Pashley’s observations about arts and craft shows are spot-on, in his recent thread.
For decades I’ve indulged my two favorite passions, that of woodworking and antiques. Most of my client-driven woodworking commissions were less than satisfying, and career jobs as a benchman, though enjoyable, were going nowhere. Whenever I was in the mood, it was easy to find some great auctions with lots of so-called Country Oak furniture, and it was easy to fill up my truck with furniture that had structural or cosmetic problems. I found great joy in refurbishing old pieces, stripping paint, and fabricating missing or damaged parts. I would then load them back in the truck, and spend a liesurely Sunday at an Antiques show or flea-market and re-sell the refurbished items. Technically, I was selling my labor, but it was so much easier than putting myself at the mercy of unreasonable clients. The nice part was being able to handle any customer complaints by simply suggesting to them that if the piece was not to their liking…hey, that’s okay, move on! The curse of the Briggs-Meyers test in my college days confirmed that I was born to be a shop-rat, content to work with little interference from others in the corner of the workplace.
But I digress…I just wanted to say that although it took a lot of time, it pays to know the market, but more importantly to know yourself! It’s grand to be self-employed, hiring yourself to a dream-job that fits all of your attributes perfectly in an area of the market less-traveled. It can happen!
-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!