2004_07_askshirt.jpgThere was an article on Ask Gothamist about street vending a few months back in which someone asked about selling their pottery on the street. The article had links to the DCA's website, but all the site said was that watches, caps, books, and art couldn't be sold without a license. I was wondering whether or not that applies selling shirts -- not knockoffs but shirts that have my own orginal designs on them. Would my designs be considered art? I would hate to set up and have a cop take all my products which cost me money to make.

To be on the safe side, you should consider your designs art. It's probably a good idea to apply for a permit to sell anything on the streets, just in case. of Ask Gothamist have applied for permits in the past; the process takes a few weeks, but is generally painless. It's worth it to avoid getting shut down or being forced to pay fines.

Alternately, you can apply for a 30-day street fair permit to sell your wares. This could be a great opportunity to get some exposure and have more people see your work, as opposed to the same 30 people that walk buy your table in front of your apartment building each day.

More information on vending from the Department of Consumer Affairs website. And, if in doubt, you can call them with questions by dialing 311.