The other side of ArtFire…. Selling…
(Info updated Jan. 2012)
Artfire is not only a great place for buyers to find unique items to purchase, it is a great place to get your artwork or handmade items in front of people from all over the world to sell it. In the previous post, I showed a picture of my Andrus Gardens Quilts Studio on ArtFire. Please pardon any rambling in this post, but there is so much I want to say…. I will have lots of links to take you right to the source for much of the information.
I heard of ArtFire.com nearly 3 years ago, and tried out that first studio, not knowing what would happen. Now I have 3 studios there. I began on Etsy and had multiple shops there, but have moved my items from there. Etsy is a great place for some people, but I have found ArtFire to be a better “fit” for me and my work. This post will let you know why I prefer Artfire for my main online sales presence.
Since first writing this, the look of studio pages has been upgraded…. The photo above shows the new version.
The photo above is a screenshot of my Andrus Gardens Quilts Studio on Artfire, where I have my Art Quilts and Note Cards.
As an artist, or craftsperson, one can set up a studio and list items for sale for very little or even no cost to try things out. There are many sites that can host retail stores or shops such as Ebay, Etsy, and others, who charge a fee for each item listed for sale, and then charge another fee based on the selling price of the item after it sells. The great thing about ArtFire is that you can give things a test drive for a month with no fee at all if you want, Using this link. The above photo is a screenshot of my newest studio Andrus Gardens Designs, that was one of the original free Basic studios which are no longer available, and all shops now have a monthly fee and all can be personalized the way you want (since originally writing this, it is now a Pro studio and looks a lot different). There is no playing the re-list game (and paying to do it) trying to get items to the top of pages, as items are selected randomly, or based on your tags and descriptions for search results, not by when they were listed. Every item is also submitted to Google base so they can be found in searches quicker. Anyone can also take advantage of many Tutorials and Help Guides where they can learn pretty much anything you need to know to get set up and become successful.
Above is another pic of my Art Quilt Studio- Andrus Gardens Quilts
The Pro (or paid) account is now $12.95 per month (Jan. 2012), and that covers everything. Since I tend to trip over my brain trying to get things into words (and to keep rambling to a minimum), here is a Link to ArtFire’s Seller Page where you can find all kinds of information and find out how to get a free one month trial. Use this link for a referral program where you can get your 3rd month free in addition to giving me a free month too!
I also can place widgets in the right sidebar of the main page as seen in the last photo of my Art Quilts Studio to link to my other sites I would like people to go to… (Above photo is of the old version of the studio set-up… Things are a little different looking now)
Talk about grabbing eyes…. the above Collection is one I made from items found in both of my first studios. (Update- 01-21-2012, New Collection- Any empty spaces in the collection mean those items have sold since it was made!) Unlike the Treasuries on Etsy, the collections here can be used for promoting your own items, too, and there is an easy widget feature to help you place it in your blog or wherever, like I did here! Collections can be chosen for the front page feature, and of course, one with all my own items would not qualify for the front page.
OK, I’ve rambled enough for now….. If you can’t tell, I am very impressed with how ArtFire is set up and run. I have even been a part of the Maven’s Team, and have been able to help test out and try to “break” new pages, and features to be sure that when new things are open to the whole community, the bulk of the bugs are worked out already. It is a great community to belong to, and one that is ready to help others be successful, too.
Oh yea, see on the sidebar of this blog……> The “Rapid Carts” are made really easily from the studios, too and can be used on blogs or websites….