ScrollSaw Information and Resources #12: First Craft Show

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 09-13-2011 10:39 PM 1172 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: ScrollSaw Business - Making Money That Is Part 12 of ScrollSaw Information and Resources series Part 13: Being Productive in Scrollsaw Projects »

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.

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#1 posted 09-14-2011 02:22 AM

I too would like to enter a crafts show. But I think that anyone can sell something for very little, and the buyer thanks just that much of it. When he or she gets a little tired of the object, or it just gets dusty, they will think nothing of just throwing it in the trash. They just have no concept of the time, effort, or cost to make the object.

I am sorry if I am a little irritated at the people who say”I can get that at Wal-mart for 10 cents”.

Now don’t think I don’t enjoy woodworking, I do, and have sense I was able to buy my first stationary tool (1963).
It has always been a hobby of mine. I would rather give my work away than sell it for so little that it is worth nothing to the buyer.

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

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