As I was doing my regular search and grab at the local B&N, for some of my fave books and mags (Wired, Fast Company, Oxygen, Juxtapoz, etc) I thought about how guilty I feel when I come here.
I know they have the comfy chairs, the tables. You can clearly see people are everywhere stealing a view at the pages of books and mags they have not bought themselves, at least just yet. I wonder to myself, how is this legal!? It’s like a library. You pick and peruse what you wish, decide if you want to buy or not. I LOVE it!
I am always buying books and magazines here. Forget all the cash I would save to shop at Amazon or a used bookstore (unfortunately none around here.) That evil Barney has it’s claws in me! I love the convenience, the environment, and the wonderful relaxing approach to buying. I think that’s the catch. They don’t have to worry about losing money on books being read IN the store. You buy them anyways! At least I know I do.
That got me thinking…I know some artists rent out their art. You put a safety deposit or something on the piece, rent it for a week or two, then decide on purchasing or sending it back. You can rent the paintings perhaps for special events too!
My thoughts are, would people like to have a try it and buy it option with my art? Perhaps my collectors and readers would like a chance to see how one piece or another will fit in their residence before deciding on purchasing? Or perhaps that special cocktail dinner would be nice to fill with art! I would have to consider art insurance as well as more legal issues but it could be a nice opportunity for collectors or potential collectors. I hope to offer this in the future. That would be fun wouldn’t it?