Selling Your Art on the Not on the High Street Website

Written by Karen Bryan

Over the last couple of years, I’ve created a number of original pieces of art. I have  experimented with different media. I’ve painted with watercolours and acrylics, made collages with felt, metallic paper, fake jewels and even my own hair, and attended screen printing and ceramics evening classes at my local college.

But I have had an issue with what to do with my pieces. The walls of our flat are full. I don’t really want to fob things off onto my family and friends. I feel that would put them under pressure to display my work, even if they don’t particularly like it.

My Spiralling Out of Control mosaic

It crossed my mind to try to sell some of my work. But I wasn’t sure if I could be bothered to transform my hobby in a money-making venture. I also thought that delivery costs could be high, as most of the pieces are done on stretched canvases.

After my friend and I visited the ‘On Paper’ exhibition at Perth Gallery and Museum, which featured many collages, we both came to the conclusion that we preferred my work to many of the pieces in the exhibition.

That prompted me to have a more serious investigation into selling some of my pieces online.

I was familiar with the Not on the High Street website, having browsed on the site after spotting a Not on the High Street voucher code when looking for a birthday gift for my Dad. I decided to check out how to become a seller on Not on the High Street.

Not on the High Street focus on the promotion of original, innovative, creative output from small businesses. Therefore it sounded like an ideal marketplace for my work.

You have to apply to become a seller on Not on the High Street website. Evidently, it’s quite hard to be accepted. That’s a positive thing, as it maintains the quality of goods for sale on the website.

It says on the website that there is a one-off set up fee. But I couldn’t find the price on the website. When I did an online search for the price, a couple of other sites said that fee was £200 plus VAT i.e. a total of £240.

On top of that you need to pay a commission of 25%, i.e. a total of 30%, on each item sold. When you add on postage and packing costs, the time to create your piece, materials, and postage and packing costs and time, it doesn’t appear that there would much profit left for the creator.

I reckoned that if I charged an average of £50 per item, I’d pay £15 in commission. If I estimate £5 for postage and packing costs, £5 for materials, I’d be left with £25. So I’d need to sell ten pieces just to recoup the set-up fee and start to actually earn some money.

When I browsed on Not on the High Street, I observed that many of the art pieces were prints. Once you have created the original, you can copy it to sell prints. That would certainly reduce time and costs, compared to selling, and paying for the postage, for one-off original pieces on stretched canvases.

It doesn’t sound worthwhile financially selling my one-off art pieces on Not on the High Street.

Maybe, I’ll just stick to buying on the Not on the High Street website, especially if I find a discount code on Voucher Butler.