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Posted on Selling cutting boards and pens

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#1 posted 08-20-2012 01:13 PM

Good news and bad news:
we went to the flea market and got all set up to sell stuff, made a nice display and got a lot of compliments on the quality of the goods from other sellers. People were REALLY impressed with the cutting boards. I didn’t think they were anything special but I am comparing them to the ones people post here that are much more talented than I am. I sold 2 to other sellers at asking price (one was 60$, a smaller one was 35$).
HOWEVER – we were not able to sell to the public. Apparently we need a tax ID to sell there, which we did not have. I guess I should have done a little more research.

Since I was home by 8am and had all the stuff prepared nicely, I stopped into that store I mentioned above. The owner is REALLY nice. She bought the remaining 4 cutting boards, 10 pens, 3 pencils, and 5 key chains. Apparently cutting boards are their biggest seller and they have no one that makes them anymore. Without knowing what I was asking for the boards, her offer was only about 20$ shy for the entire lot than I was going to make if I sold all of them at the show.

When time and tools are factored in, I definitely didn’t make much money. In fact, especially with tool costs, I am very in the hole. However on wood and glue (that’s all it takes for a cutting board) alone, I made about a 200% profit. That is awesome because that money is going right back to the lumber mill and the rest into the Laguna LT14SUV fund. Also on a personal note, I finally quit smoking and convinced my wife to do the same. A pack a day habit for 2 people in MA costs about 600$ a month. That also goes into the Laguna fund. It’s been two weeks and we are still going strong!


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