• Amazes me but some people pay still pay in cash. If they ask, I tell them I prefer a card because it's simply easier to keep track and for taxes.

    But I keep $200 in small bills - $5/$10/$20 - but rarely use more than $30-40 bucks a day any more. Depends a bit on what you sell. If you have a lot of small work and it's like $30 - often some folks will pull out two $20s. And if you have several of those, you can run into a reserve cash problem very easily. When pricing, however, remember that you need to collect tax and that runs into odd figures. In Michigan where i am, a $60 piece requires the vendor to collect $63.60. i don't like keeping ones and i really don't like coins. So I try to price to make that a little easier. And if they're paying cash, I'd discount the art to give me an easy number to deal with from a cash basis. (Just keep track of the original price so you can file taxes!)

    Better be safe than sorry. They might also have a card if you run out of change, but why risk a sale?

  • A lot of people do pay in cash in my experience.  But a lot use cards. You can use Venmo, however, maybe get a Square as well, it takes Apple Pay etc. but there are fees associated.  

  • Yes, I always have at least a couple of cash payments along with the usual credit cards and digital payments.

  • I carry $300 in cash for change as most cash clients use $100 bills. This is out in CO resort ares in summer.  Most sales are cards but cash can be as high as 30% off total. Know your market and go prepared. 


  • as a person who attends many art fairs, I never carry but a few dollars in cash.  I worry about pickpockets.  I only buy art from artists who take debit or credit cards.

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