On March 30th at 2PM The Chicago Craft Mafia will present “Get It On the Shelf: A Panel Discussion On Consignment and Wholesale,” hosted by the Lillstreet Art Center at Lillstreet Loft located at 4437 N. Ravenswood Ave. in Chicago. The event is free and local handmade artists, especially those aspiring to sell their goods in stores, and storeowners are encouraged to attend.
The Chicago Craft Mafia is bringing together local shop owners and Chicago-based artisans to discuss the benefits and challenges that both face selling handmade goods. Attendees will learn how shop buyers determine what goods to carry, along with tips and tricks that will help them get their work carried and sold in stores—whether through consignment, rental space, or wholesale. Several makers with goods sold across the country will also share their stories in navigating the retail market and how they got their goods on the shelves of stores.
A moderated panel discussion will cover topics such as: approaching a shop to carry your products, marketing your goods once they’re in the shop, contracts, restocking, wholesaling and more. There will plenty of chances to ask questions during the Q&A, as well as plenty of time to network and meet other like-minded makers and shop owners in the Chicago area.
The panel discussion will feature the following local stores and makers:
Wolfbait, 3131 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago (http://www.wolfbaitchicago.com)
Local Goods Chicago, 5354 W. Devon Ave., Chicago (http://www.localgoodschicago.indiemade.com/)
Neighborly, 2003 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (http://www.neighborlyshop.com)
Inkling, 2917 ½ North Broadway, Chicago (http://www.theinklingshop.com)
Shayna Norwood, Steel Petal Press (http://www.steelpetalpress.com)
Carolyn Healy, Substance Designs (http://www.substance-designs.com/)
Megan Owdom-Weitz, Megan Lee Designs (http://www.meganleedesigns.com)
Andy Witt & Nancy Pizarro, Circa Ceramics (https://www.etsy.com/shop/CircaCeramics)
If you’re looking for insider info on how to succeed in retail sales, this is the event for you!
The Chicago Craft Mafia presents:
Get It On the Shelf: A Panel Discussion on Consignment and Wholesale
March 30th 2014, 2pm-5pm
Lillstreet Loft, 4437 N Ravenswood Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60640