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#1 posted 10-04-2010 09:23 PM
Congratulations on your sales! I think next year I might try a few shows myself- if I can get enough stuff built :0,
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#2 posted 10-04-2010 10:11 PM
You look like you had a great time…
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#3 posted 10-04-2010 10:27 PM
rivergirl – that (product) seems to be the major area of concern. From show to show I have to guesstimate what is needed, what will sell and do I have enough. At a Dec show last year I ran out of wine cork trivits. I just signed up for 3 new shows this last week so, on average, I am doing 2 shows a month until the end of 2010. That leaves little time in between to refill the inventory. I feel like a music artist. He/she wants to record a type of music that they really like but commerically it won’t sell. If it doesn’t sell, you can’t record. Kinda like me, if it doesn’t sell, I can’t make new stuff or replace supplies used to make the original stuff. There’s a lot of items I would love to make and sell but the average customer doesn’t value the woodworkers time and effort in making a nice piece of art (not to mention the supplies). My wife loves the art pieces I make but we only have so much room in the house to display it and after a while you get tired of it. Oh well, I’m retired and it gives me pleasure to make this STUFF and if I can turn it in to a few $ to help support the hobby, then I’m fine with it. Plus, you meet a lot of really nice folks at these shows. Good luck if you decide to show & sell your items.
Larry, yes I did. The sun did cooperate at times, and at times it didn’t
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#4 posted 10-04-2010 11:06 PM
Happy to see you did so well at your show!
This, however, does not seem to be a “Project” and would be much better placed in the “Blog” section of LJ. That way you can also write about your experience in way more detail than here.
Please don’t take me wrong – I don’t mean to be rude. I’m just suggesting is all.
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#5 posted 10-05-2010 10:11 AM
Knot- if you don’t mean to be rude.. then DON’T BE RUDE… geeze- give the guy a break. It’s not like he hogged up 35 pages in the project section…. Cripes man, we will be lucky if Woodartby ever posts anything again after your comment. And anyway- he did show his projects in his display booth.
#6 posted 10-05-2010 02:05 PM
Again, I really didn’t mean to be rude, as at least one person took my last comment- honest! As you can tell from my past postings, I am not that kind of a person.
I am sorry if anyone took it that way – I just wanted to suggest a different avenue for your posting – sorry!
Please don’t take this as a reason not to post your projects – we all really do want to see them!
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#7 posted 12-29-2010 11:42 PM
Jim, as I meandered my way through postings today- from pizza peel to your projects, I saw this post. I would like to see more pictures of the show. I am a teacher who has started doing shows for summer income ,and as I think about retiring in a few years. I agree with your comments about keeping inventory adequate for multiple shows. I did too many shows in Nov. and Dec. and was unable to keep up. Trying to judge what people want is hard. I primarily make boxes and cutting boards. What sells well one place may not at the next. If I worked hard to replace the cutting boards that sold at one show, the next week mainly boxes sold. I do enjoy meeting people at the shows. When I see a person really checking something out I ask if they work with wood. Keep up the posts (in the blog section I suppose, or in forums).Robert
-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!
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