Monday, March 14, 2011

EXCITING DISCOVERY!

I spent a lovely day yesterday at a Fine Crafts show at Ft. Mason in San Francisco.  It was a terrific show full of wonderful objects, clothing and jewelry.  I must have been in a spending mood because I gave a definite boost to the economy.  My favorite purchase was this wire sculpture.  I discovered the title "Goddess" after I got home.  I particularly liked that the body type had an eerie resemblance to me and the gesture was perfect.  I was able to loop the filament wire around the ceiling recessed lighting canister which is on a spring.  I just pulled it down a little, looped the plastic line around and pushed it back!  So my inspirational goddess is soaring high in my office.  A scene from the movie "Logan's Run" pops into my mind but I push it down and go for the positive influences.  But this sculpture wasn't my exciting discovery!

At one of the booth's where I made a purchase, she used her iPad to process the transaction.  There is now this wonderful application available for electronic devices such as the iPad and iPhone, Droid and similar devices.  It is called Square which is a FREE SERVICE!!!  As a merchant you only pay when you process a card and it is 2.75% if you swipe the card and 3 something% if you don't swipe a card.  The card swiper is this small white square device that plugs into the iPad (et al) which they send you , FREE.  There is no monthly fee or any other charges.  There is no minimum activity required. This means that artists can now afford to accept credit cards at their open studios or other venues.  The Square service includes sending a receipt by e-mail to the customer AND the vendor gets an email describing the transaction.  If you have every looked into the possibility of being able to accept credit card payment be sure and check this out.   I am signing up today.  I want to be ready to handle all sales that may come my way.


12 comments:

The fearless threader said...

The Square thing looks great, but its only available in usa at the moment, which is a shame.

Kay said...

That is so exciting!! I have wanted to do this for customers ever since I started participating in open studios..this might be the right reason for finally getting the ipad I want!!! Thanks for the tip!

Diana said...

great info Myrna, thank you! I unfortunately had to sign a contract for 4 yrs. to get my credit card machine.. and grumble each mo. because they are always trying to charge me more.. this sounds wonderful.. love your lady sculpture too.. take care, Diana

hw (hallie) farber said...

Love the sculpture; it reminds me of my blog from Sept. 24--I peopled a catalog with women hanging around.

I don't have an iPad yet--Apple should definitely hire you; my stock would go higher.

I think you may have the most creative mind I've ever come across.

Pretty Things said...

That is SO incredibly cool and creative!

David Lobenberg said...

Square looks great! Thanks for the link! My booklet is raking in the dough! In the last month, I have made $29.00! See you soon at the gallery.

Anonymous said...

What great finds Myrna sounds like you had a lot of fun
yesterday .We plan to go to the De Young today to see the bouquet of Flowers exhibit.Hope to see you Thursday.

Cory said...

Hi Myrna....
I love line, the sculpture is perfect... what a great find.

Mike said...

Yes, Square sounds terriff.

BUT!! That wire sculpture is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

Mike said...

Yes, Square sounds terriff.

BUT!! That wire sculpture is absolutely FANTASTIC!!!

AutumnLeaves said...

Interesting sculpture!

One Woman's Thoughts said...

How delightful to have a goddess in your space as inspiration! She's so fun and interesting to look at too.

Thanks for the info on the Ipad way to do business. I am a fledgling artist and all tips are welcome.

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