Anthology sells work by artists on consignment with an approximately 50/50 split between artist and store. We are committed to providing a space for local artists and excited about introducing our customers to the amazing things that people make. We like to provide a variety of products and keep the store changing so that repeat customers can always find something new. We are particularly interested in representations of Madison or Wisconsin in general, especially for the tourists who stop in. Being on State Street gives us a unique opportunity and good location to introduce such customers to the creations of local artists. We are always looking for new artists and crafters with interesting creations,
but PLEASE do not stop in unannounced with samples. Your time is valuable and so is ours; whether we are helping customers or in the middle of our list of things to-do, dropping in is an interruption which does not win you any points. We set time aside to consider the overall appearance of the store, available space, and what categories might need to be expanded upon -- at that time, we consider various works for inclusion in the store. The decision cannot be made on the spur of the moment. Furthermore, just seeing your samples is not enough to ensure that they are remembered when it comes time to select product for the store.
As an artist myself, I appreciate that it feels difficult sometimes to make connections and find venues for your work -- this is part of why we created Anthology -- but please follow these steps and we will be much more open to the possibility of your artwork.
1. send us, by mail or email, the following information
-your contact information
-description and photographs of your work or links to your website/etsy site
(I know, I know, it is hard to portray one's art in a simple photograph. Still, we need some general idea of what your work is when we sit down to consider it.)
-prices. Please clearly state the amount of money you would expect to be paid and the price it would sell at in the store. If you just say "$10," I can't tell for sure if you are wanting to be paid $10, or if that's what you think it should sell for, which means you'd receive $5.
-an indication that you've read this information and are agreeable to the terms.
It might be a couple months. or longer. Perhaps we initially don't have a spot for your work but might later find an assortment of artists and creations that work with yours, or might find customers are demanding what you have had all along.
Should we decide that your work is a good fit for Anthology, here is the consignment agreement that you can print out and bring completed when you deliver your creations to the store.
Please keep in mind that Anthology receives a minimum of 50% of the selling price. We reserve the right to make changes to the retail price based on market demand and other factors but will not adjust the amount paid to you without your permission (in other words, we won't put your work on sale without talking to you first, and we reserve the right to increase the retail price to improve our margin). We carry items in a range of prices, from $1 to $500, but our average item retails for $8. There are certainly exceptions, but the most successful items are those that retail for under $20 -- that means you, as an artist, receive $10 or less for your work. I realize it is sometimes a challenge to come up with something for that price when one considers time, effort and material cost, but we encourage you to give it some thought.
We look forward to hearing from you.