Well, as my project postings have been showing, I have entered my first craft show to be held on Oct. 1st. At first I could not figure IF I wanted to be part of the craft show scene. Most of the have drawbacks that I wanted to avoid. First of all the entry fee is generally high. Second a lot of them last several days. And third, most of them require a LOT of product so that you can last till the end of the show. All of these reasons lead me to think that I did not want to be part of this business.
Well, as you would know it, my own Church is having it’s Second Annual Craft show and the entry fee was low and would be only one day long, so I figured this would be the best way to guage this type of business. Still, it seems, it will take me two months of working five days per week, about five hours per day just to be ready. It may be over kill but I want to give it everything I can.
For the most part, as lots of people have said, scrollsawing is not a way to bake a living. If it takes you three hours to cut an item, stain and finish it and then only sell it for $5 or $10, that is a low return for your time. One of the ways I figure you can increase your efforts is my making items that you can stack cut. By making two, three or four at a time you are increasing you productivity and, thus, your dollar per hour. Still it seems like a hard way to make a buck.
So why do I do it. I love the art of scrollsawing. Fretwork and victorian pieces just thrill me. The excitement of seeing someones eyes light up when they see or you give them an item is worth it to me. We went to see some of my wifes relatives about a week ago. We took the the four nativity scenes that I have posted. They just loved them. That part is worth it all.
Now back to the business side. Will I really make money. NO! Will I have fun, meet lots of people and have the opportunity to sell some items. YES!
I’ll report bak on the show and what happens.
-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.