The Shows #25: Central States Fair start of day 5

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 08-20-2014 02:20 PM 1180 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Of course with sales you go into every show hoping that you sell everything you have. Then the show and reality bothstart. This year, the rreality started late. The weekend was huge. I was able to sell enough Saturday and Sunday to easily pass the break even point. Sunday alone I sold more than the entire week of the rally. I was figuring on being sold out quickly this week. Then came Monday. Oh the people are there, they simply aren’t looking for anything. Still having a good week, but now thinking about how much I may have to haul home.

They have already said that with advanced ticket sales we will have all-time record attendance. Also the rodeo starts tonight and runs through Saturday night. That is usually the crowd I count on for sales. I have had a lot of good comments. I spent more time (and money) getting the booth setup this year. The idea was to look more professional so people could see that I am a real business. I have had a lot of great comments on the booth. Still improvements to make, but a step in the right direction.

Of course with all of my shows it’s what happens over the next 2 months that determines the success of the show. There has been a lot of “possible ” sales discussed. If many of those come to fruition then it would be a huge week.

Just so you don’t think I have been just working, here’s a few pictures.

Thanks for reading

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

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#1 posted 08-20-2014 03:29 PM

im hoping you will get the right sales, im always for the woodworker being good luck

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

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 03:29 PM

good luck with the rest of the week.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#3 posted 08-20-2014 03:42 PM

Sounds pretty good so far!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 03:53 PM

I hope all ends with a big successful week and loads of cash bulging from every pocket.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 06:02 PM

Like everyone here I wish you the best sales ever.
I really enjoyed the photo’s of the snack bars … and the last one of Monte being a snack bar for the tiger???
(notice I didn’t say junk food?)

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

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#6 posted 08-20-2014 07:04 PM

It sounds like sales are going good so far Monte. Good luck with the rodeo spectators.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 08-20-2014 09:21 PM

I really enjoy reading your show blogs. Congrats on the sales that you have made, and hopefully MANY more. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 08-20-2014 10:02 PM

Fried snickers and Oreos,... and I thought Wisconsin’s state fair was the king of fried foods.
Good luck with the rest of the week, better double the dose on the Lipitor.

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#9 posted 08-20-2014 10:25 PM

Good report, Monte! Best wishes for continued success at the show. In the picture with the white tigers, are you holding a stick of BKP wrapped with bacon?

-- 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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#10 posted 08-20-2014 10:46 PM

Thanks for keeping us in the loop. ‘Tis nice to hear that sales are encouraging. Besides selling out, I hope as many commissions, as you can handle, come your way!!!

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

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#11 posted 08-21-2014 03:01 AM

Bet you get more commissions from the cowboys and ranchers as your furniture is a perfect fit for ranch living. Might put up a sign saying you can do their ranch brands in any piece they buy. I assume you have pics in your booth showing some of your custom stuff. The Miller Ranch bar is one of my favorites you have done.

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

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#12 posted 08-21-2014 03:59 AM

Glad the show is going well for you. I would be interested in trying a fried snickers.

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

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#13 posted 08-23-2014 07:41 AM

Glad to see you’re enjoying yourself at the event while doing some business. Best of luck now and for future sales! Thanks for sharing Monte, it’s great to be able to keep up with all that you’re doing and learning along the way.

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#14 posted 08-26-2014 12:49 PM

Hummm, I’m thinking, “where’s the ice cream wagon”.........Those rings do look yummy. Watch out for that pudee-tat. Check all your digits. :)

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

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