We’re just back from the Sawdust Road Baptist Church Fall ‘14 Craft Show
Seems appropriate to take woodworking to a church called Sawdust. 37 vendors total, mostly what we call quach. Somewhere I heard that a polite word for someone elses junk is Quach. This may be a real word, could be German or Yiddish, who knows but it is what it is. This was a lot of stuff like Mary Kay Cosmetics, some kind of Kool-Aid powder to add to bottled water to make it taste bad, a woman who make tack boards out of wine corks (I think she just does it to have a good excuse for emptying a lot of wine bottles), landscape scenes painted on old circular saw blades, Wreaths made out of fru-fru (?), handmade horrible dresses, and lots of people with jewelry and ceramics from China. As you might know with competition like this, we won the Best Booth award…big deal!
Show was hardly advertised at all and the traffic confirmed that. I’ll bet we didn’t have 200 visitors. Other vendors said it was a bad turnout and told me that nobody has any money to spend, economy is bad, country is at war, too early for Christmas sales, and a general lack of interest. I guess that may be right, but…..
Show opened at 9 am with 2 people waiting for the door to open….from there it seemed to slow down. By noon I had talked to probably less than 10 people. They walked past my table like I was selling Ebola. I sold 1 cane and 1 cheese slicing board…..$100 in the till and cost of the show covered. It was like I heard it said one time
.....”Business is slow in the morning but it tapers off in the afternoon”.
About 2 pm, I had logged in about another $75 and was about to fall asleep….. only 1 hour left and I can go home and snooze properly. About then Kathy wandered off and spent $35 of our earnings on a hand-sewn Rocking Horse cause she felt sorry for a vendor who had not made a sale yet. There were still a very few people drifting in and then, the Waste Material hit the Bladed Rotating Ventilation Apparatus. Another cane sold, this time for $100, a knife went for $75, 6 pens
$15 each, 4 Cheese Slicing boards $25 each, a Cholla Cactus Cross at $15 and a Band Saw box (finally) for $30. Then came a 20 minute break with no customers and an opportunity for me to ogle the eye candy in the hot pants, 2 tables down. I could see and hear the panic setting in like it does late in most shows and people began to mark down the price of their goods. Well up walked a couple who bought another cane, 4 Cheese Slicing Boards and 3 small Band Saw Boxes, a young girl bought a Pen for her dad, and several others dribbled in some small sales. It was a last minute feeding frenzy and many vendors had packed up and slunk away. Cheese Slicing Boards flying off this way and BS Boxes going the other direction, then a Cross and the last knife. And as quick as it started, it was over and the show closed the doors.
We too, packed up and a couple of young church kids came and took out stuff out to the car and helped us load. And it is still in the car and will be until one of us has strength enough to unload. I did however have time to count the money. We started with $220 in small bills for making change and now we have $1,316. With all our things selling at $5 increments, how did we end up with the $16? Puzzled but Kathy admitted to buying stuff for 3 other vendors who were having a bad show. Winding up this already too long narration, we made somewhere over a grand and had some bags of other people’s quatch. Good show, 7 hours well spent, met some nice people, handed out a bunch of cards to the “bebacks” who will call later….yeah, right, and a fun time was had by all. And we were invited to do another show in 2 weeks at the Nazarine Church. I didn’t know they were still in business.
We are thinking about it. That is not very far off, most of my good stuff is gone and that Sat. is the opening weekend of deer season. Might have to pass.
Thanks to those who had nothing better than to read this old man’s ramblings. May y’all have this kind of luck, especially 2 weeks in a row. I could get used to this. And this is so long and boring, I’m not even gonna re-read it and make corrections (please read between the lines and forget grammer and spelling).
-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!