Pay it Forward Design Store
Are you interested in joining us?
Pay it Forward is a creative social enterprise made up of a collective of artists, crafters and designers. We run the shop as a co-operative, which means ideally, we all contribute to it's success and foster a sense of community between members. All members are local to the wider Christchurch area.
We started with fifteen founding designers who worked on getting the store up and running. We have now extended to 55 plus designers and artisans who are involved in this exciting social enterprise.
As a co-op, we do have more involvement from our members as opposed to sending your stock to a normal retail shop. Our designers take responsibility for rotating their own stock, keeping things looking fresh and keeping abreast of our news and happenings.
What's in it for you?
You get your lovely stuff stocked in a bricks and mortar shop. You are included in the website, and promoted on our
pages. You get support and guidance from other members and the occasional social event thrown in, and many more benefits.
We would love to hear from you if you live in the Canterbury region and are a creative making high quality products that are
genuinely handcrafted or designed by you.
lease use the form to register your interest. Please note, all artisans selling through Pay It Forward must live in the Canterbury area. The curating team usually meet once per term to look at all submissions. It's a good idea to come and visit the shop before applying if at all possible, to get an idea of who we are.
Once you have applied, you will hear from our Administrator who will guide you through the next steps in our process.
Pay it Forward Application Form
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What area do you live in?
Please note that all our designers must live in the Canterbury region.
Description of the type of goods you make
Are your goods either crafted, or designed, by you?
Do you sell your goods in other places? If so, please specify: (this just gives us an indication of where you are on your journey)
Website (if applicable)
The Co-op is able to survive because of commission charged on goods sold. Commission rates are based on your involvement in the shop. There are three levels of commission on goods, depending on the level of involvement you choose:
Shop Hours scale:
between 11%-21% (sliding scale) based on the hours per month you work in the shop plus any hours spent working on an admin team or helping in other ways.
Admin Team scale:
between 22%-41% for those who do
no shop hours
but do work some hours on an admin team or help in other ways.
(No shop hours and no hours worked in other ways): pay 41% commission on any goods sold - this is a better commission charged than many retail shops (usually retail take 50% or higher).
Most people who work in the shop do a half day per fortnight, or per month. The shop is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 3pm Saturdays.
I am able to work in the shop
No, I would like to be on 41% commission at this stage
I'm not sure yet, I'd like to discuss more.
If Yes, please give a general indication of when you would be able to work in the shop: (check all that apply)
Monday 10am - 1pm
Monday 1pm - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 1pm
Tuesday 1pm - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 1pm
Wednesday 1pm - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 1pm
Thursday 1pm - 4pm
Friday 10am - 1pm
Friday 1pm - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 3pm
Anything else you'd like us to know?
Thank you for your interest.
If you are selected to join the Co-op, and opt to work in the shop, you will be given retail, and health and safety training.
Those working in the shop will also need to fill out a Police check form.
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