Have you tried selling prints at flea market or swap meet?

2 months 5 days ago #675063 by Jessa Layton
Any success?  We have a couple out there and their rates are half bad.  Just wondering if photographers have had success selling  at these sort of venues?  


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2 months 5 days ago #675070 by BrokenCanon
This is something my wife keeps telling me to do. But I have a hard time setting a price for my images. It's really a hit or miss. Ones best bet would be to showcase your images within a gallery or art exhibit throughout the year. Again, if you want to sell your art, you'll have to put money into it and I'm just not willing to travel from exhibit to exhibit over a 6-8 month time frame. One would end up like those gem & jewelry shows and not make enough money to even call it worth it.

Alternatively, I've place a few works on artwanted & foundmyself.com but again because i'm not willing to link my bank account information to these sites, I've not made any money. Never enter these types of sites or shows thinking you're going to make money, or you'll end up starving.


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2 months 5 days ago #675076 by effron
Years ago I offered prints of local landmarks/landscapes, framed and not, etc. at a couple southern California swap meets. I sold many more custom tee shirts. MANY more.

Why so serious?
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2 months 5 days ago #675090 by KENT MELTON
Depends on the swap meet, we have one here that is just a big mess and mostly used junk sold at.  I wouldn't sell there, you would likely be in front of the wrong audience.   But if a nice swap meet with other artists.  Yeah, go for it.  


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2 months 5 days ago #675184 by effron
Correct on the crowd. Have you searched for any art shows? I've had some decent luck at a few of those......

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2 months 5 days ago #675185 by garyrhook

BrokenCanon wrote: Alternatively, I've place a few works on artwanted & foundmyself.com but again because i'm not willing to link my bank account information to these sites, I've not made any money.


A) Join a credit union to minimize your expenses, and
2) Open a separate account, or a business account.

I am confident that the moment any company starts shenanigans with linked bank accounts, you'd hear about it. I think there is little risk, but a separate account would certainly isolate things, don't you think?

That said, I think that working the art show circuit is difficult. Go to some of them and talk to the folks that exhibit there. Many of them are very willing to chat. I was at a high-end show last October and had a grand time talking with a photographer about his life, how he got his shots, how he travels and lives, etc. He was very open.


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2 months 4 days ago #675238 by Roy Wilson
If you saw our swap meets here, you would appreciate my lack of interest.  Just not my audience for selling prints. 

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1 month 4 weeks ago #675778 by TCooper
The problem with displaying at a swap meet is most people are there to haggle and get things cheep.  Which will strip your reputation away. 


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1 month 4 weeks ago #675850 by effron

TCooper wrote: The problem with displaying at a swap meet is most people are there to haggle and get things cheep.  Which will strip your reputation away. 


Actually, so cheap you'll never sell. Its a good lesson though.

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1 month 4 weeks ago #675983 by ThatNikonGuy
+1 which is why most art you'll find at swap meets just looks cheap.  


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1 month 3 weeks ago #676075 by Scott Klubeck
LOL you haven't lived till you have been to a Southern California swap meet!  Years ago, there was one over in Orange County that was decent at the fair grounds.  You could find a good variety of things including some art.  Now it's just bad, it's like little Mexico and a collection of used rubbish.  


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1 month 3 weeks ago #676129 by effron
I was raised in S Cal and know about those swap meets. I left thirty five years ago and they were sliding then

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