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tomas kendall hoffer

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02-12-2011 10:25 AM

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hello my name is tomas hoffer i have looked everywhere and can not figure out how to get my name out there i carve custom canes and dont know how to sell them if anyone has any suggestions please contact me thank you

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 12:53 PM

Our “Sweating for Bucks” forum is a good place to start:

And here are some of the discussions that have been posted over the years:

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#2 posted 02-13-2011 04:14 AM

Look up ESTAY, good sales outlet I hear.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 02-13-2011 04:59 AM

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#4 posted 02-13-2011 07:12 PM

Get posting your work on LumberJocks and you will be able to receive some feedback from others. Like pricing, techniques, things like that.
Good luck…...................................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 02-13-2011 07:44 PM

tomas, welcome to LJ’s. We have several cane makers on LJ’s…you might want to ask them specific questions. MMH makes some beautiful canes…there are many examples of her work here….She also has a web page with additional examples. There is Mntwild who makes beautiful canes…and many others… a search for canes or walking sticks and you will see a bunch of them…..You can personal message some of the cane makers here for suggestions and assistance.

I do not make canes to sell…although I have made a few that sold…..the requests came from friends and relatives…..but one of the best maketing tools are Ebay or some of the others mentioned above…A web page with with some examples of your work might get some could also do some local crafts fairs….or attend a few to see what is popular and selling (this changes from show to show though but the general idea is there).

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#6 posted 02-13-2011 08:01 PM

You really need to get in front of people in buying mode with stuff like that –
selling custom canes is an awkward thing because most people will want to
buy from your inventory on the spot.

Renaissance Faires may be a good market for fancy canes. There’s a lot of
travel involved in doing the show circuit, but I’ve known people who enjoy
living on the road, making stuff and vending at shows.

Another thing is to come up with a product line and do the gift show scene
and get your stuff in stores.

A website may be good for you, but don’t expect to get orders without
publicizing your site a lot in print and other media – if you can get yourself
written up in newpapers or on TV you’ll get viable traffic to your site, but
if you try to hang out a shingle online, do a little advertising and hope to make
money with canes, I think you’ll be disappointed.

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#7 posted 02-13-2011 09:30 PM

If you’ve got enough inventory, you might want to try selling at craft fairs.
We used to sell canes and walking sticks near you at the GRADD Arts & Crafts Festival in October at John James Audubon State Park. Sales were always good.

Try craft shops, state park gift shops and other commercial outlets.

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#8 posted 02-14-2011 01:06 AM

You can also try Facebook

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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