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Blog entry by OldWrangler posted 10-18-2014 10:18 PM 1393 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!



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#1 posted 10-18-2014 10:57 PM

Glad you did well !

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#2 posted 10-19-2014 12:26 AM

sounds like you had a great day, don’t you wish they were all like that.

-- Smitty!!!

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-19-2014 12:39 AM

Wow! Two great shows back to back. I think you may be the King of the church bazaars!
Congrats and your booth was very interesting with the variety of things offered. Let me know if you run short of boxes. I’ve got plenty!!! :)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 10-19-2014 12:50 AM

To me, craft shows are a crappie shoot. All I can say is be patient and pay close attention to what sells and what doesn’t. Good luck in the future.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 10-19-2014 10:41 AM

Sales are sales – a vendor can hardly control what kind of buyers attend a craft show. Sometimes presentation is more important than product because if they don’t have cause to look, they certainly aren’t going to buy. That yellow table covering is a real good start and assortment didn’t hurt either did it ?
Congrats on a great one day show !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#6 posted 10-19-2014 04:33 PM

Great job on your show. I wish I did that well on some shows.

-- Joe, Ga

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#7 posted 10-20-2014 01:23 AM

Hey Guys, Guess what I found. Quatch really is a good word. It is German and during my 3 years in the Army I spent much of it in Germany. I must have heard it there. I used to speak German fluently but except for remembering an odd word or so, I have forgotten it now. That was 50+ years ago. Describing other people’s crafts as Quatch probably wasn’t kind but I really wasn’t sure what the word meant…..

From a German translating site I found this.

”Quatsch is not vulgar at all and can be used in normal everyday speech to denote nonsense

So I was almost right especially for the guy selling stuffed rats (cute, little, soft, cloth toys for kids)....a toy rat?
I guess one man’s quatch is another man’s treasure.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#8 posted 10-21-2014 03:10 AM

Sounds like you had a good day! Many more in the offing, I hope!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 10-23-2014 04:15 AM

On update on this last show. First I have been invited to 2 more shows by people who saw my stuff. Second I have gotten a couple of consignments, a coffee table with a gun box under the hinged top, a chest of BKP with a cedar lining, a couple of crosses (just made a Celtic one today) and sold 2 more canes. And best of all, with what we made on the last 2 shows we could afford a new scooter for me. It came in yesterday and the “easy assembly” turned into an ordeal as there were no assembly info. That and the scooter weighs 306 lbs. made it tough to life and move. But it is done and it is a bear on wheels. It travels 7 mph which is about twice as fast of the one that just died. It has headlights, tail lights, turn signals, hazard lights, rear view mirrors, independent suspension on all 4 wheels, break lever, 5” ground clearance and 12” off road tires, 23 mile range on full charge…...and it has a basket. I am a free man at last. Hell, I can even go out and get the mail and take the dogs for walks No end to the freedom. It fits in the shop, garage and greenhouse but won’t clear the doors to the house.

Oh, it came strapped to the worst pallet I ever saw. It’s not even worth salvaging the wood.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#10 posted 10-24-2014 12:04 AM

Looks like you’re ready to go off-roading on that thing!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 10-25-2014 03:33 PM

Congratulations on the show results, O.W.! That new scooter looks big enough to put a mowing deck on! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 10-25-2014 05:32 PM

It’s bigger than that!

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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