By far the most special thing to come out of Fanime was new friendships! My table-mate, Bianca, was fairly new to the alley, same as me. She was selling hand-sewn plush dolls of bunnies and onigiri, hair bows, and watercolor prints. Carli is an artist alley expert, and she had a towering display of beautiful anime posters. Marissa, also an alley veteran, sold stunning, extra-large posters. I'm so thrilled and thankful to have met these lovely ladies, who I now call friends.
|Happy to be a cupcake.|
One of the most important things I learned was to make proper use of my space. Of the 350 tables in the alley, nearly all of them made use of vertical displays made of pvc pipes or grid panels in order to display a dozen or so prints at once. Those that did not, including myself, were at a serious disadvantage! I only had three prints hanging off the front of my table. There was an enormous amount of people drifting by, seeking a good reason to stop and take a closer look. I didn't have much at first glance.
I got to sit beside Mojgon, who has sold in artist alleys for many years. I picked up on a few things, such as:
- Her best-selling items appeared to be buttons and 11 x 17 poster prints, though she also sold bookmarks, 8.5 x 11 prints, charms, and necklaces.
- She had $100 in ones and fives to give out as change, plus lots of quarters. She kept the bills in a cute pouch... which I find worth mentioning, because having a special place designated for holding your art money feels exciting. :)
- After an item sold, she took note of it in a quick and simple way. I imitated her, like so:
|Keeping track of sales in a tiny notebook.|