Sturgis Motorcycle Rally #3: End of day #3

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Blog entry by Monte Pittman posted 08-04-2014 03:17 AM 3043 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It was a better day, better crowd. Sales picked up some. Lots of talkers that they would be back later in the week. The morning started slow again, but I was prepared today. I cut pieces at home to work on when I had time. Of course the bench I posted earlier today

I also started another set of stools

Besides the music and wild looking bikers, there were other events going on. There was Roller Derby today,

There was Tractor races

And of course a bike show

There is also a lot of different types of people there

It has been an adventure. Supposedly Monday through Thursday is the busiest days. So fingers crossed for the week.More llater.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 03:24 AM

Should have known you would find a way to WOOD work….
While working the crowd!!!

Yeah, people that will be there for days, will peruse the offerings.
Then they will decide where to spend their money….
If it hasn’t all been spent on BEER & Jagermeister!!!

Cool pictures….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 03:25 AM

were hoping for the best monte, those stools you had there sure looked sweet, i would imagine those would sell, folks always like those for sitting around in, with as much socializing going on, playing music…will look for big dollar signs in your future posts….

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 03:49 AM

Just out of curiosity, how do bikers take the larger pieces home?

Lot of bikers rolling through Billings here and headed your way.

Hope they buy, buy, buy from you!

Good Luck!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 03:56 AM

Hi Monte, looks like a great wood working event !

The bikes look good too, the red one, that’s gotta be your ride ! It had a trailer hitch.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#5 posted 08-04-2014 06:01 AM

I was there years back for the 50th anniversary, quite the event.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 08-04-2014 06:49 AM


Keep a positive outlook and talk wood. Maybe some bike talk too? LOL! Hope it’s a blast for you.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 08-04-2014 08:57 AM

Sometimes we just have to persevere and push on. Hope you get some sales and also so ideas on what to do next year too.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 08-04-2014 09:28 AM

It’s estimated that 60% to 70% of the people who come in are driving RVs or pickups and hauling their bikes. It’s prettyamazing to wwatch the stream of people coming in to the campground. Very large motor homes pulling trailers.For the first time this year I have seen 2 vvendors selling custom campers and motor homes for hauling bikes. It’s very crazy.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 08-04-2014 12:17 PM

Ahh, the sounds of thousands of Harley Davidsons is music to my ears.

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

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#10 posted 08-04-2014 12:39 PM


I’ve been following your blog series on Sturgis and like everyone else, very excited for you.

I have to commend you on your business savvy and looking at Sturgis as a real marketing opportunity.

So many woodworkers would look at Sturgis as nothing more than a bike rally and wonder how they could take a piece of furniture home with them on the back of a Harley?

I watched and talked to a lot of the bikers during bike week in Myrtle Beach, SC for several years and was surprised at the wide cross section of people that ride Harley’s and attend bike rallies. Bankers, lawyers, doctors and all sorts of professional people that spend a lot of money not only on their bikes, but also at the events they like to attend during the year.

What a great way to market yourself and your company. I hope you don’t focus strictly on sales while you’re there and forget and lose out on a chance to introduce yourself and your company to thousands of prospective buyers in the future.

Put your positive attitude to work and be a “social butterfly” and talk to “anyone” and “everyone” that you can and hand out your business cards like they are candy.

Offer delivery service to anyone (no matter where they’re from) and just charge accordingly. You will be surprise how many would pay to have you deliver a piece if they really wanted it.

I have sold and delivered my work in 13 states and never minded getting paid to ride! LOL

Have a great time, sell lots of stuff, talk to thousands of others (for future sales) and make sure you tell everyone you will be back next year, bigger and better. (In fact, you are willing to take orders now to have ready for next years rally that they could pick up).

That’s how you build a successful woodworking business and you are the one woodworker that I feel will really be successful in selling your work.

I’ll be expecting you to teach us all about how to market and sell your work in upcoming series.

Good luck and look forward to your next entry.

-- John @

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#11 posted 08-04-2014 12:51 PM

What A lifetime experience and load of fun…! I know your sales will turn out very good in the end and start a new show you can look forward to doing again…

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#12 posted 08-04-2014 04:32 PM

I really enjoy following your post at Sturgis. Good luck buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 08-04-2014 04:40 PM

I did not realize such a large percentage of the people attending were hauling their bikes, that does open the doors of opportunity for you quite a bit. Good job on recognizing that!

Good luck on the sales!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 08-04-2014 04:42 PM

Have fun at Sturgis. My brother in law and sister in law have been there in the past and they too, like you mentioned trailed their bikes and only went on rides once up there, so many folks could buy your larger pieces and have some room in their vehicles to take your products back with them.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#15 posted 08-10-2014 10:13 PM

Thanks for the great pictures Monte, I should get my tail up there next year.

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