A.I.A. MEMBER NEWS
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Staff members attended the Brimfield, MA, show again this year (the world’s largest outdoor antique show). Where Asheford members met quite a few antique-buffs, mid-century modern enthusiasts, and more than a few vintage collectors, not to mention a number of past and present students, as well as show-goers who were just curious about the Asheford program. Representatives from the Asheford Admissions Dept. said they handed out over 8,000 brochures, and answered a stream of questions from dealers and buyers alike. And, since there were so many newspapers covering the event, we managed to get them to snap off a few of our folks hard at work (we hope!)
EVENTS & CALENDERS
This is one of Canada's leading antiques and collectibles Source Directories. It can be used to "Search" for antique events from across Canada and USA.
This publication has a very "East Coast" feel to it. The writing is crisp, clear, informative, and provides a measured and thoughtful approach to commenting on the state of today's antiques marketplace. And, we'll be the first to admit that we like it!
Now we realize that not everyone is going to take a trip across to the UK, but if you do happen to be going that way then this is the guide for you.
Student Sales Program Going Strong...
(Update: April 4th 2018)
Starting now, each A.I.A. Promotional Package will contain a complimentary Course Prospectus, information flyer on how to succeed at marketing the Asheford Program, multiple copies of the Asheford application contract, and a new link (below), to enable students to print-off their own Limited Course Prospectus to hand out to potential students and clients. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, but want more information, give us a call at 877-444-4508, or you can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us help you set-up an account to sell and market the Asheford Program in your spare or full-time... It doesn't cost a cent, but it might just earn you a few!
Print Off Your Course Prospectus & Application Files
In order to gain access to the Asheford Limited Course Prospectus, please download the PDF file below. This file will let you print an 8 1/2 by 14 limited brochure of the school's Course Prospectus that you can use to hand out to prospective clients. You can also print off copies of the Course Enrollment Contract application to go along with the Prospectus, which you will find located just below the Prospectus file.
All files are in PDF format.
Latest Student Sales Program Results...
(Update: March 31st 2018)
Florida - Since March 1998, we've had over 3,750 students participate in our Student Sales Program... with some fantastic results.
Below is an excerpt from an interview conducted with Student Sales Rep., Tom Lutton after his first year selling the Asheford Program.
AIA Staff Writer: Tom, you took the Asheford Course over 3 years ago, what made you decide to start wanting to market the Asheford Program yourself?
Tom: Well, to be honest, I just remember thinking what a great Course, I wish I could share it with someone else - just to let them know how much I enjoyed it. Then I remembered reading about the Student Sales Program and thought, well, that might be just the thing to let people know... and I could get paid for it too!"
AIA Staff Writer: What was it like your first time, trying to market the program?
Tom: I thought it was going to be tough... You know, you always see how those T.V. ads or infomercials make it seem so simple to sell something, and I thought it's not going to be as easy as that...
AIA Staff Writer: Was it?
Tom: Well. it wasn't as simple as that, but it wasn't that hard either... I was kinda surprised at how after I sold my first Course, people started coming to me and asking about it...
AIA Staff Writer: Who were the first group of people you sold the program to?
Tom: I went to visit a few of my friends who I knew were interested in antiques, but didn't really know that much about them... it didn't take much... the school brochures were very self-explanatory... and as a result these people ended up being my first enroles."
AIA Staff Writer: Do you think you're skills at being able to sell made the difference in you being able to successfully market the Asheford Course?
Tom: Listen, I know I'm not the best salesman in the world, but I don't think you have to be when it comes to selling the Asheford Program. People knew I had taken the Course and that made it so much easier... when they had questions about antiques and collectibles, I could answer them - they could see that I had really learned something, and I think that's what really sold most people on the program - it's a great Course, and it shows.
AIA Staff Writer: Where are you now in terms of selling the program?
Tom: Well, after signing up some of my friends, I decided to give it a shot at the antique shows and even a few auctions... I even wore a T-shirt at one that said, "Want to be an antique dealer - Ask me how!" ... it actually worked!"
ASIDE: Tom Lutton received his first monthly check for $5,680.00 a year ago. Today, Tom says, "I'm only doing it part-time now, mainly on weekends when I go to antique shows... but even with only putting in about four to five days a month I hope to make about $45,000 this year alone.."
Student Sales Program Facts:
2. All Student Sales Promotional Package materials are included with your enrollment and are free of charge.
3. Students are welcome to access any and all help from Asheford representatives at no charge.
4. If you would like to get started with the Student Sales Program, simply give us a call toll free at: 877-444-4508 and ask to speak with a Student Sales Specialist. It costs you nothing... but it may earn you a great deal!
If you're "in the business" and would like to participate in the school's annual survey of sales & trends within the decorative arts marketplace, then have a look below.
We've complied a sampling of six of the top areas of interest shown by customers and clients alike within the decorative arts community.
To participate in the survey sampling, simply select the age-group you're most closely associated with (below), and then click on the corresponding six decorative arts categories that most accurately reflect your top in-store or online sales over the past 12 months (Note: there are a total of six forms to fill out. Each from is based on a sliding scale of 1 to 6, with 1 being the best).
The data submitted in this form is anonymous, and is used to help compile the school's annual statistics for breaking trends and sales results within the decorative arts community over a 12 month period. The results of this survey are released nationally to the press every year in January, and can also be found posted on the school's web site (to see last year's results, click: past poll/survey results.)
(*Use the scroll bar on the right to select your age-group)
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