Well tomorrow I am going to participate in my 2nd craft fair. My journey to this point has been rather surprising to me. I first got into woodworking as a hobby to keep me busy, productive and around the house. With some work, I have unearthed a little talent. At 3 yrs I am still fairly new to woodworking. Lumberjocks has been a godsend. It has allowed me on just one website to see a lot of great work. As I have progressed, I started making kids stuff. That is when my wife really took notice. With her direction I started making more kids stuff. Now that kids stuff has filled up my house. That is when other people have taken notice. My great wife has encouraged me to participate in my first craft show in May. I made a variety of products. Clocks, votive holders, cutting boards and the kids stuff of course. The day started off nicely and then it rained. Despite the rain ruining the day I actually sold some stuff and turned a tiny profit. That first show was definitely an encouraging learning experience. One thing I noticed is despite my stuff be decent, there were going to be other crafters who can do it better and sell for less than I can make it. That is except for my kids stuff. I seem to have created a niche product that people actually want to buy. My kids stuff is not the fine woodworking I aspire to make. Regardless my wife and I have gone full speed ahead. Since then, I have sold more product. Mostly through word of mouth. Other people have noticed my handiness as well. I have built some radiator covers and done some handy man type work as well. This has been a blessing with extra cash in our pockets. Especially great since my work situation has been less than great. I have used my spare time to build product and I think I am ready to go. I am very nervous as this craft show will help my family decide whether to continue to do more shows. We have established a goal that in 2011 that we go to Greece for family vacation. That goal will only be realistically feasible financially if I find some extra income. So with that in mind, we will see what happens. It is nice that I can continue to hone my skills and have the opportunity to do a little hobby work with my wife. Either way it seems that my hobby has become a little bit of a second job for me. Wish me luck Sat morning. If any Lumberjocks in the vicinity of Dracut MA and have nothing to do come down and visit me at Dracut old town day at Dracut HS. I am sorry that I mention my products as kids stuff. I have decided to give my product a chance to make me a buck. As I mentioned earlier someone else can make it better or cheaper. My products are hardly unique. In fact the are mostly step stools and coat racks. Lastly thanks for reading and thanks to my wife who believes in me and allows me to indulge in my hobbies. Wish me luck.
-- Strati Alepidis, Burlington, Ma, Member Red Sox nation