My very first booth showing at the Blanco Market Days event

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Blog entry by Blackie_ posted 11-18-2012 11:36 AM 3918 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an exciting day for me, the day started out brisk and cold upper 40s for us Texans anything 50 and below is cold. LOL about a 35 – 45 min setup with the help of my sister she came with me to help, the day started out slow but as the weather warmed up the day picked up, not as expected it was nice to be able to shed clear down into my T-shirt warmest part of the day, the coasters were a big hit, sold several of those and have request for more, none of the hinged lidded boxes with the false bottoms sold but they were sure commented on about their beauty in the wood (spalted hackberry) that was used, only the unique shaped, detailed and with hidden drawers boxes sold. Both of my Santa sleighs sold,
only not the Christmas trees, all together on a 7 hour setting, a small town, a small show with an average range of around $50.00 and below per booth, with my pricing being an average of $45 and above I managed to pull it off and came out making just over 1k, with the expense of several items for the booth on a first time setting before the show and a $35.00 booth fee, I profited just over $400.00 so any show from here on out should now be pure profit. All sells were by way of credit card using my smart phone and Intuit card reader, no cash sells at all, The sign shown in the last photos, I managed to come up with this idea a couple days before the event, I used a 6” wide piece of knotty pine and made my very first wood burning (Pyrography) sign with my business logo on it.

I don’t know if I could do this on a monthly basis due to the nature but the sells speak from them selves and for sure a faster way to move your product then trying to sell online.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 11-18-2012 11:44 AM

Congratulations on a good day! Yes, the first time you do something such as this, there is a bit more of an outlay. But as you said, from here on you are going to make a much higher profit margin. I think that accepting Visa/MC
is essential when selling higher priced items. People that go to types of shows like this don’t usually carry lots of cash because they don’t know what to expect. Much of the buying is ‘impulse buying’ and accepting credit cards really help boost sales. I think you did great and I am happy that you were so successful. Great set up too! Thanks for sharing your nice story! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 11:55 AM

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Glad to hear you did well. Of course outdoor sales don’t happen here this time of year. I like talking to the people. If they are at least looking at the items then I keep them in the booth. But if i have something that never draws attention after a few shows it gets discontinued. Can’t have it taking up space for nothing.

Congratulations again!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-18-2012 12:58 PM

Congrats on the sales. It’s ruff out there cuz folks don’t seem to have the extra bux. Glad you did good. Your finely built boxes, and such, deserve good homes

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 11-18-2012 01:30 PM

Way to go, Randy, that was a good show! You have quite a large inventory so they had a lot of choices, too!!
Thanks for sharing…........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 11-18-2012 01:43 PM

Congratulations! Nice looking booth Blackie!
You will soon learn what people are drawn to the most.
As Roger said it’s ruff out there in this economy.
We have all seen your work on LJ’s and we know why you were successful!
Your work is very interesting and every item says “pick me up and take me home” !

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#6 posted 11-18-2012 02:04 PM

Thanks all, I’ll be heading out today with chainsaw in hand to cut some more hackberry limbs for making more drinking coasters out of.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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Donna Menke

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#7 posted 11-18-2012 02:40 PM

Way to go Randy! Congratulations on having such a great first show. You did everything right- and you succeeded. Your collapsible shelving is so kool- is that your design or from published plans? Your display is super and the only thing I can recommend for the future is to make different heights on the tables. I put boxes under the covering cloth and that creates varying heights. That way you can feature some of the fancier boxes up higher, and they don’t all get hidden behind one another.
Did you sell any of the vehicle boxes? They are so great.
People do like unique and unusual. Small and odd (though pleasingly) shaped boxes may be the way to go for quick money makers.
Thanks so much for the photos and review of your first foray into the show market. Donna

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#8 posted 11-18-2012 03:48 PM

It is great to hear that you had a show that was successful. Your display looks very nice and it does an excellent job of presenting your work.
Having a card reader is the only way to go. Only one of my sales during the past 2 years has been cash. Cash for higher priced items is most certainly a rarity.
I hope all of your shows are successful….

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#9 posted 11-18-2012 03:50 PM

well done! looks like a lot of sunshine! how did your woods react to the heat/sun?

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#10 posted 11-18-2012 04:16 PM

Sounds like a fun and successful day,congrats.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 11-18-2012 05:30 PM

Thanks Donna

None of the vehicle boxes sold, they were looked at but that was it, everyone liked my magnet secret compartments but again no takers, making a taller shelve on the table top is a great idea, I never thought of that I’ll do that next time.

The shelving units I had seen on a site, no plans just saw how the worked I figured out the rest and made them myself.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#12 posted 11-18-2012 05:31 PM

Thanks Charles, I never noticed any difference in the wood.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#13 posted 11-18-2012 05:37 PM

I’m late to your party. Congratulations! Where too next? What is the cost for your credit card transactions?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 11-18-2012 05:43 PM

Thanks once again everyone


2.75% per transaction. Nothing going on until March of next year so not sure just yet.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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robert triplett

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#15 posted 11-18-2012 10:20 PM

Thanks for telling us about your experience. There seem to be a few of us doing shows in various parts of the country. I have had some good shows and some not good. Finding the right place is an ongoing adventure. You work looked good. Definitely creative.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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