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I have been toying around with the idea of selling some of my prints at our local craft fair but have no experience of doing this.
I had thought of picking say 15-20 local works, getting them printing and mounted on board and then sealing them in a cellophane envelope with a few frames as an option. But what size should I print and mount to ??? also any advice on where to purchase cellophane envelopes would be really helpful.
The fair is to be held over Christmas at our local art centre.
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I do a few craft/art events throughout the year and set up in a similar way
I tend to offer large mounted prints (40x50cm) and medium (20x30, or there abouts), greetings cards, postcards (featuring my own photographs and art) and take along a couple of framed examples. These give any potential customers an idea of what they can purchase, if they would prefer to order larger/smaller, or perhaps a different mount. I also have a screen or my laptop showing a larger selection of my work
Local pieces are obviously popular, but i have noticed a trend in this area that locals will pick up a print to look at, comment on where it is, then put it back (perhaps as they see the scene every day, so why have it on their wall?). However this year i have found most of my local scenes are sold to visitors who fall in love with the area, or purchased as gifts for folk who have moved away. I normally have an alternative stock of images to try and reach to a wider market (in my case digital artwork and some wildlife). In total i normally have around 50 prints with me to give people a wider choice and give them more of an idea of my work
I normally get my cello bags on eBay, as they have a much larger variety of sizes to suit than some of the more pricey craft supply stores near here
I get my cello bags from a company called cello express - good range, reasonable prices and free delivery (they also trade through Amazon).
I get my mounts and cello bags from Cotswold Mounts.
Quote: I get my mounts and cello bags from Cotswold Mounts.
The only advice I would offer is to stick to 50x40 mounts. That way the purchasers can fit them into a variety of £9.99 frames from B&Q.
I ditto the above re: frames. 50 x40 also fit Off the shelf Ikea frames.
I am really pleased that you suggested the 40 x 50cm size as this is the size I commonly use. Thank you very much Paul for your detailed reply, I will follow your excellent advice you have picked up on some good ideas that I would have never have thought of.
Cello Bags- thanks for the pointers just checked out Cotswold Mounts and it looks like they offer everthing I need to get started.
Many Thanks for your help and advice
P.S Forgot to ask you all what colour mounts you are using for Colour prints ?
Ivory for most colour prints, charcoal for monochrome black and white, dark brown for sepia mono.
Great Thanks Leftforum
the advice to stick to common frame sizes is good - I go for the 16x12 and 20x16 sizes.
As for mounts, I usually go for black for colour prints and white for mono prints.
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