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So, My wife and I visited a "Kitschy Artsy" shop in Havre' De Grace, Maryland a few weeks back and started talking to one of the owners about a really nice Stained Glass Portrait of John Lennon. My wife mentioned that it looked a lot like one of my scroll-work pieces.

One thing lead to another, and I was asked if I would be willing to sell my artwork on consignment at her shop?

At first thought, the answer is "Of course I would - I would be GLAD to!", but then I took a step back and thought about it….....

- The shop is over 45 Minutes away - not too bad if I would only make trips every few weeks.
- I would now be doing this as a J-O-B, even if part-time. I sell works all the time, but not for profit.
- I would have to start stack cutting pieces - something I have done before, but not on a regular basis.
- I wouldn't know who I was doing this for anymore - kind of takes the "personal" part out of it.

I thought about it for over a week and came to this conclusion:

If you never try something, you never know if you would enjoy it and….... I'm one to try anything at least once. :)

So…......... I agreed to take a bunch of my pieces to the shop on May 30, 2011. TOMORROW!

I decided to do this only six days ago and I have NO inventory! Doh!

So, let's just see how many cutting I can do in six days.

First out of the gate - Escher's White Cat. Pretty easy and I can do four of these at once:

Cat Vertebrate White Felidae Carnivore


Next Day - Abbey Road w/ the Beatles in solid Poplar - can only do two at once:

Black Font Art People in nature Tints and shades


Next Day - Roy Lichtenstein's "Crying Woman" - Was able to cut three of these in Baltic Birch:

Style Art Font Gesture Painting


Following day I tackled the hardest piece - Audrey Hepburn Ala "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - one in solid Cherry and two in Baltic Birch:

Hair Head Hairstyle Photograph Eye


Saturday arrived and I was ahead of schedule…........Cool!

I decided to pull out one of my new patterns and try it out - The Blues Brothers. Four of them:

Clothing Face Hair Chin Outerwear


These were done by mid-afternoon, so I still had a little time left….... let's do a playing card puzzle Ala Steve Good:

Product Gambling Material property Font Recreation


That does it!

I created 17 Pieces in six days and was still able to put in a 40+ hour work week and do all the normal day-to-day chores that a homeowner is supposed to do. A little tired of the scrollsaw, but not too bad.

Not too shabby.

I figure I will take these 17 pieces and a few of my other ones that I didn't sell yet and see how this works out.

Oh yeah - make that 16 pieces as I plan on keeping one of the Blues Brothers for myself. ;-)

More to come…..................

-bob
 

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Getting Ready..........

So, My wife and I visited a "Kitschy Artsy" shop in Havre' De Grace, Maryland a few weeks back and started talking to one of the owners about a really nice Stained Glass Portrait of John Lennon. My wife mentioned that it looked a lot like one of my scroll-work pieces.

One thing lead to another, and I was asked if I would be willing to sell my artwork on consignment at her shop?

At first thought, the answer is "Of course I would - I would be GLAD to!", but then I took a step back and thought about it….....

- The shop is over 45 Minutes away - not too bad if I would only make trips every few weeks.
- I would now be doing this as a J-O-B, even if part-time. I sell works all the time, but not for profit.
- I would have to start stack cutting pieces - something I have done before, but not on a regular basis.
- I wouldn't know who I was doing this for anymore - kind of takes the "personal" part out of it.

I thought about it for over a week and came to this conclusion:

If you never try something, you never know if you would enjoy it and….... I'm one to try anything at least once. :)

So…......... I agreed to take a bunch of my pieces to the shop on May 30, 2011. TOMORROW!

I decided to do this only six days ago and I have NO inventory! Doh!

So, let's just see how many cutting I can do in six days.

First out of the gate - Escher's White Cat. Pretty easy and I can do four of these at once:

Cat Vertebrate White Felidae Carnivore


Next Day - Abbey Road w/ the Beatles in solid Poplar - can only do two at once:

Black Font Art People in nature Tints and shades


Next Day - Roy Lichtenstein's "Crying Woman" - Was able to cut three of these in Baltic Birch:

Style Art Font Gesture Painting


Following day I tackled the hardest piece - Audrey Hepburn Ala "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - one in solid Cherry and two in Baltic Birch:

Hair Head Hairstyle Photograph Eye


Saturday arrived and I was ahead of schedule…........Cool!

I decided to pull out one of my new patterns and try it out - The Blues Brothers. Four of them:

Clothing Face Hair Chin Outerwear


These were done by mid-afternoon, so I still had a little time left….... let's do a playing card puzzle Ala Steve Good:

Product Gambling Material property Font Recreation


That does it!

I created 17 Pieces in six days and was still able to put in a 40+ hour work week and do all the normal day-to-day chores that a homeowner is supposed to do. A little tired of the scrollsaw, but not too bad.

Not too shabby.

I figure I will take these 17 pieces and a few of my other ones that I didn't sell yet and see how this works out.

Oh yeah - make that 16 pieces as I plan on keeping one of the Blues Brothers for myself. ;-)

More to come…..................

-bob
Very nice and I love the projects let us know how they do in the shop.
 

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Getting Ready..........

So, My wife and I visited a "Kitschy Artsy" shop in Havre' De Grace, Maryland a few weeks back and started talking to one of the owners about a really nice Stained Glass Portrait of John Lennon. My wife mentioned that it looked a lot like one of my scroll-work pieces.

One thing lead to another, and I was asked if I would be willing to sell my artwork on consignment at her shop?

At first thought, the answer is "Of course I would - I would be GLAD to!", but then I took a step back and thought about it….....

- The shop is over 45 Minutes away - not too bad if I would only make trips every few weeks.
- I would now be doing this as a J-O-B, even if part-time. I sell works all the time, but not for profit.
- I would have to start stack cutting pieces - something I have done before, but not on a regular basis.
- I wouldn't know who I was doing this for anymore - kind of takes the "personal" part out of it.

I thought about it for over a week and came to this conclusion:

If you never try something, you never know if you would enjoy it and….... I'm one to try anything at least once. :)

So…......... I agreed to take a bunch of my pieces to the shop on May 30, 2011. TOMORROW!

I decided to do this only six days ago and I have NO inventory! Doh!

So, let's just see how many cutting I can do in six days.

First out of the gate - Escher's White Cat. Pretty easy and I can do four of these at once:

Cat Vertebrate White Felidae Carnivore


Next Day - Abbey Road w/ the Beatles in solid Poplar - can only do two at once:

Black Font Art People in nature Tints and shades


Next Day - Roy Lichtenstein's "Crying Woman" - Was able to cut three of these in Baltic Birch:

Style Art Font Gesture Painting


Following day I tackled the hardest piece - Audrey Hepburn Ala "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - one in solid Cherry and two in Baltic Birch:

Hair Head Hairstyle Photograph Eye


Saturday arrived and I was ahead of schedule…........Cool!

I decided to pull out one of my new patterns and try it out - The Blues Brothers. Four of them:

Clothing Face Hair Chin Outerwear


These were done by mid-afternoon, so I still had a little time left….... let's do a playing card puzzle Ala Steve Good:

Product Gambling Material property Font Recreation


That does it!

I created 17 Pieces in six days and was still able to put in a 40+ hour work week and do all the normal day-to-day chores that a homeowner is supposed to do. A little tired of the scrollsaw, but not too bad.

Not too shabby.

I figure I will take these 17 pieces and a few of my other ones that I didn't sell yet and see how this works out.

Oh yeah - make that 16 pieces as I plan on keeping one of the Blues Brothers for myself. ;-)

More to come…..................

-bob
Good work and good luck on your new adventure.
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Getting Ready..........

So, My wife and I visited a "Kitschy Artsy" shop in Havre' De Grace, Maryland a few weeks back and started talking to one of the owners about a really nice Stained Glass Portrait of John Lennon. My wife mentioned that it looked a lot like one of my scroll-work pieces.

One thing lead to another, and I was asked if I would be willing to sell my artwork on consignment at her shop?

At first thought, the answer is "Of course I would - I would be GLAD to!", but then I took a step back and thought about it….....

- The shop is over 45 Minutes away - not too bad if I would only make trips every few weeks.
- I would now be doing this as a J-O-B, even if part-time. I sell works all the time, but not for profit.
- I would have to start stack cutting pieces - something I have done before, but not on a regular basis.
- I wouldn't know who I was doing this for anymore - kind of takes the "personal" part out of it.

I thought about it for over a week and came to this conclusion:

If you never try something, you never know if you would enjoy it and….... I'm one to try anything at least once. :)

So…......... I agreed to take a bunch of my pieces to the shop on May 30, 2011. TOMORROW!

I decided to do this only six days ago and I have NO inventory! Doh!

So, let's just see how many cutting I can do in six days.

First out of the gate - Escher's White Cat. Pretty easy and I can do four of these at once:

Cat Vertebrate White Felidae Carnivore


Next Day - Abbey Road w/ the Beatles in solid Poplar - can only do two at once:

Black Font Art People in nature Tints and shades


Next Day - Roy Lichtenstein's "Crying Woman" - Was able to cut three of these in Baltic Birch:

Style Art Font Gesture Painting


Following day I tackled the hardest piece - Audrey Hepburn Ala "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - one in solid Cherry and two in Baltic Birch:

Hair Head Hairstyle Photograph Eye


Saturday arrived and I was ahead of schedule…........Cool!

I decided to pull out one of my new patterns and try it out - The Blues Brothers. Four of them:

Clothing Face Hair Chin Outerwear


These were done by mid-afternoon, so I still had a little time left….... let's do a playing card puzzle Ala Steve Good:

Product Gambling Material property Font Recreation


That does it!

I created 17 Pieces in six days and was still able to put in a 40+ hour work week and do all the normal day-to-day chores that a homeowner is supposed to do. A little tired of the scrollsaw, but not too bad.

Not too shabby.

I figure I will take these 17 pieces and a few of my other ones that I didn't sell yet and see how this works out.

Oh yeah - make that 16 pieces as I plan on keeping one of the Blues Brothers for myself. ;-)

More to come…..................

-bob
Good luck man…I understand your reluctance about doing it as a J-O-B. Keep tuning in to your atitudes and thoughts to see if it is working and…let us know. Nice work.
 

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Getting Ready..........

So, My wife and I visited a "Kitschy Artsy" shop in Havre' De Grace, Maryland a few weeks back and started talking to one of the owners about a really nice Stained Glass Portrait of John Lennon. My wife mentioned that it looked a lot like one of my scroll-work pieces.

One thing lead to another, and I was asked if I would be willing to sell my artwork on consignment at her shop?

At first thought, the answer is "Of course I would - I would be GLAD to!", but then I took a step back and thought about it….....

- The shop is over 45 Minutes away - not too bad if I would only make trips every few weeks.
- I would now be doing this as a J-O-B, even if part-time. I sell works all the time, but not for profit.
- I would have to start stack cutting pieces - something I have done before, but not on a regular basis.
- I wouldn't know who I was doing this for anymore - kind of takes the "personal" part out of it.

I thought about it for over a week and came to this conclusion:

If you never try something, you never know if you would enjoy it and….... I'm one to try anything at least once. :)

So…......... I agreed to take a bunch of my pieces to the shop on May 30, 2011. TOMORROW!

I decided to do this only six days ago and I have NO inventory! Doh!

So, let's just see how many cutting I can do in six days.

First out of the gate - Escher's White Cat. Pretty easy and I can do four of these at once:

Cat Vertebrate White Felidae Carnivore


Next Day - Abbey Road w/ the Beatles in solid Poplar - can only do two at once:

Black Font Art People in nature Tints and shades


Next Day - Roy Lichtenstein's "Crying Woman" - Was able to cut three of these in Baltic Birch:

Style Art Font Gesture Painting


Following day I tackled the hardest piece - Audrey Hepburn Ala "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - one in solid Cherry and two in Baltic Birch:

Hair Head Hairstyle Photograph Eye


Saturday arrived and I was ahead of schedule…........Cool!

I decided to pull out one of my new patterns and try it out - The Blues Brothers. Four of them:

Clothing Face Hair Chin Outerwear


These were done by mid-afternoon, so I still had a little time left….... let's do a playing card puzzle Ala Steve Good:

Product Gambling Material property Font Recreation


That does it!

I created 17 Pieces in six days and was still able to put in a 40+ hour work week and do all the normal day-to-day chores that a homeowner is supposed to do. A little tired of the scrollsaw, but not too bad.

Not too shabby.

I figure I will take these 17 pieces and a few of my other ones that I didn't sell yet and see how this works out.

Oh yeah - make that 16 pieces as I plan on keeping one of the Blues Brothers for myself. ;-)

More to come…..................

-bob
The part I understand is the personal part… I love to see the faces when I deliver… I recently put some work up on another friends stand at a show and when she sold several of my peices… I was of two minds… I loved that fact that someone bought my work… but was sad that I did not get to meet them and see what they really thought…
Well… good luck to you…
 

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Getting Ready..........

So, My wife and I visited a "Kitschy Artsy" shop in Havre' De Grace, Maryland a few weeks back and started talking to one of the owners about a really nice Stained Glass Portrait of John Lennon. My wife mentioned that it looked a lot like one of my scroll-work pieces.

One thing lead to another, and I was asked if I would be willing to sell my artwork on consignment at her shop?

At first thought, the answer is "Of course I would - I would be GLAD to!", but then I took a step back and thought about it….....

- The shop is over 45 Minutes away - not too bad if I would only make trips every few weeks.
- I would now be doing this as a J-O-B, even if part-time. I sell works all the time, but not for profit.
- I would have to start stack cutting pieces - something I have done before, but not on a regular basis.
- I wouldn't know who I was doing this for anymore - kind of takes the "personal" part out of it.

I thought about it for over a week and came to this conclusion:

If you never try something, you never know if you would enjoy it and….... I'm one to try anything at least once. :)

So…......... I agreed to take a bunch of my pieces to the shop on May 30, 2011. TOMORROW!

I decided to do this only six days ago and I have NO inventory! Doh!

So, let's just see how many cutting I can do in six days.

First out of the gate - Escher's White Cat. Pretty easy and I can do four of these at once:

Cat Vertebrate White Felidae Carnivore


Next Day - Abbey Road w/ the Beatles in solid Poplar - can only do two at once:

Black Font Art People in nature Tints and shades


Next Day - Roy Lichtenstein's "Crying Woman" - Was able to cut three of these in Baltic Birch:

Style Art Font Gesture Painting


Following day I tackled the hardest piece - Audrey Hepburn Ala "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - one in solid Cherry and two in Baltic Birch:

Hair Head Hairstyle Photograph Eye


Saturday arrived and I was ahead of schedule…........Cool!

I decided to pull out one of my new patterns and try it out - The Blues Brothers. Four of them:

Clothing Face Hair Chin Outerwear


These were done by mid-afternoon, so I still had a little time left….... let's do a playing card puzzle Ala Steve Good:

Product Gambling Material property Font Recreation


That does it!

I created 17 Pieces in six days and was still able to put in a 40+ hour work week and do all the normal day-to-day chores that a homeowner is supposed to do. A little tired of the scrollsaw, but not too bad.

Not too shabby.

I figure I will take these 17 pieces and a few of my other ones that I didn't sell yet and see how this works out.

Oh yeah - make that 16 pieces as I plan on keeping one of the Blues Brothers for myself. ;-)

More to come…..................

-bob
Larry,

Yes, I think you have echoed exactly the way I feel. I am honored that someone wants to purchase my work, but am sad that I don't know or will even get to meet the person.

I guess there is a first time for everything.

-bob
 

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Getting Ready..........

So, My wife and I visited a "Kitschy Artsy" shop in Havre' De Grace, Maryland a few weeks back and started talking to one of the owners about a really nice Stained Glass Portrait of John Lennon. My wife mentioned that it looked a lot like one of my scroll-work pieces.

One thing lead to another, and I was asked if I would be willing to sell my artwork on consignment at her shop?

At first thought, the answer is "Of course I would - I would be GLAD to!", but then I took a step back and thought about it….....

- The shop is over 45 Minutes away - not too bad if I would only make trips every few weeks.
- I would now be doing this as a J-O-B, even if part-time. I sell works all the time, but not for profit.
- I would have to start stack cutting pieces - something I have done before, but not on a regular basis.
- I wouldn't know who I was doing this for anymore - kind of takes the "personal" part out of it.

I thought about it for over a week and came to this conclusion:

If you never try something, you never know if you would enjoy it and….... I'm one to try anything at least once. :)

So…......... I agreed to take a bunch of my pieces to the shop on May 30, 2011. TOMORROW!

I decided to do this only six days ago and I have NO inventory! Doh!

So, let's just see how many cutting I can do in six days.

First out of the gate - Escher's White Cat. Pretty easy and I can do four of these at once:

Cat Vertebrate White Felidae Carnivore


Next Day - Abbey Road w/ the Beatles in solid Poplar - can only do two at once:

Black Font Art People in nature Tints and shades


Next Day - Roy Lichtenstein's "Crying Woman" - Was able to cut three of these in Baltic Birch:

Style Art Font Gesture Painting


Following day I tackled the hardest piece - Audrey Hepburn Ala "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - one in solid Cherry and two in Baltic Birch:

Hair Head Hairstyle Photograph Eye


Saturday arrived and I was ahead of schedule…........Cool!

I decided to pull out one of my new patterns and try it out - The Blues Brothers. Four of them:

Clothing Face Hair Chin Outerwear


These were done by mid-afternoon, so I still had a little time left….... let's do a playing card puzzle Ala Steve Good:

Product Gambling Material property Font Recreation


That does it!

I created 17 Pieces in six days and was still able to put in a 40+ hour work week and do all the normal day-to-day chores that a homeowner is supposed to do. A little tired of the scrollsaw, but not too bad.

Not too shabby.

I figure I will take these 17 pieces and a few of my other ones that I didn't sell yet and see how this works out.

Oh yeah - make that 16 pieces as I plan on keeping one of the Blues Brothers for myself. ;-)

More to come…..................

-bob
That's cool that you've found a place to sell your work. Have you thought about copyright infringment issues if it the Beatles or The Blues Brothers lawyers come a looking for you? Seriously, have you looked into that? I see you changed the stripes, maybe that's enough for it to not be an issue. :)

BTW, that playing card puzzle is a neat idea.
 

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Getting Ready..........

So, My wife and I visited a "Kitschy Artsy" shop in Havre' De Grace, Maryland a few weeks back and started talking to one of the owners about a really nice Stained Glass Portrait of John Lennon. My wife mentioned that it looked a lot like one of my scroll-work pieces.

One thing lead to another, and I was asked if I would be willing to sell my artwork on consignment at her shop?

At first thought, the answer is "Of course I would - I would be GLAD to!", but then I took a step back and thought about it….....

- The shop is over 45 Minutes away - not too bad if I would only make trips every few weeks.
- I would now be doing this as a J-O-B, even if part-time. I sell works all the time, but not for profit.
- I would have to start stack cutting pieces - something I have done before, but not on a regular basis.
- I wouldn't know who I was doing this for anymore - kind of takes the "personal" part out of it.

I thought about it for over a week and came to this conclusion:

If you never try something, you never know if you would enjoy it and….... I'm one to try anything at least once. :)

So…......... I agreed to take a bunch of my pieces to the shop on May 30, 2011. TOMORROW!

I decided to do this only six days ago and I have NO inventory! Doh!

So, let's just see how many cutting I can do in six days.

First out of the gate - Escher's White Cat. Pretty easy and I can do four of these at once:

Cat Vertebrate White Felidae Carnivore


Next Day - Abbey Road w/ the Beatles in solid Poplar - can only do two at once:

Black Font Art People in nature Tints and shades


Next Day - Roy Lichtenstein's "Crying Woman" - Was able to cut three of these in Baltic Birch:

Style Art Font Gesture Painting


Following day I tackled the hardest piece - Audrey Hepburn Ala "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - one in solid Cherry and two in Baltic Birch:

Hair Head Hairstyle Photograph Eye


Saturday arrived and I was ahead of schedule…........Cool!

I decided to pull out one of my new patterns and try it out - The Blues Brothers. Four of them:

Clothing Face Hair Chin Outerwear


These were done by mid-afternoon, so I still had a little time left….... let's do a playing card puzzle Ala Steve Good:

Product Gambling Material property Font Recreation


That does it!

I created 17 Pieces in six days and was still able to put in a 40+ hour work week and do all the normal day-to-day chores that a homeowner is supposed to do. A little tired of the scrollsaw, but not too bad.

Not too shabby.

I figure I will take these 17 pieces and a few of my other ones that I didn't sell yet and see how this works out.

Oh yeah - make that 16 pieces as I plan on keeping one of the Blues Brothers for myself. ;-)

More to come…..................

-bob
Well done and best of luck with it all.

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And away we go!

Well, my wife and I took the 45 minute drive to the shop this past Monday on a SCORCHING hot and humid day.

I was supposed to meet one of the three ladies that run the place - instead two of them were there and very eager to meet me and go through my work!

They were very nice and honestly stated their thoughts on whether or not the pieces were "matches" with the overall "vibe" of their shop.

ALL the Beatles & John Lennon were snatched up quickly.

Bruce Lee, however, went back into the traveling case.

It went on like this until the vast majority of my works were accepted, inventoried and priced.

They were also able to give me some very good advice on making my works more "professional". Mainly just adding some Identification stickers on the backs as well as an informational card to give out with the sales.

The visit lasted around a half-hour and it was a true pleasure!

We then got a bite to eat, walked through a couple of shops and decided it was WAY too hot to do much else, so we jumped back into the truck and headed back home.

Now we wait and see how things sell. I have a good feeling about this - I hope it lasts. :)

I asked for some pictures of whatever display they come up with when my works are up - I'll be sure to post and update.

-bob
 

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And away we go!

Well, my wife and I took the 45 minute drive to the shop this past Monday on a SCORCHING hot and humid day.

I was supposed to meet one of the three ladies that run the place - instead two of them were there and very eager to meet me and go through my work!

They were very nice and honestly stated their thoughts on whether or not the pieces were "matches" with the overall "vibe" of their shop.

ALL the Beatles & John Lennon were snatched up quickly.

Bruce Lee, however, went back into the traveling case.

It went on like this until the vast majority of my works were accepted, inventoried and priced.

They were also able to give me some very good advice on making my works more "professional". Mainly just adding some Identification stickers on the backs as well as an informational card to give out with the sales.

The visit lasted around a half-hour and it was a true pleasure!

We then got a bite to eat, walked through a couple of shops and decided it was WAY too hot to do much else, so we jumped back into the truck and headed back home.

Now we wait and see how things sell. I have a good feeling about this - I hope it lasts. :)

I asked for some pictures of whatever display they come up with when my works are up - I'll be sure to post and update.

-bob
Good luck to you on this venture, Bob. I really hope that you do well. Your work is so nice and it would be great to see you make a little extra doing something that you love to do. Did you bring any of your puzzles? Or was is mostly portraits? Keep us posted on how things are and YES! add pictures when you get them.

Have a great day!

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And away we go!

Well, my wife and I took the 45 minute drive to the shop this past Monday on a SCORCHING hot and humid day.

I was supposed to meet one of the three ladies that run the place - instead two of them were there and very eager to meet me and go through my work!

They were very nice and honestly stated their thoughts on whether or not the pieces were "matches" with the overall "vibe" of their shop.

ALL the Beatles & John Lennon were snatched up quickly.

Bruce Lee, however, went back into the traveling case.

It went on like this until the vast majority of my works were accepted, inventoried and priced.

They were also able to give me some very good advice on making my works more "professional". Mainly just adding some Identification stickers on the backs as well as an informational card to give out with the sales.

The visit lasted around a half-hour and it was a true pleasure!

We then got a bite to eat, walked through a couple of shops and decided it was WAY too hot to do much else, so we jumped back into the truck and headed back home.

Now we wait and see how things sell. I have a good feeling about this - I hope it lasts. :)

I asked for some pictures of whatever display they come up with when my works are up - I'll be sure to post and update.

-bob
I did bring up both a playing card puzzle and the dollar bill one to show. They were impressed with them but were mostly interested in the portraits. I think they have more wall space than shelf space.

That's all good though - I like giving those puzzles away - makes me feel good. ;-)

-bob
 

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And away we go!

Well, my wife and I took the 45 minute drive to the shop this past Monday on a SCORCHING hot and humid day.

I was supposed to meet one of the three ladies that run the place - instead two of them were there and very eager to meet me and go through my work!

They were very nice and honestly stated their thoughts on whether or not the pieces were "matches" with the overall "vibe" of their shop.

ALL the Beatles & John Lennon were snatched up quickly.

Bruce Lee, however, went back into the traveling case.

It went on like this until the vast majority of my works were accepted, inventoried and priced.

They were also able to give me some very good advice on making my works more "professional". Mainly just adding some Identification stickers on the backs as well as an informational card to give out with the sales.

The visit lasted around a half-hour and it was a true pleasure!

We then got a bite to eat, walked through a couple of shops and decided it was WAY too hot to do much else, so we jumped back into the truck and headed back home.

Now we wait and see how things sell. I have a good feeling about this - I hope it lasts. :)

I asked for some pictures of whatever display they come up with when my works are up - I'll be sure to post and update.

-bob
Thanks for the update. This will be interesting to see how it develops.

It seems to me that the portraits are a natural winner for sales of this type. A lot of people have walls that could use some sprucing up. And like the say 'anything Beatles'.

And Man, it has been hot! Yucky!
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Well, my wife and I took the 45 minute drive to the shop this past Monday on a SCORCHING hot and humid day.

I was supposed to meet one of the three ladies that run the place - instead two of them were there and very eager to meet me and go through my work!

They were very nice and honestly stated their thoughts on whether or not the pieces were "matches" with the overall "vibe" of their shop.

ALL the Beatles & John Lennon were snatched up quickly.

Bruce Lee, however, went back into the traveling case.

It went on like this until the vast majority of my works were accepted, inventoried and priced.

They were also able to give me some very good advice on making my works more "professional". Mainly just adding some Identification stickers on the backs as well as an informational card to give out with the sales.

The visit lasted around a half-hour and it was a true pleasure!

We then got a bite to eat, walked through a couple of shops and decided it was WAY too hot to do much else, so we jumped back into the truck and headed back home.

Now we wait and see how things sell. I have a good feeling about this - I hope it lasts. :)

I asked for some pictures of whatever display they come up with when my works are up - I'll be sure to post and update.

-bob
Good luck with this, Bob. I look forward to further developments.
 

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And away we go!

Well, my wife and I took the 45 minute drive to the shop this past Monday on a SCORCHING hot and humid day.

I was supposed to meet one of the three ladies that run the place - instead two of them were there and very eager to meet me and go through my work!

They were very nice and honestly stated their thoughts on whether or not the pieces were "matches" with the overall "vibe" of their shop.

ALL the Beatles & John Lennon were snatched up quickly.

Bruce Lee, however, went back into the traveling case.

It went on like this until the vast majority of my works were accepted, inventoried and priced.

They were also able to give me some very good advice on making my works more "professional". Mainly just adding some Identification stickers on the backs as well as an informational card to give out with the sales.

The visit lasted around a half-hour and it was a true pleasure!

We then got a bite to eat, walked through a couple of shops and decided it was WAY too hot to do much else, so we jumped back into the truck and headed back home.

Now we wait and see how things sell. I have a good feeling about this - I hope it lasts. :)

I asked for some pictures of whatever display they come up with when my works are up - I'll be sure to post and update.

-bob
good luck :)

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And away we go!

Well, my wife and I took the 45 minute drive to the shop this past Monday on a SCORCHING hot and humid day.

I was supposed to meet one of the three ladies that run the place - instead two of them were there and very eager to meet me and go through my work!

They were very nice and honestly stated their thoughts on whether or not the pieces were "matches" with the overall "vibe" of their shop.

ALL the Beatles & John Lennon were snatched up quickly.

Bruce Lee, however, went back into the traveling case.

It went on like this until the vast majority of my works were accepted, inventoried and priced.

They were also able to give me some very good advice on making my works more "professional". Mainly just adding some Identification stickers on the backs as well as an informational card to give out with the sales.

The visit lasted around a half-hour and it was a true pleasure!

We then got a bite to eat, walked through a couple of shops and decided it was WAY too hot to do much else, so we jumped back into the truck and headed back home.

Now we wait and see how things sell. I have a good feeling about this - I hope it lasts. :)

I asked for some pictures of whatever display they come up with when my works are up - I'll be sure to post and update.

-bob
Do you mind telling us what kind of prices things are set at and what their commision is by percentage? The reason I ask is I tried the consignment shop route once upon a time. I had the prices set just as absolutely as low as I could possible go (my cut after their commission). If I'd gone any lower I'd had rather used the portraits as firewood than to sell them. Still though, after a month, they were begging me to go lower. I politely explained that the only way I could lower the price was if they were to lower their commision percentage. After the ninety day contract was up, I pulled my items.
There was one other guy that I know of selling scrolled portraits. I don't like to put down anyone else's work, but you could put mine and his beside each other and tell who took more time on their work. He was selling a lot of portraits, at ten buck a piece (shop price, so he made less after commission). There was no way I could compete with that price, and wasn't about to try either.
 

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Good Morning!

I was asked a couple of questions yesterday about my recent foray into the sales world, so i thought I would take a minute and answer some of them….........

William asked a bunch of very good questions yesterday, so I'll start with those.

I won't go into the actual prices they placed on items - mainly because I am not quite sure what those prices are yet. However, I will state the prices are most certainly fair to me and I hope fair to them.

When we sat down and looked at each piece, I was asked what I normally charged for it and then to consider what I would be willing to receive for it, knowing that someone else is now doing the work of selling this piece for me. All prices we discussed were what I expected from each piece - the prices they set are really up to the ladies at the shop as I trust they know much better than I do what will sell at what price.

The agreement we made was for a 60% / 40% split, which I believe to be both "standard" and totally fair. That means 60 percent goes to me, not them. ;-)

William, it's a shame you had such a poor experience trying this route. I sure hope mine is better, but it's just starting so I can't tell yet. Please don't think that all of these shops are the same - if you are still event he least bit interested in this try out other shops! You done some really great work - I particularly love your full-form horses and animal items! I am sure a shop will make room for those if you choose that route.

As far as seeing prices as low as 10 dollars for a cutting, I think I can shed some light on this - If you were to do a really simple pattern, you could easily finish a piece in a half an hour. Now, combine that with stack cutting five at a time an you are now making 100 dollars an hour! Even with a 60/40 split you are making 60 bucks an hour.

I recently saw an article where an artist would do a REALLY complex work and use two pieces of BB Plywood and sandwich as many as 50 pieces of card-stock colored paper in between them. He would sell the two pieces of wood for as much as he could get for them and then sell the paper cuttings for two or three dollars a piece. He wound up making around 200 dollars for each cutting effort - works for me!

Now my prices are nowhere nearly this low - mainly because I do really detailed work which takes a lot more time than 30 minutes per piece. I also work a lot in solid hardwoods which cost more money as well as not allowing one to stack cut more than two at a time sometime.

Sheila asked if I took anything with me other than portraits? At the last moment I tossed in a couple of puzzles I made (a dollar bill and a playing card). The ladies were impressed with them and we talked about how they would be really good for gifts, but I think they really didn't have the shelf space to display them. They had a lot of walls and not a lot of shelves.

I was told that my work went up on the wall yesterday, so we will see how they sell. Fingers are crossed! :)

Also a few pictures are promised which I will post in a follow-up to this blog when i get them.

Thanks for all the encouragement and wished luck!

-bob
 

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Good Morning!

I was asked a couple of questions yesterday about my recent foray into the sales world, so i thought I would take a minute and answer some of them….........

William asked a bunch of very good questions yesterday, so I'll start with those.

I won't go into the actual prices they placed on items - mainly because I am not quite sure what those prices are yet. However, I will state the prices are most certainly fair to me and I hope fair to them.

When we sat down and looked at each piece, I was asked what I normally charged for it and then to consider what I would be willing to receive for it, knowing that someone else is now doing the work of selling this piece for me. All prices we discussed were what I expected from each piece - the prices they set are really up to the ladies at the shop as I trust they know much better than I do what will sell at what price.

The agreement we made was for a 60% / 40% split, which I believe to be both "standard" and totally fair. That means 60 percent goes to me, not them. ;-)

William, it's a shame you had such a poor experience trying this route. I sure hope mine is better, but it's just starting so I can't tell yet. Please don't think that all of these shops are the same - if you are still event he least bit interested in this try out other shops! You done some really great work - I particularly love your full-form horses and animal items! I am sure a shop will make room for those if you choose that route.

As far as seeing prices as low as 10 dollars for a cutting, I think I can shed some light on this - If you were to do a really simple pattern, you could easily finish a piece in a half an hour. Now, combine that with stack cutting five at a time an you are now making 100 dollars an hour! Even with a 60/40 split you are making 60 bucks an hour.

I recently saw an article where an artist would do a REALLY complex work and use two pieces of BB Plywood and sandwich as many as 50 pieces of card-stock colored paper in between them. He would sell the two pieces of wood for as much as he could get for them and then sell the paper cuttings for two or three dollars a piece. He wound up making around 200 dollars for each cutting effort - works for me!

Now my prices are nowhere nearly this low - mainly because I do really detailed work which takes a lot more time than 30 minutes per piece. I also work a lot in solid hardwoods which cost more money as well as not allowing one to stack cut more than two at a time sometime.

Sheila asked if I took anything with me other than portraits? At the last moment I tossed in a couple of puzzles I made (a dollar bill and a playing card). The ladies were impressed with them and we talked about how they would be really good for gifts, but I think they really didn't have the shelf space to display them. They had a lot of walls and not a lot of shelves.

I was told that my work went up on the wall yesterday, so we will see how they sell. Fingers are crossed! :)

Also a few pictures are promised which I will post in a follow-up to this blog when i get them.

Thanks for all the encouragement and wished luck!

-bob
The consignment shop I tried did a 50/50 split.
I do stack cut my portaits, and I actually have a couple that if they had sold at a price where my cut would have been ten dollars, I would have been happy. However, even stack cutting four at a time, I couldn't make them understand that the ones they were most interested in dropping to ten dollars (that's five dollars for me), there was no way I could do it. One of the ones the lady told me she was sure would sell at ten dollars was this.
Rectangle Wood Art Font Tints and shades

That measures 10"x20" before being framed in a mahogany frame that I built. I just couldn't do it.
Now granted this shop sold mostly smaller items. They were the ones that contacted me saying they were trying to find local craftsman to help put nicer items in there shop. The problem is that nicer items don't sell as cheaply as, well, not so nicer items. My price on this was $20, my cut. I think that was reasonable. I told them that if someone came in wanting to haggle (as some people do in these type of shops), I would take $18 (my cut).
I also set a wanted price and a bottom dollar price on all my items, as they did tell me that they often get customers that want to haggle over prices.
They were also interested in (as they put it), "higher end children's toys". So I offered to put this in their shop.
Wheel Automotive tire Motor vehicle Tire Vehicle

Now this is normally a $150 item. I told them though that I could drop my cut down to $100. That's the best I could do and was only willing to do that because I figured with the exposure they could sell a lot more of them than I could. They immediately requested for me to come down to $50 for my cut. That would be them selling them for less than I do and still keeping 50% of the profits.
It became apparent quickly that I just wasn't compatible with this shop.
All shops are not created equal though. I am aware of that. At the time I tried this, that shop was the only shop of it's kind around here. It has since went belly up. I was recently contacted though. There is a shop opening downtown in an area where there are a lot of tourists and quite a few art stores and higher end merchandise stores. There is a lady that seen my work who wants to open a gift type consignment shop and wants to know if I'm interested. As soon as plans are final she's supposed to let me know so I can go check out the location and discuss details with her. We will see.
 

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Good Morning!

I was asked a couple of questions yesterday about my recent foray into the sales world, so i thought I would take a minute and answer some of them….........

William asked a bunch of very good questions yesterday, so I'll start with those.

I won't go into the actual prices they placed on items - mainly because I am not quite sure what those prices are yet. However, I will state the prices are most certainly fair to me and I hope fair to them.

When we sat down and looked at each piece, I was asked what I normally charged for it and then to consider what I would be willing to receive for it, knowing that someone else is now doing the work of selling this piece for me. All prices we discussed were what I expected from each piece - the prices they set are really up to the ladies at the shop as I trust they know much better than I do what will sell at what price.

The agreement we made was for a 60% / 40% split, which I believe to be both "standard" and totally fair. That means 60 percent goes to me, not them. ;-)

William, it's a shame you had such a poor experience trying this route. I sure hope mine is better, but it's just starting so I can't tell yet. Please don't think that all of these shops are the same - if you are still event he least bit interested in this try out other shops! You done some really great work - I particularly love your full-form horses and animal items! I am sure a shop will make room for those if you choose that route.

As far as seeing prices as low as 10 dollars for a cutting, I think I can shed some light on this - If you were to do a really simple pattern, you could easily finish a piece in a half an hour. Now, combine that with stack cutting five at a time an you are now making 100 dollars an hour! Even with a 60/40 split you are making 60 bucks an hour.

I recently saw an article where an artist would do a REALLY complex work and use two pieces of BB Plywood and sandwich as many as 50 pieces of card-stock colored paper in between them. He would sell the two pieces of wood for as much as he could get for them and then sell the paper cuttings for two or three dollars a piece. He wound up making around 200 dollars for each cutting effort - works for me!

Now my prices are nowhere nearly this low - mainly because I do really detailed work which takes a lot more time than 30 minutes per piece. I also work a lot in solid hardwoods which cost more money as well as not allowing one to stack cut more than two at a time sometime.

Sheila asked if I took anything with me other than portraits? At the last moment I tossed in a couple of puzzles I made (a dollar bill and a playing card). The ladies were impressed with them and we talked about how they would be really good for gifts, but I think they really didn't have the shelf space to display them. They had a lot of walls and not a lot of shelves.

I was told that my work went up on the wall yesterday, so we will see how they sell. Fingers are crossed! :)

Also a few pictures are promised which I will post in a follow-up to this blog when i get them.

Thanks for all the encouragement and wished luck!

-bob
William,

The last supper work would sell in my area for 60 dollars without a frame. The store I deal with is located in a tourist area as well and would charge upwards of 70 bucks for this. That would be 42 dollars to you per piece. If you stack cut a few of them…........ pretty nice!

I am not sure about the toy, but I most certainly wouldn't drop the price below a hundred.

Do you have any "Info Cards" for your items that let people know that the piece was entirely hand-cut and the process you go through to do this? If not, I would suggest you take a minute or two to do so.

Most certainly pursue other shops if that's your interest - and be sure to go to the with your eyes open - forget about that one bad shop. Your work is far too good for those prices.

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Good Morning!

I was asked a couple of questions yesterday about my recent foray into the sales world, so i thought I would take a minute and answer some of them….........

William asked a bunch of very good questions yesterday, so I'll start with those.

I won't go into the actual prices they placed on items - mainly because I am not quite sure what those prices are yet. However, I will state the prices are most certainly fair to me and I hope fair to them.

When we sat down and looked at each piece, I was asked what I normally charged for it and then to consider what I would be willing to receive for it, knowing that someone else is now doing the work of selling this piece for me. All prices we discussed were what I expected from each piece - the prices they set are really up to the ladies at the shop as I trust they know much better than I do what will sell at what price.

The agreement we made was for a 60% / 40% split, which I believe to be both "standard" and totally fair. That means 60 percent goes to me, not them. ;-)

William, it's a shame you had such a poor experience trying this route. I sure hope mine is better, but it's just starting so I can't tell yet. Please don't think that all of these shops are the same - if you are still event he least bit interested in this try out other shops! You done some really great work - I particularly love your full-form horses and animal items! I am sure a shop will make room for those if you choose that route.

As far as seeing prices as low as 10 dollars for a cutting, I think I can shed some light on this - If you were to do a really simple pattern, you could easily finish a piece in a half an hour. Now, combine that with stack cutting five at a time an you are now making 100 dollars an hour! Even with a 60/40 split you are making 60 bucks an hour.

I recently saw an article where an artist would do a REALLY complex work and use two pieces of BB Plywood and sandwich as many as 50 pieces of card-stock colored paper in between them. He would sell the two pieces of wood for as much as he could get for them and then sell the paper cuttings for two or three dollars a piece. He wound up making around 200 dollars for each cutting effort - works for me!

Now my prices are nowhere nearly this low - mainly because I do really detailed work which takes a lot more time than 30 minutes per piece. I also work a lot in solid hardwoods which cost more money as well as not allowing one to stack cut more than two at a time sometime.

Sheila asked if I took anything with me other than portraits? At the last moment I tossed in a couple of puzzles I made (a dollar bill and a playing card). The ladies were impressed with them and we talked about how they would be really good for gifts, but I think they really didn't have the shelf space to display them. They had a lot of walls and not a lot of shelves.

I was told that my work went up on the wall yesterday, so we will see how they sell. Fingers are crossed! :)

Also a few pictures are promised which I will post in a follow-up to this blog when i get them.

Thanks for all the encouragement and wished luck!

-bob
Your price suggestion for the Last Supper repeats what I have found out too often. Sometimes the area dictates price more than anything else. That's why I'm interested in getting into this new shop that's opening in the area where there's tourists. For several years now the area I live in is broke. Tourists usually bring spending money with them though and don't mind spending it on unique items they may not be able to buy wherever they come from.
I live in Vicksburg, Mississippi. We were once a great toursit destination because of the history here. Back in the nineties though, they built a casino. We now have a total of five casinos and they're talking about building another one. Back when the vote came up for casinos, I was one of the voters that voted no. It seems a majority of the people here though wanted to allow them. Anyway, now the majority of people in Vicksburg are broke, jobs are scarce, but the casinos make plenty. The ba things is that since the local government gets a percentage of those casino profits, as long as the casinos do good, they don't care about anything else. The additional kick in the guts comes from our local "tourism committe" who used to promote our hitsorical distinations, now only promote the casinos. We even have locals that have no idea about the Civil War history here, or that we have a museum dedicated to Coca-Cola, because it was first bottled in Vicksburg.
I've gotten off topic. I apologize. I'm trying to explain though that the money just isn't here except for very few select areas. That's what I want to do, is to get into those select areas. I'm hoping the lady I talked about in a previous reply can close the deal on her shop downtown.
 

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Good Morning!

I was asked a couple of questions yesterday about my recent foray into the sales world, so i thought I would take a minute and answer some of them….........

William asked a bunch of very good questions yesterday, so I'll start with those.

I won't go into the actual prices they placed on items - mainly because I am not quite sure what those prices are yet. However, I will state the prices are most certainly fair to me and I hope fair to them.

When we sat down and looked at each piece, I was asked what I normally charged for it and then to consider what I would be willing to receive for it, knowing that someone else is now doing the work of selling this piece for me. All prices we discussed were what I expected from each piece - the prices they set are really up to the ladies at the shop as I trust they know much better than I do what will sell at what price.

The agreement we made was for a 60% / 40% split, which I believe to be both "standard" and totally fair. That means 60 percent goes to me, not them. ;-)

William, it's a shame you had such a poor experience trying this route. I sure hope mine is better, but it's just starting so I can't tell yet. Please don't think that all of these shops are the same - if you are still event he least bit interested in this try out other shops! You done some really great work - I particularly love your full-form horses and animal items! I am sure a shop will make room for those if you choose that route.

As far as seeing prices as low as 10 dollars for a cutting, I think I can shed some light on this - If you were to do a really simple pattern, you could easily finish a piece in a half an hour. Now, combine that with stack cutting five at a time an you are now making 100 dollars an hour! Even with a 60/40 split you are making 60 bucks an hour.

I recently saw an article where an artist would do a REALLY complex work and use two pieces of BB Plywood and sandwich as many as 50 pieces of card-stock colored paper in between them. He would sell the two pieces of wood for as much as he could get for them and then sell the paper cuttings for two or three dollars a piece. He wound up making around 200 dollars for each cutting effort - works for me!

Now my prices are nowhere nearly this low - mainly because I do really detailed work which takes a lot more time than 30 minutes per piece. I also work a lot in solid hardwoods which cost more money as well as not allowing one to stack cut more than two at a time sometime.

Sheila asked if I took anything with me other than portraits? At the last moment I tossed in a couple of puzzles I made (a dollar bill and a playing card). The ladies were impressed with them and we talked about how they would be really good for gifts, but I think they really didn't have the shelf space to display them. They had a lot of walls and not a lot of shelves.

I was told that my work went up on the wall yesterday, so we will see how they sell. Fingers are crossed! :)

Also a few pictures are promised which I will post in a follow-up to this blog when i get them.

Thanks for all the encouragement and wished luck!

-bob
That is a shame - I feel for ya.

Have you ever thought about making wooden poker chips? ;-) When in Rome…......

Good luck!

-bob
 
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