One of those days

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Blog entry by OldWrangler posted 09-28-2014 07:21 AM 1831 reads 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Did you ever have one of those days when things go too well? I had a day today that would make a “puppy pull a train”
Local church was having an Art Show, supposedly just for artists who paint. Nothing was to be sold but the painters could take orders or make arrangement to sell their display work after the show. Last week I checked in to see if there would be any way for me to get a table and show some of my stuff. Well, I hit it off with the woman in charge and showed her some pictures of BS Boxes, Cutting Boards, Cheese slicers and a couple of BKP furniture projects. She let me pay a $15 entry fee and gave me a table to set up my display.
I brought a load of stuff there last night and set everything up. Show opened up at 10 am and by noon there had been only a handful of visitors. Most looked at everything and finally got to me in the back. By 1 pm I started drawing a crowd as I told stories about the Beetle Kill Pine and the kinds of things I make from it. They wanted to learn how the BS Boxes are made. They ordered Cheese slicers and thing were going great.

Right before the show was to close at 2 pm a nice lady came up and looked at my table and leafed through my project album. She stopped cold dead when she came to the BKP coffee table with the hinged top and a gun box underneath. She said she was an interior designer and she was doing a whole house make-over for an Exxon executive nearby who was a gun enthusiest. She said she had to have that table for his den. I really didn’t want to sell it but I shot her a “scare-off” price and she took out a check book and wrote me a check never bothering to haggle with me. That was great but then came the good part. She told me of the kind of Interior Designing she does and the prices she gets from clients and that if I was interested she would get me a bunch of consignments.
We talked on and she told me that she had lost her husband a month earlier. She said before he passed he had set up a workshop but never got to use any of it and asked if I might be interested in swapping work for his tools. After telling me the tools included a table saw, a band saw, drill press, chop saw and on and on. She said the money for the tools was unimportant as she needed the shop as a studio ASAP. Tomorrow is one more short show there from 10 to 1, during and after church and she is supposed to be back with an inventory of all the equipment including many hand tools as well.

She gave me a business card and then I remembered who she was. She has a seriously big show room and has been there in this area for over 20 years. My wife even knows of her and some of the work she has done. Seems like she is always showing of homes in an exclusive local magazine. Wife and I drove by her place and even though it was closed, You could see some really expensive from the window. One item caught my attention. It was a real nice artsy ashtray with a sticker of $1,750.

Was this a good day or what? And besides this, I had a lot of people order things for Christmas gifts like Cutting Boards, Jewelry Boxes and cheese slicers. And they said the big crowds always come on Sunday. It would take a heap of good stuff tomorrow to better today.

And I know,,,,, I suck ! But I can’t remember when I ever had a better day. I guess if you live long enough something like this might happen. Seventy-seven should be enough. And this is all results of therapy as I am not making things to make money….I already got some money. Don’t this just make a “puppy pull a train”.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#1 posted 09-28-2014 10:18 AM

George – wow, no I mean WOW – really I mean WOW !! I am such a fan of barter and this sounds like a win win for both of you.
Not to mention the residuals – that was a well spent $15

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 09-28-2014 11:27 AM

That sounds like a great day to me. Hopefully this leads to a very profitable relationship for you

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 09-28-2014 12:55 PM

congrats on the awesome day.glad to hear things are going well!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 09-28-2014 12:59 PM

I’ll be heading up to the church soon. If today is anything like yesterday I may even have to join the church. I still can’t believe my good fortune.. Now my only worries are her wanting more things than I can build and if she does, can Monte keep up the supply of BKP. At 77 I really wasn’t planning a new career. Of course, if she doesn’t show up or her check from yesterday is no good, my bubble may burst.

If I come out of this with more tools and machines than I can use, maybe CL will hear from me.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#5 posted 09-28-2014 02:26 PM

What a jackpot! The tool barter may turn out better than the cash sales depending on what she has and what she thinks it’s worth. Best of luck to you in your new career.

And today is supposed to be better?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 09-28-2014 02:46 PM

so glad you had a great day, sounds like a good relationship is to me made, i hope this turns into a great opportunity for you george, now just watch your fingers around the tools, you don’t want to loose them, and not be able to work….thanks for telling us of your fortunate day.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 09-28-2014 03:01 PM

Yep, these are the kinds of stories that just make people warm all over. Usually we hear of those “doing a good job is like wetting your pants” stories, but this one…......? Wonderful.

A few years back, I read a story in the newspaper about two brothers down in south central Colorado who, in their mid-80s were still so busy with their woodworking they weren’t even close to retirement. So, all I can say is, “You go, George – you just GO!”


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#8 posted 09-28-2014 04:12 PM

That is fantastic…! You never know when something like this will come along and you were definitely at the right place at the right time. Sometimes things are just meant to happen. Congratulations and hope you get all those tools and sales…

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#9 posted 09-28-2014 07:36 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments and I am pleased to share my good fortune with y’all. Today the show was only 10 am to 1:30 pm and with most people in church during that whole time, I wasn’t expecting much. Au contrare!!

As we opened the show hall, they started piling in, I was so glad Kathy had gone to the early church so she could help me.

I used to make pens for several local gift shops until making the same thing over and over got boring. So I moved on to the things I do now. I still had about 100 stock pens of all kinds so I put a rack of 20 out on my table. One fellow bought them all. Boxes I had taken just to show, sold and walked out the door. They cleaned me out of cheese slicers, all the cutting boards went, we sold 2 canes (a cholla cactus and a diamond willow), my grandson’s
Christmas gift, the knife with the Flame Box Elder handle and hair on sheath went ( I’ll make him a better one), and I took an order for another knife kinda like it.

At 1;30 when they started closing the place up I realized our table was about 3/4s gone. On the way to eat lunch at Subway I counted up the money and with checks and cash, we had $1,345. And half my business cards were gone and a lot of “be-backs” said they would call or email orders later

Funny side story….one fellow took a look at my cutting boards and asked where the do-dads were. He was referring to the chess pieces. I let him think I had left them home. He wants one for his father in MI and agreed on a price of $150. I’ll lay this one up this coming week.

The designer lady wrote me an email and said she couldn’t come to the show but she would email me an inventory of the tools later this week. All this was so good I felt like I was a kid of 75 again.

Anyhow, this was a great weekend and hope you guys enjoy sharing it. Meanwhile I am gonna take a long nap. Bet it won’t be tough to get motivated tomorrow morning. Btw, we will tithe 20% back to the church next weekend. Seems only fair, huh?

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#10 posted 09-28-2014 07:43 PM

A woodworkers dream come true. Congratulations!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 09-28-2014 10:48 PM

Congrats Wrangler….how very awesome for you!! :D

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#12 posted 09-28-2014 11:27 PM

Thanks Sue,

The good news just keeps coming. After we got home, rested up some, we started to put the left overs back on their shelves. In the bottom of the box we lug everything in we found a check for $65 and 2- $20 bills. Kathy says she may have dropped the money. It was getting kinda intense and we were stuffing money everywhere. The good news just keeps on coming.

We went to the church a couple of hours ago and gave them a check for $350 (about 20% of our sales). Out of all the rest of the sellers, they got less than $50 altogether. That felt good, not that this church needs the money but we had them earmark the money to go to Family Promise. This is the group that is getting families off the street, feeding them and helping them put their lives back together. They do such good work keeping these families together and finding new opportunities for them. If we were younger and had the needed energy, this is the group we would volunteer for.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#13 posted 09-29-2014 12:23 AM

What a great weekend for y’all! Call me when you are ready to hire shop help or when you run out of boxes!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 09-29-2014 08:11 AM

That is an awesome story, it does feel nice when star align in your favour!

My granddad is turning 82 in the beginning of the year and he is still making presicion metal machine parts in his garage, all his prices are scare-offs, but people still come in swarms. So the way I see it Wrangler – you got at least 5+ great years ahead of you. :)

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#15 posted 09-29-2014 01:37 PM

What a great story. I’m sure you’ll make more then one person feel a lot better about their day when they read this!

And good on you for Paying It Forward!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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