9 Tips To Make The Most Out Of Black Friday/Cyber Monday Art Shopping
Nov 8, 2017 by Dorian Richard
Adding a new art piece is a wonderful way to bring life and color to your space and BFCM (Black Friday / Cyber Monday) is a good time to snatch up a deal but there are a few things you should consider before the big day rolls around.
1. Do Your Research Beforehand
The day of the sale isn’t a good time to stress out about an important purchase. Yes, you may happen to fall in love with a piece advertised that day and there is no reason not to go for it but most likely you’ll want time to find what is right for you. You’ll be more comfortable making that decision once you already have some styles and artists in mind.
2. Find a Source You Trust
When shopping for art online it is crucial to go with a reputable site not just to ensure the authenticity of your piece but also ensure a smooth buying process and great customer service. Check if the online seller participates in key art fairs or belongs to recognized organizations like the ADAA, NADA, or IFPDA.
Also check if the site has a dedicated art curator who can answer all your questions and help you find that perfect match. It’ll make your life much easier.
3. Find The Right Fit
Use masking tape to trace the contours of the piece to verify you’re happy with the size. In general one large piece is better than several small ones but there is no right or wrong. Pro Tip: If you love a piece but the current size doesn’t fit ask if the artists can produce a custom-made piece based on one of her existing artworks or your personal preferences.
4. Find The Right Color
Another reason to go with a reputable site is that their pictures will be of higher quality and more accurately reflect the actual colors of the artwork. Note that even in the best pictures there may be some minor variations. Pro Tip: Set your monitor color resolution to high when viewing the pictures.
5. Do a Photo Pre-Check
Once you find something you like take a picture of your room and insert a picture of the artwork in the assigned spot. No need for a fancy program, you can even do this in MS Paint. Some sites may offer help with this so don’t hesitate to ask.
6. What’s The Story?
Art is a great conversation starter and everyone loves a good story. Learning more about an artist and her work will make you feel more connected to your amazing showcase and impress your guests.
7. Satisfaction Guarantee
Even with all the preparations negotiating any returns before you buy will give you peace of mind. Ask if there is a money back guarantee or “buy on approval” before placing your order.
8. Research Additional Costs
Due to the weight, size, and fragility of art pieces shipping can be a substantial factor in the final bill. Always be aware of the cost beforehand. Check if the site even offers free shipping.
9. Go For What You Love
Yes, art can gain in value and be a good investment and a mosaic can add value to your home. But the art market is fickle and there is never a guarantee. If you buy what you love and what makes your space more enjoyable you will never regret your purchase. So follow your heart and you and your artwork will live happily ever after.
We hope this gave you some ideas on how to take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday art shopping. Feel free to add your own ideas and suggestions below or contact us if you have any questions.
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Originally published at www.mosaicslab.com