If you have been following my blog, I mentioned several months ago that I approached a local store to learn about selling my products in a store. I received lots of great advice, but one of the most memorable was that since I brought the owner a little bit of lots of different items (coasters, night lights, soap dishes, boxes, barrettes, etc) I had overwhelmed her. She said it would be best to just bring one line such as coasters.
Recently I noticed a small store in Mountain View, CA called The Mountain View General Store. It is very tiny, but seemed like the perfect place to get started with selling in a store as all items are handmade by local artists. So I approached the owner, Tina Ambrogi, bringing just Christmas ornaments and asked her if she would be interested in selling them. She said, “Yes.” Yay!!! And not only did she want to sell the ornaments, but basically any of my fused glass items.
I was then presented with a dilemma because any item I chose to give her to sell in her store meant I had to remove that item from my Etsy store and hence how do you figure out what will sell where. But I finally made my choices and dropped the glass and contract off at the Mountain View General Store on Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday afternoon, I had already sold one item and gotten a custom request for another. Very, very exciting!
If you happen to be local to the San Francisco Bay Area, check out the Mountain View General Store for your Christmas shopping or everyday shopping for handmade items!