April 27, 2011
5 Tips on Buying at the Artists Warehouse Sale
1. Before attending the event visit Facebook to preview more than 100 works. The preview is just that; it captures less than 10% of the art that will be for sale. We will have more than 1500 works available.
2. Arrive early, in comfortable shoes and with shopping buddies that will shore you up not slow you down. The best selection can be found when the Gallery first opens each day. At that time the work has been organized and staff can often locate pieces easily. Looking through the vast selection requires a lot of time on your feet – comfortable shoes are a must. And, remember, there’s nothing harder than trying to make a good decision on a major purchase with someone in tow that is either hungry or bored. Hiring a babysitter for the afternoon means you can have some uninterrupted time to look and buy.
3. If you are looking to fill a specific space or want to add art as a design element to your rooms, come prepared with exact measurements. Colors can be hard to remember. Bring a paint chip or swatch if you want to coordinate with an existing color scheme.
4. Know What You Want, but Keep an Open Mind. Everyone has a personal style that can often be expressed in terms like– sleek, modern, traditional, eclectic, etc. And most people know their favorite colors. Staff can make suggestions, but half the fun of buying art is the process of discovering what moves you. Be open to finding something you love!
5. The sale is 5 days only and the great deals end with the sale. Attend multiple days to allow yourself enough time to look through the selection. Set a budget, but be realistic. $50 will buy you a small sketch not a wall-sized canvas.