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Blog entry by mysticcarver posted 01-09-2010 04:59 PM 1195 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I want to thank you all for such a warm welcome to LJ’s !!!! I have been enjoying my time here a great deal. There are so many wonderful projects on here already !!!
Last month I went to do my first ever show/sales event.I set up a tent at a renaissance festival to sell my work.It failed miserably!!! But that is OK because I talked to other vendors there and they told me that this particular show was just the wrong choice for my work.It was a more low-end show that they bring their low-end priced goods.My carvings were admired but very few bought cause they didnt have the money.
I now have a different plan and a better understanding of where to go with my work.I will do more renaissance festivals but I will do my homeowrk first on each one i go to ,to make sure I get the right one !!!
But now….The first weekend of February I am going to my first carving competition!! I will also set up a table and see if I can recoupe some of my losses from the faire last month.I am really excited to do this competition,as it will give me a confidense booster and some cred .Of course if I get a ribbon LOL
More to come…...................

Happy woodworking my friends!!!!!!

-- J.Palmer,Texas,http://www.mysticcarvings.com



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Gary

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 05:21 PM

Welcome to the site and good luck in the competition

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Andrew

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 05:32 PM

Welcome to LJs, here is my experience with craft shows…
My experience would have been depressing, if I hadn’t learned so much about it and myself. 20 peices probably won’t cut it, and entry fees are going to consume most of the sales, along with display and ect… I found the best way for me to see my turned items is through consignment, It keeps me in the garage, at home, andless stress and preassure to have everything ready to go, set up, tear down….. It kind of stinks to sit there for 3 days, and listen to everybody who comes into the booth to steal the oxygen and tell you your stuff is beautiful and then walk out empty handed. Instead I busted my Butt to get stuff in stores by the end of November, then just sit back and let the store owners tell all about the wonderful comments people said before not buying anything. Okay that all might seem a little bitter, it is not, I am optimistic just like all the rest of us, I have been doing this all the while maintaining my job as an executive Chef 60 to 80 hours a week. I am realistic. in my eyes and just telling it from my experience. I did learn a lot by doing the craftshow, met 2 store owners that now carry my products, and one guy that wanted me on his website ( I beleive this turned out to be a scam) and talked with many vendors about other ideas, that might work. But in the end I think that was my last Craftshow. I have talked with a Professional turner I see at some high end Craftshows, and he is very negative about the whole craftshow thing, time costs… divided by sales, that sort of thing.
I wish you the best of luck.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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hObOmOnk

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#3 posted 01-09-2010 05:34 PM

Consider Juried Arts and Crafts shows.
The money is better than at festivals and flea markets if you make the grade.

Spoken from experience…

-- 温故知新

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 05:40 PM

Hope your next show is more successful.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 01-09-2010 07:48 PM

I have that same problem. Most people here in Houston that see my furniture all love it! “It’s beautiful!!” they all say, “Want to sell it?”. My answer is always, “No”, but then I always give them a price, which is usually at least $1500.00 cheaper than Eldred Wheeler, and they all scoff at the price I ask for. I guess in this Ikea world, people have forgotten how long handmade, hardwood furniture lasts….......centuries!! Oh well. I let them go to Ikea every year, and I end up keeping all of my hand made stuff. I like mine better than Ikea.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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woodmight

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#6 posted 01-14-2010 08:52 AM

Hello JP… People don’t realise the time and effort we put into these projects not to mention the expense of the materials. I will have to agree with Matt Garcia there. I would rather grace my home with my projects and shove them under the bed if they scoff at the price… STICK TO YOUR PRICE.
Carving competitions can be tough as I have entered a few myself.. lol.. as for ribbons remember that if your project is sold, the ribbon goes with the project, and you increase your price accordingly.

Best of LUCK in your competition…. But if you come home empy handed… your still a WINNER.. look at the experience and knowlege you have gained (Priceless)..... John

-- ~~ Remember You can't saw... What you can't see ~~

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