My last (and only) attempt at a Craft/Art show was not a huge success. Other than good company and a festive atmosphere, it was a lot of work for little sales.
You guys all know that woodworking is an expensive hobby (or business for you talented guys) and if you don’t make some money, you are limited in what you can do (or what the wife will allow you to do.)
I have been placing a few boxes in boutiques and galleries instead of at shows. I’ve had the same lackluster results, but with a whole lot less effort on my part. :-) One of the gallery owners that carries my boxes approached me and asked me to set up a display and sell (I hope) some boxes at her annual art fair. I didn’t want to do it, that’s why I didn’t apply and let the entry deadline pass. She kept insisting and I gave in. So next weekend I’ll be chewing the fat with folks at a big art fair.
I still have my shelves, and am set up to accept credit cards. I needed a tent, so I borrowed a nice one. As a few of you know, I have been building boxes and accumulating them like Star Trek Tribbles.
My box building has been improving, and the variety has been growing. I am taking all kinds of boxes, and I am offering some smaller, less expensive boxes along with the more advanced ones. I am thinking my most expensive would be around $300, and the least somewhere in the $75 range.
These are examples of some of my best boxes.
Here are a few of the less expensive ones:
I am taking about 30 boxes. It’s only a half hour from home, so I can bring more if I sell out the first day :-D
My wife is a great help and will be there with me. She is a people person and adds charm to my booth. I am not looking forward to it, but I really need to sell some boxes. Sandpaper, glue, hinges, leather, lumber, tools, and all the miscellaneous things are costing money. I need the hobby to sustain itself a little.
If you guys have any suggestions, lay them on me! I’ll keep you posted.
-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana