Here’s why home goods sales are on the rise in Tampa Bay
When the pandemic forced everyone to return home, there was a great movement of people redecorating or renovating. But even as Tampa Bay has opened up and removed restrictions related to the pandemic, local craft galleries, artists, and small businesses are seeing increased sales of home decor, functional craft items, and more. of plants.
“I see the demand for items that people use in the home skyrocket, and manufacturers are busy trying to meet the demand,” said Liz Cooper, director of Florida CraftArt Gallery. “We have noticed that many items that can be used daily around the house are selling for more to make everyday events more beautiful. “
She said the St. Petersburg Crafts Gallery was selling charcuterie boards, drinking vessels and serving dishes at a much higher rate than usual, around double the rate. The gallery exhibition “Epicurean Delights: The Art of Fine Gastronomy”, which took place from March to May, resulted in the sale of 27 items. Its current exhibition, “Beautiful Bountiful Bowls”, opened in May and 23 bowls have already been sold.
Cooper thinks the sudden appreciation for high-end, handmade household items has to do with living more of our lives on social media and Zoom. this past year.
“Making an Instagram filter is no longer enough. You also need the real goods, ”she said.
Valerie Scott Knaust, director of the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, said in an email that she had seen a sharp increase in sales of functional and sculptural items. She said people are also more interested in the process.
“A new reverence for the handmade object has begun,” she writes. “Great news for all artists after a very difficult year. “
Artist Paul Hoagland makes functional wheel turned pottery. He has a studio at the Morean Center for Clay and sells artwork there, as well as to Florida CraftArt and the Chihuly Collection. His items sell out so quickly that he has to scramble to take inventory.
He said tourists always come to the city, whereas in previous years the summer has seen a big slowdown. He described being very busy with traffic and sales in his studio.
“I said to Valérie (Knaust):” What is it? “, did he declare. “She said, ‘Yes, this is the new reality.'”
Reneata Griffin opened a gift shop in St. Petersburg Neat Neat Neat during the pandemic. The store offers items from American companies in small series. She said she couldn’t keep a particular doormat in stock. It features snakes, alligators and tigers and costs $ 38. Griffin said she also continued to run out of paper towels and eco-friendly cleaning supplies and utensils.
While the increase in foot traffic explains the sales, the smart use of social media also drives the sale of items.
Crystal Desilet also opened her succulent florist business in Tampa, Cactus Moon, during the pandemic. She said in an email that lately her sales have definitely been on the rise. She uses social networks to promote “trendy” plants.
“The items sell out pretty quickly, especially when I promote them,” she wrote. “I have also seen a sharp increase in the number of subscribers and engagement on my social media accounts.”