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Blog entry by ellen35 posted 11-15-2010 02:04 PM 1590 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past weekend, I was a vendor at a wonderful Artisan’s Fair held at a local organic farm called Coonamesset Farm in Falmouth MA. This Artisan’s Fair has been a November staple for many years and the foot traffic is incredible for this venue. After reading some of the posts on craft fairs, I found that most people were pretty great! Those that didn’t buy were very complimentary about my work… even a few woodworkers were there ohhing and aahing! that was the best compliment I could get. All in all I sold quite a bit… made myself a few $$ for more wood and toys/tools and spent 2 days meeting people. Several asked if they could come by my shop and look things over as they got closer to the holidays… seems mid-November is holiday season only to the big stores! Interestingly, one cannot predict what will sell from year to year. I thought my trays would fly off the table and only 1 sold. I wanted to make more lazy susans as I only had one and it is still in my possession. Boards and boxes always sell and my dipping boards all sold.

This picture is the “before” with everything out:

This is me looking happy… actually the sun was in my eyes!

This one was just before we left on Sunday afternoon. Notice how much has disappeared from my original display!

Looking forward to a few more sales this season as the holidays approach. I have 2 orders and who knows what else will pop up!

Woodworking is soooo much fun!
Ellen

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



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Chip

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 02:12 PM

This sort of thing is always so much more rewarding and fun then going to a mall or big store to shop. The people who bought your work enjoyed themselves, you enjoyed yourself… and you made some money. It doesn’t get much better then that. Thanks for the pics and sharing the experience with us Ellen.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 11-15-2010 02:33 PM

Well done Ellen, its so rewarding when you receive complements and sales for your hard work. Your display show plenty of shop hours and your enjoyment for your craft as well, thanks for sharing and have a great holiday season…BC

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Kate

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#3 posted 11-15-2010 02:35 PM

Nice job Ellen,

Keep up the good work!

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 02:37 PM

Congratulations on a great day, Ellen! It is good to see that lots of your items sold. Your work is beautiful. You have the right attitude about doing shows, too. It is really nice to hear about all the positive responses you have had. Even in these difficult times, you did great. That says a lot for you and your work!

Thanks so much for sharing the pictures and for such a nice post!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 11-15-2010 02:50 PM

thumbs up!! Way to go

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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patron

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#6 posted 11-15-2010 02:50 PM

sounds like a good two days

some sales
some new exposure
some new interest

take a break
they will all remember
by christmas
and come knocking

so as not to strain a good friendship
just send money
(bank routing to follow)
loaning doesn’t work too good lol

-- 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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rivergirl

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#7 posted 11-15-2010 03:19 PM

YOU GO GIRL! Di you also sell the sushi boards?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Mary Anne

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#8 posted 11-15-2010 04:24 PM

Well done! Those empty spaces in the last picture tell the story of a successful weekend.
It must be a great feeling to put yourself out there and get such positive feedback… and $$$ too!

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HarleySoftailDeuce

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#9 posted 11-15-2010 04:57 PM

Keep up the great work! The extra $$$ helps with the toys for sure!

Paul

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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NBeener

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#10 posted 11-15-2010 05:01 PM

The setup looks great.

What a great way to showcase your work.

I’m sure it was well received. It’s still a weird economy, with lots of people afraid to spend money. But I had no doubt that your work would loosen up at least a few purse strings :-)

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 11-15-2010 06:16 PM

what a great set up you had…nice covered area and all…im so glad you did well…of coarse a sell out is always best..but considering the economy..i think you did well, you had a beautiful spread of wares out there…congrats wood worker…......grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 11-15-2010 06:22 PM

I’m real glad that you had a successful show and I’m sure that you enjoyed meeting the new folks. Craft fairs are fun.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Cher

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#13 posted 11-15-2010 09:09 PM

Hi Ellen, your display is lovely, don’t pack the rest too far away, those will make wonderful Christmas gifts.
so be ready for the rush.
Can you hear me ohhing and aahing I cant seem to get enough.
It looks like you had nice weather too.

Thanks for sharing the excitement Ellen.

-- When you know better you do better.

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Lenny

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#14 posted 11-15-2010 10:07 PM

Way to go Ellen! Congratulations on a successful event. It was indeed a beautiful fall weekend in New England so, mother nature was good to you. You display wonderful handcrafted pieces and were rewarded for it. Continued best wishes to you.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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SPalm

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#15 posted 11-15-2010 10:30 PM

Very nice. Looks like a good couple of afternoons.

So dipping boards and boxes. Huh, you never know. And as soon as you think you do, they change their minds. Kind of like one’s children.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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