Craft Shows #1: Craft show season begins

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Blog entry by JTRid43 posted 04-30-2007 06:41 PM 1691 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone. Well, I’m not really big on the blog thing. Just a personal issue on my part. But this group is all about wood working and helping eachother in our craft.

The craft show season in upon us and I have been very busy making things for the show. A very simple shakers bench, nesting tables, mosaic tile table, a charging station for cell phones and other items and if I have time, a shaker shelf. I like the shaker style items for the craft show. Made simple and out of pine we are able to offer them and a lower retail price to consumers. Sorry I have not taken any picture just yet but I will get some this week and post. We expect the benches and charging station will be our best sellers. Both at a cost under five dolars each and retailing less that ten, we hope to sell several during the day. We try to go for quantity rather that putting a high price on the products we sell. Not only that but the smaller items seem to sell best. Its a little harder to put a large sideboard or cabinet in a car which a lot of people come to the show in.

We also have other items in the show case. Full color coffee mugs we make, quilted and embroadary my wife makes and my wood carvings. In all we are just finding our nitch in the craft show world and have a lot of fun in the process. With the show coming this Saturday, we have a lot to do to get ready. We will do a dry run set up on Friday to insure we have the best set up possible. We take pictures of it and make a drawing of it as well. Come Saturday morning set up, there is no questions nor time waisted trying to put it all together. I try to remember to post those pictures for you as well.

I had a friend tell me they were concerned because the price we are selling some of the furniture was way to cheap. The reason is that I use a combination of found wood as well as purchased wood. I hate to see wood just throw into the trash or burn pile and waisted. I look for farms with out buildings that are falling down. I have questioned just how I could approach the land owner about getting the old building out of their way thus giving me another source of fun wood to work with. I know some of that wood can be worth some good cash. I want to be fair but I’m not sure what is a good and fair price for some of those old buildings. If anyone has a suggestions, feel free to pass it on. I welcome all your suggestions.

Well, I don’t know if this is what a blog is supposed to be or just what a blog is for. So, this is what I have to post here. I will post more about the craft show and let you know how things went.

-- In His Grip,

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#1 posted 04-30-2007 08:35 PM

(Nice blog posting!!!)

It sounds like you are “an old hand” at this craft show business—with all the problems ironed out AND prevented by the trial set-up the night before. The pictures for the setup is a really good plan.

now that I’m learning about all this reclaimed wood, my eyes are always looking for anything wood that has been discarded. I used to just think, “what a shame” but now I think “oh a box!!!” :)

Good luck on Saturday. I hope it is a very rewarding day for you.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 05-01-2007 08:00 AM

I have to agree with your friend, you are selling your work way to cheap. We woodworkers tend to cheat ourselves. You might be saving money on materials by using reclaimed timber. But what about your time. I am sure that your time is worth more than a couple of dollars an hour. People expect to send alittle bit of money. When I go to craft shows and see stalls were guys are selling there stuff to cheap it makes me wonder “why is that so cheap” I tend to think that they have cheated somewhere and that the quality is not very good.

Just my thoughts good luck at the shows.

-- Kaleo ,

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