Did you ever have one of those days when things go too well? I had a day today that would make a “puppy pull a train”
Local church was having an Art Show, supposedly just for artists who paint. Nothing was to be sold but the painters could take orders or make arrangement to sell their display work after the show. Last week I checked in to see if there would be any way for me to get a table and show some of my stuff. Well, I hit it off with the woman in charge and showed her some pictures of BS Boxes, Cutting Boards, Cheese slicers and a couple of BKP furniture projects. She let me pay a $15 entry fee and gave me a table to set up my display.
I brought a load of stuff there last night and set everything up. Show opened up at 10 am and by noon there had been only a handful of visitors. Most looked at everything and finally got to me in the back. By 1 pm I started drawing a crowd as I told stories about the Beetle Kill Pine and the kinds of things I make from it. They wanted to learn how the BS Boxes are made. They ordered Cheese slicers and thing were going great.
Right before the show was to close at 2 pm a nice lady came up and looked at my table and leafed through my project album. She stopped cold dead when she came to the BKP coffee table with the hinged top and a gun box underneath. She said she was an interior designer and she was doing a whole house make-over for an Exxon executive nearby who was a gun enthusiest. She said she had to have that table for his den. I really didn’t want to sell it but I shot her a “scare-off” price and she took out a check book and wrote me a check never bothering to haggle with me. That was great but then came the good part. She told me of the kind of Interior Designing she does and the prices she gets from clients and that if I was interested she would get me a bunch of consignments.
We talked on and she told me that she had lost her husband a month earlier. She said before he passed he had set up a workshop but never got to use any of it and asked if I might be interested in swapping work for his tools. After telling me the tools included a table saw, a band saw, drill press, chop saw and on and on. She said the money for the tools was unimportant as she needed the shop as a studio ASAP. Tomorrow is one more short show there from 10 to 1, during and after church and she is supposed to be back with an inventory of all the equipment including many hand tools as well.
She gave me a business card and then I remembered who she was. She has a seriously big show room and has been there in this area for over 20 years. My wife even knows of her and some of the work she has done. Seems like she is always showing of homes in an exclusive local magazine. Wife and I drove by her place and even though it was closed, You could see some really expensive from the window. One item caught my attention. It was a real nice artsy ashtray with a sticker of $1,750.
Was this a good day or what? And besides this, I had a lot of people order things for Christmas gifts like Cutting Boards, Jewelry Boxes and cheese slicers. And they said the big crowds always come on Sunday. It would take a heap of good stuff tomorrow to better today.
And I know,,,,, I suck ! But I can’t remember when I ever had a better day. I guess if you live long enough something like this might happen. Seventy-seven should be enough. And this is all results of therapy as I am not making things to make money….I already got some money. Don’t this just make a “puppy pull a train”.
-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!