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Blog entry by chickenhelmet posted 07-03-2009 04:27 PM 973 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it’s been a while since I’ve had the time to jump on the site. Some of you know that, after being unemployed for several months, I started a business. Wow! Colorado Record Crates is doing well. I posted pictures of the 12” LP crate in my projects not too long ago and many of you liked it, with only good things to say. What I didn’t realize is they would be wildly popular!
That being said, I went to retail with no back stock at all. I really thought I’d put them in the record store and have a month or so to build. Well, we sold out in the first week, and again twice more in the next week. This was an amazing feeling as the store carrying the crates was the same that laid me off in Jan. Not to say the’re jerks. They are helping very much and adding our stuff to their newsletter email blasts and such.
Next, phone calls and emails started coming in from several stores around the country. Turns out their newsletter goes out to around 8,000 people and alot of record stores. I now find myself in negotiations with a distibution company for national sales and possibly in the market for a production shop for help(anyone in the Denver area?).
Woodworking was just becoming a hobby when I lost my job, I still have so far to go. When I think back too Jan. 9th 2009 I was scared, I had been record stores since I was a teenager, I knew nothing else. Too make a six month story fit on this page I’ll close out with “I’mm having the time of my life”. Thanks to LJ’s who have helped out and given advice. I could’nt have done this without all of you!!

-- Larry , Colorado

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#1 posted 07-03-2009 04:35 PM

Hey Chicken
I’m glad to hear about a wildly successful wood working story congrats on coming up with a product that is in great demand. much success in the future.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 07-03-2009 04:37 PM

Thanks Jim!

-- Larry , Colorado

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#3 posted 07-03-2009 04:39 PM

happy for your succes !
keep up the good work ,
when it’s running good ,
come back to the shop and play !

-- 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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#4 posted 07-03-2009 05:20 PM

Larry, let me offer my congratulations to you on your success. Not only are you able to have fun at woodworking, which is something that all of us enjoy, but you are also able to earn some money doing what you love, something a lot of us would like to have the ability to do.

Good luck and I hope sales continue to grow.

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

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#5 posted 07-03-2009 07:58 PM

WOW…MAJOR CONGRATS !!!! Very glad to here everything is working out so well !!!! Nothing like making a living doing something you love…that is not a job…but a dream come true !!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#6 posted 07-03-2009 10:26 PM

Congraulations. A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 08-02-2009 08:06 AM

Congratulations, ...find a niche and fill it!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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