Monday, June 1, 2015

Making a Living as a Working Artist

I’m convinced that if you find something you are passionate about and are willing to work hard at it, you can definitely make a living as a working artist. It’s not easy but it IS possible.

My husband and I took a weekend trip to the Central Coast and I paid a visit to the "Shops at the Garden Shed" in Cambria which often fill me with inspiration. The Garden Shed itself used to be a single shop with beautiful garden decor and live plants. I watched them struggle through a few years of decline and wondered if they would shut their doors like several other businesses in the area.

To my delight they reinvented themselves and divided the property into multiple shopping areas where other small businesses can share the rent and have a place to sell their artistic creations!

JunkGirls is a new business there and it first caught my husband’s eye. He found me lagging behind him as I meandered slowly through the gardens and told me I needed to check them out because he knew I’d love their shop. Uh yeah…...I was awestruck with just about everything they had there!!

custom stamped pendant necklaces |

vintage American flag |

I didn’t get out the door without making a purchase which Melissa (the shop co-owner) patiently helped me with. We had a great conversation and her customer service was outstanding! She has been in business for over 6 years and in this location since December of 2014. 

JunkGirls in Cambria, postcard |

custom stamped necklace pendant |

She and Jenny (the other half of JunkGirls) are not offering anything I haven’t seen before but the way they are presenting it to their customers and their obvious passion for what they are doing comes through loud and clear. I don’t think anyone left the store without making a purchase so what they are doing is contagious in so many ways! 

chalkboard wall with stamped spoon jewelry |

repurposing muffin tins, storage for jewelry parts |

repurposed muffin tins |

I was completely inspired and if I were to invite other artists to sell their goods in my new online shop (coming soon), Melissa would be one of the first people I’d start a conversation with about it!

Here are a few of the photos I took during my shop visit. Enjoy!!

chalkboard wall for shop display |

vintage rolling pin |

creative idea for framing a display |

junk yard finds |

store display |

chalkboard wall for shop display |

JunkGirls shop jewelry in Cambria California |

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