Then last summer as I was in the middle of my "daily painting" craze, I rediscovered the fine art of trading - not artwork but other cool things. On Etsy we have the functionality to "Favorite" items. If someone favorites my art it shows up in my activity feed. It's a very helpful function and gives you a good idea of what paintings people are responding to. (Most online galleries and shopping sites also give you this ability.)
I hate shopping in a brick and mortar store. Believe it or not my husband has to bribe me with lunch to get me to go to Kohls. I will, however, spend some "TV-Watching" time browsing jewelry and clothing online. I came across some custom tops on Etsy one night, made from recycled t-shirts and knit tops, that prompted me to hit the "Favorite" button. I loved the idea of recycling and reconstructing, and I thought the designs would be flattering on my "short hippy" figure. They were quite expensive though. Remember - I'm a Kohl's shopper.
Next day, my fellow Etsian and creator of the tops, sent me a convo (short for conversation.) Her message was short and sweet..."I love this painting! I see you have favorited several of my items. If you ever are in the market to trade please let me know." Aaaahhhh! I jumped on that. I now have 3 (soon to be 4) of her tops and she has 2 (soon to be 3) of my paintings. I've also traded for some stunning silver jewelry, and luxurious bath products.
While I still don't trade art for art, I love trading art for something I value, need and don't already have. The fun part is realizing your art is also valued and "needed."
Today's Nitty Gritty Nugget:
Explore trading as a way of receiving value for your art.
Some things to remember:
1. When someone favorites your items, take a look at their shop and see what they are selling.
2. Be polite when "feeling out" the other seller.
3. Don't take it personally if the other seller is not interested in trading.
4. Some sellers will put "trade-friendly" in their bios.
5. It may not be an even financial trade but it should be within the ballpark.
6. Rather than removing your item from Etsy (or wherever you sell), accept "other" as payment. This keeps your sales records intact, but there doesn't need to be an exchange of funds.
|"Pears on Blue Plate"|
5 x 5 Oil on Gessobord