Getting ready for another show.

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Blog entry by Eagle1 posted 10-20-2011 08:34 AM 1295 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am getting ready for another show on the 12th of November. I hope this one goes better than the first. It sucked only sold 2 pens. In the process of getting things done for the show. I’m taking my wife for major surgery this morning. I’m glad I have most of my things made up. She will be keeping me busy helping her out. Which is ok she did let me move her car out of the other side of the garage to expand my shop. The shop is under the bed rooms, I think I will not get to much else done unless she is up and not asleep and out of pain for the moment.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Jeremy Greiner

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#1 posted 10-20-2011 08:54 AM

I don’t have any experience with shows so I can’t offer any advice. But I can wish you lots of luck and hope it goes better this time.


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#2 posted 10-20-2011 09:23 AM

My first show was a wash out literally… It rained… then the wind came and blew all the customers away…i did sell some things but I now at least have inventory for the next show… how all goes well with the good lady wife..

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 09:47 AM

Here’s hoping your wife does well and you do too!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 10-20-2011 02:00 PM

Good luck with your next show and with your wife’s surgery!

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 10-20-2011 02:31 PM

Give our best wishes to your wife.
I have done a few shows and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Setting prices is always the hardest part for me. Too low is not good- but neither is too high. One thing I know for sure is that they have to want the item in order to pay for it- and if it is something they really want then any price within reason will work.
Will you have some small band saw boxes to sell? How about some Christmas tree ornaments either turned or painted cut-outs (Christmas trees, Santas, etc). If you had just pens then that limits your customer base.
The last big show I attended I had a bunch of pens, small jewelry carvings, and a bunch of tea-light holders. It was very disappointing. I had worked very hard and filled a couple of tables, but there were not many customers. I barely made expenses.
I still think that having a variety of well-made low-priced items is the way to go, with a few big-ticket items in case someone with deep pockets comes by. I’ve also noticed that people collect fountain pens- not ball-point pens. What sold well for me were one-of-a-kind pens with unusual inlays or acrylic colors. Going with acrylics in local school colors is also good.
Good luck with your show- maybe let us know here how you did and what you learned. This forum is marvelous for sharing experiences like this.

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

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#6 posted 10-20-2011 03:59 PM

Prayers will go out to your wife. I agree with Donna, my father does shows and variety is the spice of life. Also uniqueness. There is always something at the show that will stand out and have people buying that craft. I would suggest bringing a bowl of candy to put on the table. It will bring the customers over and at less have a better look at your pens. Good Luck

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#7 posted 10-20-2011 04:14 PM

Pamper you wife when she gets home and she will be fine. Be sure to tell her you are going to the shop to make her a get well present.
Good Luck at the show and most of all Have Fun…
I did my second show this past weekend and had fun and made money. My philpsophy is to have fun and make projects that are completely different from the standard pieces that other woodworkers at the show create.

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