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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 537 days ago 2432 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a small show, so I wasn’t really expecting to make a king’s ransom from it. With that being said, it was a decent day. A few boxes and walking sticks, a couple hunting boxes and a dresser. I was the only woodworker there. That helps. It’s always the jewelry booths that complain about sales. There was 6 jewelry booths. If everyone only gets one thing from me, at shows try to be unique. If three of you are selling the same thing, none of you will probably make significant money.

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#1 posted 537 days ago

A decent sow is better than the alternative. Congratulations… could have been worse.

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#2 posted 537 days ago

Glad to hear it went well Monte. I hear ya about the unique aspect. It is something my wife an I strive for at a show. The amount of people at the shows with Jewelry is kinda scary sometimes. The only other person at my show last week with wood was a gentleman that has been there for a number of years and does scrollsaw work. Very nice stuff.
We’ll have to see about this weekend coming up.


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#3 posted 537 days ago

Good to hear that you made some sales Monte.

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#4 posted 537 days ago

Glad to hear you sold some items. Does make it easier to continue to go to them. But, I suppose that with time you also learn what will and will not sell at a particular show

-- Norman

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#5 posted 537 days ago

glad you did ok, i am going to try some shows next spring, i will turn to you for some expert advice

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#6 posted 537 days ago

Glad it went well for you. Thanks for posting your results. It is encouraging.

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#7 posted 537 days ago

Sounds like you did better than just OK to me!

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#8 posted 537 days ago

it’s all abought finding your nich. i do bridal shows .and i am always the only one with a wood product that most people have never seen before.

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#9 posted 537 days ago

I am also glad to hear you did well at your show Monte. I would imagine that you are planning to do many more. It seems common across the board to see many jewelers at most shows…as well as painters and photographers.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#10 posted 537 days ago

Another point, it’s not just that there were numerous jewelry vendors. You can have multiple vendors doing jewelry, or wood. But yours has to be unique from the others.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#11 posted 536 days ago

I’m so glad that I put my own unique spin on my boxes, I’ve been to shows where there might be one other bandsaw box maker only they aren’t like mine.

I’ve just recently viewed a you-tube video where by pricing an item to low can deter a sell, so by raising the price that item sells but raising it to high can also be a deterrent so you have to find that median.

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#12 posted 536 days ago

It’s one of those things like being in the right place at the right time sort of thing. A certain person has to be looking for that certain thing it seems anymore. Glad you did ok. I’m sure our economy has lots to do with it. Folks just don’t have extra in their wallets

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#13 posted 536 days ago

Roger I think that’s where the uniqueness of the creation comes in, ya have to make it so that they have to have it. LOL

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#14 posted 536 days ago

i always try to never make two the same—being unique is key and good workman ship. always have a full table with pieces mixed together. makes them look.

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#15 posted 536 days ago

I’m glad you had a good show, Monte.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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