selling art on the street (1 Viewer)

panik

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I'm pretty shy and socially impaired and usually find it hard to even spange at all unless I'm drunk! I'd like to start trying to sell my paintings/drawings on the street as soon as I get enough stuff to set up.

just curious if anyone's done this, and if so any pointers?

do you think I could just make a sign or something saying like "starvin' artist" and sit there?
I've sat along the sidewalk and flown signs before whilst drawing/painting/whatever and it usually helps especially in hippie or artsy type towns.

I don't know, basically I'm wondering what I should say to people if anything, and also how much to sell shit for! I don't know if people'd actually pay much for some crap some bum was selling on the street but I also put a lot of time into what I do...
 
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I would price your stuff out depending on an hourly rate. Use that as a rough price, if its a piece you really like throw a few extra $$ on. It totally depends on what kind of stuff you are doing. Start yourself at $5-6 an hour and go from there. If you think your stuff is worth more then charge more. i dont know if that helped

My friends that are artists that actually sell thier stuff price it by the hour
 
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I can imagine the thing about selling art on the street is the fact that you have to carry all your supplies, or otherwise carry finished product. And as we all know, everything you choose to bring, you have to carry. It depends on the art--if you're great at drawing, then a sketchbook and a tin book of pencils takes up a little more room than a journal. If you're a painter, well...you might have a problem. If I were going to do it, I'm a photographer, so I would have to bring 4X6 cards of photography along, which cost money to print and could get fucked up or stolen along the way. Visual art is a tricky thing for a traveler to sell unless it can be done live.
 
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whenever I finally hit the road again I plan on selling art to make money.. the goal is to never spange again. But next time around I plan on having a car of some sort also so carry art and supplies isn't a real biggy.

my big question is... legality. some places you need a permit to sell things on the side walk. other places, not so much. where does one look to find out this info about a certain town or city?


btw...hello Tiff :)

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Well this isnt really my specialty but......ive had sort of expirience with this in photography. Some real easy tips are find out who your target audience is. Find out where they hang around. Advertise some of your art locally and at art stores. If you want to branch out from selling it off the street get in good with the art scene. When they have galleries they will put your art up for something like 100$ or more. You can make some good money out of it.
 

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Selling art on the street is a bit like good spanging, actually, you have to put on a kind of show, whether it be nice and art gallery-like or comic and entertaining. Either way you do it, you have to have at least one piece that draws people in, it doesn't have to be something that someone would want to buy, but it needs to be attention getting.
 

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I ain't got TIME for galleries if i'm travellin. The good one's got A waiting list of months or more to exhibit. I'm too much of a hustler anyways. Check it out:

Take yer painting to Kinko's, make copies, on reg paper, cardstock if you can afford it.
Ask for extra paper bags to give people when they purchase one, it looks classy...
Stand somewhere busy, or better yet, keep moving around. You are less likely to get a ticket for trying to sell something. Don't be shy or afraid!! Just say "Excuse me Sir/Ma'am, would you care to look at some freelance art?" Or, "What up dude, art fer yerwalls at home"

Then you'll get no, no, no, sure! I would love to!
Then while they are looking at the copies of your work, do not mention money until they have looked at a single one longer than the other.
Tell them you live on tips and suggested donations for your work. Suggested donation "5-25" shit, say ten.
Never, never say the word "price"
Tell them you will barter for food.
etc.
It's a beautiful thing.
oh! and I always say "Thank you for looking, welcome to my office."

I have been living this way since 2003 I think, on, and off the road...
-Kezban
 

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I shouldn't be givin away all my magical charms LOL j/k
If you can use them, or have questions on how to structure a good hustle pitch message me I am all for folks somehow makin moneys without the usual "Broke Hungry Homeless" sign. *BIG SIGH*
 

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my girlfriend and i make jewelry and sell it in the hip parts of wherever it is we are at. it works out good, people see that you have art and are just glad you're not another fucker asking for change. we make good money usually and fly a sign on top of that STACK YO LOOT!
 

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I had some luck selling homemade pins and some of my drawings in halifax this August, but you have to be careful not to put prices, because a lot of touristy places have vendor licenses, and if you don't have one you can get a ticket. I guess people busking don't have this problem. if you put up any signs say "by donation" or put out a tips cup, but if someone asks, say a price. work with em.
 
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for a price id just say sell whatever you know you can part with for a price not too exorbitant but at the same time don't sell yourself cheap, cus your art is a part of you, just because your a vagabond on the street selling something doesn't make you any more or less professional than a shopkeeper, a lot of people get that confused, and just like fernfern said don't put prices on your stuff, because ya tickets law bs, just follow the rule that everything is negotiable,

I do a little bit of that at times, selling art/crafts , but I find a good catch is doing it while playing music or with a group playing music, just attracts more.
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I ain't got TIME for galleries if i'm travellin. The good one's got A waiting list of months or more to exhibit. I'm too much of a hustler anyways. Check it out:

Take yer painting to Kinko's, make copies, on reg paper, cardstock if you can afford it.
Ask for extra paper bags to give people when they purchase one, it looks classy...
Stand somewhere busy, or better yet, keep moving around. You are less likely to get a ticket for trying to sell something. Don't be shy or afraid!! Just say "Excuse me Sir/Ma'am, would you care to look at some freelance art?" Or, "What up dude, art fer yerwalls at home"

Then you'll get no, no, no, sure! I would love to!
Then while they are looking at the copies of your work, do not mention money until they have looked at a single one longer than the other.
Tell them you live on tips and suggested donations for your work. Suggested donation "5-25" shit, say ten.
Never, never say the word "price"
Tell them you will barter for food.
etc.
It's a beautiful thing.
oh! and I always say "Thank you for looking, welcome to my office."

I have been living this way since 2003 I think, on, and off the road...
-Kezban
U are telling the truth luv ya
 

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