Craft Mall #1: Initial Inventory

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Blog entry by Russel posted 07-24-2009 01:40 AM 7602 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A combination of the 30 Projects in 30 Days challenge, my buddy Rustic setting up business in a craft mall, and stuff with no place to go caused me to seriously consider setting up in a craft mall myself. And with that consideration came a decision to do so. And, that decision resulted in going through my “stuff” and finding out what I had for inventory.

When I am not making a piece of full size furniture I make smaller items; boxes and pens mostly. I tend to give away a lot of them, but I don’t enough people to distribute everything. Add to that the desire for this hobby to contribute to it’s upkeep and the craft mall seemed an obvious solution.

So I gathered my cares and woes and here is what I came up with as an initial inventory:

A few wheelbarrow planters …

Some chairs for smallish people …

A bunch o’boxes, small and simple …

And a collection of pens and pencils …

Hopefully, with Christmas not far down the road, some folks will see my “stuff” and consider them worthy gifts. I’m expecting an interesting and educational experience.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 07-24-2009 01:49 AM

When you set up shop be sure to take a couple of pics.

If you need a testimonial for your pens . . . you can have one from me. They get a good workout every day and keep on ticking.

Good luck !!!!

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#2 posted 07-24-2009 01:50 AM

luck on this russel ,
you should do ok ,
your stuff is nice .
cleaning it all out ,
makes room for newer projects .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-24-2009 01:51 AM

Very very nice work they will surely make someone happy.

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#4 posted 07-24-2009 03:06 AM

I like the wheelbarrows. I have been buying steel wheels but I might make my own as you did. Very nice.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 07-24-2009 03:32 AM

Russel, I hope you do well with your sale.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 07-24-2009 03:42 AM

If ya need pointers let me know Where is the mall?

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 07-24-2009 04:52 AM

I hope it works out well Russell nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 07-24-2009 07:22 AM

Best wishes , Russell : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 07-24-2009 10:43 AM

I wish you much happiness with the new venture.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#10 posted 07-24-2009 11:38 AM

Thanks folks. After awhile, the Mrs. starts asking questions like, “Where are you going to put that?” and it becomes necessary to find an outlet. Hopefully, this will free up some room for new projects like David said.

Thanks for the offer Zuki, I’ll keep that in mind.

Jack, I used steel wheels as well on the first couple, but that got a bit expensive. A small circle jig for the bandsaw and voila … wheels. I think they look better than the steel ones.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 07-24-2009 12:51 PM

Hi Russell,
You should have no problem selling your gift items…they are works of art in wood! I’ve worked in the pen manufacturing business for almost 27 years (A.T. Cross Pen Co., in Lincoln, Rhode Island) and the quality of yours surpass the metal and plastic ones we make. Unfortunately, like many American companies, they have moved offshore to China. I digress here.
If you ever need some refills, let me know; I have a bunch of them around the house.


-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#12 posted 07-24-2009 02:40 PM

Thanks Paul, I appreciate the offer and the encouragement.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#13 posted 07-24-2009 03:05 PM

Russel, your work looks great and should easily sell fast. Good luck and keep us posted on how it goes.

-- F.Little

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#14 posted 07-24-2009 05:01 PM

Thanks woodnut. It would be a terrible thing to run out of inventory (he says sarcastically). ;-)

-- Working at Woodworking

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#15 posted 07-27-2009 12:46 PM

Good luck on your venture. I too have considered selling some woodcrafts to support my hobby. There is no craft mall in my area as I am very country here. There are flea markets that I may do. Interested in the wheelbarrow and the pencil boxes. Where did you get the pattern and would you be willing to share them? Thanks, Dave

-- If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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