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ScrollSaw Information and Resources #38: New Mall to Sell my Scrollsaw items.

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 761 days ago 1159 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have had my scrollsaw items in a small shop for about a year. Done OK however not great. As I have posted I have considered other venues but till yesterday had not chosen one. Yesterday I made verbal commitment to take space in a “MALL” craft store. This location was a grocery store until converted into a craft mall. All kinds of product from old antiques to new hand made items.

Based on the research I did this mall is very well traveled. I first found out about it from a friend that has a friend has who space in the mall. She says her friend has always done very welland in fact moved up to a larger space. Other friends say they have been there, have friends who have been there, or heard of it and want to go there. After my visit yesterday I was almost sold. However, as I normally do, I waited and talked it over with my wife. She being the calming influence in my life and always thinks of things I did not.

Now this mall has booths that are 8” by 8” and 12” by 12” but those are way too large for me. They also have glass shelves, in cabinets, that are for lease. I will take one of those one on a 6 month trial contract.

Yesterday the traffice seems high for a Thursday. The General Manager said that normally business will drop off for June and July but not this year. Plus timing will allow me to run through the Christmas season. I plan to stock my space by the first of August with what I have and then start making LOTS more.

I will keep you posted how this exercise works out for me. Hopefully well because the lease amount is a little high to have shelves collecting dust.

Thanks for reading.

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



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kepy

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#1 posted 761 days ago

Here’s hoping things work out for you. This time frame will cover the best selling season. Best of luck.

-- Kepy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 761 days ago

I also wish you all the best in this venture, Jerrell. These days it is hit and miss for most retail shops, and hopefully with this time frame and the upcoming holiday season, you will find that you do very well.

Please keep us posted and let us all know how you are doing. Good luck!

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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BigTiny

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#3 posted 760 days ago

Here are a few hints to improve your chances.

First, if at all possible and if allowed under your lease, bring your saw in and do some work there. Nothing draws in customers faster than seeing a craftsman actually making something.

Design and print out a nice brochure. It is a tool so often ignored by craftspeople who think the work speaks for itself. That’s true in part, but the work can’t remind someone who didn’t have any ready cash with him of the craft when he gets paid. It can’t do something as simple as explain the “care and feeding” of the craft product. It’s a simple thing, but it makes a difference when you spell out how to care for an item. It shows you care enough to go the extra step and people appreciate that. Mention the woods you use and the patterns available and whether custom orders are available. It costs a few cents and takes very little time for the results a good brochure provides. Try it out.

Paul

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

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