How to Start an Art Supplies Store

If you are wondering how to start your own art supply store, you’ve come to the right place. This is your chance to start out a business with the two options available for you – putting up your own store and through franchising.

Pick the best option and in a very short time, you can already run your business.

Studying Competition

Art supplies can be found almost anywhere. You can shop for them in art stores and even in department stores. With this extreme competition in the market, do you think that your business still has a chance to succeed? If you are thinking positively and you’ve evaluated the competition thoroughly, you can succeed. The very first thing that you need to do is to study the competition in your local area. Do you think you can still compete with the existing ones offering the same products? How many are there? If the market is already saturated with art supplies stores, you might as well look for another location – perhaps in another city or town.

After finding the perfect location, you will now think of ways to stand out from your competitors. Study the products and special promos offered by your competitors and identify what is ‘lacking’. This is where you can excel – you must provide the things that your competitors are not yet offering. Art supplies can include art papers, cardboards, glues, glitters, pins, canvass, paints, and many others. You will need a considerable space to offer almost everything that your customers need. Your store should consist of bins and shelves.

The Art Supplies Store Concerns

You can hire extra help so that you can sit at the counter and 1-2 staffs attend to customers. The number of staffs will depend on how small or large your store is. Seeking the necessary permits and licenses is also very important. The store should be attractive and make sure that you choose a catchy name that others can easily remember. Advertising can increase the number of potential customers and you can send out flyers, business cards, and other forms of advertising. With the right marketing strategy, you will be able to get a lot of income/profits.

Are you considering franchise? If there are big companies in your area that offer franchise for art supplies store, you might as well grab the opportunity because you no longer have to start out from scratch. Oftentimes, the franchisor will help you in seeking capital from potential lenders and will aid you with advertising. Still, the decision is yours. If you have the passion for this kind of business and you’re a natural art lover, you can surely succeed. With an effective business plan, you will already have a roadmap that will point you to success and in the achievement of your goals.


  • boago moaletsane moaletsane said on July 31, 2011
    please ,manufacturers of art materials send me your contacts details.wanna start an art retail shop in kanye botswana.preferred manufacturers south africa
  • Schalk van der Merwe said on October 20, 2012
    Would like to start an art supplies store in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Can art suppliers please assist?
  • Sam said on October 25, 2012
    Hi @Schalk Van der Merwe, Could you please contact Sam who can supply West African Art products. I am located in Accra Ghana. Regards
  • Schalk van der Merwe said on October 27, 2012
    Please, how do I contact @Sam in Ghana?
  • Atoyebi said on January 29, 2016
    Hi, I would like to open an art supply store in Nigeria. Art suppliers, please get in touch.
  • Art Distribution beginner adviser said on May 20, 2016
    @Atoyebi I see you have an interest in opening an art supply store. I work for a distributor of many different art supplies. Send me an email if you are interested in learning more. We stock art supplies, craft supplies, hobby supplies, and so much more. Feel free to send me an email at || Consultant

  • Ashwini said on June 11, 2016
    Hi, I would like to start an art supply store in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Needs assistance from art suppliers or distributors.
  • trish said on October 6, 2016
    hi i am thinking of opening Art supply in london england. in need or assistant from art suppliers and distributors.
  • Thanh said on October 17, 2016
    Hi, I want to open an online art supplies in Vietnam, I wonder how to get supplies from brand distributors? Please help, thank you
  • Jaspreet said on April 3, 2017
    Hi I want to open an arts supply store in Mumbai. Pls help with best distributors who can also help with a suitable location.
  • Louisa said on June 1, 2022
    Hi I want to open an online art store in Ghana. Kindly help me with significant steps to follow. Thank you


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