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Blog entry by RBWoodworker posted 05-03-2009 10:28 AM 1331 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi fellow Lumberjocks.. As some of you know I am trying to get a business off the ground, but I have run into a roadblock.. I need anyone who can, help me Please ..if you live in So. Calif.. and if know of any Galleries or furniture Consignment stores..Please e mail me with their names and locations..I have driven many miles on way too many wild goose chases just searching for such a store.. I am trying to market my rocker and furniture but have had Zero luck finding a gallery or store that takes high end furniture on consignments.. Lee Jesberger has been a tremendous Help and has kept me from losing my mind and I am trying to follow his advise but am struggling to find the places out here in So. Calif.. So if anyone knows of such a store.. shoot me an e mail.. Thanks!! Randy

-- Randall Child

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scott shangraw

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#1 posted 05-03-2009 03:23 PM

It’s very hard trying to find galleries that take furniture.I have been trying for a few years now with very little sucsess.One place I had a rocker when I went back to look at it had dents in the seat Don’t know how they did that.At another I went in and they had my table just about completly covered with other artist stuff to sell using it as a display stand.So you have that stuff to worry about also so I would really check the place out before putting any peices in.Make sure they kinda specialize in furniture and know how to treat and display it.One problem I have had with my rocker is trying to price it were it can sell when they add there 40-50 percent there is so much work in a rocker you have to get something for your time but if it has a tag of $10,000 it will just sit there.Anyway thats my two cents hope it helps.Being in CA I would think would be an advantage.Have you looked at Del Manio Very hard to get in but they specialize in wood.Search for them on the web.Good luck !!

-- Scott NM,

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Jack Barnhill

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#2 posted 05-03-2009 03:45 PM

Have you checked out The Home Consignment Centers? It’s all furniture with some pictures, mirrors and knick-knacks.

I’ve seen new and used pieces in their stores here in The OC. I haven’t seen anything for $10,000 but, I have seen many things for over $1,000.


-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#3 posted 05-03-2009 04:01 PM

I am in Del Manio and thier speciality is woodturning the other problem is that unless you are extriemely well know in you field such as woodturning the contract locks you in and you can sell almost no where else. There are a couple galleries out on the coast that may be some where to look, Gumps in San Francisco and Show of Hands in Seattle. Good hunting

-- Dale

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#4 posted 05-03-2009 04:36 PM

Scott, I too am trying to get a business off the ground. Can you ship these? Yahoo has a deal where you can get a web site of your choice for a small fee. They will also take care of setting up all merchant and paypal accounts. With templets to get you going quickly and 24/7 tech support should anything go wrong. Just a thought. Good luck!

-- Larry , Colorado

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 05-03-2009 05:30 PM

I know several furniture makers that are successful. Success being various degrees of they are making a living only from the sales of their furniture.

Their formula for success is doing the circuit of furniture shows. Most of these guys sell very little through galleries. It is hands-on meeting the public at the high-end furniture shows.

Some makers have just a one-man shop, some have 5 or 6 individuals. But they are all small shops specializing in custom furniture and the shows are the secret to success.

Do not expect for the first one or two shows to necessarily launch your business. It is like you have to get back around to the second year before people start taking you seriously.

My sales comes from my remodeling. I am selling a lot of my custom work as part of a job.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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scott shangraw

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#6 posted 05-03-2009 05:35 PM

Todd you are exactly right on shows.This has been were most of my success has come from.Although this year hasn’t started off great.But you never know I have had orders from a show that I have done as far as 3 years ago.So if you do a show and sales are not great at the show you have to hang in there ,sometimes it takes people seeing you few times .

-- Scott NM,

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#7 posted 05-03-2009 05:54 PM

Hey Randall
I’m with the group that have found galleys not plausible because they make as much as 60% and that’s a killer. I have had good success placing my furniture in places that people already go and are surprised to see custom furniture, I have furniture in three restaurants,four coffee shops, three quilt shops , a wedding chapel,a pipe shop,a florist,a tuxedo rental store,and even a grocery store. Be creative and talk to store owners some want a small commission and some like custom furniture just to make there business seem more classy. So. Cal has many more places and higher end clients than my little market. Give it a try you’ll be surprised at the results


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 05-04-2009 04:51 AM

Scott..thank you kindly for the advise..I agree with you 100% I can just see my tiger maple rocer getting all beat up with no one holding the bag or taking responsibility for it..I am trying to sell it on craigslist and looking into esty..I don’t know anything about it or how popular it is.. all I know is the bills are piling up and I have to start selling stuff’m trying to get married too and not having a steady income is not helping..LOL

Jack..thanks for the link..I clicked it on..found which stores are closest to me..and fired off pictures and e mails inquiring..I have my fingers crossed.. we’ll see

Biig Woodturner.. is it worth being in that Del manio? are they all high end? how do you get your foot in the door? as of right now..I’m chasing anything and everything.. when the smioke clears..I won’t have any regrets thinking I didn’t try and hunt down every being involved with them.. can you view my work..and see if you can help me get my foot in the door?

Todd.. I agree and have hear about shjows..although I have been making furniture for sometime.. I have never done a single show.. anyone know how to find local shows of high end furniture? this is my next step..

a1 Jim.. I think you have the right idea too.. I will look and ask various establishments if I can place my stuff in their stores, although my pieces go for upwards of 5,000 just to cover my time and materials.. some pieces takes me 6 weeks to make or longer depending on the piece..

-- Randall Child

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#9 posted 07-16-2009 03:54 PM

One show circuit to try is the American Craft Council
They only have one submission pre year for the following year and I think the 2010 submission deadline is July 31st so you have 2 weeks. The only show(s) I would consider applying for are the Baltimore and maybe San Francisco sense it is the closets to you. The Baltimore’s sales figures are approx 5 to 7 times that of any other ACC show, but it can be tough to get into because previous exhibitors are given precedence. I attended the Atlanta show (closets to me) in ‘08 and got a lot of traffic and quite a few people threatening to buy something but no sales. I was put on the Baltimore waiting list but not called up.

One option is to look though the list of exhibitors at past shows, call them up and ask their advice on the ACC shows and any others that they would recommend.

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Don Kondra

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#10 posted 07-17-2009 02:37 AM

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker

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