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Craft Markets.. #1: Testing the Waters...

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Blog entry by degoose posted 01-20-2011 08:26 AM 1520 reads 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been following a few blogs Here on Lumberjocks for quite a while now … these blogs are pertaining to the Craft Markets and those who attend..some are real veterans like closetguy and have many stories to tell…others like myself very much newbies….
[I suggest you take the time and read his blog if you are interested in doing the market scene….]

Last weekend I was at our local markets chatting with my good mate Ken… from Ken's Krafts Wedding Wishing Wells… he had a stall there where he sells his wishing wells, cutting boards and lazy Susans.. all of which are made from Camphor Laurel..his main timber…

A young family came in and admired his lazy susans but wanted something in a darker coloured wood… I said to Ken he could come over and get some timber to make one for them… and showed them a few pics on my iPhone… I just Love my iPhone…. they took one look at the weave patterned Lazy Larry and ordered it on the spot… from ME .... even paying up front… and 50% more than Ken charges for the camphor ones he sells…

I slipped Ken a quick $20.00 as a thank you for using his booth for a few minutes… later we were talking and he suggested I put a few of the fancier LL’s on his stall… so next week on Sunday I will be displaying a few that I have left over from Xmas…

Just a few to test the waters…

If this works out could be a regular thing…who knows…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...



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lanwater

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 08:38 AM

That’s all you have left?
It’s time to get back to work.

I am pretty sure your LL will sell well.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 08:48 AM

Those look good enough to eat! :-)) Just like pies set out to cool, LLs too hot to resist!! Good luc Larry. Ken may hve to be your sales agent.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Rick

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 10:19 AM

Those are Absolutely Beautiful!!! The Weave Ones are my Favorite.

-- Deodorant is like Common Sense. Those who need it the most, never use it.

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TJ65

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#4 posted 01-20-2011 10:28 AM

Will be interesting to see what happens.
I know you are in Qld, but I am considering trying the Canberran market. But I am to lazy/busy with the market scene and was considering finding a permanent places for selling, a bit hard here in Canberra though. (Have sold a couple of things in a little country town of Forbes though!!)

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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ellen35

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#5 posted 01-20-2011 01:22 PM

Had made-Larry made… sure to be a winner at the fair!
Beautiful as usual, Larry.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 01-20-2011 02:44 PM

Hey Larry;

GOod luck with that.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Maveric777

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#7 posted 01-20-2011 02:55 PM

Best of luck with it Larry. If you nailed that kind of attention using a I Phone I’m sure you are going to great in person with these jewels. Let us know how things went for ya….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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SPalm

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#8 posted 01-20-2011 03:21 PM

Good for you. Another outlet will be great.
Your shop looks really clean. What’s up with that?

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jim Bertelson

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#9 posted 01-20-2011 03:59 PM

I suspect Larry had mother nature hose down his floor. Nice Lazy Larry’s and hope your new sales situation works well for you….....

Finally warming up a tad here, it is 15 deg F, -9.4 C at 0500hrs.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Karson

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#10 posted 01-20-2011 04:19 PM

Larry: Getting someone else to sell your wares, could be a good thing.

I wish you luck.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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BigTiny

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#11 posted 01-20-2011 04:30 PM

I can see it now: “Lazy Larrys, now at your local WalMart store!” (huge grin)

Good luck to both of you on the new co-op venture.

I’ve often though that co-op was a good way to go for the smaller production hobbyists who don’t do enough projects to warrant having a booth of their own but that want the outlet and experience of a craft fair. Get together with a few wood working buddies and open a both featuring works by all of you and taking turns manning the booth. Thus you don’t have to commit all the time the fair is open to being there, but just your “shift”.

Worth thinking about.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#12 posted 01-20-2011 04:43 PM

Larry, I wish you all the best.

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closetguy

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#13 posted 01-20-2011 04:59 PM

You never know where your opportunities may appear. I wish I had a source for the Camphor Laurel. I could sell a huge amount of lazy susans and face grain cutting boards made out of that wood.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design changes....www.dgmwoodworks.com

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stefang

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#14 posted 01-20-2011 05:01 PM

Looks like a good opportunity Larry. Do you ever get depressed after parting with them?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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DrAllred

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#15 posted 01-20-2011 06:00 PM

Good luck on the new adventure, and those Lazy Larrys just look great.

If possible, how long does it take you to make one of your Weave Lazy Larrys? and what are you selling them for, I know that your down under, but I am just curious…

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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