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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally #1: Preparation and opening day

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 08-01-2014 07:56 PM 1190 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Obviously I have been posting numerous things getting ready for this. Although I have lived my entire life around the rally, I have never attempted to have a booth at the rally. An opportunity came up this year to do a booth at the Buffalo Chip Campground. For those who are familiar with the rally, the Buffalo Chip is the largest single venue at the rally. It’s estimated that 60% of the people who come pass through there at some point during the event. The number of peopleeexpected this year is between 500,000 and 700,000. Obviously most of my work will not fit on a motorcycle. The majority now drive RVs or pickups and haul their bikes in. So I have some hope that there will be buyers for my items.

The numbers, booth rent is $1600 and the vendor licence is $450. Big risk for me. But next year is the 75th annual and they are expecting one million people. So figure it out this year for next year. I will post pictures throughout the week on the sights at the rally (I will keep them family friendly). Also I will let you know if if it’s good or bad for me. Fingers crossed going in.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.



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Thewoodman2000

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#1 posted 08-01-2014 08:14 PM

Looks like you are going on a new adventure. I will keep you in my thoughts and look forward to reading and seeing something I will probably never get to experience. Take good notes each night as you go to bed on everything so that you are as prepared as you can be next year!

Oooo forgot this part HAVE FUN!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is...... saw dust) - James

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Grumpymike

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#2 posted 08-01-2014 08:44 PM

I for one am looking forward to your posts from the rally.
I know that your family here at LJ’s will be cheering you on and we all hope that you do well at Sturgis.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Handtooler

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#3 posted 08-01-2014 08:47 PM

With your wonderful craftsmanship on your woodworking projects, I’m sure you’ll profit nicely. Keep notes on what biker’s appeals are and prepare for next year. Your work is always VERY wonderfully constructed; make ‘em pay the price, and if shipping is necessary please don’t loose on it to make a sale.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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HillbillyShooter

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#4 posted 08-01-2014 08:53 PM

Best wishes and good luck in this endeavor. Keep us posted. Yes, it’s expensive, but education is expensive, so learn the most possible for next year.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 08-01-2014 08:58 PM

Monte,

My thoughts are with you. Financial risk, and hopefully reward.

Have any security measures? I remember you got ripped off awhile back.

“Get your motor runnin.” “Get out on that highway!” “Looking for adventure, in whatever comes my way!” Like a true natures child you were born to be wild!

Best wishes on your journey!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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woodsmithshop

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#6 posted 08-01-2014 09:24 PM

lots of luck to you Monte, you will have to build up quite an inventory to last a week. I have heard it said that you can expect to get about 1% of the people at a craft show to buy from you, so that could be a $10,000 week for you.

-- Smitty!!!

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 08-01-2014 09:29 PM

You will do great at the rally Monte. I Will be following the posts and story of your success.
Is that you on your motorcycle in the first photo?

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

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Handtooler

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#8 posted 08-01-2014 09:32 PM

With your wonderful craftsmanship on your woodworking projects, I’m sure you’ll profit nicely. Keep notes on what biker’s appeals are and prepare for next year. Your work is always VERY wonderfully constructed; make ‘em pay the price, and if shipping is necessary please don’t loose on it to make a sale.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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jaykaypur

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#9 posted 08-01-2014 09:57 PM

Wishing you the best of everything as you undertake this new endeavor. Looking forward to your news of sales, sights, and signs.

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

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hoss12992

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#10 posted 08-01-2014 10:26 PM

Good luck buddy! Hope you do great

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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DIYaholic

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#11 posted 08-01-2014 11:19 PM

I’m going to tag along….
On your maiden voyage….virtually, of course.

Be sure to ask the people that lust look (without buying), what they would have liked to have purchased.

Have fun, post pictures….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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grizzman

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#12 posted 08-01-2014 11:53 PM

I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK MONTE, i think the worst thing that could happen is if you sell out before the show is over, i think your mugs will be a big hit..yes sir…maybe you could set your saw up there and make mugs while someone takes in the cash for sold items..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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johnhutchinson

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#13 posted 08-02-2014 12:04 AM

Good luck, Monte, but the idea of Sturgis scares me.

I think I watched too many episodes of American Chopper. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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JL7

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#14 posted 08-02-2014 12:07 AM

Good luck at the show Monte – I’m sure you’ll do well….....Looking forward to the updates…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Don Broussard

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#15 posted 08-02-2014 12:37 AM

Bonne chance, Monte! I hope you sell out AND get a bunch of commissions too. Keep notes for next year.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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