Consignment Space Set Up: Where to Start? What to Avoid?

by Kate.
(Montana USA)

silver and pink freshwater pearl necklace.

Sterling silver; pink, white and cream freshwater and saltwater pearls; quartz crystals, rose quartz

The good news: A new local arts co-op/tea room recently opened in town; the owner loves my new designs and wants to give me a dedicated space!

The bad news: I am totally lost as to how to go about setting up! I work full time and then some at a “real job” (I know, I know), so most of my sales are done through the mail or at shows, where I can arrange, present, and box up each piece myself and supervise the whole process.

carenlian and agate gold necklace.

Gold-filed carnelian and agate necklace

I need some ideas for displaying merchandise and supplying packaging that won’t be inconvenient for a shop owner managing several artists’ inventories in the same space. And honestly, I am too busy right now to spend a lot of time making packaging as well as jewelry; it needs to be something beautiful, elegant and convenient for both of us.

Sterling silver, labradorite, freshwater pearls, smoky quartz and upcycled vintage rhinestones.

Sterling silver, labradorite, freshwater pearls, smoky quartz and upcycled vintage rhinestones.

I’m afraid that too many earring cards, etc. will look cluttered in a small shop corner, and I like the polish of having something to put the jewelry into when it is purchased (right now she doesn’t have store bags other than the usual plastic, which isn’t all that pretty).

Should I buy a box of jewelry pouches for her to use?

Should I give her a box of little boxes? Consider hot-stamped bags? Go make/purchase display busts? Set out business cards?

What’s worked for you? — More importantly, what should I avoid?

Kate
The Desiderio Gallery
Desiderio Gallery at Etsy

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