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Artist Alley Table - Part 2 by AngelaSasser Artist Alley Table - Part 2 by AngelaSasser
My Artist Alley display has leveled up! You might remember this old one:
Artist Alley Table Part 1 by AngelaSasser

Anatomy of an Artist Alley Table - Part 2
  1. Retractable Vertical Banner - $300 - A pricey item, to be sure, but the fact I don't have to carry around a big pvc pipe set nor have it taking up space in my car makes this item well worth it! This vinyl banner pulls out from and retracts back into a spring loaded base that is about as big as a tabletop easel and very lightweight. Adds to my vertical appeal and allows people to notice me over the heads of the crowd. Mine was printed by Graphic Signs Atlanta.

    EDIT: I'm told Staples offers a cheaper $100 collapsible stand now too!

  2. Standing Easel - $13 - These simple wooden easels are great for propping large prints for that eye-catching vertical appeal!  I've been using these to prop the blow up of my book cover at book signings as well.  When I'm not promoting the book, this cover image will be replaced by a piece of art instead. Bought at Joanns Fabrics and Crafts.

  3. Gridwall Cubes - $30 -  Also called wire cube storage. These have been with me since the beginning! I use them to clip prints, mousepads, and prints to, though I'm looking for an alternative display method for the masks currently. The wire distracts from their detail so I'm either going to cover them with fabric or by some gridwall hook attachments that project from the wall so the masks can be placed on them some distance from the grid instead. Found mine at Target.

  4. Mannequin Head - $40 - Affectionately named Shay, she helps bring more visibility to my masks and other artisan crafted items! Her ears are pierced so I can add earrings as well as display a necklace and a mask all on the same head.  Found her at Store Fixtures, USA.

  5. Visa/Mastercard Sign - $5? - A simple plastic sign used to notify customers that I take credit and debit cards. I printed it off on cardstock and slipped it into the stand.  You'd be amazed at how comforted people are to know that you can accept plastic money!  Many people don't carry cash anymore, either because they prefer not to or because they're trying to limit their budget. Accepting cards is a good way to be that evil influence prompting people towards impulse purchases. That sounds bad, but hey, it's true!  Can't recall where I got this sign and how much it was, but it couldn't have been more than $5 and probably came from Walmart or Staples.

    (Read on at the full blog post)
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sinribbon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
a helpful resource!! thank you!
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Lovely-Watson Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Artist
Hi! I am planning to have a table this year at a convention (with my boyfriend) any tips on how to get things going? Anything would help. We plan to sell art, hats, tails, and other things. (possibly buttons, what are your opinions on those?)
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think the gridwalls would be perfect for you guys since you can hang things from them. The best advice I can give is to go vertical! Things laying flat on a table get less attention than those hanging up. Also clear signage is a must. You can make some from folding little triangles of paper or propping up bits of mat board you've affixed signs too. Staples and other office supply places have cheap clear sign holder that you can put prices in as well. The more easily and quickly a customer can find the price, the less chance of them getting bored or distracted and moving on without making a sale.

Buttons sound like a good idea to me. People love cheap cute small things.

Good luck at the con!
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Lovely-Watson Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artist
Thanks so much for the advice!

I'm really worried about the whole "Sales Tax Permit" do you know anything about it? Or have any advice? It is difficult to file it?
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
I would ask your art show/ art alley director about this? Some shows will provide you with a form that you can fill and send out, along with a check for the taxes. Usually when I go to a show, I charge an 8% markup representing the sales tax of the county where the event is held out. You can generally find that rate online, if the artist alley director doesn't know. Otherwise, you may end up having to take the tax out of your profits later.

BUT I should say this is if you're even worried about reporting taxes. If you're doing this as a hobby activity that's not netting you more than say $3k a year, I would say don't worry about reporting until it's more of a large scale business. That's just me, however, and some folks like to be a little more meticulous even if they're only doing things as a hobby. It's up to you!
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Lovely-Watson Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artist
Thankyou very much! This helped alot!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh and by 'check with taxes', I mean that YOU would send a check with the tax money and a copy of the form. Internet-phrasing-FAIL. Hopefully the directors can clear things up for you a bit! And again, good luck and have fun with your first selling experience. ^^
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Lovely-Watson Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Artist
I will! Thankyou again
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
But yeah don't worry too hard about taxes. They're not as scary as you think once you get used to them.:) Talk to your local chamber of commerce and I'm sure they can give you loads of good advice!
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Fapel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Your display is really pretty *_____* So if you have a banner without holes like yours, clipping it on the table cover like that works just fine? O:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's worked fine for me! Binder clips are super useful that way.
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Fapel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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forkliftaccess001 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Wow really great <a href=[link]>Art easel
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NerinSerene Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My little sister actually bought your book at the art store the other day. She loves drawing wolves and anthro, but wanted to expand her horizons. She fell in love immediately with your art. As have I C:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's so wonderful to hear that the book has found and inspired someone. Tell her I said thanks! I hope it brings her much inspiration!:)
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AmadisAmaranth Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I replied to Saimain, but figured I'd post to you too:

this is a few months out from the original post, but I bought my mini grid cubes from [link]

they have a 3x3 set you can buy, and you can also buy individual panels and connectors with no difference in price. [link]
It may end up about the same if you factor in shipping, but I like being able to buy just a few panels if I need to.

They have a lot of other display stuff at good prices and I've never had a problem with their service ^^
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the supply links! I'm always up for finding more sites with good deals.:)
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chrislea Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
This setup looks much softer and warmer than the previous one. I really like the changes!
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HeirOfGlee Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
omg you improved lol. I saw your old blog post
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ChasingArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
For a retractable banner option- Staples office supply now has a $100 collapsible stand (cheaply made, but it works just fine) then go to a print shop and print a banner to the exact dimensions (approx$80)
save a bunch!

yours looks great :)
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh that's great news! I'll have to add that as an edit to my blog entry. Thanks for sharing!
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ChasingArtwork Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
no worries, I was just doing a bunch of research on comicon banner stands for myself :)
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Saimain Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Gah, that looks really awesome. I need to hang with you and take notes! I still haven't been able to find those gridwall panels anywhere in any store within a hundred miles of me. x_X;;
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Still no luck? That's so strange! I would try walmart.com then? Sometimes it's actually cheaper to order online instead, anyways. I know for cubes, walmart has free site to store shipping: [link]

Hope that helps!
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Saimain Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'll order from there. :)
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AmadisAmaranth Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is a few months out from the original post, but I bought my mini grid cubes from [link]

they have a 3x3 set you can buy, and you can also buy individual panels and connectors with no difference in price. [link]

They have a lot of other display stuff at good prices and I've never had a problem with their service ^^
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's amazing how you can save money online instead! I just ordered a couple of 3-drawer organizers and saved about $40 having them shipped to me directly instead of using the store. O_o I hope the cubes work out for you!
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WyldAngel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
This is so interesting ^.^ :stares:
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OyasumiYumiko Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011   General Artist
that's really awesome of you to give info like this. : ) I hope to update my con table too at some point.
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NakaseArt Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing this =o

If I can ever get enough artwork done I would like to go professional, and this shows me a good set up for being in an artist alley.
+fav
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Rafleshia Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
will you be at the anime expo? or is that too far (over here on the west coast...)? i would like to buy one of your books, preferably in person and with a nice lil autograph full of happiness and whatnot...

but if not, i'll just find a way online XD;;
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ohh just in case you haven't caught it, I'm giving a book away free in a drawing at my blog!:D

More info on that here :pointr: [link]
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Rafleshia Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
ohhh sorry, i've been a bit absentminded lately, but thank you!

har, i'm no good at winning things but i think i'll give it a try regardless!
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
No worries! Just glad I can offer this to folks. It's been a lot of fun learning about mythological figures and why people love them, as a perk! ^_^
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm afraid I've been phasing out anime events lately due to my lower sales at those sorts of venues!:( I MAY be selling in the dealer's room of AWA, but it is only if I do well at other events.

BUT I'm a frequent attendee of Faerie Escape Atlanta and DragonCon. You can also get a signed copy of the book complete with a special edition print here at the website :pointr: [link] (there's also the option to get a sketch in the inside and/or a calendar of art from the book)

All orders are processed and handled personally by myself. :nod:

Let me know if you run into any snags!
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WarFalcon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That expensive banner is so pretty! Nice choice of not having the typical blond angel everyone almost always has. Dark haired angels need love, too. Not to mention proof that dark hair does not mean fallen.
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
:) very cool! :thumbsup:
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