So, here’s the deal. As I’ve mentioned many times, my blog is not monetized. I prefer not having any ads to bog you guys down. To fund the blog (ie. my hobby), I sell my furniture. My main goal is to not lose money, and my secondary goal is to have enough left over to fund our travel habit too.
But that means, I have to actually be able to sell my furniture.
That can sometimes be the tricky part.
I frequently find myself torn between painting something in a unique, artistic way, perhaps using a new technique or product that I can share here on the blog, or painting something in a way that I know will sell.
The first option is always more fun. Who doesn’t love getting creative and trying new things, especially pretty paint colors?
Or trying a new technique with a transfer?
I also think sharing a new color or technique here makes my blog more interesting and gives you guys a reason to keep following me.
The problem is that these pieces tend to take much longer to sell for me. I’m in the mid-west. In general people here tend to be a bit on the conservative side when it comes to decorating. They don’t embrace loud florals, bright colors or lots of frou frou details.
Note that I specified ‘in general’. I’m not saying that nobody here likes those things, just that the market for those things is smaller and thus they take longer to sell. Maybe that’s true everywhere, I don’t know. If you’re in another part of the country, or even the world, you tell me. What sells in your market?
I have to admit, I was relieved when my latest milk painted washstand sold right away because no matter how much I loved it, I was worried the color was going to make it a tough sell.
Of course there are always exceptions to every rule. The mid-mod pieces I’ve painted in Fusion’s Park Bench have all sold like hotcakes too.
However, typically it’s the pieces in neutral colors that sell quickly for me. In other words, white …
Both of which tend to sell almost instantly.
I also have pretty good luck with dark grey …
And navy …
So I’m always trying to finding some balance between getting a little more daring with my color choices or new techniques and falling back on tried and true styles and colors.
I had a real dry spell over the past six months when it comes to selling furniture. Things are starting to pick up, but are still somewhat slow. As a result, I’m feeling the need to go back to my time tested neutrals. Hence the Laundry Co dresser painted in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth from a week or two ago.
Later this week I’ll be sharing another piece painted in the Park Bench green, and then the following week I’ve got some more Dixie Belle Midnight Sky black pieces. I hope I won’t be boring you guys with repeats and neutrals, but I’m feeling the need to stick with what sells for a bit. Here’s hoping you’ll stay tuned!