Rockport Texas Market days show stopper

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Blog entry by terrilynne posted 06-19-2011 04:08 PM 3089 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday we (MichaelA and myself) Had our booth set up in Rockport for market days. This was our 4th show in 8 months. We did really well at the first 3. The bad news is we sold absolutely nothing yesterday. The good is the attention that Michaels’ Octopus and shark carving got! We placed it in the front corner of the tent. This thing truly is a monster! It takes both of us to pick it up. It’s 38 inches tall and 48 inches at the widest point of the bottom. I would say that 90 % of the people who passed by stopped and stared at it. I can not count the number of wows, oohs and ahhs it got. All the children were mesmerized and couldn’t help but touch it as well as alot of adults. It was a conversation piece with everyone asking questions about it. I believe it stole the show and as wonderful as all the complements were, hindered our sales as all eyes were on that one piece. If we would have charged admission we would have done well. Note to self…..maybe at the next show we should put it in the back of the tent, after all the first rule of business is… Location,location, location.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 06-19-2011 04:21 PM

That is truly and amazing piece. I can understand all the oohs and ahhs it got.
I agree, maybe in back so the lookers have to pass by your other displays to get to it.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 06-19-2011 04:22 PM

That is an impressive interpretation for that piece of wood. I love it.

You never know who’s attention that may catch leading to press coverage then leading to a commission.

Hope things go better today if you are still at the show!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 06-19-2011 04:23 PM

Oh dear! There always seems to be a ‘down side’ doesn’t there? LOL. I hope you had Lots of business cards and flyers for people to pick up. They’ll often think about and recommend long after the event. I guess the only way to really tell is to try an experiment and leave it home one day, to see how that effects your sales. OR, set up Two booths, with all one kind of stuff and the other all carvings! Not side by side, but distanced, and in varying price ranges. Good luck with whatever you decide. That is a very fine piece!


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#4 posted 06-19-2011 04:34 PM

We did give out some cards. One man raises race horses and asked if I could do a commision piece of one of them. Of course I said yes! You know I love doing horses and it could turn into a great business all by itself in the horse world.
Barb, you must have been reading my mind. I told Michael maybe we should get 2 spaces next time, you make a very good point there.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#5 posted 06-19-2011 04:42 PM

that is an awesome piece. reminds me of “the Kracken” in Pirates of the Carribean

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 06-19-2011 05:03 PM

Very cool looking.


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#7 posted 06-19-2011 05:54 PM

Very nice carving and impressive. A market show can be looked at as advertising for this piece since alot of people do not always making large purchases on the spur of the moment. It will sell…

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#8 posted 06-19-2011 06:19 PM

WOW! Carver/sculptors simply amaze me. I can’t help but wonder how many hours it takes to complete something like that.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 06-19-2011 06:24 PM

There’s a subtle how-should-I-say-this “mounting” going on that brings it over the top. I can’t believe it didn’t leave with a customer. I’d have been hard pressed to leave without it:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 06-20-2011 02:37 AM

Sounds like it got the attention it desrved.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#11 posted 06-26-2011 11:03 PM

That piece is a show stopper!!

We have found that sometimes people will call months after they saw me in a show or saw a piece in a publication.


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