How R your Mldg samples organized

By color and style, large on top to small on bottom (I know most say to put small on top, but that doesn't look good to me.)

If I have several of the same profile and different colors, sometimes I put them together, especially gold and silver.

I have a group of "special priced needlework frames" that are "small-ish" for the dyi cross stitch customers. They include a piece of regular glass and backing board w/price.

Style, in the current market we find that we often sell with shape as the preference and then select a colour within that grouping.
Woods, Gold, Silver, Black, Metal. 2 1/2" and larger go on the spinners. Closed corners on their own wall in the window....

Amazing how many closed corners are sold just because people see them in the window and think about them for a year.....
Organized? Not very well.

I recently moved the spinny racks out into the middle of the floor where customers could get at them.

I'm finding that people are willing to pay more for a frame they've <strike>fondled</strike> chosen for themselves.

It's worth the 10-15 minutes I spend at the end of the day, putting things back where they belong.

My samples aren't organized very well. Some are by style...some by color.
They are all where the customer can put their hands on them.
It gets them more involved in the process and yes there are times when that isn't a good thing.
Most of the time it is.

A friend of mine once pointed out that if they handle it they are more likely to buy it.
She told me that after I had tried on the piece of jewlery I bought from her.
I believe!
Originally posted by D_Derbonne:

A friend of mine once pointed out that if they handle it they are more likely to buy it.
She told me that after I had tried on the piece of jewlery I bought from her.
I believe!
That is so true. I have a file that I call "touchy feely quotes" that I have garnered from several articles in various magazines. From fine craft/art to fine clothing (and obviously frames) when a customer creates a "bond" with a product, they are much more willing to purchase it.

My design table used to be in front of the samples, but I always invited the customer behind to "view the piece together." Then I moved it perpendicular to the sample wall and it helped tremendously.

There was a Car Sales Co. in Chicago that in the 50s used to "Lend" the car out for a few days.

90% bought the car after the weekend. Even though all cars left the lot sparkeling clean... the salesmen were told to look at the car and say "uh, this car isn't clean. Let me get the guys to wash it before you take it home..." the customers would always tell them it's OK, it's fine the way it is; and leave.

The owner knew that the next morning that car would be sitting in the new owners driveway getting lovingly washed. And talked about. And admired. And sold.
I have tried organizing them by color but I can't tell the difference between the reddish brown ones and the brownish red ones.

I always tell a customer, "Just grab anything you like."

After setting a few down on the mat to show them what I'm doing, I start handing the samples to them instead of putting them down myself.

When they start getting indecisive and spending more time than necessary I suggest they take a few samples home. They really get to bond with them there.

I read a report once that said that waiters that touched the customer during one of the first few visits to the table received measurably higher tips. I'm thinking about kissing the hand of everybody that walks in the door. I wonder if the UPS man will think less of me?
My corner samples are in boxes in a garage 50 miles from here.

My daughter helped me pack. All the boxes are lovingly labeled - "Larsin/Jewel, Jeminye, etc." - so I'll have no trouble finding what I'm looking for.

Sarah wants to be an editor.

The most popular choices among customers are never among the 3,000 samples on the wall. Everybody likes one of the dozen-or-so laying on the counter from the previous design counter.
...or they pick one out of the box sitting on the design counter, which you were just opening when they came in. You know, the ones where the prices are NOT loaded in the POS. :rolleyes:

To answer the original question, usually I do it by color. In preparation for the annual culling, though, lately I have been putting the company offerings together...anyone seen my trash can?
I have 6 boards and 2 spinners holding about 1500 samples. I just cleaned them up for the season hopefully this should keep efficiency up.

1 spinner ornate
1 spinner rustik
simple gold and silver 1/2-3"
I have now put all my black frames together on white background.
Keep Huge frames together(4")
typical Mirror choises
fine waterguilded separate
large format favorites up front
then there are the 25 floaters and misc on the counter ends
fillets I hide behind the table as I find too many want to use them as frames but I don't think this helps sell fillets

not a single sample remaining on the tables!