artisans FAQ

Current artisans- please use THIS FILE when you bring us new inventory. Thank you.

Q: I’m interested in becoming an artisan at the artisans exchange. How do I go about getting my work in the shop?
A: We are a juried collection that runs on a consignment model. To start the selection process- just send us, via email, some photos of your work. We don’t expect you to be a photographer, just get shots that show the work. Please also give us a rough ballpark idea of how much you’d like to sell them for, considering the 60/40 split. We’d be happy to help you with this, if setting prices is not your forte (many people have difficulty with this). We will review your photos within 1-2 weeks. We will consider whether or not your work, or some portion of it, fits in the space & with the collection. We do try to avoid close stylistic overlap between artisans. We’ll also take into consideration if your work would suit our customer demographic/price point. If we feel that your work is something that meets all of these criteria, then we’ll set up a time for you to bring your inventory in & sign a contract.


Q: re: “Company shall have the exclusive right to market and sell the Consigned Property.” Does this mean I can not consign/sell the same items elsewhere?
A: Absolutely not!  You may sell wherever you choose, that section is meant to reflect that what is in the store for physical items remains in the store. It means that what is in our shop stays here for the term of our contract.
Case 1- if you are doing a craft fair, you cannot pull your items from our store for said fair and then expect to return whatever does not sell.
Case 2- you cannot sell our product out from under us. You may sell an exact copy elsewhere, just not the one we have.
You may sell wherever else you choose! Online, in store, where ever you choose!!
AUTHORS- This only refers to the physical copies we have in store.
*We also encourage you to mention and market that your items are at the shop. Please use our hashtags/social media/etc to do so.


Q: It says in the agreement that I would not receive any money until it reached $10 or more. Does that mean that if it never reaches $10 that I would get nothing?
A: ALL monies are paid out in summer & again in December, if anyone has a balance remaining. Alternately you can request that payout, give me a couple days & come pick the check up. It’s a postage vs. woman-hour value thing…

That being said, *new procedure alert* on the 3rd of every month, checks will be available for pickup at the shop (all checks, even those under $10). Any checks left in the box on the 15th will be mailed. We still reserve the right to hold smaller checks for mailing until the balance is $10.


Q: Re: insurance- Just wondering why I would only get 50% if the loss is incurred due to negligence?
A: The 50% is the amount insurance covers & mostly relevant for the handmade items & meant to cover materials/remaking costs.
1- We’ve never had a theft.
2- The few times something’s been damaged, we’ve reached out to the artisan & decided together on whether they want to take the damaged item back to repair or whether they want us to cover it. We strive to do right by our artisans.


Q: It says that AE is able to terminate the relationship at any time. If this were to happen, it sounds like there is language that says that artwork may not be returned? Could you please explain that? 
A: If we should terminate your contract (as you may notice, these contracts have no actual date of termination) we must try to set up an appointment to return your work at an agreeable time to both parties. We must make a reasonable effort to do so. However, after 90 days and a certified letter, we may give up trying & assume ownership.


Inventory Procedures
DROP OFF & PICKUP: restocking of requested items do not need appointments- drop off on inventory shelf in back office. Email (the.ae.inventory@gmail.com) your list or leave drop off form with product. *Wait for an “it’s ready” email for pickups.
SWITCHOUTS: Please make an appointment.
AFTER HOURS: Make an appointment, come to back door.
NEW PRODUCTS: Need approval still, mail pics of new items.
JEWELRY: Earrings need to be on hang tags that are rack ready- not with holes; with bent over tops or sticky tabs. Necklaces same or loose. No jewelry boxes.


click above for the artisans exchange consignment contract