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Reply #30 - Sep 5th, 2005 at 7:00pm
 
It looks good to me Philip. More light on your turnings would be helpful, if power is available.
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Reply #31 - Sep 7th, 2005 at 1:17am
 
  Unfotunately there will be no power provided.  I want to thank everyone for their input and I will let you all know how everything goes as soon after 4:00 PM EDT on Saturday as possible. 
  I am taking my booth pics down since I seem to have gotten all the input I am gonna get on it.

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  You gave me an idea for a display stand and I am gonna put it together tomorrow.  I will post that pic when I get it done. 
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Reply #32 - Sep 7th, 2005 at 8:24am
 
Take and post some pics of your booth setup during the fair.
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Reply #33 - Sep 8th, 2005 at 11:56am
 
One more question.  I have a bunch of stuff from my "early days" of turning and as you might expect it looks less than..  well lets just say it is not the best.  I am considering setting up a small section of heavily reduced prices.  Question is, good or bad idea? 

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Reply #34 - Sep 8th, 2005 at 1:11pm
 
Probably not the best idea Phil.  It will make people wonder why they are 'reduced' and what defects have caused them to be reduced and how it reflects on the non-reduced work.  You're not only there to sell your wares at that present function, you're also there to generate interest in your product for future & repeat buyers or future shows...put your best foot forward and leave it there.
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Reply #35 - Sep 10th, 2005 at 3:51am
 
Good luck, I am off to a local craft fair in an hour or so. As a viewer, mind you.
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Reply #36 - Sep 10th, 2005 at 1:28pm
 
OK Phil, it is now 4:25 your time (and mine) so



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Reply #37 - Sep 10th, 2005 at 8:07pm
 
 The report is, it was a dismal failure.  Did not even come close to making back by entry fee.  Sold exactly two items, both were the bracelets at $10.00 each and one of them was to another woodturners wife who was making such a big deal out of them that another woman who happened to be in the area stopped and got one.    It was a long hot miserable day.   It was supposed to be a juried  arts and crafts show but I think Smokey will verify (he showed up and kept me company for a while) that some of the stuff was questionable that it was made by the person selling it.  I felt like I was in a high end flea market instead of an arts and crafts show.  I did get some booth pics although I did some rearranging as time went on and the sun moved overhead.  
 The shelves worked real well and there was plenty of light inside to see (actually had to get sunglasses inside to keep from squinting).  Got lots of compliments on my work but aside from the two bracelets, zilch....!!
 Needless to say I am glad it is over with.  I am signed up for at least two more shows over the next month, both being two day shows one in two weeks (again in KY) and one October in Indiana (finally one in my home state).  I am debating one more one day show in November in Louisville.  
 Lesson learned?  Plenty.  I probably might have done better if my prices weren't so high.  I used a general $10.00 per inch rule and adjusted if thought it necessary.   As the fair was coming to a close, Stitchin' Girl and myself looked at my stuff and decided that probably many of the items may have been a bit on the outlandish side price wise.  I have no doubt that had this been an real upper crust art and craft show I would have sold out or had a greatly reduced inventory.  The two most looked at and ooh ahh'ed at items were my mesquite egg and a cedar fluted piece that I  made several years ago and of course the big maple bowl with the rim.  The pens got a lot of attention especially the corn cob ones but again, sold nary a one.  
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Reply #38 - Sep 10th, 2005 at 8:43pm
 
I think I mentioned this one other time Philip. My wife did art and craft shows for several years. Unfortunately the results are often like yours. Folks tend to shy away from buying anything over 20 bucks. I've heard the $20 bill referred to as "yuppie food stamps" because so many people stop on their way to the show at an ATM and get a few 20's. They tend to not want to part with more than one at a time, and it's usually at a food booth. Very few people know what goes into a work of art or the craftsmanship necessary. Thus the term, 'starving artist'. But don't give up because someday someone comes along that will see something they love and take it home with them. Just have plenty of inexpensive trinkets to sell to cover the booth fees.
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Reply #39 - Sep 11th, 2005 at 4:42am
 
I've had it go both ways, Phillip, and the size of the show was just the opposite of my sales. I sold over 3 times as much to a small, local crowd as to the big, multi-state crowd at my last effort. That was a long, hot, crummy day too. Like you, lots of compliments, but nobody was selling much at all except water. A lady next to me said it was the worst sale day she'd had there in 5 years.

One thing I have found to be of some value, is to keep track of what items I tend to sell at which shows. Then I can avoid dragging along things that probably won't sell anyway.

Better luck next time.
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Reply #40 - Sep 11th, 2005 at 10:32am
 
Philip, sorry to hear of your less than satisfactory day.  But your stuff is well worth many more tries, and at a true arts and crafts show with good quality offerings, I am sure that you will do very well  Hang in there!

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Reply #41 - Sep 11th, 2005 at 4:55pm
 
Sorry to hear about the show, but just take the lessons, do your best and drive on. Wink
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Reply #42 - Sep 11th, 2005 at 5:25pm
 
Sorry to hear the show did not go as you hoped.  Keep trying.  Craft shows can be tough.  My parents did a few a year for quite some time selling laminated cutting boards.  Some shows were great, other never got back the initial investment.  Keep plugging away.
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Reply #43 - Sep 12th, 2005 at 3:16am
 
Philips booth was set-up real well with everything above waist high. Of coarse his turnings looked great. Some of the other merchants had merchandise that looked like it was made in China(I'm not saying it was but it sure looked like it, especially the X-mas stuff). I'm surprised he didn't sell more with all the lookers he had. The next one might be better Philip, hang in there.
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Reply #44 - Sep 12th, 2005 at 5:25pm
 
Very sorry to hear.  I only had my stuff in one festival and the only things I sold are my mushrooms and only 1 or 2 boxes.  No bowls...nothing.  Some shows/fairs/festivals people seem to only wanna buy things on the cheap side.  I am trying to support local crafters more though.   Experiencing what it's like nowadays first hand...changed alot of the stuff that I buy and where I buy it at.  I'm sure you will have many productive sales in the future.
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