New Auction Site Offers Up and Coming Artists and Artisans a Better Way to Reach Buyers

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It may seem like you can buy and sell just about anything through the online auction giants, but when a friend asked Cincinnati native and successful online auction seller Bob Schroeder for some help in marketing her beautiful handmade knit purses online, Schroeder was dismayed to discover that the big online auction houses were not necessarily the best places to showcase one of a kind creations.

“Whether it’s a painting, a hand made bag, or a piece of jewelry, these custom works of art need to be showcased against colors that don’t overwhelm the artwork, and they really shouldn’t be competing with every widget under the sun for the buyer’s attention,” explained Schroeder. “But even more important is that an artist sells best when they can display their work grouped together, in an online store or “gallery”, in addition to the individual listings. Unfortunately, every major auction site we looked at was just too expensive for a starting artist or crafter to afford one.”

Schroeder’s discovery led to the launch of, an auction site dedicated to showcasing the original creations of artists and artisans that need help in getting their work exposed to the buying public.

“This is a niche market that has been under-served, and with the decrease in grants and funding for the arts the last few years, we think this will be a valuable service to the arts community”, adds Schroeder. “Too many talented people never have the opportunity to show their works - our goal is to offer a place where even the “starving artist” can afford to have their own ‘showing’!”.

For the first 3 months, artists will be able to list and sell their work free of charge - no listing or “end of sale” fees will be imposed by AspiringArtistAuctions. Additionally, free online “galleries” will be available to the first 500 artists and crafters that register.

AspiringArtistAuctions plans to showcase a wide range of original creations, including paintings, glass work, pottery, jewelry, clothing and fiber works, sculpture, furniture, garden and home decor.

“Essentially,” says Schroeder, “if it’s unique, original, and handcrafted - we will have a place for it”.

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