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Forum topic by SteveMI posted 06-06-2011 01:57 AM 1222 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2011 01:57 AM

I haven’t done a show yet this year, but 2010 wasn’t bad and remarkably better than 2009. I had a lot of expectations for 2011, but some people who have done shows this year are seeing very poor sales. The shows they have told me about were annually good ones, but everyone was selling way below 2010 levels.

I’m going out into the show world in June, but just wondering what others have already seen.


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#1 posted 06-06-2011 09:35 PM

I did one show this year so far and it was in Tulsa. It was a 4 day show and Friday it rained all day, so it was a wash out. Overall I still made above my minimum goal to make it a profitable show.

So far I am happy!

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler,

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 11:31 PM

So far 2011 shows are down slightly for me from 2010, but still good. However, my online sales are up over the same period from last year. I suspect that shows are going to get worse as the year progresses because the economic climate is starting to deteriorate (again).

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 12:27 AM

I have done four shows in this year and they net me about the same as last year… in west Texas.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 05:43 PM

Hi Steve,
Are you coming to Charlotte for the Wood Expo in September?

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#5 posted 07-18-2011 11:34 PM

Keith – I have it on my calendar!

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#6 posted 07-26-2011 03:20 AM

I did one show, back in March. Lots of interest but sales directly from that show haven’t quite paid my expenses yet.

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch,

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#7 posted 07-29-2011 02:33 AM

Is it worthwhile having a “show special” or two? If you want to fly to a show, it’s hard to take much product with you, but maybe it’s a necessity to draw the interest?

-- Lloyd Kerry; creator of the Kerry-All Pouch,

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#8 posted 07-29-2011 05:50 AM

I didi my first ever show in May of this year and made a nice profit and have received several commissions. Enjoyed it so much and I have signed up for 2 additional shows in the fall. Lots of fun so far!
This is not much of a long track record but it has beeen a good one so far…

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