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in-house art sales

updated wed 16 may 01


m markey on tue 15 may 01

Stephanie Wrote:

"A local woman, who is a metal sculptor, has been opening her home to
select group shows a half dozen times a year.
She has really has done a beautiful job of turning her home, indoors
and outdoors into a welcoming, wonderful showcase of the artists' work.
Artists are asked to participate., and can bring as many pieces as they
choose.The work is high caliber and a mixture of 2D and 3D , large and
small. It all works well together in the larger sense, though individual
artists work is quite different. There are 4- 6 artists involved, i.e. a
small number. . The opening is a festive affair with food and music.
Each artist is given 100 printed invitations for their own mailing list,
as well as an email invitation postcard, plus she has a substantial
mailing list from previous shows...."
I also know of someone who does this, in Berkeley, to sell wares from her
home studio. She and three or four other clay artists/potters collaborate=
this endeavour, for the three weekends prior to Christmas.

There are caveats to consider, before selling wares in one's home. One is
sales tax and buisiness licenses. In CA, one can have such a sale once a
year without charging sales tax. It's probably best to have a buisness
license, and charge the tax, though. My friend in Berkeley is doing this
with a business license; hence, she adds sales tax to the items in her
in-home sales.

Other things to consider: local zoning ordinances, parking, fire
regulations, building codes. Many homes aren't built for too many folks a=
one time!

Best wishes!

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