There are a lot of options when it comes to buying art supplies, and it doesn’t even matter whether you are creating the next Mona Lisa or you just want to complete a school requirement. You can learn a lot about art supplies and the various brands now available in the market by simply doing an internet search or asking around and getting input from like-minded individuals. Starting an art supply store is also a wonderful idea. A lot of countries all over the world have many art supplies stores because they are quite profitable ventures. You can definitely set up shop and start your own art supply store if you have enough knowledge about the trade and are imaginative enough to stick to it.
There are many considerations that affect the budget when you are starting your art supplies store: where it is located, how many people are you going to employ, what will you sell and how many, how will you sell, and so on and so forth. Getting personal loans from family and friends for your initial investment into the business is a common way to get started. If you hope to immediately start earning as soon as your sales start coming in, you have to brush up on the latest and relevant business tactics and technical know-how regarding the line of business you are in which is, of course, art supplies.
The internet and ‘good old books’ are very reliable sources of information, particularly if you are aiming for the basics first. Sometimes, certain introductory classes in colleges will also be of great help.
If your business is a general type of store, location would be the least of your worries or considerations. But when you are setting up a specialized store, location is highly important. The art supply stores need to be located in a university area or in an art school, college area. If the university has fine arts related programs, you will be put in a much better position. The more population or human traffic there is in the area, the better it will be for your business.
You should also include in your plan on the mode of operation for your store ‘ will you be selling by bulk, or by retail? Look for a regular wholesaler or distributor of art supplies to get your stocks from. The inventory should include all the art supplies and items that are necessary. The inventory can contain colors, paints, papers, different sets of brushes that are used for varied purposes, shimmer enhancing items, drawing media, boards, drawing stands or pads, advanced forms of easels, specialty items and so on. You can also sell other tools that are commonly used in simple arts and crafts projects, such as knives, cutters, mount cutters, scissors, and palettes, among others.
As for canvases, you can sell simple canvases and sketched canvases. Easels are a wonderful choice if you want to specialize in selling certain art supplies. You can choose from the most popular table easels and studio easels. There are also the field easels and mount boards. Sketching surfaces, watercolor surfaces are also sold in wide range of sizes and shapes. Selling water colors and acrylic coloring tools are very profitable. There are also shops that sell Gouache colors. This is actually water based paint. It has the same components as the normal water colors. It is opaque, thanks to its chalk ingredient.