Saturday, July 6, 2013

Specialty Stores for the Arts

We each have our own unique passion.

Every arts organization (AO) and business (B) needs advertising.

As I started this idea of finding good sources of funding for an orchestra, I thought about how successful the book sale was for the two orchestras in Saskatchewan, but this needs a lead person to organized book, price and co-ordinate a book-sale event with a store front.

I then realized that there are many possible items that could be donated to an AO not just books, but even high-end value items like jewelry and cars.

Seeing then that if an AO starts a book sale, or other “sale” program they may be just challenging the viability of existing business such as used bookstores. It is an obvious switch to work with the local businesses as donation sights for the arts organization.

So the idea is that local specialty stores like jewelers and used car lots accept donations of items that would be resold to support the AO.

If an AO sets up official donation/resale locations both the AO and the B could benefit from mutual advertising. The B could improve its “class” by being associated with the AO, there would be an increase in merchandise and customers for the B plus both would increase profit assuming the B was give a percentage of the sale of the donated items.

This system seems very simple to me, an AO’s passion is obviously not that of a bookseller.