In spite of the “Impending Doom” weather forecasts, the artisans’ show and sale at Bench Omaha went off this Saturday without a hitch – except for me chomping my finger tip in a tie-down ratchet while unloading and bleeding a lot. Good thing I had some napkins and duck tape for a bandage! BIG thanks to my son Nate for being my grunt laborer, pack mule and assistant salesman! I expected to get the Opening Rush, then slow down a lot, with maybe another later surge. Umm, no. It started busy and stayed busy the entire time, from 2 to 7! We had lookers and buyers in our space in a steady stream all day long, with no more than a 3-5-minute break any time. I had a GREAT time, met a lot of cool people, got better ideas for next time, and beat my pre-show sales guesstimate by about 50%!! So, yeah, Dan’s a pretty happy boy after his First Show.
For my first public sale, I think it went pretty well. My items got a lot of (I think) genuinely good reviews and comments. Folks liked the sliding top wine boxes, but only one sold. Didn’t seem to be a price issue, but an “I don’t know who I’d give it to right now” kind of reaction. The tea light holders were popular, too, and we sold several of them, but I may tweak the design to accomodate glass votive holders. My walnut “4×4” and (firewood) trinket boxes were also well liked, but remain un-sold, alas. My “Praying Mantis” box was a real attention-getter, but I’m gonna need a big-stack-o-cash to part with it, so I’m keeping her around. The golf club coat racks were a HUGE hit and, in about 3 hours, I sold all six I had on display!!!! My gut feeling is I could have sold 4-6 more. I have a few folks who said they’d contact me to do a custom build with their old clubs, or for another random build. So, guess who’s gonna make a lot more of these?
In keeping with my usual scatterbained MO, I failed to get pictures of my display setup. I’m kinda bummed and a bit mad at myself for it, but done is done. I’ll try real hard to remember next time.
For now, I need to find some more venues around Omaha, either craft-show-type affairs or online markets, in addition to CraigsList. I may do a Facebook page for my stuff, too (any tips on that??).
Thanks for looking in on me and I hope you all have at least as much fun making sawdust as I do!!
-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein