals items. However, shoplifting is not covered and that loss will be at your expense. Mid-City Artisans will take every reasonable precaution such as video monitoring, store layout, locking cabinets for smaller items.
What do I do next?
Please contact us via email (email@example.com) with a sample of your work, then sign up for one of the Artisan Info & Sign up sessions.
Please bring all of the items you would like to place in the store. We will be prepared to receive them at that time. Please bring a completed inventory sheet listing each item to expedite processing.
If your item is consumable, we would appreciate that you either provide one or two of your best-selling products for us to sample. It is our goal to be knowledgeable about all products to better market them to our shoppers.
We are using a computer program that tracks all vendor merchandise and creates barcode labels for each item. Please ensure that your product is packaged in order to affix a label without damaging the item. Ex: Greeting Card in a plastic sleeve.
We are asking that each artist submit a digital photo of yourself and at least one of your creations and a written bio as soon as possible that we can post on the site. If you have this prepared, please send it to the email address above. Also, we would like to start promoting you and your products on social media as soon as possible.
Click Educational Opportunities to see how you can increase your exposure and offer some classes.