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Blog series by clieb91 updated 131 days ago 9 parts 11696 reads 31 comments total

Part 1: Bad Back.. Good Show

635 days ago by clieb91 | 4 comments »

Well we had our second of 4 shows today. I woke up this morning with a massive backache (and it is still here), I can tell you I feel bad for anyone out there that experiences this on a regular basis. But anyway the truck got loaded and we drove down the street and I started to get things set up. Got everything in place. It was a rather slow start to the day but traffic picked up and we came out well. Big seller today was more of my wife’s crayon rolls and also my pens made a gre...

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Part 2: 3rd Show Down

606 days ago by clieb91 | 1 comment »

Yesterday we completed our 3rd of the 4 shows we are doing this holiday season and after a very slow start business picked up, which we were happy about that. This time around though I sold only two pens but had a run on peg games. I am going to be making more this week so I have some extra stock for next weekend’s show.The other big switch came in the fact that we sold no crayon rolls this time but my wife took 6 orders for her tailgate checker boards. You can see a few of them here ha...

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Part 3: Last show for the Season Done!

600 days ago by clieb91 | 4 comments »

Nothing overly special to note from this show. Unlike the last 3 though a large number of my games sold. It is very strange as to the diversity of he shows. Especially considering the last 3 have all been in a 5 mile radius of each other. We are happy though we paid for the table and made bit as well. so it is a good show. We decided we will be looking into at least one maybe two spring shows and then due some more next year. I am looking forward to knocking out a large run of my games over t...

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Part 4: We've been accepted!!

556 days ago by clieb91 | 2 comments »

We just got the letter in the mail on Friday we have been accepted into our first Juried Craft Show. It is going to be the first week of March so the wife and I are leaning into the shop and sewing room full tilt for the next few weeks in order to have a enough product ready to go. It is a good thing I got her sewing room finished last weekend. I will keep folks up to date with some of the stuff I am doing and how I am dealing with mass quantities. Looking forward to the fun and the challe...

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Part 5: BUSY, BUSY!!

551 days ago by clieb91 | 1 comment »

Hey All, since we have been accepted to the March 2nd show the shop has been become a very busy place. First order of business has been to build a number of my peg games and come up with a few new designs as well to add to inventory. I have almost all of them printed, Now I have to find a decent day to be abel to use the garage and spray them before drilling out something like a half a million holes, well may not that many but it is going to be a lot. Prepped wood- Printed and sanded- ...

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Part 6: At the show

503 days ago by clieb91 | 5 comments »

We are at another show this morning and looking forward to meeting new folks. CtL

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Part 7: Lots of Excitement

455 days ago by clieb91 | 5 comments »

Well we took the full plunge, we have registered Portable Pastimes as a business. Thanks everyone for your answers to my questions regarding the types of businesses. We are celebrating by working on our first wholesale order. We will putting some custom made items in a local gift shop. I will post some more about it as we progress. I currently have a large pile of blank wood pieces that need printing and then hole drilling should be some where around 1400 holes for this order. Right now ve...

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Part 8: Our first outdoor show

307 days ago by clieb91 | 6 comments »

The day looks like it will be a little overcast but otherwise a good day. should be a good day to try our first outdoor show. Lots happening in the park as well for the Autumn.Festival at Claude Moore Park. CtL

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Part 9: Last year and plans for this year

131 days ago by clieb91 | 3 comments »

Looking at my blogs I just realized I never finished out this series from last year. Portable Pastimes had a decent year end with about 5 shows and a handful of Etsy sales. My wife and I both chose a machine to purchase in the new year. I of course went with a new lathe. It was a debate between that and a new table saw, but the old lathe just took up a lot of space in the shop. You can see the progress of that in My ShopQuest 2014 series if interested. We started this year rather slowly bu...

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