It's early days but at the moment the trend of less numbers but buying big is continuing from spring. To be honest, the type of artwork we do is generally something that appeals to the discerning individual that appreciates quality and not to the masses, so I shouldn't be surprised really.
Just yesterday a couple came to buy one of Margaret Johnson's sumptuous glass bowls and ended up purchasing a £500 Roger Ford original oil painting too. That's the way it's been going. It can be a bit unnerving wondering where the next thousand pound plus sale is coming from but, so far, they do just keep turning up.
It's not as if we haven't got some quality handmade items under £100, even under £25, so we will see if this area picks up over the rest of the summer. To a degree, it's kind of 'swings and roundabouts' at the moment but although it doesn't feel busy the reality is turnover is considerably up on previous years.
The interesting thing to me, however, is what compels people en masse to make these decisions without any interaction between each other. What drives the herd mentality? Is it sub-conscious? Are they influenced by the media, the weather, their horoscope? Who knows.
What I do know is that while people are coming in to the gallery and spending big I won't worry too much.