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Blog entry by BigJon posted 588 days ago 1167 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off this is the very first blog i have ever written/posted.! So off i go. I have always had a passion for wood. The array of colors and smells have always pleased me greatly. I suffered a very bad atv accident in 2005 and just now got back on to my feet where i can afford to do the kind of work i always wanted. This spring I bought jointer, planer, table saw and router amd got busy. I work fulltime and run a lawn service on the side, so my summer afternoons were limited. However now that mowing is over, the hay is in the shed and it gets dark everywhere @6pm except in my shop, im finally getting to make some things.

Last weekend was the first time i have ever set up a table and tried to sell some of my projects. The show was poorly advertized and in a bad location. Maybe 100 customers came in that day. I did manage to sell 10 cutting boards and a set of coasters! It was a great learning experience and i really enjoyed the interaction with people. Im looking forward to my next show in april and already started stock piling!

An interresting note. I had a few end grain cutting boards priced around $75-$100 on display that were real eye catchers and seemed to draw people in. I didn’t sell a single one of those, but sold every item i had priced between $15-$25.

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waho6o9

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#1 posted 588 days ago

I like the way you have every tagged and organized. You seem to have something
for everyone, good idea.

Welcome to LJ’s and may you have continued success BigJon.

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BigJon

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#2 posted 588 days ago

Thank you waho. I was extremely nervous, nobody had seen my stuff except for family and friends. So i was almost over prepared!

-- Im bleeding, go get my super glue and roll of black tape....

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 588 days ago

You’re welcome BigJon. I betcha you’ll do better on your next craft show.

Those coasters would make a nice gift for the Holidays as well.

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RibsBrisket4me

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#4 posted 588 days ago

Do you think those 75-100 dollar boards would have sold @ 40-50??? Could you make $$ at that price?

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 588 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s

If you sold 11 items in a crowd of 100, that isn’t doing too bad. I watch people very closely, what they look at as well as what they don’t. Items that constantly draw attention will eventually sell and they get people to stop and look at other things you have. I have a couple items that I don’t make much on, but they cause people to stop, look and talk. Then there are items that nobody looks at. Everyone occasionally has a dud. If after a few shows an item draws no attention at all, it gets deleted. Taking up space with no benifit is not good business. be willing to change your lineup to what sells and not just what you want to make.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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stefang

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#6 posted 588 days ago

Congrats on your sales BigJon. We have members who have gone to craft shows and sold very little or nothing, so I think you did very well, especially considering that this was your first time and the modest turnout. There is no substitute for experience, so you will learn a lot by participating and getting a feel for what attracts customers and what sells and maybe find out which venues are best too. Good luck with future sales!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BigJon

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#7 posted 588 days ago

Bullethead. Yes i believed they would have sold at a cheaper price. And yes i could had made a small profit at around $50 or so. I really didn’t have a clue how to price my items fairly for myself and customers. So I came up with a formula of sorts. I made a set price per cubic inch for endgrain and a set price per cubic inch for “flat” grain. I felt that it was a lot better than just guessing what it was worth.

For example a 12”x18”x1.25” end grain cutting board @ $0.30 a cubic inch would be $81.00…..I thinks this gives you really good ball park price to start with. Of course it can be adjusted, for special materials, difficulty in building or whatever else as need be. I would be happy to hear of other ideas.

Thanks for the comments BTW. All are appreciated

-- Im bleeding, go get my super glue and roll of black tape....

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clieb91

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#8 posted 587 days ago

BigJon, A belated Welcome to LumberJocks. Some nice looking stuff you have there, congrats on the first fair and the number of sales. My wife and I have started doing fairs as well. One thing we try to do is do some of our own advertising via word of mouth and social media, we just let folks know where we are or where else we will be. Helps to drum up a little bit of business. I agree with Monte though you have to watch what is and isn’t selling and be prepared to adjust as needed. Good luck with the next ones, we are also going to do one in the Spring out first non-holiday one.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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BigJon

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#9 posted 587 days ago

clieb your right monte does have some sound reasoning. I made a mort of of wine balancer gizmo’s and priced them low i thought. Didn’t sell a single one, but i still have them for the next fair:) You see in my pics that i have one in operation and I encouraged every person that was bewildered by it to play with it. We had some good laughts and a awarkward moment or too, but the bottle never got broke! It kept people lingering more than anything else. So that in its self was a good thing. A variety is important i think. I brought the deer shed coat rack just for display and got a order for which i started on tonight.

-- Im bleeding, go get my super glue and roll of black tape....

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BigJon

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#10 posted 587 days ago

Good luck with yours in the spring BTW!!!

-- Im bleeding, go get my super glue and roll of black tape....

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