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Trying out the Consignment Route #1: Getting Ready..........

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Blog entry by KnotCurser posted 05-29-2011 05:23 PM 3306 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, My wife and I visited a “Kitschy Artsy” shop in Havre’ De Grace, Maryland a few weeks back and started talking to one of the owners about a really nice Stained Glass Portrait of John Lennon. My wife mentioned that it looked a lot like one of my scroll-work pieces.

One thing lead to another, and I was asked if I would be willing to sell my artwork on consignment at her shop?

At first thought, the answer is “Of course I would – I would be GLAD to!”, but then I took a step back and thought about it….....

- The shop is over 45 Minutes away – not too bad if I would only make trips every few weeks.
- I would now be doing this as a J-O-B, even if part-time. I sell works all the time, but not for profit.
- I would have to start stack cutting pieces – something I have done before, but not on a regular basis.
- I wouldn’t know who I was doing this for anymore – kind of takes the “personal” part out of it.

I thought about it for over a week and came to this conclusion:

If you never try something, you never know if you would enjoy it and….... I’m one to try anything at least once. :-)

So…......... I agreed to take a bunch of my pieces to the shop on May 30, 2011. TOMORROW!

I decided to do this only six days ago and I have NO inventory! Doh!

So, let’s just see how many cutting I can do in six days.

First out of the gate – Escher’s White Cat. Pretty easy and I can do four of these at once:

Next Day – Abbey Road w/ the Beatles in solid Poplar – can only do two at once:

Next Day – Roy Lichtenstein’s “Crying Woman” – Was able to cut three of these in Baltic Birch:

Following day I tackled the hardest piece – Audrey Hepburn Ala “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” – one in solid Cherry and two in Baltic Birch:

Saturday arrived and I was ahead of schedule…........Cool!

I decided to pull out one of my new patterns and try it out – The Blues Brothers. Four of them:

These were done by mid-afternoon, so I still had a little time left….... let’s do a playing card puzzle Ala Steve Good:

That does it!

I created 17 Pieces in six days and was still able to put in a 40+ hour work week and do all the normal day-to-day chores that a homeowner is supposed to do. A little tired of the scrollsaw, but not too bad.

Not too shabby.

I figure I will take these 17 pieces and a few of my other ones that I didn’t sell yet and see how this works out.

Oh yeah – make that 16 pieces as I plan on keeping one of the Blues Brothers for myself. ;-)

More to come…..................

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com



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therookie

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#1 posted 05-29-2011 05:30 PM

Very nice and I love the projects let us know how they do in the shop.

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flintbone

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#2 posted 05-29-2011 07:09 PM

Good work and good luck on your new adventure.
flint

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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spunwood

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#3 posted 05-29-2011 07:22 PM

Good luck man…I understand your reluctance about doing it as a J-O-B. Keep tuning in to your atitudes and thoughts to see if it is working and…let us know. Nice work.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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degoose

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#4 posted 05-29-2011 09:25 PM

The part I understand is the personal part… I love to see the faces when I deliver… I recently put some work up on another friends stand at a show and when she sold several of my peices… I was of two minds… I loved that fact that someone bought my work… but was sad that I did not get to meet them and see what they really thought…
Well… good luck to you…

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KnotCurser

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#5 posted 05-29-2011 10:03 PM

Larry,

Yes, I think you have echoed exactly the way I feel. I am honored that someone wants to purchase my work, but am sad that I don’t know or will even get to meet the person.

I guess there is a first time for everything.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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rance

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#6 posted 05-29-2011 10:45 PM

That’s cool that you’ve found a place to sell your work. Have you thought about copyright infringment issues if it the Beatles or The Blues Brothers lawyers come a looking for you? Seriously, have you looked into that? I see you changed the stripes, maybe that’s enough for it to not be an issue. :)

BTW, that playing card puzzle is a neat idea.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Woodfix

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#7 posted 05-31-2011 11:51 AM

Well done and best of luck with it all.

Doug

-- Living is a constant gamble, life is about working the odds in your favour

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