What I’ve learnt trying to sell my artwork at a market stall

Running a stall to sell your artwork, which in my case is photography, can feel like a daunting challenge. You can feel to begin with well out of your comfort zone, and if you’ve never done one before it might even feel too big for you.

Well this is where I was a couple of years ago, however being one that enjoys pushing myself into situations that make me face my fears (I do this every time I fly for example) I approached a local market here in Oxford to have a stall.

171028--© William Mankelow-2

Now at that point I didn’t really know exactly what I wanted to sell, I had a decent idea that it would be prints, greetings cards. The clearest I could be about what I hoped to achieve from the exercise was to.

  1. Sell my photography as a physical product. I love the idea of my photography being on someone’s living room wall, or as a colouful centre piece in the lobby of a hotel, or wherever it might end up.
  2. To meet people face to face, to engage with anybody interested in my photography or the medium in general.

What I’ve found out since my first stall has taken me by surprise. Firstly is how honest people can be about what they see. I’ve had some interesting conversations, sparked purely from seeing one of my photos.

Also it’s been fascinating to listen to those who have purchased a print from me and why they’ve picked what they have. One in particular sticks out in my memory where a lady walked up to the stall after previously browsing. She purchased 4 greetings cards with the words “I have a great idea for these cards”, intriguing right? I wonder what that idea was?

But it isn’t just about selling for me, as I stated it is just to meet people face to face, listen to their story and their opinion.

So what have I learnt from holding a stall? Be bold, be creative and if you have a creation you’d like to share with the world, go for it.

Let me know if this has inspired you, I’d also like to hear from you if you’ve also ran a stall and what your experience has been like.

Published by Shotatanangle

Helping aspiring creative amateur photographers gain confidence through simple techniques without any jargon, via one to one & group guidance online.

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