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Reply #15 - May 12th, 2009 at 10:33am
 
I've got another one day show this weekend so we'll see how it goes. I've found there are lots of "artists" at these shows that are already defeated before they even set up. They don't talk to customers unless the customer calls them over and they constantly have a sour puss on their face. Enjoy the day off talking about wood and explaining our craft that we love so much, and always remember that the guy in the dirty t-shirt could be a doctor looking for something for his wife, mother, brother, etc. George
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Reply #16 - May 12th, 2009 at 1:17pm
 
love to hear your success stories.  may all your sales continue to increase and all your buyers be ecstatic with their purchases.  smiley=beer.gif smiley=beer.gif
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Reply #17 - May 12th, 2009 at 1:56pm
 
George Carrigan wrote on May 12th, 2009 at 10:33am:
I've got another one day show this weekend so we'll see how it goes. I've found there are lots of "artists" at these shows that are already defeated before they even set up. They don't talk to customers unless the customer calls them over and they constantly have a sour puss on their face. Enjoy the day off talking about wood and explaining our craft that we love so much, and always remember that the guy in the dirty t-shirt could be a doctor looking for something for his wife, mother, brother, etc. George


Very true words. Even if I'm not selling a thing, I have a lot of fun chatting up the people who drop by my booth. I can talk the ears off a stalk of corn. Usually by the second day of the show, my booth neighbors have heard the "how I made the root ball bowl" speech so many times they have it memorized.  Grin  Other artists, like you said, retreat to the back of the booth (or across the street) and only talk to customers when forced to.
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Reply #18 - May 12th, 2009 at 3:51pm
 
I helped a mate with an antiques stall at a huge outdoor market here, Nutts Corner, reportedly the biggest in the world.  Anyway, he is beside a guy selling coats.  Every time a lady tried on a coat my mate would say 'Lady, I've been watching girls trying those coats on all day and there hasn't been one it looked as well on as you'.  Sale to the coat guy, $10 to my mate.  Loads of coats shifted each day. Grin
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Reply #19 - May 13th, 2009 at 6:36pm
 
You have to chat up the people.
Was visiting a friend in Norman OK a few years ago, he was a leather dealer, he was complaining about having to bring a whole case of rabbit pelts to the show and he only sold 2 or3 hides a show.
I started taking the pelts out of anyone who touched ones hands and chatted with them about how the hand was too course to really feel the fur and I would gently brush it along their face and down their neck.
He had to go back to the shop and bring 2 more cases of pelts out. Ended up selling every pelt he had.
Gotta talk to the people
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even had 2 girls bring their mothers back to meet me  Roll Eyes
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Reply #20 - May 17th, 2009 at 12:20pm
 
Fortunately for me I don't rely on bowl income for anything but helping pay for all the wood I buy, but starting mid-year last year, the bottom has dropped out.  I used to sell maybe 30 to 40 bowls a year on the internet.  In the last half of last year  I sold one and so far this year I've sold one.  Bummer.

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Reply #21 - May 17th, 2009 at 5:05pm
 
Paul Hinds wrote on May 17th, 2009 at 12:20pm:
Fortunately for me I don't rely on bowl income for anything but helping pay for all the wood I buy, but starting mid-year last year, the bottom has dropped out.  I used to sell maybe 30 to 40 bowls a year on the internet.  In the last half of last year  I sold one and so far this year I've sold one.  Bummer.



Until I got laid off in February, I also wasn't too concerned with making money from sales. Any extra income went back into the shop fund.

Like you, the market around here seems to have gone south last fall, but hopefully it's going to start picking up a bit.

BTW, I have a nephew named Paul Hinde. Not quite the same name as yours, but close.  Smiley
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Reply #22 - May 18th, 2009 at 9:21am
 
Well I did a show last Sat and I only sold one pc. It was a high end pc so I doubled the booth fee "but". In the two shows I've done this year I've noticed a trend that I don't like. This show had about 1/3 artists, 1/3 peddlers (buy and sell) and 1/3 local businesses like Ins companies, health care providers, roofers, new windows and doors etc. After talking with the show staff I found that they only use the jury process if they have enough artists apply. If not then they just sell to anyone they can in order to sell the 200 spaces available. After 5 years I won't do this show again. George
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Reply #23 - May 18th, 2009 at 12:55pm
 
I've been at our Farmer's Market the past 6 weeks and it's really been up & down.  Pretty much happy to sell enough to pay the booth fee.  I've actually made several contacts from friends who didn't know I turned and have had three who own their own businesses say now they know where they're going for "corporate gifts".   Sales from word of mouth from around my office and my wife's have been the best.

One thing I did do was make 3 "dibbers".  People always ask what they are.  Their guesses range from "upscale tent stakes" to "kid knockers" (rap the kid upside the head to get their attention.)  My response is "Well depends on who you ask - my daughter says they're vampire stakes but they are dibbers for planting seeds & bulb."  I've yet to sell one, but it keeps them at the booth and then they look longer at the other items.  Saturday, I actually had 2 guys who walked up, picked one up and said "Oh a dibber."  They were the first to know what they are.

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Reply #24 - May 18th, 2009 at 1:13pm
 
The first thing I made on my lathe was a dibber.  I used wet Ash branch and it came out well for a first piece.  I was really, really proud of it.  Three days later it looked like a banana Grin
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Reply #25 - May 19th, 2009 at 4:36pm
 
Brendan McAreavy wrote on May 18th, 2009 at 1:13pm:
The first thing I made on my lathe was a dibber.  I used wet Ash branch and it came out well for a first piece.  I was really, really proud of it.  Three days later it looked like a banana Grin

so now you can plant bananas
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Reply #26 - May 23rd, 2009 at 3:01pm
 
Brad_Mortensen wrote on May 13th, 2009 at 6:36pm:
even had 2 girls bring their mothers back to meet me  Roll Eyes


...and you were selling what again???  Roll Eyes

It sounds like the pelts are just a diversionary tactic, like taking a puppy to the park.
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Reply #27 - May 29th, 2009 at 2:56pm
 
I've always called it a dibbler, but that was my first real turning project.  I have two that I use every spring  Cool
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Reply #28 - Jun 8th, 2009 at 8:54am
 
I had a show this weekend in Frederick MD and I was very happy with the results. Sold 7 pcs total, of which 3 were high end (300+). Overall the vendors were really mixed on their results but I'd guess that about half of the 200 were happy with their weekend. I'll be doing Allentown Art Festival (Buffalo NY) next weekend. George
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Reply #29 - Jun 8th, 2009 at 3:22pm
 
Congrats, George. Sounds like a good weekend indeed.  smiley=thumbsup.gif
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