The Shows #18: 2013 Fair windup

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 370 days ago 935 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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10 days is a long time to be sitting there. The first 8 days were pretty so-so and only marginally paid for my time there. Then came day 9. It will probably take me a months worth of building to get the orders done. The right crowd hit at the right time. Single biggest day I have ever had. Will be building gun cabinets and poker tables for the next few weeks.

This was an enjoyable fair. The weather was near perfect. As always I hope for some of my “possibles” to come through for a really good show. I have 2 possibles that I am putting numbers together for that would dwarf anything else I have ever done. See if I can make the numbers work. I am trying to use LJ Huff formulas for pricing and marketing. If you didn’t read his blog series on that, I highly recommend it. I feel I did a better job of “right pricing” my products.

I have already secured my booth for next year. No sense getting too comfortable yet.

Hope all of you are having a great year out there as well.

-- 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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#1 posted 370 days ago

Congrats Monte… you are a hard worker!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 370 days ago

Way to go Monte. All your hard work and long hours sound like they paid off.

I knew those gun cabinets would be a big hit!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 370 days ago

Way to go Monte. Great news on the show. If anyone deserves it you sure do. Keep on, keepin’ on!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 370 days ago

Congratulations Monte. I think funnel cakes and ice cream are in order.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#5 posted 370 days ago

Congrats on the sales! Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with for the orders!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#6 posted 370 days ago

great news Monte, that last day ,had to be wondering if its worth it then BAM ,love it when it falls together and the fruit of the labor comes home

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 370 days ago

I’m really happy for you! You are coming into your own. Maybe let Huff know how much he helped get it right.

Your going to have to hire someone. LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 370 days ago

I have watched my brothers hire employees and their problems. Long way from going thru that.

-- 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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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#9 posted 370 days ago

What a well deserved show ending for you Monte…and it will get even better.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#10 posted 370 days ago

Deluxe Monte. Enjoy it all. Take it all in. Git-err-done. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 369 days ago

I’ve had great kids and some self centered idiots work for me. When they want to learn and like what we are doing it’s great. I’ve had others who stopped working when I went for supplies.

Glad you have orders to keep you busy. Remember strict deadlines can loose a finger in the hurry up.

Again, Monte. I’m really happy for you!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 369 days ago

And this time you haven’t had anyone “relieved you” of your stuff in the “storage area”....

Sounds like a successful show! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#13 posted 369 days ago

awesome,congrats on the great show.your great woodworking is paying off.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#14 posted 369 days ago

Monte, glad to hear the fair finished with a bang. Congrats on the orders.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 368 days ago

Great to hear that your show went well Monte.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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