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Aardvark Art Supply
Offers high quality art supplies at discount prices including Yarka, easel, BEST Easels, Best Artist Products, Richeson Lyptus Easles, watercolors oil paints, sable, brushes, crafts items, prestretched canvas, studio easels, pastels, charcoal pencils and more. Visit the site for more business information.
PO Box 434, Belmont, MA 02478, USA
Blick Art Materials
Call (800) 828-4548
Offer online shopping for art supplies which include colored pencils, cutting tools, ceramics, crafts, easels, brushes, graphic arts, airbrush, adhesives, markers etc. Visit the site for more products information.
P.O. Box 1267, Galesburg, IL 61402-1267 , USA
If you have an attraction towards arts and you want to do a retail or wholesale business that revolves round arts and artists in some way then the best among all the choices to do a business that trades in art related articles. It is very easy to launch an art supplies business. Pre launch process is not much effort taking. All you need to do is to find a suitable place to start the business and must have good contacts with various vendors as to ensure readily availability of stock as art supplies comes into the category of quickly consuming goods. So in order to maintain good customer base you need to maintain good vendor base in advance.
The customer who comes for shopping in retail at your business falls into two categories generally. One who are aware of what they need and are generally stuck to same brand or material. You cannot take the initiative of making them comfortable to tryout something new. It is really tough to sell these customers any product other than what they are looking for.
The second customer group that comes for shopping at your retail store is new comers to the field of art. Here you get all the chance to explore all available range of products and explain them the usage of benefits of choosing one brand over other. You must be knowledgeable enough in art supplies to clear the customer doubts that arise out of curiosity as they are very enthusiastic at the beginning. Your retail shop or business place may not be very revealing from outside but from inside you must take proper measures to display all the range of collection you have. Create sections that in shop so that you can divide the flow of customers. All paints and colors should be at one place, canvas should be at the other and all brushes and frames etc at another place. It will help you to manage in crowed well otherwise everyone should be at one spot seeking for different products. Employ enough staff to handle each section well. Staff should maintain dignity in every means i.e. clothes they wear or the way they deals with customers.
One thing that you should keep in mind that this is a business which is a bit fragile in terms of customers. If you do well your customers keep increasing but if you underperform then the customers expectation then it wont take much time to ruin out the entire business. You need to be proactive and should maintain the entire range of articles related to art supplies. You are not in a position to skip few items and maintain few. Ensure that you have everything at your retail store from airbrushes, brushes, boards, canvas, ceramics, colors, crafts, easels, leather, markers, pads, paints, paper, pencils, varnish and so. If possible and your budget permits you can also incorporate embroidery, printmaking, etc also.
Cost and quality are again a point of concern as in every other business. You can expect all type of customers doing shopping at your retail store so maintain wide range of art supplies that fall into various price range. Try to deliver quality items that go in-hand with low costs. To promote yourself in long term you can even approach nearby art institutes, schools or clubs and get into a deal for trade with them this can ensure you a regular flow of income and outflow of materials as these bodies generally consumes the art supplies at huge amount and at frequent intervals too. But to get a kick start at beginning you can introduce some attractive offers to the customers to gain their attention towards your newly established business and whenever they want to go shopping for art supplies your business should be topping among the choices the customer may have.
Happy trading !!! as you are stepping into a fancy and artistic, colorful business that is passionate as well as profitable.
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