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Blog entry by RussellAP posted 795 days ago 961 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went out today looking for garage sales because I was up early and nothing was happening online. I found a garden center that I didn’t know was there before and stopped in. I picked up a few plants and checked out. The woman at the counter and I started talking (one of my hobbies is botany) and we hit it off pretty well so I mentioned that I sell Adirondack chairs and told her I’d like to put a demonstrator there. She checked with the owner who was a little intrepid about it mainly because she didn’t want to be held responsible for any damage to the demonstrator.
I assured her that she could draw up any kind of contract she liked absolving her or any responsibility and she went for it.
I’ll give her a 20% commission for any chair I sell from there.
The good part is that I have a new pine demonstrator in my shop that I’ve been using to get some measurements off for other chairs, and to have around to – see how I did it last time-, but I’ve built enough of them to know how it’s done so I can let this one go.
The back on this one is the seven slat variety and it reclines just a bit too far, but that only makes it more comfy if you ask me.

So I think I’ll try to market them to some other garden centers around here and maybe I can get some orders.

It’s unfinished here with a coat of Charles Neil Pre Color conditioner on it drying.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.



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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 795 days ago

That’s a nice clean design. Is the design yours or is it from a plan you acquired someplace? if you don’t mind me asking, what will the asking price be at the store?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 795 days ago

This back is from the popular mechanics plan, but the rest of the chair is modified. I’m asking $199 for the chairs I sell with commission, If I sell one myself I’m asking $169.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 795 days ago

A good looking Chair Russ,good luck with your sales.

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#4 posted 795 days ago

Russell as you know adirondiike chairs and builders are a dime a dozen , but theres something about yours that appears very crisp and exacting ! I can tell from the picture that you went the extra length on your chair. I wish you well on your plight ! Sounds like yur on to a good lead here. Be carefull what you hope for, you could quickly get overwhelmed with orders. Your endevor is what makes this the greatest country in the world. Enjoy the journey ! JB

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#5 posted 795 days ago

Thanks Jim and Cabmaker. I love my work, I just wish the economy was in better shape, but if it doesn’t take off right away, I’ll still keep plugging away even if I have to go back to a job somewhere.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#6 posted 794 days ago

I don´t now much about these chairs since I have never try´d one :-)
but it looks very comfortble to sit and relax in

what I wuold advice you to …. if my 2 cent is worth anything … lol
is not to sell for 169 $ in your own home /shop you have to sell it for 199 $
as in those stores
It wont bee long before the custommers descover they can buy it cheaper at your place
and then you have lost the respect from those you want to advertise you product
either take the same or don´t sell at your place at all

just my 2 cent

good luck with your busyness
Dennis

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RussellAP

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#7 posted 794 days ago

Dennisgrosen, Thank you, that’s good advice. I think you’re right, it shall be $199 across the board out of respect for those who have let me demonstrate in their place of business.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#8 posted 794 days ago

Russell
it allso tells the costummer at your place that this is what it cost to make them
materials , time , electrity , heating and wore on the shop + maschinery
for you and you can´t sell for less
it allso indirect tells them that the others iether don´t make profit but want a showpiece
they want there custommers to feel if they buy it there that its good gesture to the custommers
a little like in the bigwarehouses when they make a week with 20% of on a few items
as well as they can play on peoples syc. so can you
every one know that even with a 75% of a store /company don´t loose money
but connect to what they have pay´d for the item they just can´t when the vallet
wants to open it wants to open ….. lol

have a nice weekend
Dennis

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#9 posted 794 days ago

I’d definitely buy a few if you were in my area, Russell. I really like them and I bet they’re comfy. I’d spring for the cedar, though;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 794 days ago

Thanks Bertha, the cedar is much lighter but less easy to work. This one is pine, but most people cant tell. I just got the redwood stain on it. Only very slight blotching because I should have done two coats of pre color conditioner.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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