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Blog entry by Michaelgurrado posted 08-10-2014 08:39 PM 1508 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I signed up for a local church event sale that happens once a month. This was the first time trying to sell my work at an event. I have heard from many people that a church event is not the right type of event for custom woodworking projects, but I decided to try my luck anyway. I figured at the very least I could get some publicity and spread the word around. I went in with very low expectations and figured I would not sell anything or at the very least a couple of cheaper items that I made. To my surprise I did a lot better than I thought and made a pretty decent amount of money. I didn’t sell any of the bigger expensive items but I did sell a lot of the cheaper easier to make items which is fine with me. Not knowing what type of things might sell I brought a variety of things. I made a bunch of animal cutouts. A few bandsaw boxes, small jewelery and stash boxes, and I made a bunch of 2 inch crosses. I figured since it was a church event people would want to buy these. I sold out of all of the animal and crosses I made, I sold about 2 small boxes, 1 bigger box,
Tea light holders, and a few cell phone stands. All in all I have to say it was a pretty decent day I sold things for the prices I had set and didn’t compromise and made a decent amount of money for my hard work. I got my name out there and some publicity. I also got the satisfaction knowing that people like my work enough to want to buy it and keep it in their homes and give it as gifts.

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 09:18 PM


Sounds like you had a good time and came away with a bunch of sales.

You need to give yourself as much credit as your woodworking itself for having a successful sale. People buy from us not just because they like what we build or they feel the price is right, but also because they like to feel comfortable spending their money with you.

I hope every sale you attend will be as successful.

Best of luck

-- John @

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 01:10 AM

Congrats! Sounds like a good day. Each sale is different even if they are near each other on different weekends, so the variety is a good tactic. It is a neat feeling after you sell your stuff for the first time and realize that people you don’t know now have stuff you made.


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

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