ScrollSaw Information and Resources #11: ScrollSaw Business - Making Money That Is

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 08-08-2011 10:39 PM 7439 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have been Scrolling for about a year now and, I think, getting better at it all the time. First of all reading and watching all the tutorials I can find. Thanks a lot to Shelia Landry and Steve Good for their part in that. Then lots of practice – LOTS.

As all of this comes to play, learning how to get the blade to go where I want it to, how to select the correct blade for the project, how to select the correct wood and then how to finish it to show off the work. It seems like and endless process and at times a very frustrating one. However if you are going to create projects that people actually want, then to must spend time in the process of learning to create quality.

So here I sit planning my first Craft show ion Oct. 1st and working on projects for that show. I had just completed a project, for a friend of mine, and she took it to work and showed it off to fellow co-workers. Well now my in-box is filling with orders or price requests for her and others. Now my goal is to produce quality products at a reasonable price that will be cherished by the person that receives it. If I can’t do that then I would not try to be in the business of selling my work.

This looks like it is going to be a lot of fun, a lot of work and making lots of people happy.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#1 posted 08-09-2011 12:24 AM

I wish you all the best in your endeavor, The craft show sounds like a lot of fun, but a lot of work too.
Before I retired I had to work a lot of trade shows. It was long hours and very tiresome but it had its moments.

If you do your homework and plan your booth you will do fine.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#2 posted 08-09-2011 05:34 AM

My primary tool for craft shows is the scroll saw and this is my third year. First year, 2009, was a disaster and I blamed it on the economy although I change products for 2010 when it went much better.

One problem with scroll work is that unless you do the real premium Intarsia, the price you can get for the work is at the under $30 level. You need to work on volume and stay away from the higher entry fee shows.

A good thing about scroll work is that there are not as many at the shows and even when there are they seem to have their own niches.

I would strongly suggest you offer to intern with someone at a show before showing up the first time yourself. There are a lot of logistics that just don’t seem obvious until your first one. Lacking that, go to a similar show and just sit for couple hours and watch the way things go. Having gone to shows before as a potential customer and going as a merchant are really different. Pay attention to the booths that are selling and pick up on how they greet customers and close the sale.


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