Every November I create original bookplates for friends and family and I've had requests to make these items available for purchase. It's exciting to have people take an interest in something I make and I've been thinking about how best to sell bookplates for quite a while.
Well, today I pulled the trigger on including bookplates of my dictionary drawings and my black ink drawings in my online Etsy shop. I hope my planning pays off and I've got a good product ready to go.
One of the tricks to any good shop is quality merchandise. One of the obstacles (I felt) to having a nice, self-adhesive bookplate was a quality paper that would print well, hold up and not have the manufacturer logo written on the back. I recently located self-adhesive paper that comes in a matte finish and appears to be nice and sturdy. It is also plain on the back, peel-away surface.
Next came experimenting with various methods of packaging my bookplates. I knew I wanted something attractive that would protect but still show off my artwork. I was pleased to locate some relatively inexpensive cellophane sleeves that do the job. I plan to add an insert in each little pocket about my studio.
So after a lot of hours of trial and error, I am busy posting my new merchandise in time for what I hope are possible, holiday sales. Due to the man hours involved in personalizing, cutting and packaging these items I have priced them a little above some other bookplate sellers. I also think the original artwork is worth some extra - at least I hope so.
We'll soon see. Let me know what you think.