First show

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Danpaddles posted 11-26-2013 12:53 AM 1406 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was invited to display (sell) at an artists bazaar, held yesterday, Nov., 24. I have never done that before, in fact, it is really just the last year or two that I have sold my stuff.

The bazaar seemed to have a feminine slant to it, lots of girly stuff! There were about 25 booths. I took every fancy little trinket box I could make. I also took a few games I had made for my folks last year. They were not impressed with Shut the Box, or Quarto. And I made up some cedar bird feeders and bird houses.

The pretty trinket boxes did not sell well. The bird stuff sold great. Fine with me- no varnishing time on a bird feeder! And cedar is cheaper than oak, maple and walnut. And I sold every last game I had.

So what did I learn? The pretty boxes I like to make- I might as well not bother. And I think, after doing the math, I earned about 2 bucks an hour for all the shop time I had preparing.

Oh well. Live and learn. Now I still need to get rid of these boxes. And two music stands, did I mention those?

No more shows.

I still have those 4 boxes in front, I thought they were pretty nice. Asked several people if they thought I was pricing about right. One particularly savvy shopper friend thought I was on the low side. Another said, seems cheap. I did sell a few, all priced similarly, except the big jewelry box, I had a lot in that , and I thought it looked great. I’d rather give it to my sister or someone, then sell it too cheap.

I’m thinking I don’t want anything to do with selling for money anymore. Back to doing it for fun! Stops being fun, when you put dollars into the equation.


-- Dan V. in Indy

5 comments so far

View clieb91's profile


4039 posts in 4820 days

#1 posted 11-26-2013 02:09 AM

Dan, Looks like you had a nice assortment of stuff. My wife and I have been doing shows for the past 2 years now and every show has been completely different for us, even ones at the same venue. Some days I sell a ton of wood pens, other days no pens only games, or all of wife’s stuff sells.
Glad to hear you had sales, pricing can be a big issue. We struggle with it a bit as well. If you care to take another stab at it there are a couple of good blogs in here in regards to selling. If nothing else it helps to supplement the hobby.


p.s. Nice looking Leopold Bird Watching Bench

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

View Danpaddles's profile


588 posts in 3197 days

#2 posted 11-26-2013 03:02 AM

Good eye, yes that is a Leopold bench, I posted a small sign, offering to make them, and deliver, by next weekend. I had no takers. Probably too small a sign?!? I set the price at 90 for treated wood. It made for a nice shelf anyway.

-- Dan V. in Indy

View stefang's profile


17040 posts in 4219 days

#3 posted 11-26-2013 09:28 AM

Too bad it didn’t work out for you. I was once a member of a group who ran a local handcrafts shop. We all took our turns tending the store. I didn’t really enjoy the store work and the average sales price points were way too low for my stuff. I can imagine that selling in a gallery would a better idea, that is, if there are any galleries selling handcrafted wooden things. I did realize, like yourself, that the real joy is in making things and gifting them to friends and family.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View poospleasures's profile


859 posts in 3369 days

#4 posted 11-26-2013 01:05 PM

Looks like a nice selection of items. You just never know what will sell. I usually take items that sell for from $5 to $200. Shows are a hard way sell. But I have to go to a couple or three each year as I have to clear out items from the shop so there is room for more. Really the most fun about shows after you participate for a few is the returning customers who come by each time just to talk, visit, order something or even better to buy something you have. I only do this certain few. I think will only go to indoor events next season as you don,t have weather worries. My woodwork is a fun hobby that pays for its self. I do make about $1.90 an hour.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

View Danpaddles's profile


588 posts in 3197 days

#5 posted 11-26-2013 05:36 PM

Nice attitude, Vernon, I guess I should approach it that way- fun, and still get a few bucks back to buy wood and sandpaper. And you are right about clearing out- some of the stuff I sold was over a year old. Glad to have it gone.

I certainly did have some fun, showed some kids how a spin top works, played a game or two of shut the box. Had a number of (paddling) friends stop by, I had promoted my presence ahead of time, and friends were generally my best customers!

But I still agree with Mike- “the real joy is in making things and gifting them”. I do better work when I know who will be ending up with a project.

-- Dan V. in Indy

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics