JUNE 9, 2019
THE ARTIST EXCHANGE
MICRO BUSINESS COLLECTIVE
IS THIS YOU?
I need a shop. Not the whole shop - just part of it. A few shelves perhaps.
I need something stable but not forever - but maybe for six months or a year to see how it goes. No long-term commitments or risk.
Not in a pop-up - in a permanent venue, where all my costs are included in an affordable membership fee.
I want detailed reports. What stock do I have left? What are my best sellers? I want these reports monthly.
WE KNOW, BELIEVE US, WE KNOW…
Small creative businesses, artisans and independent designers, whether full-time, part-time or even amateur face problems with the infrastructure of the retail industry. Trade fairs, wholesale, sale-or-return, markets, commission-based retailers and online market places give a platform for showcasing and selling. These, however, usually come with a hefty commission, low trade prices, are too infrequent, are saturated with competition, or have high risk and long-term commitments. Managing of all this can also take up a lot of your personal time. What I need is a retail shop to sell my work - in a great location.
WHY RENT SPACE AT THE DEN?
Our short-term rental contract provides you with a share of an exciting brick-and-mortar retail environment. We provide the sales staff to manage the shop and tend to your customers. You are only expected to spend limited time in our shop - leaving you to run and grow your business elsewhere. Yay! Our monthly remittance report details exactly what has been sold for the month and exactly what you have been paid to date. You set the retail prices.
We accept jewelry, artwork, clothing, gifts, to well… almost anything made here in the greater Washington, DC area- we showcase and curate your products in a low-risk, professional and supportive retail environment. So if you are looking for an opportunity to sell new products - test the market, or you are looking for a slightly more permanent venue, The Den is for you.
The Den does reserve the right to be selective regarding merchandise quality and display.
HOW DO I RENT SPACE?
First step is to apply to rent space with us. It can take up to 3 days for us to review and approve your application. Until then you won't be able to log in or rent space. Once approved you will be invited by email to make a rental booking. Note that we don't hold or reserve space in the shop and operate on a firstcome, first-served basis.
HOW MUCH STOCK CAN I SEND TO THE SPACE?
You can send enough stock to fill double your space if you booking for more than 12 weeks. Half will be on display and the rest used as filler stock. For less than 12 weeks you can send enough stock to comfortably fit in your space and send replenishment stock as and when is needed.
CAN I USE MY OWN DISPLAY STANDS?
You can supply props and display stands. All displays are curated by The Den staff. If props or display stands do match the “feel” of the space, they will not be used.
CAN I BRAND MY SPACE?
Yes, we encourage you to submit a short bio and artistic statement to be framed and placed on your shelf, table or wall. We suggest leaving business cards as well.
HOW DO I SIGN UP TO SELL?
Contact us directly via or 202-649-
IS THERE A CONTRACT?
Yes. All retailers are expected to sign and observe the terms a written agreement.
IS THERE A MINIMUM CONTRACT TERM?
Yes. You can rent space for a minimum of six weeks.
SHOULD I LABEL MY PRODUCTS?’
Yes – all merchandise must be properly labeled and priced. Any unmarked items will not be sold.
WHEN CAN I BRING RESTOCK ITEMS TO THE SPACE? We have a set schedule for restock that is provided to retailers upon contract signing.
HOW DO I PAY MY RENT?
Automatic debit via checking account debit card or by way of our PayPal link.
WHEN DO I GET PAID AND HOW?
Payments are sent directly to the business owner on Monday of every week via PayPal.
HOW DO I TRACK MY SALES?
We also expect each business to “visit” their business often to check stock and update inventory.
HOW DO I CHOOSE MY SHELF/TABLE/WALL SPACE?
Space is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. The space is curated to fit the products. We will attempt to feature each product in the best way possible which could mean being displayed in multiple locations within the store.
WHO DECIDES ON THE SALE PRICE?
The business owner sets the merchandise prices.
WHO DECIDES WHICH PRODUCTS CAN BE SOLD IN MY RENTAL SPACE?
You decide on which products you want to sell at the shop. We may however make some suggestions to you if certain products are already covered. You must make sure your products are legally allowed to be sold both in the shop and online.
HOW DO I GET MY STOCK BACK IF I DECIDE NOT TO RENEW MY CONTRACT?
If you are not collecting in person then we will let you know the cost of the return postage and packaging. We charge standard USPS rates for both the box and postage. Once paid we will ship any unsold stock back, or you may also arrange a collection courier. We will store your products free-of-charge for a maximum of 3 days after which there will be a $10 per day storage fee.
CAN I SELL ON YOUR WEBSITE?
Yes. Website store is under construction.
You will also be asked to provide a link to your website in our “Who’s Selling” gallery, where guests can purchase directly from you.
CAN I SELL ANYWHERE ELSE?
Yes! The Den will never restrict you from selling at any other shop or at any other online shopping venue. Sell, sell, and sell.
ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON PRODUCTS?
We must take into consideration the nature of our environment. Some products are heavy, may need a stand (which you may be reluctant to use) or may break if they fall. Some products also need to follow government guidelines which we must also comply with. We may also advise against certain high value items unless you provide a lockable case as part of your space. We care strongly about your products and want to make sure they are safe in The Den, and that our guests are also safe.
DO YOU DO CREDIT CHECKS?
No. We don't do a credit check when you apply to sell, or rent space with us. Should your rental payments fall into arrears however then we do instruct an agency to assist us in recover of these amounts. Note that you enter into a business relationship with us (as opposed to a consumer relationship) when renting space, bound to a rental contract.
HOW DO YOU ADVERTISE?
We depend on the advertisement of each retailer. In addition, we are showcased on the Anacostia Arts Center website and in their mailers. We also advertise on our home company website www.thehbctheater.com. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as @HBCandtheDen.