Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Center for Cartoon Studies and Bissette Goodies Await You at the Quechee Gorge Village Antique Mall!

For some of you, this is known stuff, for some this is new -- in any case, read on:

FACT: I've paid out $438.98 to CCSers since May 1st from sales of their work and/or items in the Quechee Gorge Village Antique Mall on Route 4 in Quechee, VT.

So, while the individual check(s) every 2 weeks cut to the students, faculty and community members may seem modest, this retail experiment has begun well for the CCS community, sans any real promotion outside of my modest blog efforts.

CCS student and alumni comics and minis -- like Sean Morgan's Capsule -- are always on sale at the booth!

Now, this isn't about me. I'm still in a loss (though close to moving into profit this month at last), paying the booth rental fee out of my pocket. My goal is to build a vital retail venue for CCSers -- students, instructors and the community -- in the mall, which has much livelier foot traffic than any White River Junction location at this time.

This is where the CCS student, instructor and community's work is made available to the public in a one-stop venue from 10 AM to 5 PM every day. It's working: CCS creations now sell every week now, from individual student minicomics to novels (mystery novelist and CCS writing instructor Sarah Stewart Taylor's novels are always available there, signed, and three sold in a single transaction last week!) to original art (Cayetano Garza's paintings are usually showcased, and we sold one of Cat's originals last week). All the minicomics, comics, graphic novels and books are signed by their creators.

We're also racking a lot of collectibles from our private collections: vintage comics (priced well below Guide, bagged and boarded, or in bargain-priced 'bricks' with a dozen to 50 comics per 'brick'), rare books, paper, records (lots of unusual and outsider music LPs from CCS senior Blair Sterrett's collection), DVDs (most new & factory sealed, including DVDs with our work featured, like Lance Weiler's Head Trauma), videos, curios and oddities... priced from 50 cents and one dollar to dearer prices (though nothing is more than $40 or so).

As of this writing, over 700 items have been racked at the booth since mid-April -- that's a lot of retail traffic in one small booth space! There is always an abundance of unique, sometimes one-of-a-kind collectibles, comics, artwork, oddities and curios at the booth, at your fingertips.

Here's the scoop, folks:

Looking for comics, books, art and collectibles by/from The Center for Cartoon Studies students, artists, instructors?


It’s just 5 miles from White River Junction -- take ROUTE 4 WEST, from WRJ -- or off Interstate 89, Exit 1, just 2 1/2 miles on ROUTE 4 WEST --
QUECHEE GORGE VILLAGE is on the right, just before the Quechee Gorge -- open every day, 10 AM to 5 PM!


For more information, go to http://www.quecheegorge.com/antiques.html
or call 802-295-1550, extension 106.
Email is also an option: quechee@quecheegorge.com
Or write to: Quechee Gorge Village / U.S. Route 4, PO Box 730 / Quechee, VT 05059

One of the booth's exclusives: Bissette Coffee Zombee mugs, each hand-painted and glazed, each one of a kind, and only available at the booth!

For CCS and yours truly, this is a dream venue. Furthermore, the QGV Antique Mall folks only take a percentage two months out of the year -- they take 6% from September and October sales -- so your purchases go directly to the students and CCSers directly, helping them make ends meet and supporting their creative lives.

If you're in the area and you haven't been to the booth as yet, make the trip. The Antique Mall itself is a pretty amazing local resource, well worth a visit.

If you're going to be touring the state this or next month, enjoying the fall colors, plan to stop by the Antique Mall and pay us a visit.
  • Here's the link, make the trip.
  • Enjoy!

    Have a great Tuesday, one and all...

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