Please note that we are a fiber store that sells yarn, fiber art, fiber crafts, and fiber supplies. This means that consignment items of interest to us include those made from fiber animals or that are connected to fiber in some way. Occasionally we accept other fabric arts and products such as quilts or sewn items, but we reserve most of our consignment space to goods that are spun, knitted, felted, crocheted and/or woven.
About Our Consignment Program
We are interested in handmade American (preferably Vermont) crafts of high quality craftsmanship and unique design, suitable for display in a dense retail environment. Our terms are 70% (artist) / 30% (Two Sisters).
We accept applications on a rolling basis. The two owners of Two Sisters determine which items to sell on consignment based on the following criteria: aesthetics and design, technical competence, originality, presentation, retail potential, suitability to our space limitations, and whether the items are in direct competition with other consignees.
The owners will want to answer all of the following questions with a “yes” in order to accept your work.
Quality: Is the work technically proficient and of a high standard of quality?
Aesthetic & Expressive Vision: Is it unique? Is the artist’s particular vision or personality apparent? Does it make us say “wow!”?
Marketability: Will the work be successful in the context of our sales?
Commitment: Does the artist have the resources to be a successful retail exhibitor?
Products/art may be accepted at any time. If you would like to show us your item(s) in person, please make an appointment ahead of time as we cannot give you our undivided attention when there are customers in the shop. We will consider the availability of space in the store, current representation in your medium, and the marketability of your work in our particular location. We will contact you with a decision as soon as possible after receiving your application.
Send the following to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Two Sisters, P.O. Box 168, Jeffersonville, VT 05464, or leave them with us at our shop (preferably after making an appointment with us).
A short biography or an artist statement.
Sample(s) of your work.
We will contact you within 10 days after the arrival of your goods to let you know if your products/art is a good match for our Two Sisters Mill & Mercantile.
Along with your goods/art, you will be asked to sign the consignment agreement, which includes a list of inventory left at the shop.
All items must be clean, undamaged, odor free (or of clean natural odor), and ready to display.
Each item must be tagged with a tag that has your name, business name (if applicable), materials used in the item, and washing instructions (if applicable). Please don’t mark the tags with prices as Two Sisters will add our own price tag. Any artist cards or business cards provided, attached or otherwise, will be displayed or available for distribution.
Work should be shipped or delivered in person as soon as possible after its acceptance unless an alternative date has been arranged in written correspondence. Please refer to the pickup of unsold items policy in the agreement.
If your goods have been accepted, please always check with us first before bringing additional or replacement items. There are many factors that determine what we carry and how much inventory we display including what season it is, other items that have come in, and, naturally, our space limitations. If you bring in items without inquiring first, we reserve the right to not accept them or to keep them in storage until current inventory moves. If this does not happen within a month or two, we will ask you to pick up your items.
Shop Responsibilities for Your Products/Art
Once your products/art is placed in our shop, it is up to the shop owners (not the consignors) to handle sales of those items in the shop. While we do hope you will frequent the shop often, please do not try to sell your items directly to customers. We strive to create a relaxing, no pressure atmosphere in our shop, a place where people can take their time to admire all of the beautiful things we have, including your work as well as the work of others.
Two Sisters rotates our inventory so that different items are displayed at different areas of the shop at different times. When you come in the shop you may find your items front and center or rotated to another place to give someone else’s items a turn to be front and center.
Our inventory also rotates on a seasonal basis. If you make winter items such as hats, scarves, and mittens, we may contact you as early as August to start increasing our inventory to prepare for the fall, holiday, and winter seasons. Conversely, in the spring, we may ask you to remove some of your winter inventory items or may put it in storage for the following fall. If your items are of a lighter nature that might sell better in the warmer months, we may ask you for more inventory in late winter and ask it to be removed or store it for you in the fall.
Item(s) Drop-Off Checklist After Acceptance
Artist statement and/or biography—to help us understand your artistic vision and journey.
Items ready for display and sale.
Each item tagged with necessary details (see above). Do not include pricing on any item.
Thank you for your interest in consigning your work with Two Sisters Mill & Mercantile. We value our consignment program as an important component to our store. We look forward to the opportunity to see your creative work and hope that it can find a place here with us. To help us make a decision that is most appropriate for our store and for you, please read the following information carefully.