My first "Market" was a success

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Project by Raftermonkey posted 12-03-2010 12:32 AM 2368 views 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These pics were taken and emailed to me a couple of weeks ago. This was my first time doing any kind of “market” and it was great. As you can see, I hand carve and turn bowls. My girlfriend makes hand made jewelry. We set up a little booth at our local Green Market that is held the first Saturday of every month during the warmer months. This one was a special one they have for the holidays. I was very surprised at the responses we got. Everybody that stopped by told us what a great job we were doing and to keep it up. Even sold some stuff too. I made more $ in 5 hours sitting down there than I have in a whole week at work, in a long time. This is a great motivator for me to continue doing what I’m doing. We had another nice little surprise close to the end of the day. The gentlemen in the last pic, in the red coat and beret is the owner of the Corinth Area Artist Guild. He is inviting my girlfriend and I to put some of our stuff on display there and they would try to sell it for us. I know my stuff is nowhere near “gallery quality” but I think its pretty cool that he would take special interest in our work. I can’t wait to do another market. Thanks for lookin.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#1 posted 12-03-2010 12:37 AM


That has to be a great feeling.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 12:46 AM

Good deal! Nice to have a successful sale. $’s are good.

If the owner of the gallery thinks your work can sell then maybe it is of better quality than you think. Some time the opinions of others is more important than our own. I hope this works out well for you.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 12:50 AM

hi you have a lot of very nice bowls there love the natural edges on them
glad to here you had good sales at the market it s a nice feeling when people
are prepared to hand over hard cash to purchase something that you made


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#4 posted 12-03-2010 01:01 AM

Well done Zeke, I bet it made you really happy and satisfied.

BTW. Is that some French dude you are selling something to?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#5 posted 12-03-2010 01:09 AM

Yea, it really is a great feeling and one that I would like to experience often,haha. Nah Roger, he’s the owner of the Corinth Artist Guild. I don’t think he’s French, but I could be wrong. I was one time before,haha.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#6 posted 12-03-2010 01:20 AM

Good deal there Zeke.
Nicely displayed

-- Doug...

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#7 posted 12-03-2010 01:40 AM

No better way than to “take it to the people” they have judged your work with their wallets. Fantastic result
well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 12-03-2010 02:22 AM

I see a few familiar pieces that you have previously posted. Your layout looks good! Keep turning and challenging yourself into doing better and better work, play with dyeing too. Congrats on being asked into a gallery. Don’t sell yourself short cause if the gallery owner thinks your work is good enough to show that means it is! Most of us are our own worst critic!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 12-03-2010 02:48 AM

The bowls look awesome, mate.
Looks like you’re doing something right.
Well Done

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#10 posted 12-03-2010 05:18 AM

you do nice work.
be careful with the consignment sales. keep very good records of what you put into the store. my expereince with consignment sales has been very disappointing. if they do not take good care of your product, take it home.

-- jerryw-wva.

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#11 posted 12-03-2010 06:05 AM

wow so cool. What a boost to your ego to be able to show some of your work. But proof is in the pudding as if you made heaps of money and people were commenting it just shows you just how good you really are. Some of your stuff that you have shown here of late is pretty good, so from here is only up !
Good onya!

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 12-03-2010 06:16 AM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 12-03-2010 07:28 AM

You have a lot of great pieces on display.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 12-03-2010 07:40 AM

I’m so happy for you! Craft shows are a lot of fun (and a lot of work).

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#15 posted 12-03-2010 10:41 AM

Zeke, well done to you both.
Man, that is some amount of work that you did.
The man in the Red Coat is a connoisseur he can see the quality of your work.
Keep it up.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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