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Where should I sell this piece of art?

I've been working on a piece of art for the last couple of weeks and I decided that I should sell it. The thing is that I don't know of where a good place to sell art would be. I don't want to sell it on the internet because it's very heavy and shipping would be insane. I don't really need a specific place, just a general of where to sell it. Oh, it would be cool if you guys told me how much I should sell it for, based on just looking at it. Thanks,

DP

Re-design3 years ago
You're in Austin, Austin has art galleries. Print some really good photos of your art and hit the galleries to see if they'll show your piece.

I know you're only 13 but that's the way it's done.

Or you could get a store or restaurant to display it with a price tag on it for a percentage of the sales price.
Dr. Pepper (author)  Re-design3 years ago
Thanks! This is definitely what I'll do. Thanks!
happyjo3 years ago
Wow, this is really quite beautiful! And I like the stand! Hope it sells good!
Dr. Pepper (author)  happyjo3 years ago
Really? How much would you pay for it? Thanks!
Um, well I would have to see it in real life to put a price on it but I think it is gorgeous! So you made the stand right?
Dr. Pepper (author)  happyjo3 years ago
The stand? Do you mean the metal thing the wood sits on? No. I got that out of a rear axle of a car.
Oh, well so you didn't put it together? Either way, she's a beauty!
Dr. Pepper (author)  happyjo3 years ago
I took the metal part out of something that was originally on a car. I bought the wood then fixed it up. I drilled a hole in the wood then put it on the base. So, I made it.
Wow! That is so awesome! Congratulations for doing such a superb job! :D
Dr. Pepper (author)  happyjo3 years ago
Thanks! It's probably going to sell this weekend for $850~900
:D Goodluck! :D
Dr. Pepper (author)  happyjo3 years ago
I hope!
the national art gallery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you're gifted
Dr. Pepper (author)  harry potter rules3 years ago
Thanks!
wkortum3 years ago
you should sell it on etsy!
Dr. Pepper (author)  wkortum3 years ago
I kinda don't want to sell it on the internet because it's so freakin heavy and shipping would be insane.
Techgirl-523 years ago
It looks great!

Try a local museum or cave tour store. They usually have those kind of things on display. Take it in, ask for the manager/owner, and show them. If needed, mention how it will look good. Who knows. Maybe they will ask you to take it inside to see it on display! :D
Dr. Pepper (author)  Techgirl-523 years ago
Cool! Thanks!
orksecurity3 years ago
Impossible to answer. Art is worth what it is worth to the person who likes it.

That's a pretty piece of wood, but you haven't done anything with it that appeals to _me_ so I wouldn't bid on it except as a piece of wood to be repurposed for some other project. Someone else may be absolutely delighted by the idea of a very mechanical mount for a very organic piece of wood and be willing to pay much more.

In general, if you want to make money doing art, set your initial minimum asking price by figuring the cost of materials, plus the value of the time you put into it at some reasonable hourly rate, minus what the enjoyment and experience you got from doing the project was worth to you.... or by what you'd pay to buy it back in order to display it in your own house. You may wind up having to take less if you need the money in order to do your next project, but you can't do that for long without running out of available cash.

As far as markets: Well, since I go to SF conventions which have art shows, I would try putting it up for auction there. You can set a minimum price/reserve and hope more than one person is interested and it gets bid up from there. (Some artists deliberately set a low starting price in an effort to get people to start bidding and get involved with the piece; that's sometimes a winning strategy but I'd suggest you talk to other artists who show in that venue to get their advice.)

Another approach would be to see if there's a local gallery which is interested enough to be willing to exhibit it. Depending on how many people actually visit that gallery, this may or may not draw a potential buyer's attention. Generally in that case you're talking about setting a fixed price, and you need to hike the price slightly in order to cover the gallery's commission. Depending on how long they're willing to exhibit it, you might be able to adjust the price a bit during the exhibition period, or give them permission to dicker on your behalf.

Or you could try one of the online arts/crafts communities -- Esty, DeviantArt, and I'm sure there are others. Again, that probably means setting a price, though again you could adjust the price if it doesn't move at the original price.

Pick an approach and go for it. Good luck -- as I say, it isn't for me, but it's interesting enough that it can probably find a home somewhere. The question is whether someone will pay what you think is adequate, how long it takes to find that person, and how long you're willing to wait (and have capital tied up in this project) before concluding that you have to compromise.

(What kind of wood is it, anyway? Pretty!)
Dr. Pepper (author)  orksecurity3 years ago
Thanks. My camera is pretty horrible and I should have taken the picture in different lighting. I've already done the "get material cost + hours worked x $/hour", I just wanted to see what you think it's worth. The wood was like that when I bought it, I just sanded it down and clear coated it. I tried to keep it as natural as possible, but I had to bring out its pretty grain/color. I like your suggestions for marketing it but I'm still going to keep thinking about where I should sell it. The wood is an Australian eucalyptus called Jarrah. It's traveled a long way here.

Thanks!

DP
I've been drooling over a couple of things like the 50,000 year old Karui wood that was recently rescued from the bottom of a bog... well preserved and unpetrified... but I honestly don't have a good idea for a project which I'd consider a respectful use for it.
Dr. Pepper (author)  orksecurity3 years ago
Ok.
AndyGadget3 years ago
Set yourself up in a just slightly out-of-the-way place in a trendy part of your town, cover up most of the piece with a dirty tarpaulin and put a roughly written notice on it which says "NO IT'S NOT FOR SALE - AT ANY PRICE".
Then stand just a little bit away from it looking like you're waiting for something . . . and see what happens.
Dr. Pepper (author)  AndyGadget3 years ago
Do you really think that would work?
I've no idea, but there's all sorts of people about.
It would take a bit of the 'gift of the gab' to pull it off though.
Dr. Pepper (author)  AndyGadget3 years ago
Cool! Thanks!
Burf3 years ago
From my perspective, I'd think you would have a better chance at selling it if you mounted that block of wood horizontally so it could be used a table of some sort.
In any case, I would take some nice pics, set a minimum price, put it on eBay and Craig's List and see if you get any bites.