Selling with Material Life

Want to sell your goods at Material Life? We are committed to supporting artists, and we'd love to have you!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you do consignments?

Our policy at Material Life is to purchase all merchandise up front. In the past we have accepted items on consignment but we realized that we'd much rather make sure that makers are paid up front so that they can go away and make more art without having to worry about sales, inventory, etc.—that's what we've here for.

Can I bring in my work at any time?

We are currently not accepting unsolicited work from vendors but when we are, we meet by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you're interested please send us an email to make an appointment.

What kind of wholesale terms do you accept?

Most vendors offer wholesale prices that are discounted between 30 and 50% of the retail price. For example, a book that retails for $10 is sold to the retailer for $5 so that the retailer can also offer the book for $10 and thus earn a profit for their time, space, marketing, etc. The percentage range is dependent upon several factors, including whether the vendor sells the same or similar items elsewhere locally—we need to be able to remain competitive with the retail prices our vendors are able to offer their customers.

For example, your customers pay $20 in person for an item that costs you $10 to make (a 50% markup), but if you charge the merchant the same $20, she is unlikely to be able to sell the same item for $40. However, if you sell it to the merchant for $15 (a 25% markup), you make a profit on the wholesale transaction and she can stay competitive by offering your item for $20.  

How quickly do you pay?

Once we receive an invoice from a vendor, we pay the invoice in full within 30-60 days of its receipt. Vendors are responsible for generating and submitting their accurate invoices with the correct contact and payment information. We will no longer generate invoices for vendors. 

Some tips for first-time vendors: 

  • Don't undervalue your time and creativity. It's relatively easy in most instances, for example, to record what you spend on materials as you fabricate your goods; it's less obvious to assign a monetary value to your time and expertise, but it is essential that you do so or making your work won't be sustainable for you.
  • Don't forget the markup. You have to earn money, but so does your retailer.
  • Be patient. We're a small business, too—sometimes we forget things, sometimes we don't reply immediately, but at the end of the day we're here to support artists and sell their wares. We're in this together!