The Shows #6: Beginning Day 7

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 01-31-2013 02:57 PM 1981 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday was an excersize in futility. Decent crowd. Spend the day sketching numerous items for people without a single order being taken. That doesn’t mean that there is no chance of any of th sketch ups coming through, it just didn’t happen yesterday.

From here on, large crowds are expected. Things should be good for the remainder of the week. I was stuck here in town again last night due to weather at my house. 30 mph winds, 1-3 inches of snow and a wonderful -1 (F) for temperature.

Security here does not allow vendors to go out of their areas outside show times. So accept for the ones next to you, you don’t get to see each others work or see what else is out there for most of the week. After some of the vendors complained about the restrictions, yesterday we were allowed an hour of roaming time. However for a one person booth, do I stay so that I can talk to other vendors coming around or do I wander and see if there are any ideas for new products that i can “borrow” from other vendors. As the saying goes, there is no honor among thieves. there are only maybe 6 boothes dedicated to wood products. But none of us actuall sell the same thing. Actually the best ideas I got were not at the other booths with woodworking. It was at one of the shoe shops.They had a wooden secerataries desk and wooden trunk that they used for storage (not for sale). both were great. Their “likeness” will be displayed in a couple future projects.

I have made numerous contacts with people that have trees that they want removed and will give me. This includes one gentleman that said he had quite a bit of Black Walnut, cherry, oak and ash. Then said I could cut all I want. Dangerous statement. I could go stupid and clear cut his entire place! :-)

Enough babble for now.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 03:20 PM

Do you know someone that would booth sit for you for a hour or so? Bribe them with a free lunch or something… I can’t imagine not being able to go around to all the other booths and shoot the breeze…one thing I really enjoy alot at a show.
I hope these next several days are fantastic for you.

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#2 posted 01-31-2013 03:26 PM

Hang in there buddy. Three days to go, you’re in the home stretch now!

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

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#3 posted 01-31-2013 04:31 PM


Thanks for the blog. Sounds less than you expected? And may produce a number of opportunities. Weather may put a damper on other people getting out as well?

Wish you a better tommorrow!

I’d keep a journal and some pictures to remember what I might forget. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 01-31-2013 05:50 PM

It’s too bad they can’t organize some way for the vendors to get a little free time. I guess it’s difficult with just yourself manning the booth. I hope the overall sales will be good for you in the end.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-31-2013 10:01 PM

Well, I know you have made the cut-even stage and more “real-time” green is always good but you will do fine AND you have all that promised wood to gather and convert to “green.” I agree with Doc on a journal/pics for future shows. Something I need to do myself!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 01-31-2013 11:27 PM

I wish you were a bit closer, I’d be more than happy to provide you with some break tim; but alas, a two day treck in the snow just ain’t in the cards … Oh by the way, +68 degrees, partly cloudy, and I’m in a short sleved shirt. (insert yuks here)
I am anxous to see what you make out of that salvaged wood … and envious.
With that kind of weather I am surprised that anyone is out at the show.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 02:57 AM

Hang in there my friend, spring will get there some day. Supposed to be 15 here in the morning. Wish I was there to help and babysit the booth so you could take a break. Not getting to go home isn’t running you short of stock yet? I’m hopin that sales pick up towards the end (and maybe that lady will come back without her husband and buy my box!). Stay warm and best of luck for the rest of the show.

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

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 04:24 PM

It may be cold, but, hope your sales are hot. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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