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Blog entry by Danpaddles posted 11-26-2013 12:53 AM 736 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was invited to display (sell) at an artists bazaar, held yesterday, Nov., 24. I have never done that before, in fact, it is really just the last year or two that I have sold my stuff.

The bazaar seemed to have a feminine slant to it, lots of girly stuff! There were about 25 booths. I took every fancy little trinket box I could make. I also took a few games I had made for my folks last year. They were not impressed with Shut the Box, or Quarto. And I made up some cedar bird feeders and bird houses.

The pretty trinket boxes did not sell well. The bird stuff sold great. Fine with me- no varnishing time on a bird feeder! And cedar is cheaper than oak, maple and walnut. And I sold every last game I had.

So what did I learn? The pretty boxes I like to make- I might as well not bother. And I think, after doing the math, I earned about 2 bucks an hour for all the shop time I had preparing.

Oh well. Live and learn. Now I still need to get rid of these boxes. And two music stands, did I mention those?

No more shows.

I still have those 4 boxes in front, I thought they were pretty nice. Asked several people if they thought I was pricing about right. One particularly savvy shopper friend thought I was on the low side. Another said, seems cheap. I did sell a few, all priced similarly, except the big jewelry box, I had a lot in that , and I thought it looked great. I’d rather give it to my sister or someone, then sell it too cheap.

I’m thinking I don’t want anything to do with selling for money anymore. Back to doing it for fun! Stops being fun, when you put dollars into the equation.

-Dan

-- Dan V. in Indy



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clieb91

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#1 posted 11-26-2013 02:09 AM

Dan, Looks like you had a nice assortment of stuff. My wife and I have been doing shows for the past 2 years now and every show has been completely different for us, even ones at the same venue. Some days I sell a ton of wood pens, other days no pens only games, or all of wife’s stuff sells.
Glad to hear you had sales, pricing can be a big issue. We struggle with it a bit as well. If you care to take another stab at it there are a couple of good blogs in here in regards to selling. If nothing else it helps to supplement the hobby.

CtL

p.s. Nice looking Leopold Bird Watching Bench

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

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Danpaddles

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#2 posted 11-26-2013 03:02 AM

Good eye, yes that is a Leopold bench, I posted a small sign, offering to make them, and deliver, by next weekend. I had no takers. Probably too small a sign?!? I set the price at 90 for treated wood. It made for a nice shelf anyway.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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stefang

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#3 posted 11-26-2013 09:28 AM

Too bad it didn’t work out for you. I was once a member of a group who ran a local handcrafts shop. We all took our turns tending the store. I didn’t really enjoy the store work and the average sales price points were way too low for my stuff. I can imagine that selling in a gallery would a better idea, that is, if there are any galleries selling handcrafted wooden things. I did realize, like yourself, that the real joy is in making things and gifting them to friends and family.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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poospleasures

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#4 posted 11-26-2013 01:05 PM

Looks like a nice selection of items. You just never know what will sell. I usually take items that sell for from $5 to $200. Shows are a hard way sell. But I have to go to a couple or three each year as I have to clear out items from the shop so there is room for more. Really the most fun about shows after you participate for a few is the returning customers who come by each time just to talk, visit, order something or even better to buy something you have. I only do this certain few. I think will only go to indoor events next season as you don,t have weather worries. My woodwork is a fun hobby that pays for its self. I do make about $1.90 an hour.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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Danpaddles

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#5 posted 11-26-2013 05:36 PM

Nice attitude, Vernon, I guess I should approach it that way- fun, and still get a few bucks back to buy wood and sandpaper. And you are right about clearing out- some of the stuff I sold was over a year old. Glad to have it gone.

I certainly did have some fun, showed some kids how a spin top works, played a game or two of shut the box. Had a number of (paddling) friends stop by, I had promoted my presence ahead of time, and friends were generally my best customers!

But I still agree with Mike- “the real joy is in making things and gifting them”. I do better work when I know who will be ending up with a project.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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