I thought I would give you guys an update on how things are going.
I did really well at the art show on Saturday. I sold 4 boxes total and have another 6 commissioned to be built. While that may not sound like a lot, I was really pleased. I spent $10 on the table, so I packed up the rest of my boxes with a few bucks in my pocket. I made a few mistakes, like taking boxes that belonged to my kids. They wanted to show them off and I thought maybe seeing a larger variety would help with custom orders. What I think it actually did was distract my customers from the ones I did have for sale. I will not be doing that again. Sorry kids. I hope they understand.
It seems I had my prices about right. No one tried to talk me down. I wouldn’t have dropped my prices anyway, but I felt that was a good thing. I don’t feel that they were to low either since I now have the money to buy some new jointer knives and a few boards.
Another thing I did right was to drink a lot of coffee and do a lot of talking. The talking led to a meeting tonight with some folks who are building a new home just a few miles from my house. I will be spending the next couple of hours designing a furniture style vanity made of Wenge. While the contractor’s cabinet man is responsible for most of the cabinets in the home, there will be many opportunities for things like window seats and other things they did not think about while designing the house along with random pieces of furniture and extra built in’s and possibly a custom mantle.
So in summery, a small coffee shop art festival turned in to a great day for boxes and a brighter future for my small shop in general. I went into the show with the attitude that I did not mind taking every box back home with me as long as I got my name out there a little and made a few contacts. Well I was able to accomplish that and much more.
I think the $10 I spent on the registration and table space fee was possible the best money I have spent on my shop all year.
I guess that’s about all for this entry. I know a lot of you may have been wondering how I did and since I will be laying tile in my basement over the next week or two, I don’t know how long before I post another project and I just wanted to let you all know how I did. Your support and encouragement helped me make it through a couple of hard weeks there that I really didn’t want to work in the shop. Every time I felt like that I would post a box or two and after your comments I was ready to make some saw dust.
Thanks to everyone who view, commented, or PMed me about a box. You guys got me through and I am grateful.
Here is a picture of my lay out at the show
-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks