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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 10-29-2012 11:53 PM 4401 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 10-30-2012 12:04 AM

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

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 12:10 AM

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 10-30-2012 12:16 AM

Good to hear that you made some sales Monte.

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#4 posted 10-30-2012 12:16 AM

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 - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 12:46 AM

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

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 01:14 AM

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

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 01:22 AM

Sounds like you did better than just OK to me!

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 02:09 AM

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 10-30-2012 03:42 AM

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.

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#10 posted 10-30-2012 03:56 AM

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.

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#11 posted 10-30-2012 10:00 AM

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 10-30-2012 12:21 PM

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 10-30-2012 12:39 PM

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 10-30-2012 02:10 PM

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.

-- dean2336,nebr.

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#15 posted 10-30-2012 06:08 PM

I’m glad you had a good show, Monte.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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