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Thread: vendors percentage of sale items

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    What is the typical percentage,"cut", or commission vendors charge for displaying and selling quilts for the designer? I know there is good advice out there amongst you all.

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    I asked a couple people around here and they told me they would charge me 10%. Really didn't think it was all too bad.
    Dunno about other places.

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    I would expect it to vary depending on the customer base the store has. For a store that is very well known and has a lot of customers, I would expect to pay a lot more than for a wee store that no one has heard of.

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    Around here, it is more like 50%. Barely pays.

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    I think that this varies from place to place and area to area. You would probably have to do some research in your area or where you are planning on trying to sell them.

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    Thank you all for the valuable info. It is as I thought. I will "look around".

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    I don't know about quilting, but in other arts, it depends on what the vendor does for you. I'm sorry but I don't have time to go in details for you... time is of the essence with my LO soooo here is what I've seen 30% if you're lucky and as high as 60%. Most folks I know are around 40-50%. You have to think that if it's a storefront, you are using rental space, they advertise for you, they have a client base, etc. It's like in the publishing business; if you publish your book, it's cheaper but distribution is a bear; however, if you can find a publisher, which is hard, then distribution is a breeze, but less money possibly.

    GL :)

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    My best friend charges 15% in her store. Except for me!!! I only get charged 10%.

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    Tricia, is your friend's store a quilt shop? I'm so curious about how people are selling their quilts!

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    Around here it is 10 to 20%

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    Stores here have to make 30% on everything, just to break even :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbit2b
    Tricia, is your friend's store a quilt shop? I'm so curious about how people are selling their quilts!
    Last year I sold a lot of my quilts at a local coffee shop in Plattsburgh, NY. I got a wall about 5 feet wide and 10 feet tall and could display anything I wanted for $25.00 a month and had to pay for 4 months at a time. At the end of that time I had to decide to do it again or not. The price of the quits was not what determined the fee. They collected the payments and called me after they sold something. Each wall was rented the same way and there are maybe 8 walls that size in the shop.

    Depending on the theme of the quilts I would sell sometimes 3 or 4 quilts a week, and other weeks nothing. It depends on the activities going on in town.

    I did it for 8 months and when sales slowed I stopped. I displayed them again at a lunch place (soup and sandwich restaurant) with a nice place and sold a few there. He charges nothing for this and took it as a way to decorate his walls with a great variety of artistic expresions without having to spend any money.

    Maria

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    Maria! Plattsburgh??!! We just moved from there to Indiana this past July!

    Was that the Koffee Kat??

    I'm just so tickled!

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    Yes, the Koffee Kat. The soup place is the Great Adirondack soup company on Oak Street. Where did you live in Plattsburgh? I am near Beekmantown. It is such a small world.

    Maria

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    I was the rabbi at the synagogue for three years and lived on Addoms Street in their parsonage. We had a number of congregants from Beekmantown.

    Only made it to the Adirondack Soup Company a few times, but loved their food--and their catering was superb!

    Loose Threads is an awfully nice LQS for a town that size. And I managed to bring home quite a bit from Maw and Paw's on 190... Wasn't so crazy about Joann, though there were some really nice people there and I've wondered how they're doing.

    Belonged to CVQG, but somehow usually had a congregational emergency or "must-do" so missed most of the meetings. One of my big regrets, since it seemed like such a nice and interesting group.

    Hard to believe it felt almost as cold in Indiana this winter with the wind and damp. Thank heavens the winters are shorter here!

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